A few months ago, I decided to be more active on Twitter. I’ve had the handle @JohnEdwards since I was able to wrestle it away from the eponymous ex-Senator. To celebrate my return, I had a brilliant idea: Live-Tweet Fox and Friends.
Hopefully you laughed. Because in a world of alternative facts, I think both sides should be able to agree that A) the President tweets in the morning and B) he often references Fox and Friends. In any event, it seemed like a nice tongue-in-cheek way of simultaneously poking a bit of fun at the morning routine of the President and re-acclimating myself to the Twitter.
For one entire week, I tuned in to their program and joined the fun. Here are a few of the things I learned:
There are a shitload of commercials. As someone who consumes movies and TV largely via streaming platforms, I’m not accustomed to commercials at all. I remember that rhythm from my childhood of consuming programming and rushing to the bathroom during the interludes. But if you’re watching and studying, that is to say, paying close attention, it’s hard not to notice all of the advertising. (quote?)
It is repetitive AF. To borrow an acronym from the youngins today, the crew at Fox and Friends says the same shit again and again. For the most part, people in media repeat the same shit over and over. I believe at the time it was “FISA, FISA, FISA!”” You know, like “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha”, but with flagrant abuses of the Fourth Amendment. For decades, the fourth amendment has been whittled down. Fox and Friends cares now that the political winds favor it. They were mostly saying the same thing day-in, day-out.
It’s what would result from Sean Hannity fucking the Today Show. I wouldn’t exactly call Fox and Friends a news show. It’s a morning show, like the Today Show or Live with Kelly and Michael. It certainly feels more like a news show, because they discuss more news than Regis Philbin ever did, but it’s not a true morning show. One morning during my live tweet, the Friday before the Super Bowl, they head some Eagles fans making a cheesesteak and some Patriots fans making chowdah. It felt like a Rachel Ray program.
Short aside, Michael Strahan is the most watchable person on television. He’s also the hardest working. I swear to God, he might be on at all times. I tune into Sunday Football, he’s commentating. I turn the TV on in the morning, he’s back in the studio. He deserves to be in a cushy, high-paid evening spot more than most of these bozos.
It’s not intellectual. I’m not an early riser. So, I watched most of this on a Youtube livestream from bed while still waking up. I had a moment where I dozed off for a second, and suddenly the conversation was much more stimulating, incisive, and academic. I roused myself, and realized that Howard Kurz, another Fox News personality, was on. The live feed had skipped or ended, somehow, and youtube had autoplayed another video. I found it interesting I could note the difference in tone between the programs, simply by the language.
You don’t need to watch the whole thing. After watching one time, I began tuning in around 7am and watching about 90 minutes of the program. Just like it was repetitive day-in, day-out, it was fairly repetitive throughout the course of one day’s programming.
I don’t think Trump ‘gets his news’ from Fox and Friends. SNL makes fun of Trump for watching Fox and Friends. Hell, I make fun of Trump for watching Fox and Friends. He loves to tweet “Fox and Friends is great!!” But I don’t think he actually gets his news from it. He can’t possibly, unless the news is “how best to cook your chowder for the Big Game!” The only reason for watching would be keeping his finger on the pulse of what the media is saying about him.
Overall, this isn’t news. It’s a morning show meant for retirees and parents half-listening while making lunches for their children in the morning before school. It looks and smells like “news”, but it’s really “news entertainment”.