“Please Kill Fox & Friends,” reads the headline on Washington Post media writer Erik Wemple’s blog. In the post, Wemple savages the program, but not the network that airs the show. He says that the number of corrections and errors the morning show has had to air in recent weeks is becoming a liability for Fox News. In Wemple’s estimation, it’s time Fox News cut their losses.
“Give the brown horseshoe couch to Shepard Smith,” Wemple wrote. “Give the see-through coffee table to the Fox Mole. Break down the rest of the set and auction it off to loyal viewers. Or some variation thereupon.”
In short, shut the whole thing down.
Fox & Friends has had to make a number of corrections in recent months. On Wednesday, they issued a correction after broadcasting a misleading graphic which misrepresented the unemployment statistics. In May, the network had to address controversy over a F&F package that was virtually indistinguishable from a Republican ad attacking President Barack Obama. In April, co-host Steve Doocy issued a correction for misquoting the president in an interview with Mitt Romney.
Wemple notes that the media watchdog group Media Matters for America has documented 11 errors and corrections on that show in recent years.
Earlier this year, Fox News chief Roger Ailes boasted of Fox News’s factual perfection, saying that in “15 years we have never taken a story down because it was wrong. You can’t say that about CNN, CBS or the New York Times.” It remains unclear was just how such a statement squared with the record of Fox & Friends. Perhaps the Fox topper places Fox & Friends in its own factual accounting program, not lumping it with the rest of the channel’s offerings.
“[E]ven by the low standards of informed opinion on cable television, on the Internet and in printed matter, Fox & Friends occupies a special wacko cubbyhole,” Wemple writes, pulling no punches. “It’s not so much commentary as blind bomb-throwing, morning after morning after morning. Though other Fox programs come under fire for stretching facts and clubbing liberals, Fox & Friends spreads guilt by association through the rest of the lineup.”
Wemple closes by praising Ailes’ decision to move on from Glenn Beck in 2011 and broadcast a new concept program called The Five. The decision turned out to be a smart one. Wemple concludes saying that Ailes should consider making a similar move and end the “ambient moronism” that characterizes Fox & Friends.
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