Fox & Friends is Adorably Hopeful on Border Wall Deal: I Bet Trump’s ‘Got Something Up His Sleeve…’


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Sean Hannity may not be on board, but the Fox & Friends gang is keeping the faith. Tuesday morning on the curvy couch, Fox & Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy, Ainsley Earhardt, and Brian Kilmeade did an impressive job trying to put on a happy face for President Donald Trump following the announcement of a border deal which secures less than 25 percent of what the commander-in-chief was seeking for a physical barrier. “[M]aybe this is a start,” Earhardt said. “Maybe the president would say, ‘Okay, I’ll agree to this. But I’m going to get money elsewhere.’ He said we definitely are going to build the wall.” Brian Kilmeade said, no matter how much money is allocated, the wall can only be built so fast. “The $1.375 billion, a lot less than $5.7,” Kilmeade said. “However, you get 55 miles. It’s taken them a Continue reading "Fox & Friends is Adorably Hopeful on Border Wall Deal: I Bet Trump’s ‘Got Something Up His Sleeve…’"

Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt: Democrats Want to Protect Geese, But Not Lives of Babies


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Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt tackled the looming foie gras ban in New York — over concerns that force-feeding ducks and geese is inhumane — asking why Democratic lawmakers don’t share the same concerns about abortion. As a bill to ban foie gras is considered, New York state just passed a bill loosening restrictions on abortion. Under previous law, abortions were allowed after 24 weeks of pregnancy only if the mother’s life was at risk. Now, abortions are allowed after 24 weeks if the mother’s health is threatened, or if the fetus could not survive outside the womb. In an interview with New York City Republican councilman Joe Borelli, Earhardt asked the question: “A lot of conservatives, and frankly a lot of people in New York overall, are concerned about this because they say there is not a protection for life when it comes to our babies. New Continue reading "Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt: Democrats Want to Protect Geese, But Not Lives of Babies"

Fox & Friends Debates Whether or Not God Decides the Outcome of NFL Games


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Does God influence the outcome of NFL playoff games? This was the question discussed on the Fox & Friends curvy couch Tuesday morning after a news report of a Maine pastor who appeared to correctly predict the final score of the New England Patriots defeat of the Kansas City Chiefs. The pastor apparently put words on a sign outside his Skowhegan church that said “God does not have a favorite team but the pastor does!!  Patriots 37 Chiefs 31” which was the final score. Co-host Ainsley Earhardt appeared to be blown away by the pastor’s prediction repeating what the pastor put on the sign. Brian Kilmeade replied “He is allowed,” to which Ainsley asked, “You don’t think that God cares who wins the game, right?” Kilmeade responded “I’m pretty sure God lets the game just play out,” which seemed to surprise Earhardt. “I think God is in everything,” Earhardt proclaimed which was Continue reading "Fox & Friends Debates Whether or Not God Decides the Outcome of NFL Games"

Ainsley Earhardt: Shutdown ‘Inconvenient’ But Trump Wants You to Go to Bed Without Fear of ‘Being Killed by an Illegal’


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The shutdown may be inconvenient, but President Donald Trump‘s cause is noble, Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt said on Wednesday: he doesn’t want you to go to bed in fear that you might be murdered by an illegal immigrant. On the Fox News morning show Wednesday, co-host Brian Kilmeade lamented that the shutdown meant many government attractions, including the Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo, were closed over the holidays. “It is an inconvenience,” Earhardt said, before turning to Trump’s hardline rhetoric on illegal immigration: “But the president is saying most of the people are good people, but there are some bad apples in the group. And even though it is an inconvenience, he’s saying that your safety, and your security as an American, that you deserve to be able to go to sleep at night and not have to worry about being killed by an illegal immigrant. Continue reading "Ainsley Earhardt: Shutdown ‘Inconvenient’ But Trump Wants You to Go to Bed Without Fear of ‘Being Killed by an Illegal’"

Mediaite Q&A: Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt on Her Holiday Special, the Importance of Uplifting Stories — ‘All Sides…Can Relate’


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As one of the hosts of Fox & Friends, Ainsley Earhardt spends the better part of three hours per day mired in the political conversation of the day. So often, particularly in these times, that grueling conversation can take a toll on one’s spirit. So Earhardt set out to break free of all that, and tell some heartwarming stories for the holiday season. In Ainsley’s Holiday Special — a two-hour long program currently streaming on Fox Nation — the Fox & Friends host spent time with the folks at the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an injured veteran being gifted a free new home, and others. All in an effort to shine a light on the type of stories which can inspire viewers. Mediaite caught up with Earhardt to discuss the special, and the importance of avoiding politics from time to time. This interview has been edited for context and clarity. Mediaite: Continue reading "Mediaite Q&A: Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt on Her Holiday Special, the Importance of Uplifting Stories — ‘All Sides…Can Relate’"

