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Earhardt Lands at Fox News
NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein

Posted on 03/04/2007 6:04:53 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest

Fox & Friends Weekend hasn't lost Kiran Chetry -- it's gained Ainsley Earhardt. The recent FNC hire began her tenure on this weeend's shows, and by all appearances has made a smooth landing. Sandwiched between the "Kelly Brothers," Kelly Wright and Greg Kelly, one of the first stories the trio discussed this morning was the results of the presidential straw poll at this weekend's CPAC conference in Washington.

Kelly Wright described Mitt Romney's straw poll win as a surprise "because of his Mormon background," then added that "he isn't running to be chief theologian, he's running to be chief executive officer of the United States." Observed Earhardt: "a lot of people were skeptical about [Romney] but many people after hearing him speak at the CPAC conference yesterday, many people were calling to say he's going to be the top candidate." Ainsley also made reference to Newt's relatively strong showing of 14% despite the fact that he won't join the race, if at all, until at least September.

View video here.

My two cents say that while Romney's win was mildly surprising, this was after all not an evangelical gathering but a conservative one. Among the frontrunners, McCain wasn't present and Rudy is openly liberal on the social issues. Mitt's win thus shouldn't be much of a shock. He also was apparently the best-organized candidate at the event, the halls and corridors thronged with T-shirted supporters.

But back to Ainsley. I bit of Googling unearthed this article, which reveals that she comes to FNC from KENS TV in San Antonio, Texas. A reporter there writes of the move:

A bit more digging reveals that Earhardt is originally from South Carolina. As for being a Christian with fairly conserative values, in this article Ainsley mentions that the two people with whom she would most like to have dinner are Jesus and Ronal Reagan. Of the late, great president, she says: "I love Ronald Reagan. I respect him because he, as an individual, came from nothing. He was very close to his mother, came from a Catholic background and worked his way up becoming an actor and then President of the U.S. I thought he was so handsome; he was a wonderful husband who loved his wife, just an honorable man. I thought that some of the decisions he made as President were great."

As long as we're getting biographical, in researching this item I learned that Greg Kelly spent nine years as a fighter jet pilot in the Marines and is now a Major in the Marine Reserves. Kelly Wright is an Army veteran who attended Oral Roberts University.

In any case, welcome Ainsley -- we'll be watching!

Aside: As for the headline -- yes, I know that Ainsley's last name isn't spelled quite the same as that of the famed flyer, Amelia Earhart. A little aviation license on my part, so to speak.

Contact Mark at mark@gunhill.net


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: ainsleyearhardt; cpac; foxnewschannel
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1 posted on 03/04/2007 6:04:57 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest
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To: Behind Liberal Lines; Miss Marple; an amused spectator; netmilsmom; Diogenesis; YaYa123; MEG33; ...

New-FNC-host ping to Today show list.


2 posted on 03/04/2007 6:05:41 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I have to admit that it is disconcerting to see Kiran Chetry on the Clinton News Network these days.


3 posted on 03/04/2007 6:07:10 AM PST by sauropod ("An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools." Ernest Hemingway)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

What happened to Courtney Feil?

Did they dump her already?


4 posted on 03/04/2007 6:09:00 AM PST by JRochelle (Hunter/Thompson, or Thompson/Hunter 2008.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

She's certainly gotten my attention.


5 posted on 03/04/2007 6:09:12 AM PST by mainepatsfan
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To: sauropod

What a shame! I really liked her.


6 posted on 03/04/2007 6:09:19 AM PST by proudofthesouth (Mao said that power comes at the point of a rifle; I say FREEDOM does.)
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To: sauropod

Don't watch it!


7 posted on 03/04/2007 6:12:57 AM PST by Coldwater Creek
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To: JRochelle

I found her personal web page in which she describes herself as a "fill-in anchor" at FNC, so presumably we'll be seeing her from time to time.

http://www.courtneyfriel.com/


8 posted on 03/04/2007 6:13:27 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: sauropod
****I have to admit that it is disconcerting to see Kiran Chetry on the Clinton News Network these days.*****

Oh no! That sucks, big time.

