Aug 202016
 
  • MediaBuzz videos: Trump Hillary’s Bannon
  • Reliable Sources: When campaigns spin; Hillary’s pressers; Trump’s Brietbart.
  • Poll: Who should replace Anna Kooiman?  Sunday talkers: preview.
  • F&F Weekend video: her move down under.
  • Hogue: F&FW fans don’t watch for the ‘friends’, they watch for the ‘fox’.
  • Zucker Punch: How a snarky comment ignited the CNN/BuzzFeed feud.
  • Concha: Debate moderators won’t be named until end of August at the earliest.

Updated 3:37 pm  Use our valuable bandwidth to post your cable news comments in today’s open thread.

  • Larry Kelly

    Ben Smith quickly tweeted: “The median age for CNN viewers this year was 61.”
    KIds.

  • sparty

    Hey Johnny, is there any way you can put your poll on your main page so those of us who aren’t on Twitter can vote? Thanks. Also, shouldn’t Sandra Smith be an option?

    • You have to sign in to something to vote in any halfway decent online poll otherwise you could vote over and over and skew the results. This time I thought I would try a twitter poll as there are a lot more people on twitter than visit this site (unfortunately). We’ll see how it works out.

      As for Sandra Smith she is on five days a week on two news channels. I think moving to a weekend 6am show would be seen by her as a demotion rather than a promotion. She would have made sense for the weekday slot, not so much for the weekend.

      • sparty

        Oh, I agree on Sandra, I think Abby will get the job. Maybe you can give her a vote for me?

        • Cecelia

          I don’t think Abby Huntsman is a strong enough personality.

          The last time I watched her host F&F Weekend, the guys talked over her and above her.

          That’s not going to happen with Heather Nauert or Eboni Williams.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            I have to admit that I am biased against Abby Huntsman, simply because I don’t care for her father.

          • Cecelia

            Can’t blame the kid for the sins of the father, N.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            I know, I have a lot of flaws.

          • Cecelia

            You’re in good company.

          • gcblues

            i can think of a lot worse people than her dad.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            He was Obama’s ambassador to China. He has no core values. Democrat or Republican, it doesn’t matter to him, just whatever advances him.

          • LenInFlux

            Has Eboni Williams ever hosted Fox and Friends? I don’t remember her ever filling in at all. That would be quite a promotion.

          • Cecelia

            I don’t know. I mentioned her because she was listed on the poll and she has a strong personality.

            I agree that picking her would be leapfrogging over Nauert.

          • sparty

            Eboni is a Fox News contributor. She is not an anchor or reporter. She would not be considered.

          • Tucker was not an anchor or reporter, he was a contributor. They made him an F&FW co-host. So they do in fact consider contributors. I don’t think EKW is the likely choice, or even A likely choice. But she’s not off the table either.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            They should pick the always delightfully delightful Lauren Sivan.

          • sparty

            Tucker has a long history of hosting cable news shows. Eboni has no experience.

      • LenInFlux

        I think either Heather Childers or Heather Nauert will get the job. One of the big reasons why Ainsley Airhart got the job after Hasselback left was because she had done the grunt work of doing overnights and so on for years. I’d give it to Heather Nauert.

        • Cecelia

          Agreed.

        • Michael T

          Heather is 46. Do you think that is an issue, even though it shouldn’t be given that she’s a year younger than Tucker Carlson?

          • Cecelia

            I’ve noticed that Tucker has started going outside and taking part in the physical stunts/activities they have on the weekend show.

            That’s a shame. I had admired his resolve in refusing to take part in that crap.

          • Larry Kelly

            Has he made cookies wearing a funny apron yet?

          • Cecelia

            I would have thought she was older.

            It just goes to show you that trying too hard to look younger has the opposite result.

          • gcblues

            meowwwwwwwwwwww blues scratch.

          • Cecelia

            Am I right or am I right?

          • gcblues

            they are news readers, i do not know their names or care to. unless they are naked i do not even care what they look like. their age, how they dress, do make up or any such nonsense is out of my realm if interest. i may be a dog, but i have zero feline in me. i just like to know stuff, actual stuff, u know news. like how the media coddles Trump protesters, i do not care who care who tells me, although BOR and hannity have dropped off my “will watch” list. the content is collectively not there, the outrage is not there it reveals they are collective deadheads. while they hate Trump as much as i do, in me, it does not translate to support for clinton or bernie’s left over occupy street trolls all who are equally criminal and disgusting. anyone showing either candidate or their supporters or protesters in a positive light in my view is not connected to reality. nuts is nuts, and the world has lost it’s mind.