Fox & Friends Hosts Come Out Swinging With Kellyanne: Trump ‘Has No Leverage’ for Wall


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Fox & Friends came out swinging in their interview with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, pressing her over President Trump‘s apparent caving on his promise to get his border wall funded. Steve Doocy started things off by noting Trump was “very clear he’d be proud to shut down the government if he didn’t get funding for the wall.” “What’s up with that stand?” Doocy asked. As Conway dismissed the funding fight as being about the wall and accused Democrats of flip-flopping on border security, Brian Kilmeade pushed back: “Kellyanne, we know all of that, but the president has no leverage!” “That’s not true,” Conway responded, and when Doocy noted that Paul Ryan doesn’t want the wall either, she said the outgoing House Speaker should really try to make border security part of his legacy. The interview proceeded with questions of whether Trump is truly willing Continue reading "Fox & Friends Hosts Come Out Swinging With Kellyanne: Trump ‘Has No Leverage’ for Wall"

Wolf Blitzer, S.E. Cupp Rip Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt: She Wants Us to Cover Trump Like They Do in ‘Dictatorships’


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CNN’s S.E. Cupp did not appreciate Ainsley Earhardt‘s suggestion that the media should cover President Donald Trump exactly as he wants. Earhardt has drawn criticism over a remark on Fox & Friends Thursday in which she defend Trump’s anti-media rhetoric by saying, “If you don’t want to be called the ‘enemy,’ then get the story right, be accurate and report the story the way [Trump wants] it reported.” Cupp said she was “gobsmacked” by the comment, and that Earhardt’s suggestion was “a total dissembling of the job of the media.” “It is so disturbing,” Cupp said. “We are here to be a check on power. We are not his press shop. We are not his spokesperson, we are not his marketing team. We in the press are here to fact check and to be a check on power. It is not our job to be liked. Continue reading "Wolf Blitzer, S.E. Cupp Rip Fox’s Ainsley Earhardt: She Wants Us to Cover Trump Like They Do in ‘Dictatorships’"

Critics Call Out Fox’s Ainsley Earhart For Saying News Should Be Reported the Way Trump Wants: ‘N-U-T-S’


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Fox & Friends‘ Ainsley Earhart got panned by critics on Thursday for gobbling up President Donald Trump‘s defense of his anti-media rhetoric without any kind of pushback. The Fox News morning show covered Trump’s interview with Axios — in which he justified calling the press the “enemy of the people” because “it’s my only form of fighting back.” Rather than making a note of how Trump’s rhetoric connects to the recent bomb threats to CNN and the president’s various critics, Earhart suggested that if the media doesn’t want to be attacked anymore, they should report on the president exactly as he demands to be covered. “He’s saying if you don’t want to be called the enemy, then get the story right, be accurate and report the story the way I want it reported,” Ainsley Earhardt said. “I think that’s a good point,” Brian Kilmeade concurred. Earhardt taking Continue reading "Critics Call Out Fox’s Ainsley Earhart For Saying News Should Be Reported the Way Trump Wants: ‘N-U-T-S’"

Fox & Friends Defends Trump Media Attacks: He’s Simply Asking Report News the ‘Way I Want it Reported’


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Fox & Friends offered some light criticism this week of President Donald Trump‘s use of “enemy of the people” to describe the media. In light of pipe bombs being sent to CNN by one of the president’s fervent supporters, Axios asked Trump about his use of the term in an interview. The president explained: “It’s my only form of fighting back. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t do that.” That explanation was apparently enough for Fox & Friends to justify the president’s use of the Stalinist phrase. “Clearly what he doesn’t like, is he does not like stories that he feels are not fair to what he is doing,” co-host Steve Doocy observed. Doocy pointed out that Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei pressed Trump on the possibility that his heated rhetoric could incite violence. Ainsley Earhardt cut in: “How frustrating would it be if you are the president Continue reading "Fox & Friends Defends Trump Media Attacks: He’s Simply Asking Report News the ‘Way I Want it Reported’"

Sarah Sanders Suggests Negative Coverage of Trump Partly to Blame for Bomb Scares