I wondered what happened to Kiran,but CCN?? gag.
(I was hoping she was on vacation )

9 posted on 03/04/2007 6:22:03 AM PST by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a 'Right Wing Gun-Nut Extremist'.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

In an earlier segment intro, Greg Kelly introduced her as our "co-host for the day".


10 posted on 03/04/2007 6:24:23 AM PST by Hornet19 (Be Politically Erect.)
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To: Condor51

She had a contract dispute with FNC and was abruptly let go. Apparently FNC didn't feel that she and her agent handled things in an appropriate manner.

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_21265848.shtml


11 posted on 03/04/2007 6:25:55 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I watched Ainsley yesterday & now, this morning and I am quite impressed.

I didnt know she worked in San Antonio.


12 posted on 03/04/2007 6:26:45 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I havent seen hide nor tail of Chris Knowles since the flap over his wife's contract.

I guess he departed, too?


13 posted on 03/04/2007 6:27:56 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: texanyankee

Looking it up on the internet, it appears so. His biography seems to be gone from their site and a few sites say they parted amicably.


14 posted on 03/04/2007 6:33:00 AM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

There must be a little more to the story.

If Kiran was that happy at FNC, she should have fired her agent first!

And how that abominable Greta manages to hold down the worst hour on cable is beyond me.


15 posted on 03/04/2007 6:36:41 AM PST by quantim (Do not underestimate the evilness of the 'soccer mom.')
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To: quantim
And how that abominable Greta manages to hold down the worst hour on cable is beyond me.

Greta covers crime and legal issues quite well. IMO

16 posted on 03/04/2007 6:44:20 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: quantim

Well I for one am glad Kiran is gone. What a motormouth. Now if they'd just get rid of Gretchen who's also a motormouth.....both of them were grandstanders who wouldn't let anyone else finish a sentence. Ainsley seems to be just fine as was E.D., Alison Camarota and a couple of the others.


17 posted on 03/04/2007 6:49:03 AM PST by Newfy
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To: Dr. Scarpetta; quantim

"Greta covers crime and legal issues quite well. IMO."

I agree. I used to write Greta off, buying into the image of her as a biased liberal. I rarely watched her, but when I began to in recent weeks, I found her truly "fair and balanced." She plays it down the middle, asks appropriate questions, and doesn't try to grandstand or overly promote herself. She's won my respect.


18 posted on 03/04/2007 6:53:29 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: quantim

Have a look at this story and be sure to follow the link to the letter FNC sent Kiran's agent. To say they didn't part on amicable terms is an understatement.

http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_21265848.shtml


19 posted on 03/04/2007 6:54:40 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Yep, been through the PDF and saved it for the next time one of my reps get on my nerves. ;-)


20 posted on 03/04/2007 6:59:04 AM PST by quantim (Do not underestimate the evilness of the 'soccer mom.')
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
described Mitt Romney's straw poll win" I've read elsewhere that McCain won by a few votes. Wrong?
21 posted on 03/04/2007 7:01:12 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Is it possible you're thinking of the results of the Spartanburg, SC straw poll?

http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=:ePkh8BM9E2IF2mHAAqLyDFhBVBKEVwKkwHYB2akQoVwIlWHAArPRSOBQ0_H5PMImKvttznDddvcRBwCyAg7Y/0-1&fp=45ea4fc25b6d4857&ei=sN_qRcOENK2esQGtweXiBQ&url=http%3A//www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/politics/16822592.htm&cid=1114143030


22 posted on 03/04/2007 7:03:27 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: JRochelle
What happened to Courtney Feil?

I found her to be in over her head. She did not exhibit the ability to talk at ease like Kelly and Kelly and several times I observed Greg Kelly jump in to save her from herself.........

23 posted on 03/04/2007 7:05:06 AM PST by Hot Tabasco
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Darn. Chetry was hotter than a chicken pot pie. This gal is just OK.


