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You're the Producer: How Would You Change "Fox and Friends"?
March 21, 2003 | Paul Klenk

Posted on 05/21/2003 5:23:45 AM PDT by paulklenk

I enjoy watching "Fox and Friends" each morning on Fox News. No, I'm not completely crazy about every show, but I do enjoy it.

This morning, however, one of my pet peeves received the last straw as I watched a clip of radio "personality" Mancow. I think Mancow is a nosebleed, and finally wrote friends@foxnews.com to let them know.

I'd like to know what other Freepers think of the show. Do you like it? What are you least favorite aspects of the show? If you were the producer, how would you change this program?

I'll start off with my own suggestions.

NEW CHANGES FOR FOX AND FRIENDS:

1. Get rid of Mancow; he comes across as an idiot on television. His Web site includes a lot of profanity and sick humor. Conservatives don't need that right now.

2. The on-air personalities [Steve, E.D. and Brian] behave like their only audience is conservatives. Sometimes this makes them come across as twits.

3. The need to talk with people on the street more. This would make the show a bit more interesting, and would encourage more people to visit the sidewalk outside their studio in midtown.

4. A GAP Store has a prominent sign across the street from the studio, which shows up on camera and looks like a paid ad. Just a little thing, but it bothers me. [Am I the only person who sees this sign?]

Okay, now let me know YOUR thoughts...


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Rant away.
1 posted on 05/21/2003 5:23:45 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
Kiran Chetry in a bathing suit.
2 posted on 05/21/2003 5:25:16 AM PDT by dyed_in_the_wool (Syria. Iran. North Korea. Decisions, decisions, decisions...)
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To: paulklenk
What's a "Mancow"?
3 posted on 05/21/2003 5:25:18 AM PDT by Hatteras (The Thundering Herd Of Turtles ROCK!)
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To: paulklenk
theDentist , Int , Doc Savage , Sweet_Sunflower29
, SERE_DOC , conservcalgal , hapy, JustPiper, Liz, Tijeras_Slim , Keyga8tor , Copernicus , kattracks
4 posted on 05/21/2003 5:25:39 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
sniff sniff.... fee fy fo fum I smell the ass of a liberal scum
5 posted on 05/21/2003 5:25:42 AM PDT by hapy
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To: theDentist; Int; Doc Savage; Sweet_Sunflower29; SERE_DOC; conservcalgal; hapy; JustPiper; Liz; ...
Ooops, I meant to ping you!
6 posted on 05/21/2003 5:26:18 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: hapy
Hey, watch it! LOL!
7 posted on 05/21/2003 5:26:49 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: dyed_in_the_wool
How about Laurie Dhue in anything
8 posted on 05/21/2003 5:27:16 AM PDT by exile (Exile)
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To: dyed_in_the_wool
One vote for Kiran! Now find us a picture!
9 posted on 05/21/2003 5:27:20 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
"The on-air personalities [Steve, E.D. and Brian] behave like their only audience is conservatives. Sometimes this makes them come across as twits."

Because??? Are they twits because their audience is conservative? Or are they twits because they are conservative?

I really think twit is a better description of Aaron Brown.
10 posted on 05/21/2003 5:27:43 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Using pretentious arcane words to buttress your argument means you don't have one)
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To: exile
I am WAY impressed you know how to spell her last name.
11 posted on 05/21/2003 5:27:50 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
2. The on-air personalities [Steve, E.D. and Brian] behave like their only audience is conservatives. Sometimes this makes them come across as twits.

While I disagree that it makes them look like "twits," I do understand and agree with what you mean. Like it or no, commies do watch the show, too, and there must be a more earnest effort to convert those unwashed masses through old fashioned logic and reason. F&F doesn't do that too often.

Oh and I love Mancow.

12 posted on 05/21/2003 5:28:20 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (All generalizations are false.)
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To: paulklenk
F&F is produced in the fashion of a morning-drive radio talk show, in FM style.

It is supposed to be different than the 3 network morning shows.
13 posted on 05/21/2003 5:28:31 AM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: Hatteras
Mancow is a rabid conservative Chicago radio talk show host who will put his actions behind his mouth but yes he can be vulgar.
14 posted on 05/21/2003 5:29:56 AM PDT by JustPiper (If we are deemed 'far right wingers', does that make them 'left side wrongers'?)
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To: paulklenk
F&F is highly preferable to the NBCABCCBS clones but they have one flaw that seems to be predominant with the "conservative" networks/shows.

They keep interrupting each other.

O'Reilly is the biggest sinner but all of them seem to be competing with each other to talk.

My advice? Shaddup and lissen!