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On Fox and Friends on Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders spoke about President Trump‘s rally last night and the many devices and suspicious packages mailed to prominent administration critics and foes this week. Sanders said that the media is partly to blame for the events. Host Brian Kilmeade first noted that there were additional targets, including Robert de Niro and Joe Biden, noting both are critics of Trump, and co-host Steve Doocy brought up the President’s tweet from this morning in which he placed blame on “fake news.” Sanders first replied to Kilmeade that the administration condemns “violence in all forms”, calling the situation a “despicable act”. She answered Doocy by agreeing with the President. “Certainly the media has a role to play in this process,” she said. “When 90% of the coverage about this president is negative, despite the historic successes, when ideas are Continue reading "Sarah Sanders Suggests Negative Coverage of Trump Partly to Blame for Bomb Scares"

Fox & Friends‘s Brian Kilmeade Hits Trump Economy: $21 Trillion in Debt ‘Bothers Me’


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During one of Fox & Friends‘ regular moments touting President Donald Trump‘s booming economy, co-host Brian Kilmeade offered a notable fact check. After a restaurant patron in Florida told Steve Doocy that the current economy was the best of his lifetime, co-host Ainsley Earhart noted, “that’s pretty strong!” “Probably true,” reliable Trump booster Pete Hegseth said. “Except for the $21 trillion in debt,” Kilmeade deadpanned. “That kind of bothers me.” “Well that’s a whole thing,” Hegseth said. “You can only take care of one thing at a time, Brian.” “What’s one more trillion!” Earhardt joked. Trump’s tax plan and and massive budget spending deal from earlier this year ensured his administration amassed $1 trillion in debt by March. In August, the U.S. passed the $21.3 trillion mark, and the national deficit rose to $1.2 trillion in the fiscal year. Watch above, via Fox News.

Ainsley Earhardt Walks Back Her Earlier Report That Trump Considering Manafort Pardon


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Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt broke some news on Hannity Wednesday night when she said President Donald Trump told her that he “would consider” pardoning Paul Manafort, his former campaign chief found guilty on eight counts and faces 80 years in prison. Here’s a transcript of Earhardt’s comments on Hannity Wednesday night:
Earhardt: He mentioned pardoning Manafort. Hannity: He did mention pardoning Manafort? Earhardt: He did. He said that he would consider that. He feels I think — I think he feels bad for Manafort.
In her actual interview with Trump that aired on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, which Fox News told Mediaite was aired unedited, Earhardt asked the president about a Manafort pardon and he simply said he has “great respect” for Manafort. Earhardt appeared to walk back her characterization of Trump’s comments on Fox & Friends. “He never said he was going to pardon Continue reading "Ainsley Earhardt Walks Back Her Earlier Report That Trump Considering Manafort Pardon"

Trump on Legal Issues: I Get ‘Good Information by Watching a Number of Shows’


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In the first year of the Trump administration, there was something of a debate about how much television that President Donald Trump watched. Critics claimed that he was too obsessed with news coverage  (reportedly watching eight hours a day), while he denied that he even had time to watch television, despite the fact that an inordinate amount of his tweets were critical of cable news programming. Well in year two of his time in the White House, it appears that Mr. Trump is now more willing to admit his predilection for television viewing, which was revealed in Fox News exclusive interview with Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt. When asked about the legal problems of the now-former attorney for Trump Organization Michael Cohen, the Commander-in-Chief claimed that what is being alleged is not a crime. “By the way, he pled to two counts which aren’t a crime which Continue reading "Trump on Legal Issues: I Get ‘Good Information by Watching a Number of Shows’"

Trump on Impeachment: ‘Markets Would Crash’ and ‘Everybody Would Be Very Poor’


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The midterm elections are roughly 11 weeks away, and the issue of impeaching President Donald Trump has become a talking point, especially on conservative-friendly media outlets. The GOP appears to be thinking that if they can successfully make the midterms a referendum on impeachment, they can do better, though the vast majority of Democrats have tamped down impeachment talk instead claiming that the Mueller investigation should first run its course. This became a topic of conversation in Fox News exclusive with Ainsley Earhardt, who asked the President if he believes the Democrats will try to impeach him. His elliptical reply can best be summed up with  “I don’t know how you can impeach somebody who has done a great job. ” He added that if he ever got impeached “I think the market would crash. I think everybody would be very poor because without this thinking, you would see — Continue reading "Trump on Impeachment: ‘Markets Would Crash’ and ‘Everybody Would Be Very Poor’"