24 posted on 03/04/2007 7:08:50 AM PST by pissant (http://www.gohunter08.com/)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Is it possible you're thinking of the results of the Spartanburg, SC straw poll? Uh, yeah.
25 posted on 03/04/2007 7:09:50 AM PST by TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
Holy molly. That agent is a putz.
She wants to stay at FNC, the price was apparently right - and he screws it up, I'd sue (not FNC).

However, IMO the guy got it right regarding Gretchen Carlson. It pains me to watch Fox and Friends now. But the arrogant way he put it .. unbelievable.

And thanks for the info :-)

26 posted on 03/04/2007 7:09:57 AM PST by Condor51 (Rudy makes John Kerry look like a 'Right Wing Gun-Nut Extremist'.)
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To: Dr. Scarpetta

While Greta's show is sometimes inane, she doesn't give me high blood pressure attacks like some of the other people on FNC. Compared to Nancy Grace-less, Greta's a gem.


27 posted on 03/04/2007 7:12:06 AM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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To: Newfy

LOL....I always want to call Gretchen....Gretched! And she is!!!


28 posted on 03/04/2007 7:12:43 AM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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To: TheLawyerFormerlyKnownAsAl

Middle of the night counting brought McCain from far down int he pack to the lead! LOLOL......shades of the Iowa caucus. And of course, the media ignores the fact that Romney bussed in oodles of supporters and did lots of show prep.


29 posted on 03/04/2007 7:14:07 AM PST by OldFriend (Swiftboating - Sinking a politician's Ship of Fools by Torpedoes of Truth)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I hope she replaces Gretchen on the week day F&F program because Gretchen is horrible! She's the one who should be working weekends, or better yet, be a fill-in.
30 posted on 03/04/2007 7:14:08 AM PST by dmw (Aren't you glad you use common sense, don't you wish everybody did?)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest; OldFriend

Another good thing about Greta, beside the fact that she covers legal issues well, is that she does not come across as a liberal, and she appreciates the military.


31 posted on 03/04/2007 7:16:06 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: texanyankee

Who is Chris Knowles's wife? Apparently I am way out of the loop!


32 posted on 03/04/2007 7:21:41 AM PST by KsSunflower
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

Ainsley Earhardt?? Is she, the #3 or the #8? :>)


33 posted on 03/04/2007 7:23:25 AM PST by PlanoMike
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

I used to write Greta off, buying into the image of her as a biased liberal.

Greta moved over to Fox from the Clinton News Network.
I remember she came on after some facial surgery, and many were making fun of her here at FR.
I to was skeptical of her at first, but she has proven to be in the fair and balanced column, most of the time.


34 posted on 03/04/2007 7:25:07 AM PST by buck61
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To: texanyankee

Ok...got it I googled. I had no idea he and Kiran were married!


35 posted on 03/04/2007 7:25:17 AM PST by KsSunflower
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To: Hot Tabasco; anita; All

I thought she was over her head, too and it was painful to watch. Decided to skipp F&F when she was on so I missed the new gal this weekend. I hope she does well and I can bear to watch again.

For those wondering about Chris Knowles, FRper Anita posted last Sunday IIRC that he and Fox had an amicable parting as he realized Kiran's behavior and comments were out of line.


36 posted on 03/04/2007 7:36:28 AM PST by babaloo
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To: buck61
"...but she (Greta) has proven to be in the fair and balanced column, most of the time."

How can you be unfair and unbalanced when you never cover anything but the crime of the week?

37 posted on 03/04/2007 7:39:00 AM PST by penowa (NO more Bushes; NO more Clintons EVER!)
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To: buck61

"I remember she came on after some facial surgery, and many were making fun of her here at FR."

Looks like it didn't take....! One another subject, Geraldo "The Fake", still has a job.