          • Cecelia

            Dude, nobody forced you to read my comment responding to a comment about whether Heather Childers’ age would be an issue in her being considered for F&F Weekend.

            Don’t give me a sermon on what you do and do not like to comment upon when you injected yourself into that thread.

          • Larry Kelly

            I’ve decided to order chicken today.

          • Cecelia

            I hope you communicated your dinner preference in a way that was energetic, unmistakable, and that involved sound effects.

          • Larry Kelly

            Until I get a Groupon deal for Roseta Stone, that’s how it’s done. I keep a bucket in the trunk to avoid quantity confusion.

          • Cecelia

            Wouldn’t holding your hands wide apart and repeating ‘mucho’ convey the message?

          • Larry Kelly

            Won’t have to haul around the stupid bucket now.

          • gcblues

            you got a smoker? you would groove on mesquite smoked beans with smoked tocino bits. no Mexicans n your area, use bacon. tocino is the fat layer they make chicharons with. you can smoke pieces dice it, fry it, add it to beans while smoking them. just add you favorite barby sauce and a couple of big hand fulls of dried red pepper smoke for 10 hours in disposable aluminum baking trays. i’ll twit you a pick, they are sooooo good.

          • Larry Kelly

            I do have a smoker. That sounds wonderful. Tweet me a pic and a link to a recipe if you have one. I will have to go with bacon. Nobody in my neck of the woods but us white trash.

          • gcblues

            the pic went a while back. save your bones and scrap, make stock, soak beans over night, cook in stainless steel w/ colander, liquid makes bean soup, add cilantro, lime, couple pieces of minced fried bacon, a few eggs, cook till eggs done serve soup with chips and lime
            beans: put a little liquid, lea & perin, fav barb sauce, as much dry red pepper for 20 men. put cooked beans, after soaking they cook very fast and make a better side soup, in disposable aluminum tray, lay fried bacon on top. after you see the pic, you will see how it goes, i use scissors to cut up the bacon strips mix and serve. i like it with mesquite or hickory. i smoke 10 plus hours at 225. criminally good, let me know when u see the pic.

          • Larry Kelly

            Thanks, copied and saved.

          • gcblues

            yw, look forward to the return pic

          • Larry Kelly

            Be a while. I made a ton of baked beans Friday.

          • gcblues

            any farmer can cut it off when he slaughters a pig, great stuff.

          • gcblues

            u got photo

          • Larry Kelly

            Reenactment by Mrs. Kelly
            https://youtu.be/Q4HP8IE2y3s

          • gcblues
          • gcblues

            great right hand

          • Cecelia

            She does chicken right.

          • gcblues

            no like the song, i do the cooking here.

          • gcblues

            you asked if you were right?
            i responded.
            meowwwwwwwwwwww blues scratch.

          • Cecelia

            So I just asked you that question out of the blue…huh?

          • gcblues

            i do not know if this is blue or not, but certainly the nails are out and sharp.
            “I would have thought she was older.

            It just goes to show you that trying too hard to look younger has the opposite result.”

          • Cecelia

            Both statements are true and are germane in the context of replying to someone who ventured that she might be discounted for her job due to her age.

            Put your ridiculous sexist stereotype where the sun don’t shine– that little stifling closet between your ears.

          • gcblues

            yeah, i need to quit with the female stereotypes …lol

          • Cecelia

            I dont care about that one way or another.

            Just don’t try to shoehorn them on me.

          • gcblues

            you are right, you do not need my help

          • Cecelia

            No, if I needed help like that I’d go find a professional concern troll.

          • Michael T

            Must be an R&B reference, because I never heard the expression “blues scratch” before.

          • gcblues

            not just R&B. the feline nature of women on women is in all art forms. however traditional blues analogy probably does have a great share of the commentary contributing to the topic. Robert Johnson wrote a song called blues scratch, it has been modernized here:
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKmjeXsGwOE
            the stones tried stealing it on Beggars banquet.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKmjeXsGwOE
            leading to basement reproductions all over the world.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyhCnk8MPds

          • Cecelia

            The comment I made wasnt catty or woman on woman… or whatever stereotypical nonsense you want to make about women while being as prickly as a biar patch yourself.

            I made the comment about the irony of Heather C. achieving the opposite result of her efforts to look young in the context of replying to a point made about FNC possibly considering her too old for F&F Weekend, in a medium where aesthetics matter. Where garnering a young market matters.

