Fox News commonly fields complaints on social media and blogs such as this one about its programming. In most cases, the complaints focus on coverage emphases, political titling and other such issues that bear on any cable news network in the 21st century. Usually the network plows ahead, blocking out the noise from detractors.
Yet what happened on “Fox & Friends” this morning bucks the normal back-and-forth between cable news and its critics. In a segment on the latest news regarding Ray Rice’s assault of his then-girlfriend in the elevator of an Atlantic City hotel, co-hosts Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy traded jokes about the lessons of the episode, which was captured on a videotape published by TMZ.
“I think the message is, take the stairs,” said co-host Brian Kilmeade, to which fellow co-host Steve Doocy replied in the same spirit, “The message is when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”
An unmerciful reaction has swelled on Twitter, with this comment representing the sentiment:
— Kayla Green (@DJKilogram) September 8, 2014
A Fox News spokeswoman tells the Erik Wemple Blog that “Fox & Friends” will address this issue on the program tomorrow. Smart decision.