38 posted on 03/04/2007 7:43:29 AM PST by Capt_Hank (btu's...kcal's...to kJ's, but my activation energy is still high.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest

>>>Ainsley mentions that the two people with whom she would most like to have dinner are Jesus and Ronald Reagan


Smart girl. I'm sure neither would allow a dinner guest to run out of bread or fish.


39 posted on 03/04/2007 7:54:08 AM PST by tlb
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To: KsSunflower

Yep, Chris Knowles the weather guy is married to Kiran Chetry.

I didnt know it until just a couple of months prior to Kiran having her baby.


40 posted on 03/04/2007 7:55:44 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: PlanoMike

You'd have to buy an 'n' ;-)


41 posted on 03/04/2007 8:06:44 AM PST by governsleastgovernsbest (Watching the Today Show since 2002 so you don't have to.)
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To: sauropod

WHAT!?!?!?!?!?!? Kiran Chetry left for CNN? Oh man, this just turned into a bad day. I loved that girl and she left for the Clinton News Network. Talk about turncoat!


42 posted on 03/04/2007 8:13:15 AM PST by pctech
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To: Condor51

" It pains me to watch Fox and Friends now.'

I've cut back from the full three hours to just F&F First. And it's still too much. What damaged the show for me was the new 'let's be silly' production values where the weather segment is twice as long because of the crosstalk, giggling replaces what was already commentary-lite, and their personal lives require frequent airing with more giggling.

Replacing Chetry with Gretchen almost blows the deal for me. It won't be long 'til they're off my TIVO, I think.


43 posted on 03/04/2007 8:17:05 AM PST by gcruse (Having half-white Obama play the race card is like Michael Jackson playing the gender card.)
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
I agree. I used to write Greta off, buying into the image of her as a biased liberal. I rarely watched her, but when I began to in recent weeks, I found her truly "fair and balanced." She plays it down the middle, asks appropriate questions, and doesn't try to grandstand or overly promote herself. She's won my respect.

I agree. I never understood the liberal tag she had around here. Not that I doubt she's a liberal (I assume everyone's a liberal until they prove otherwise) but I didn't pick up on it from her shows.

44 posted on 03/04/2007 8:18:12 AM PST by tsmith130
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To: governsleastgovernsbest
You've shed more light on this. Apparently Kiran wanted to stay but she let some loud mouth and arroggant agent try to broker a deal for her that was more than what Fox and Kiran had originally intended. Granted, I think that Gretchen Carlson is a bit wooden myself but you don't demand the firing of one personality just to benefit your client.

I hope that Kiran learns for this but she's now made the mornings less bearable for lots of Kiran fans.

45 posted on 03/04/2007 8:19:53 AM PST by pctech
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To: texanyankee

I've seen Chris Knowles on Fox several times since Kiran left. Mentioned it to my hubby just a couple of days ago.


46 posted on 03/04/2007 8:24:49 AM PST by JustaDumbBlonde (America: Home of the Free Because of the Brave)
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To: texanyankee

Kiran had a baby? She was pregnant? I don't ever recall seeing her pregnant! Did she gain more than 2 pounds? Wow..


47 posted on 03/04/2007 8:27:06 AM PST by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL ( **Hunter-Tancredo-Weldon-Hayworth 4 President**)
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To: penowa

Greta's crimes of the week are made worse by the fact that they are all tabloid news. Fox & Friends provides more coverage into topics like the Libby trial, Sandy Burglar, and other issues that actually do have an impact on the country.


48 posted on 03/04/2007 8:27:53 AM PST by kaboom
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To: JustaDumbBlonde

Well, that's news to me. I know that after their daughter was born & Kiran returned to Fox & Friends, Chris started doing the news in the evening shift. But I havent seen him on TV since the flap with Kiran, her agent and her immediate departure.


49 posted on 03/04/2007 8:42:36 AM PST by texanyankee
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To: getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL

Yep, Kiran had a baby girl - probably a year ago now?

Alison got herself pregnant again and she had a baby, too. She is still away taking care of baby, evidently.


50 posted on 03/04/2007 8:44:42 AM PST by texanyankee
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