            I rarely make negative remarks about anyone’s appearance, outside of the occasional one about not liking a particular dress or finding a particular hairstyle unflattering on someone.

            So that much you can take to the bank. That much I can assure you of your being wrong. The other stuff in your post I have no idea what you’re going on about, and as usual, don’t care.

          • gcblues

            twinkles.

          • Cecelia

            Good one, Socrates.

          • LenInFlux

            Not at all.

            Whoever ends up replacing Kooimen isn’t signing a 20 year, no-cut contract. She can do it for a few years and if by that time Fox deems her as being “too old” then they can give the gig to someone else.

          • Michael T

            Do I dare ask what the ‘real’ reason Gretchen exited the curvy couch at age 47 — for those of us still skeptical that it was because she declined Roger’s sexual advances? [wry smile]

            Coincidentally the same age (47) as Alisyn Camerota when she departed F&FW.

          • Grandpa D

            How many FNC female anchors are over 47? Greta, of course, but are there any others?

          • Cecelia

            Harris Faulkner is fifty.

            She’s the coin of the realm on how that should be done.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Lily Langtry will be 51 next month. She’s hardly aged at all since her days with the Roller Derby when she skated for the New York Chiefs under the name “Cheapshot McSkirtlifter.”

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV9J_2–iGQ

          • Arthel Neville, who’s anchoring today as a matter of fact, was born in 1962.

          • Michael T

            Interesting question. I was wondering the same thing.

            If there is some age discrimination (subtle or overt), it hardly applies just to FNC — as most of us must be aware of. I would say it’s industry wide including local news.

            I discovered that over at CNN,
            Brooke Baldwin is 37
            Erin Burnett is 40
            Kate Bolduan is 33
            Brianna Keilar is 35

            Ashleigh Banfield is 48 and she just got demoted to HLN. (At least some of us saw it as a demotion.)

            Was Nancy Grace (age 56) pushed out?

            Yet Alisyn Camerota is 50 and Carol Costello is 54 and both seem to be still going strong. What’s up with that? 🙂

          • Cecelia

            Ally could pass for late 30s.

          • Michael T

            Totally agree. Must be those Italian genes. My Sicilian sister-in-law is 70 and she looks 60. Judge Pirro also looks younger than she is. (Of course there are exceptions.)

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Nancy Grace didn’t leave due to age. She was taken away in a straitjacket.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Uma is in her mid fifties.

          • Cecelia

            I’m not sure what you mean about Carlson leaving F&F over Ailes’ advances.

            Gretchen got a lone gig when she left F&F.

          • Michael T

            Many saw it as a demotion. I am a little surprised you didn’t see it that way. Oh well.

          • Cecelia

            I assumed that having your own show was a step up.

          • Michael T

            Normally true and your’s is a valid point under normal circumstances. Reports suggest she also got a pay cut.

          • Cecelia

            So you’re suggesting if she didn’t get a demotion for not sleeping with Ailes, she got it because she was old (inAiles’ estimation)?

          • Michael T

            Please note my OP on this topic begins, “Do I dare ask.”

            So it was a question — a conversation starter, if you will — not a ‘suggestion’ as you wrote.

            Cheers friend. Let’s not debate trivial stuff.

          • Cecelia

            I didn’t mean that you did anything wrong, I just wasn’t sure what was being asked.

            I also had assumed the new gig was a promotion, so I wondered what you meant there originally.

          • Michael T

            How is it the young people say it? “No worries.”

          • Cecelia

            So why do you think Carlson was demoted to a new show at the age of 47?

          • Michael T

            I’m probably one of the worst at analyzing these Fox News changes CC.

            I only recently had to finally concede that it is extremely likely that Elisabeth Hasselbeck left F&F voluntarily. Shrug.

          • Cecelia

            I think she was kicked upstairs because she complained about Doochey treating her condescendingly, but the move was done in the attitude of annoyance. That if she didn’t like 3 hours of air time, she could do less, get paid less, and not to expect any fanfare for the change.

          • Michael T

            I suppose it’s also anyone’s guess as to how much of a role Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s departure from The View and sudden availability played in making the change.

          • That could be. But it clearly was, as you describe it, ‘upstairs’, not ‘downstairs’. She took over the timeslot that made Megyn a star and it went from beating MSNBCNN combined during her first week to FNC’s lowest-rated 6am-11pm show as it has been lately. (In fact the ratings increased after she left.) What’s more, when she wrote her book the publicity, which she surely approved, described The Real Story as the apex of her career, not as a demotion. BTW, even reporting on her harassment allegations Politico still describes The Real Story as a ‘promotion’ for Gretchen. Cuz it was. It put her on the same career path blazed by Megyn Kelly. Only Megyn went forward.

