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Fox & Friends call shenanigans on Obama...for his beer choice?!?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 2nd 2009 10:01AM
Beer! Yea beer!Morning news shows are a goldmine of cringe-inducing moments and epic fail goodness. The title alone makes me laugh because only half of it is accurate due to the fact that it airs in the morning.

By far the unintentionally funniest show is that morning cup of crazy on Fox News, Fox and Friends. They truly cover news stories that no one else does as their on-air promos suggest because no one in their right mind would consider it news. I'm finally starting to understand Walter Cronkite's distrust of the 24-hour news network model: you'll call anything news to fill time.

Hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson and Brian Kilmeade actually took President Barack Obama to task for ordering a Budweiser instead of an American-brewed beer during his recent "Beer Summit" with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley.

If I led the marketing campaign for Bud, I would run with coverage immediately. "Drink Budweiser instead of Coors! It won't give you the crazies!"

And this wasn't just a three-minute spot they dedicated to the topic. According to a recent episode of The Daily Show and a clip posted at Gawker, Fox and Friends must have dedicated even more time to Obama's snubbing of domestic beer companies. Even one of their reporters in the White House Press Corps brought up Obama's beer loyalty during a White House press briefing with Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. I'm glad I didn't watch all this as it aired because it would have driven me to drink before noon.

A politician's beer choice shouldn't get more than a minute of air time on a national news network. It's barely worth the time discussing between three ale-swilling drunks who don't have the motor skills to pick anything except "It's Raining Men" on the jukebox.

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Oh those mean-spirited Fox and Friends.

They must be acting on some kind of vast right wing conspiracy!

How dare they! But what about those level headed, mature, unbiased networks who said the same thing about the messiah's drink of choice not being an American beer? Oops, I forgot, only Fox News can be complicit in any wrong doing. Funny how it hasn't hurt their ratings.

August 03 2009 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Ugh. Fox News. Just, ugh. At least it's been hilarious fodder for both Colbert and Stewart.

August 03 2009 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am done with this blog. You back doored your way into this story. Network news (post Cronkrite) uses this trick as does the Times on occasion. We cannot possibly cover the story but we can cover the coverage of the story.

Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

And the comments are just pure drivel.

I thought the comments from the faux dust storm created from Alaska's First Quitter who got her panties in a wad (and the national media attention she desperately craves) were completely banal. These comments are just so moronic.

Why the hell does anyone pay attention to 24 hour cable networks? Why? They are all filled with Howard Beales. All of these networks would make Paddy Chayefsky blush with shame.

We have enough real problems to contend with in our society without these faux, non-sensical problems including the bailout money to AIG, GM, and Chrysler that we are never ever going to see again (that money was poured down a hole), the demand to continue bailing out auto dealers (what do you think Cash for Clunkers is?), and the FACT that roughly 30% of all Americans lack access to affordable health insurance (Medicare and Medicaid represent socialized medicine). Let's not pay attention to those real, and pressing public policy issues.

Instead let's focus on the current president's decision to drink a Budweiser. A decision that 55% of beer drinking Americans make because Budweiser despite its now Belgian ownership remains the best selling beer in America.

All of you are dumb.

August 03 2009 at 9:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Bah, pointing fingers at someone for not drinking american beer ? If they are so upset about using being unpatriotic for using non-american things, they should look to themselves first.
Bet you a hundred dollars those machines/cameras/computers they use are made in some factory in China or Taiwan. In fact if they would live as they want others to live, the channel would be dark as a dungeon. Which wouldn't be such a bad thing...

August 03 2009 at 6:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I actually found myself wondering about the non-domestic beer thing, too, so to devote only a minute and a half to it, whatever. But in the end, it was more about pulling two guys together to feel better or something, and yeah, enhancing Obama's image as a regular American guy. Say what you will about his politics (I personally don't have an opinion and willingly admit my ignorance), but I like Obama the guy.

And yeah, at least Bud is still brewed in the US, but you know what? It's true, some foreign beers are just better!

But seriously, when the government is footing the bill, you don't order some puny regularly-priced beer available for $6 or so a six-pack on the shelf, you order a freakin' St. Bernardus abt. 12!

August 03 2009 at 5:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Surprised they got the beer company right, anyone else see them labeling Iran as Egypt the other day? FoX news the special ed of news.

August 03 2009 at 3:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Regular Cup Of Joe

This is funny, it reminds me of how celebrities act. They want (demand) people to pay attention to them, and act like children when the the press does not give them the exposure they want. They demand that their political views are aired, but take no responsibily in how it will hurt the regular person. Then when the paparazzi gets involved, giving them exposure like they demand, their private lives are off limits.

Here we have a President that used this as a PR event. And make no mistake about it, it is just that, a PR event (look at how the chairs were arranged in a 3-camera layout for a TV show effect). So when people treat it like a celebrity event - after all, this is not a President, he is a celebrity and demands to be worshipped like one - people are upset. CNN even reported that the White House reported days before what each was going to be drinking (http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/07/29/bee-choice-at-obama-meeting-touches-off-new-debate/), furthering that this was a PR event.

As for FOX making it an issue about the nationality of the beer, you need to look to others also, including one person who has a big -D next to his name. In the article I referenced above, Richard Neal, a **Democrat** from Massachusetts, sent a letter to the whitehouse asking to use domestic beers (specifically Sam Adams). But that is ignored because we can't criticize a Democrat for doing the same thing, we need to go after that evil FOX news.

August 02 2009 at 5:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to Regular Cup Of Joe's comment

If that was the case, then why the hell didn't Fox News criticize him for staging this, or not coming off as genuine, or...anything BESIDES the motherfletching beer choice?? There could be different arguments as to why this whole 'beer summit' thing is stupid, but criticizing the beer choices and devoting that much time to this talking point is idiotic.

Basically you just pointed out how badly Fox News botched a logical counter-attack.

August 02 2009 at 6:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Regular Cup Of Joe

You are right, Steve. The problem is that FOX needs this type of thing to fill air time. MSNBC does not have problems filling air time with all that time they devote to Olberman giving the Nazi salute and calling Bush a fascist, or Matthews getting a chill up his leg, or using the original slogan of "The Power of Change" (no politician used a similar slogan), or giving a tour with Obama in the White House, or...

Is FOX more right leaning than the others? Sure. But to claim that only they do this type of news story, while the others give pure, hard hitting news, only news, and is in no way unbiased for the left, is a disingenuous joke.

August 02 2009 at 6:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big Al

Walter Cronkite isn't just rolling over in his grave, he's spinning like a top! I agree, this is just plain ridiculous coverage, no matter the network, no matter the political affiliation.

You can take the President to task for his taste in beer, considering there are so many tasty microbrews available (Bud is swill), but that's about it. To make this a political issue is outright, to put it mildly, idiotic.

August 02 2009 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Is this even surprising to anyone? I mean, if you're a Republican there are legitimate criticisms you can make about a president from the opposing party; however, for the most part Fox is comprised of a bunch whiny school children. One only needs to look at the frothing Bill O'Reilly.

August 02 2009 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Coca-Cola was bought by a German company, would it be suddenly be an international cola, and not American? No.

August 02 2009 at 1:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jimmy's comment

Yes, yes it would.

Is Toyota American because it builds some cars here?

August 02 2009 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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