Trump Blames Justice Dept. Corruption Under Obama; Again Blames Sessions


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President Donald Trump sat down for an exclusive interview with Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt yesterday on a day that followed what many agree to be the most difficult day of news for the embattled president. After discussing the plea deal made by Trump’s longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen that directly implicated Trump, Earhard asked if he was considering pardoning his former Campaign Chair, Paul Manafort, who had recently been found guilty of eight charges of banking and tax fraud. Trump often answers in an what is charitably called an elliptical manner, filled with short run-on clauses. Critics might see his response as rambling and unfocused. A rough transcript is below, but his answer about Manafort quickly turned to Hillary Clinton’s issues, John Podesta, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok. Earhardt noted that “a lot of people are frustrated with the DOJ and Jeff Sessions,” then asked if Trump plans on firing Continue reading "Trump Blames Justice Dept. Corruption Under Obama; Again Blames Sessions"

Trump Considering Pardon For Paul Manafort, Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt Says


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Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt said on Hannity Wednesday night that President Donald Trump will consider pardoning Paul Manafort. Sean Hannity — interviewing Earhardt after her interview with the president that is set to air tomorrow morning on Fox & Friends — asked if Trump was more angry at his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen than Paul Manafort. Earhardt replied: “He mentioned pardoning Manafort.” “He did mention pardoning Manafort?” Hannity asked. “He did,” she replied. “He said he considered that. He feels I think — I think he feels bad for Manafort. They were friends, he didn’t work for him for very long. Worked for him for basically 100 days. The president didn’t know about all of this tax stuff. He wouldn’t know about that.” Earhardt’s full interview with the president will air on Fox & Friends Thursday morning.

Trump Says Hush Money Payments to Women Came From Him, Not Campaign


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President Donald Trump denied that the hush money payments to women arranged by his lawyer Michael Cohen came from his 2016 campaign, claiming they instead came from himself. Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt sat down for an exclusive interview with the president in the wake of Cohen implicating the president in crimes, stating Trump directed him to payoff the women — porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal — during the 2016 campaign. Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign-finance violations as a result of those payments. In the interview, set to air in full Thursday morning, Trump claimed that he only found out about the payments later on. That’s in contradiction to Cohen’s statement in court, as well as the recording released by Cohen that shows Trump speaking about the payments in September 2016. “Later on I knew,” Trump said on Fox & Friends. “Later on.” Trump Continue reading "Trump Says Hush Money Payments to Women Came From Him, Not Campaign"

Trump Denies He Directed Michael Cohen to Pay Off Women: I Found Out ‘Later On’


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President Donald Trump denied that he knew about payments his former lawyer Michael Cohen made to women alleging affairs in an interview released Wednesday, claiming he only found out about the payments “later on.” Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt sat down for an exclusive interview with the president in the wake of Cohen pleading guilty to campaign-finance violations and other charges. Cohen implicated the president in the crimes, stating Trump directed him to payoff the women — porn star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal — during the 2016 campaign. In the interview, set to air in full Thursday morning, Earhardt asked Trump: “Did you know about the payments?” “Later on I knew,” Trump replied. “Later on.” Curiously, Trump went on to claim that the money for the payments “did not come out of the campaign,” so did not violate campaign finance laws, but “came Continue reading "Trump Denies He Directed Michael Cohen to Pay Off Women: I Found Out ‘Later On’"

Fox & Friends‘s Ainsley Earhardt Argues America is Great Because We Beat ‘Communist Japan’


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Fox & Friends‘s Ainsley Earhardt may have to hit the history books. When discussing New York governor Andrew Cuomo‘s assertion that America “was never that great“, Earhardt said that America is definitely great because “we defeated communist Japan.” Say what? “We ask our men and our women to go overseas to fight for our country and sacrifice so much for this great country so that we can be the land of the free, the land of the brave,” Earhardt said. “We’re the most generous country in all of the world. Yes, we have our faults. But because of this country, our world is definitely a better place. We are great.” Steve Doocy cut in to try to clean up the mess, saying we defeated “Communism and Japan and so many other things,” but the damage was done. Twitter let Earhardt have it – hard:

‘He’s Out With the People’: Fox & Friends Runs North Korean Propaganda, Calls Kim Jong Un ‘Quite the Romantic’


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Fox & Friends took time on Thursday to show the “lighter side” of North Korean dictator Kim Jon-Un, airing photos from the regime’s state-run propaganda network of the brutal killer visiting a fish factory with his sweetie, because awwwww. Something’s changed since their coverage in February (below). But what it could be… This morning, Fox anchor Jillian Mele read the story, which had no discernible news value, beginning with the fluff-piece classic line “turns out Kim Jong Un is quite the romantic.” Referring to Kim as the “North Korean dictator” she explained that he took his wife on a tour of a fish pickling factory. “State media releasing the photos to showcase what the rogue regime considers its economic strength,” she said. “The softer side,” quipped Steve Doocy after the Mele tossed it back to the hosts. “Very romantic,” said Ainsley Earhardt. “A fish factory.” “Very romantic,”
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