15 posted on 05/21/2003 5:30:15 AM PDT by JimVT
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To: OpusatFR
Because??? Are they twits because their audience is conservative? Or are they twits because they are conservative?

You deserve an answer to this question:

First, "no" and "no" to your question. But more seriously, they treat their show like a little club house, acting silly too much of the time and treating some of their guests to light-heartedly.

I think what they need is some more dignity...

16 posted on 05/21/2003 5:30:19 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
Well, I am FNC deprived so I can only say Scarborough ;)
17 posted on 05/21/2003 5:30:27 AM PDT by JustPiper (If we are deemed 'far right wingers', does that make them 'left side wrongers'?)
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To: Future Snake Eater
I do understand and agree with what you mean. Like it or no, commies do watch the show, too, and there must be a more earnest effort to convert those unwashed masses through old fashioned logic and reason.

THANK YOU -- you said it far better than I could.

18 posted on 05/21/2003 5:31:36 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
Mancow is sometimes over the top, but I disagree with you about the people on the street. I would probably stop watching if they did that. That's what the new show "Dayside" is about. It's not my thing.
19 posted on 05/21/2003 5:31:41 AM PDT by looney tune
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To: paulklenk
I call the show Fox 'n Kids because they cut up so much, almost to the point of being amateurish. They break away to an adult for the news, however, which is really why I watch it, anyway.

But I refuse to watch the majors because of ABC-NBC-CBS-propaganda-speak. And CNN? - there, I've made my stomach turn again....ohhhhhhhhhhhhhh...the doctor warned me....ohhhhhhhhhh

20 posted on 05/21/2003 5:31:57 AM PDT by TheGeezer
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To: dyed_in_the_wool

Here's Kiran Chetry, sans bathing suit.

21 posted on 05/21/2003 5:34:01 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
I believe your dateline above is incorrect.....MARCH 21?
22 posted on 05/21/2003 5:38:04 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: Judith Anne; aristeides; floriduh voter; BOBTHENAILER; DakotaGator; SoDak; Grampa Dave; teeman8r; ..
Pong...

Chime in, please.
23 posted on 05/21/2003 5:38:24 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: Carolinamom
Ooops! MAY! Boy, do I need coffee!!!
24 posted on 05/21/2003 5:38:57 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
OOPs.....just noticed that YOUR date is correct for this March 21 article. PLEASE forgive......more coffee needed.
25 posted on 05/21/2003 5:39:25 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: Carolinamom
No, you were right... I wrote it this morning, just before I posted it. But have a cup for me, anyway!
26 posted on 05/21/2003 5:40:25 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: *GUILD
Ping!
27 posted on 05/21/2003 5:44:45 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
Did anybody else hear on Fox and Friends this morning the announcement that terrorists had hijacked an airliner and were threatening to fly it into a highrise in Saudi Arabia?
28 posted on 05/21/2003 5:45:27 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: paulklenk
OK, you asked.
The first thing I would do would be to either put some shades over those windows or block them out altogether.
There is nothing more distracting then catching a glimpse of some twit acting like a total dufus in the window, waving to the cameras,(while I'm trying to pay attention to E.D.'s figure) err, trying to pay attention to the topic of discussion!
29 posted on 05/21/2003 5:49:18 AM PDT by cuz_it_aint_their_money ("There is some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for." - Samwise Gamgee)
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To: Carolinamom
Yes, I did hear that.
30 posted on 05/21/2003 5:49:50 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
1. The little windows in the back of the set irritate me. Either have bigger windows or no windows. 2. I don't like the set - it's bland and they haven't ever changed it. 3. They remind me too much of Regis & Kelly. Gelman hasn't changed that show's format for years. It's good to change the format once in awhile so it doesn't become stale. 4. Lauren Green is in a different location from Fox & Friends and some of the banter is simply "how ya doin?" because they aren't together. 5. Just a little creativity in the morning - a little more entertainment and man on the street. (better than Imus who's been arguing all week with his news guy about who they like Lester Holt or Rick Sanchez. NOW THAT'S A STUPID WASTE OF AIR TIME.) FV
31 posted on 05/21/2003 5:50:24 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Seriesly. This is hugh.)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money
In other words, the show shouldn't look like "Today"! LOL...
32 posted on 05/21/2003 5:50:36 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
Lauren Green modeling swimwear every morning...
33 posted on 05/21/2003 5:52:11 AM PDT by GodBlessRonaldReagan (where is Count Petofi when we need him most?)
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To: BigWaveBetty; Hillary's Lovely Legs; Billie; mountaineer; Timeout; ClancyJ; daisyscarlett; LBGA; ...
Ping to the Guild...
34 posted on 05/21/2003 5:54:26 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
i have never seen the GAP sign. i like the show ALOT, i think their interplay is hysterical and very much like everyday people discussing the issues of the day. They poke fun at themselves and are very self-deprecating, which is a marked contrast to the other shows that take themselves OH SO seriously.

my pet peeve, and it applies across the board to Fox, is that they allow a person to be onscreen w/o identifying that person by the onscreen tag. If you miss where the person is introduced or aren't watching closely and miss who is whom, you are pretty much out of luck, because they may NEVER be identified during the rest of the segment. that totally irks me. I watched this AM and there was the extremely pretty black woman, a fox news analyst, Angela someone, and i had to stand there for quite awhile to see if they would put her name back up.