          • Michael T

            I am left wondering if the book publicity was simply spin about The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson?

            I do think if I was promoting a new book about my career as a software engineer I would shine a light on my last job to demonstrate a career path ending on a positive note even if it wasn’t. My last boss was my worst. We barely tolerated each other. But that’s just me.

          • It could well be, but she didn’t have to characterize it at all if she felt at that time it was a demotion. Yet even the book title played off the Real Story name. And frankly, I can’t think of any impartial media reporters/analysts who called it a demotion at the time it happened. This ‘demotion’ claim is the weakest allegation Gretchen makes because it’s 180 degrees opposite from common knowledge about programming and seems to contradict the pre-existing PR, reporting, and analysis. I don’t doubt she feels that way now, but it smells like a retroactive refashioning to shoehorn in an extra count or two for the pleadings. Happens all the time in civil suits, but can backfire if it’s too much of a stretch.

          • Michael T

            “It could well be, but she didn’t have to characterize it all if she felt at that time it was a demotion.”

            A fair point.

          • Cecelia

            Could the show have done poorly because it wasn’t promoted?

            How would it ever be in a network’s interest to let someone fail in what had been a highly rated time slot?

            You’d lose a ton of audience that you stood the chance of never regaining, only to again be in the position of having to retool the program with someone knew.

            That seems insane to me.

          • Michael T

            From the Daily Beast on July 6th:

            “In 2013, she was moved from the morning gabfest and given a midday slot to host her own show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.
            This was effectively a demotion, the lawsuit alleges, because Ailes
            “reduced her compensation and withheld network support and promotion for
            her show.”

          • It was a graduation from 6am to 2pm – I think 2pm was Megyn Kelly’s time slot at one point and she certainly did all right with it. Also Gretchen went from two co-hosts to being the solo anchor on a news, rather than discussion, program. Plus no setting the alarm for 4am. I don’t know whether she got a pay cut or not but few ambitious cable newsers would turn down such a trade-up.

          • GATXER

            Lets not forget she got her name on the show title………not many people get that.

        • sparty

          Ainsley got the job because she was the best choice. As for Heather N, I doubt she would go to weekends since she has young boys. Besides, I think she is much more likely to get the job hosting whatever they call the show Gretchen Carlson used to host. If that happens, Heather C would likely become the F&F newsreader.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        You have to sign in to something to vote in any halfway decent online poll otherwise you could vote over and over and skew the results.

        Now, I wouldn’t cast more than 3000 votes for Patti Ann Browne.

  • Larry Kelly

    Larry Debate Monitor Choices:

    Candy Crowley
    Kitty Dukakis
    My dog
    Paula Jones
    GIlbert Gottfried
    John Hinckley Jr

    • Michael T

      Hillarious!!

      I also read someone’s suggestion, “Forget the moderator. Just give them each a microphone and let ’em go at it.” Hmmm.

    • gcblues

      clinton could use Candy’s assistance.

    • Grandpa D

      Kathy Griffin

      • gcblues

        with Bill maybe.

    • Cecelia

      The Stooges.

      • Larry Kelly

        Be fun to watch melting in the spotlight.

    • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

      Triumph the Insult Dog.

  • Speaking of debate moderators, I see it hasn’t taken long for the hypocritical #StandWithMegyn crowd to dump her like a load of concrete. Now that Trump isn’t attacking her they have no use for her. I’m especially flabbergasted to see people cite her ‘biased’ coverage of the Freddie Gray case as a reason. Yeah, she should be punished for that. While other channels were telling their credulous viewers what they wanted to hear (exactly what Dana Perino was warning about but on the other foot) and letting their ‘legal analysts’ take sides and act as partisans, Megyn and her legal analysts Arthur Aidala and Mark Eiglarsh spotted the many holes in the case and warned that this prosecutor was way out beyond her skis. And now that she was proven exactly correct, she must be punished for her ‘bias’. You know, just like she went off the reservation on the Duke LaCrosse matter, daring to suggest that the ‘victim’ wasn’t exactly believable. Yeah, she was right on that too, but that’s just another reason she must be punished. She’s has a ‘bias’ in favor of being correct.

    • Michael T

      All valid points Johnny — as usual.

