Fox & Friends and Sean Hannity rack up ratings victories while cheerleading for the president, whose approval numbers hit a high point in June.
Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt and Brian Kilmeade are in high demand on set as the anchors of Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends.” Starting today, however, viewers of the morning program are going to spend some time watching them motoring home, thanks to an advertising deal.
Fox News Channel’s day-opener seems much like it has for 20 years, a peppy talk show about news that advances a conservative point of view, and is mocked by some critics for a lack of intellectual rigor. The difference now is that one of its regular viewers is the most powerful person in the world, who takes his cues from what he sees.
Fox ran a full-page advertisement in The New York Times on Thursday, blurbing a recent review that called the Fox & Friends morning show “the most powerful TV show in America.” Television critic James Poniewozik’s review wasn’t exactly complimentary, as it traced the show’s close relationship with the nation’s tweeter-in-chief, President Donald Trump.
The dispute between the news outlets was magnified by White House attention. A Fox & Friends report on Saturday was headlined “NYT foils U.S. attempt to take out al-Baghdadi.” President Donald Trump apparently was watching, because less than a half-hour later he tweeted that the Times “foiled U.S. attempt to kill the single most wanted terrorist, Al-Baghdadi. Their sick agenda over National Security.”
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times is asking Fox News’ morning show “Fox & Friends” to apologize for what the newspaper calls a “malicious and inaccurate segment” about the newspaper, intelligence leaks and the Islamic State that aired Saturday. New York Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades Ha said Sunday that she requested an “on-air […]
COMMENTARY BY JAMES PONIEWOZIK
James Poniewozik: “Fox & Friends, the three-hour wake-up program on Fox News, is an interactive magic mirror for Donald J. Trump. He is the show’s subject, its programmer, its publicist and its virtual fourth host. The stars offer him flattery, encouragement and advice. When he tweets, his words and image appear on a giant video wall. It’s the illusion of children’s TV — that your favorite show is as aware of you as you are of it — except that for Mr. Trump, it’s real.”
The Fox News Channel morning show has been credited or — depending on your politics — blamed for sending a onetime reality TV star to the White House by giving Trump a platform to riff on politics back when he was contemplating a run in 2012. And since the November election, Trump has rewarded that loyalty, appearing on the show and amplifying comments made by hosts and guests to his 33 million Twitter followers.
NEW YORK (AP) — To Elisabeth Hasselbeck, the “Fox & Friends” morning show felt like home long before she actually got to work there. It was regular viewing at home for Hasselbeck, whose 10 years on “The View” ended in July. She’ll debut as Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade’s new partner on “Fox & Friends” […]
Fox News Channel said Tuesday that Elisabeth Hasselbeck of The View will join co-anchors Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade on the three-hour morning show Fox & Friends in September. Wednesday will be her last day after a decade on The View. She replaces Gretchen Carlson, who will be given her own daytime show on Fox.
NEW YORK (AP) — Fox News Channel says veteran conservative commentator Tucker Carlson will become co-host of the network’s weekend morning show, “Fox & Friends.” Carlson will replace Dave Briggs, who left Fox at the end of last year. His co-hosts on the weekend chat fest are Alisyn Camerota and Clayton Morris. Carlson will continue […]