10 Stupidest Moments of Fox and Friends
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Anyone who has had the misfortune to regularly watch Fox News' morning show, Fox & Friends, knows how unique a program it is. Hidden behind the three friendly, smiling faces of the show's co-hosts Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, and Gretchen Carlson, lie some of the network's most aggressive and unrelenting misinformers. But just like last year, Fox & Friends punctuated its incessant campaign to promote conservative politics with some occasional funny and outrageous moments. Therefore, we present Fox & Friends' stupidest moments of 2011. Enjoy!
10. DOOCY MAKES AL GORE JOKE WITH A RANDOM MAN DRESSED AS A POLAR BEAR IN THE BACKGROUND
It's no secret that Steve Doocy is Fox & Friends' chief climate change misinformer. He has been known on multiple occasions to make jokes about how climate change isn't happening because it's snowing or cold at the time. (He seems to get awfully quiet during heat waves in the summer).
On January 27, while New York was being hit by a massive snowstorm, Doocy reported on the weather from outside the studio while a random man in a polar bear costume danced around behind him. Although Doocy made the obligatory Al Gore joke, what really made this moment special was that nobody on the show seemed to have any idea how to handle the situation. This led to nearly a full minute of half-hearted jokes and a high-school reunion level of awkward conversation. All punctuated by a polar bear in a Hawaiian shirt and a lei.
9. CARLSON THINKS, AS PRESIDENT, RICK PERRY MIGHT FOREGO AIR FORCE ONE TO TRAVEL BY HORSE
During the GOP primary season, Fox & Friends has played cheerleader for whoever is leading in the polls at any given moment. After Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his campaign, Fox News immediately began promoting him, with Fox & Friends leading the charge.
On the August 16 edition of the show, the co-hosts played a clip of President Clinton making fun of the concept of Perry gutting Washington, D.C., while flying around the world on Air Force One, an airplane paid for by the taxpayers. After the clip, Carlson announced, "Well, first of all, we don't know if Governor Perry would even want to fly on Air Force One."
Huh? Would President Perry stay within a few hundred miles of D.C.? Would he never visit another country he couldn't get to by land? How does that make any sense? Don't worry, Carlson obliged us: "Maybe he'd ride his horse around town." Yes, maybe. Maybe Perry would forget about the whole foreign policy thing and just ride around Washington on his horse. Wait, why would this be a good thing?
8. PETER DOOCY DUBS CHINESE PRODIGY LANG LANG "THE JUSTIN BIEBER OF BEETHOVEN"
Something needs to be made clear. The only reason this particular quote doesn't register higher on the list is that it came not from co-host Steve Doocy, but by his son Peter, who is, coincidentally, a Fox News reporter. Peter Doocy had the opportunity to interview Lang Lang, a Chinese pianist who began playing at age 2 and has since gained international renown. Although (one hopes) there were questions in the interview that were unaired, the very first question we hear Peter Doocy ask Lang Lang is, "Is it safe to say, then, that you would be, like, the Justin Bieber of Beethoven?" Lang Lang replied by laughing and saying, "That's a funny way to put it." Yeah, it sure is.
7. FOX & FRIENDS ATTACKS NICKELODEON, SPONGEBOB FOR "PUSHING A GLOBAL WARMING AGENDA" BASED ON "UNPROVEN SCIENCE"