      My only point would be that it was pretty clear Megyn was biased in favor of the cops — especially in the first trial with the hung jury.

      Many viewers of her show would probably be surprised to learn on the reckless endangerment charge, the jury split 7-3 in favor of conviction with two undecided. If you listened to Megyn you would think the case was bogus from the start.

      Oh well, not withstanding MK’s pro cop bias in the eyes of many on the left my own view is that justice was served and the general consensus in the end was that SA Marilyn Mosby overcharged the officers in an attempt to satisfy protesters and prevent further disturbances.

      • gcblues

        “My only point would be that it was pretty clear Megyn was biased in favor of the cops — especially in the first trial with the hung jury.|

        bias is stereotype over logic. it was logical to believe the BP and not the mayor or prosecutor considering their baggage. it was easy call except for people that buy that police hunt minorities because they are racist ….which includes minority cops. buena suerte con este.

      • If you’re saying she thought the police were blameless and did nothing wrong, that would be defending them. But I don’t recall that. Even so, I think a case can be made for a presumption, at least in what the Brits call ‘early days’, that police acted properly. But that’s a whole ‘nuther kettle of fish and not what I was talking about anyhow.

        • Michael T

          Let me just say this.

          I watched a lot of trial coverage on Court TV in their early years and it was rare when I couldn’t detect which way a Beth Karas, a Gregg Jarrett or a Rikki Klieman was leaning with their coverage.

          Were their arguments almost always well founded as Megyn’s were. I believe they were. Were there times when it tainted their coverage ever so slightly. I think the answer was also yes. At least if you believe the commenters at the time on the Court TV website.

          If I got this one wrong, I apologize. 🙂

          • No apology necessary…though it is a classy touch. 😉

          • gcblues

            you know there was a pre-Renaissance Renaissance where a lot of supposed intellectual smart cats would try to pretend they were Plato, Cicero, or Aristotle, adopting style, clothing, supposed mannerisms etc. all under the guise of “imitatio” and spirituality. very Californian for 14th and 15th century but produced insane works that i cannot remember now, sorry Dom LaRusso, it is the Jimidor. but let me tell you it was a weirdo time! being right and biased fir right in, crazy time, it’s excellent! back to Ebm…

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            What ever happened to Beth Karas? I remember her when she was at Court TV. She was smart and beautiful.

          • Michael T

            After TruTV stopped covering trials HLN finished up (Jodie Arias trial I believe) before stopping as well.

            In 2013 Jean Casarez was lucky enough to land a gig with CNN…Beth Karas not so much.

            Last I heard she was devoting much of her time to her website karasoncrime[dot]com.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Too bad the site is pay-for-play.

      • Cecelia

        Mosby did not overcharge to “prevent further disturbances”.

        She overcharged because she was looking to make a name for herself.

        There was nothing she would have wanted more than further disturbances in order to justify overcharging.

        • Michael T

          I’ll see if I can get ahold of the phone number for Alan Dershowitz so you can take it up with him. 🙂

          He’s the one I stole the phrase “prevent further disturbances” from, which was made during an interview with Megyn.

          • Cecelia

            I’m not more impressed with the notion because it came from Alan Deshowitz than I was by your endorsement of it.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Alan Dershowitz of “The OJ Dream Team.” What a schmuck.

      • GATXER

        “My only point would be that it was pretty clear Megyn was biased in favor of the cops — especially in the first trial with the hung jury.”

        Ummm…..does it matter that she was right about the case?

        IMHO she should have had a pro cop bias…..the prosecutor clearly overcharged and anybody could see that….How about what did MK get wrong? Seemed pretty clear to me this was a political based case………how could she not favor the cops when clearly they were being overcharged?

        My point is….how could she have a pro prosecutor bias when she was clearly wrong to change these cops?…..should MK have lied to the viewers about the chances of guilty verdicts like other news channels did?

        Now all that said….A young man is dead…….someone’s responsible for that (maybe even the victim) but because of the prosecutor making the charges politically (she should be disbarred)…..there NEVER will be justice for this man and we will never know what really happened……that should be the story.

        I also saw the stooges say MK always is pro cop in these things…..of course anybody who watched her during the incident where the cop shot the poor man in the back on video (cant remeber the city) knows that a LIE….one of many of course.

        • Cecelia

          You make a good point that believing the prosecutor had overreached with the charges is not at all the same as being biased toward those particular cops (or toward cops in general).

          • gcblues

            i made it much earlier.

          • Cecelia

            Well, sometimes your not capitalizing things makes my head hurt so I stop reading.