35 posted on 05/21/2003 5:54:54 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: paulklenk
and i disagree with you about the man on the street stuff. i could care less about what the people on the street thing, they are mostly clueless anyway! and i love mancow, i think he is hilarious. he is a highlight of the show for me!
36 posted on 05/21/2003 5:58:46 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: Carolinamom
They just mentioned the Saudi attempted hijacking. Just a blurb on F & F. Steve the Weather Guy is talking about the high alert status at the moment (guest Cap Weinberger). Steve's smart yet goofy enough when he's doing the weather to keep me amused.

They probably auditioned hundreds of people for F & F and I think they're all intelligent without being arrogant about it. I've heard Brian and Edie both hammer pundits. I don't think that's Steve's style. The three are a good balance.

The weekend team is coming together too.

37 posted on 05/21/2003 5:59:42 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Seriesly. This is hugh.)
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To: xsmommy
Yikes!

[Okay, I asked for it.]
38 posted on 05/21/2003 6:00:10 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: floriduh voter
I agree that Steve balances the other two well. He's not quite as obnoxious. Great personality.
39 posted on 05/21/2003 6:01:14 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
well i am just being honest, not mean!! : ) i don't think they need more gravitas, if i wanted the stuffed shirt, we are oh so intellectual, i would watch something else. Personally, their appeal is the feeling that this is a bunch of people in a bar talking about the issues of the day(which is xshub's description and why he is critical of it, but that is the very thing that appeals to me).
40 posted on 05/21/2003 6:03:17 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: xsmommy
I know you're not being mean -- and I totally understand what you're saying.
41 posted on 05/21/2003 6:06:19 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
Because the hub is out of town i had to take the kids to school and got to see part of F&F this AM, which is always a treat for me. I don't like the weekend crew as much, but they are growing on me.
42 posted on 05/21/2003 6:08:12 AM PDT by xsmommy
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To: paulklenk
I think they should bring back the puppet.

43 posted on 05/21/2003 6:14:49 AM PDT by Portnoy (No complaints here....as long as I'm fly fishing.)
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To: floriduh voter
I agree w/everything you say EXCEPT about the weekend Fox and Friends. I simply do not like their B Team.
44 posted on 05/21/2003 6:27:56 AM PDT by Carolinamom
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To: paulklenk
Love the show. Wouldn't change a thing. ;-D If they want any changes, let them decide. They're doing great.
45 posted on 05/21/2003 6:43:16 AM PDT by Judith Anne (*_____* if you're psychic...)
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To: Judith Anne
Hey, this is FOX News -- shouldn't I get to decide...?! [They report...]

46 posted on 05/21/2003 6:50:37 AM PDT by paulklenk
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To: paulklenk
A fun question, thanks paulklenk. I posted a link over at the Guild also.

I have lots of opinions about this but no ideas, so I'm pretty much worthless on this one, but I will suggest one thing for replacement hosts.

Never, NEVER seat Laurie Dhue (sp?) next to Greg Jarret. She's huge and he's tiny, it looks very weird when the camera pulls back for a wide shot.

And yes, Mancow is a bore.

47 posted on 05/21/2003 6:52:30 AM PDT by BigWaveBetty
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To: paulklenk
I never watch them. Imus is much better in the morning. Glad he is back.
48 posted on 05/21/2003 7:19:59 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Carolinamom
Is the B team too jovial for you? Lately, they are trying to present a more serious program but the guys are kind of out there. One of them appears to have a background in celeb reporting. The new anchor at FNC just said "From Al Quaeda" instead of whatever. It was a mistake and sounded like she was reporting for Al Quaeda. That's Uma and it's Wednesday.

Half off day at the Salvation Army for clothes. I'm off.

49 posted on 05/21/2003 7:36:25 AM PDT by floriduh voter (Seriesly. This is hugh. CLAY AIKEN, I'M CROSSIN' MY FINGERS BABE...)
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To: BigWaveBetty
Mancow reminds me of a guy who needs to increase his dosage.
50 posted on 05/21/2003 7:56:49 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death)
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