          • gcblues

            Chardonnay.

          • Cecelia

            Got any on ya?

          • gcblues

            just me, Jimidor, and a Stratocaster at my fav website, riffstation.com

          • gcblues

            thinking Chordify is even better, all are this auto transpose software so the Inversion is mostly incorrect, and it hears accents out of the key that is normal for blues as a chord, for example in a blues minor penatonic you might to add the penatonic major 4 note for kicks, it is a half step low, nice greasy dissonance, just repeat and it becomes jazz. puters are cool. how any young un cannot play is a crime.

        • Michael T

          My point about bias may simply be too subtle and layered for a blog forum — or I am not able to express it adequately.

          We’ve heard people like Bill Maher say ‘biased’ things about both conservative Christians and Muslims that happened to be factual in the eyes of many. But the context clearly shows his bias (or prejudice) — however large or small.

          This subtle layered point I am attempting to make about Megyn (and context) on a conservative blog would be better discussed over pizza and beer. Can you fly to San Diego? We have really nice weather.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        Mosby is a blithering idiot who believed her own press clippings.

    • gcblues

      juanita broderick.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        You better put some ice on that.

    • GATXER

      Well people who called MK a Goon were going to turn on her sooner or later.

      One of the less bright stooges called her a goon and just a week later was acting like she was journalist of the year……they are just as fake as they are liars!

      I will be so glad when Nov comes.

  • Cecelia

    If Clinton supporters were attacked outside of rallies, would that not be covered at the scene endlessly and likened to a political movement of dangerous extremists?

    Just as chanting “USA!” at the Democratic Convention was refreshing patriotism, rather than characterized as being baleful and chauvinistic (we learned later that it was coordinated by operatives in the crowd to drown out Sanders protesters) as it would be if coming from Republicians.

  • Larry Kelly

    NIce article in WaPo on Ohio’s Kyle Snyder who’s big wrestling day is the final day of the Olympics tomorrow. Expect to watch him live this year as once every year Ohio State wrestles at a high school and this year that is at my partner’s son’s school.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/olympics/kyle-snyders-ridiculous-work-ethic-could-land-the-wrestler-his-first-olympic-medal/2016/08/20/55d8eaa2-63e4-11e6-96c0-37533479f3f5_story.html

  • Cecelia

    Has anyone else noticed that Trump’s appearance has been revamped along with his campaign.

    His hair isn’t as yellow or fluffy and he’s no longer orange.

    • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

      I would swear that he had oompa loompas somewhere in his family tree.

    • Larry Kelly

      Stopped eating carrots.

    • Grandpa D

      Stopped eating Cheetos and wiping his face.

  • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

    Lily Langtry doing the Fox Report tonight. I got home in time to see the last 20 minutes. I went into a Snoopy dance (sigh!)

    • Son of Blackflon

      Lily could sue for punitive damages

  • sparty

    The usually stable FNC lineup is in a rare state of flux

    With Anna Kooiman’s departure, that cuts even more into Fox’s deep bench

    But there are a number of ways Fox can go, such as:

    Abby to F&FW

    Heather N to Real Story

    Heather C to F&F newsreader

    Make Lea Gabrielle and Jackie Ibanez F&FF anchors

    This is my preference, but here are others

    All have Abby on F&FW, which I see as the most likely option

    Abby to F&FW

    Jackie Ibanez to F&FF

    Shannon Bream to Real Story

    Heathers stay where they are

    I see this as less likely because I think Shannon would rather remain in Washington

    Abby to F&FW

    Jackie Ibanez to F&FF

    Martha to Real Story

    Sandra Smith to America’s Newsroom

    Melissa Francis to Out#

    Heathers stay where they are

    I think the Gretchen replacement is between Martha and Heather N

    If Martha gets it, Sandra has worked well with Hemmer before

    That would take her off Out# but Melissa has become the fifth Beatle on that show and would transition easily

  • Cecelia

    Larry, here’s another one for the barber shop.

    A prominent British attorney who worked for Wikileaks’ Julian Assange, died in an apparent suicide a week ago.

    He was hit by a train.

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  • gcblues

    don’t wanna miss this. my oldest was 4 years old.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaG0744mI_s

    • Grandpa D

      The hair on Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke! But John McLaughlin never changed.

      Thanks for posting that.

      • Larry Kelly

        Fred THE BEADLE Barns and MorTON.

    • Michael T

      Only 4 years old?

      Dang, now I do feel old…my son had just graduated high school.