People like Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy facilitate the job of media critic. The things uttered by these co-hosts of the morning show “Fox & Friends” on Fox News are so patently moronic that they require very little explanation, very little annotation.
Yesterday’s show was a perfect example. After discussing the latest developments in the Ray Rice situation — in which the star ex-Baltimore Ravens running back assaulted his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator — Kilmeade joked, “I think the message is, take the stairs.”
Doocy countered, “The message is when you’re in an elevator, there’s a camera.”
Those comments are self-denouncing. There’s no need to waste much time describing just how barbaric they are. They’re almost undeserving of analysis. The Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson tweeted:
This is beyond appalling: “Fox & Friends” actually jokes about Ray Rice elevator assault video: http://t.co/0BMi8eCDZ9
— Eugene Robinson (@Eugene_Robinson) September 8, 2014
On this morning’s show, Kilmeade attempted to address the mouth-agape outrage that swarmed over “Fox & Friends” yesterday. He said: “Comments that we made during this story yesterday made some feel like we were taking the situation too lightly. We are not. We were not. Domestic abuse is a very serious issue to us, I can assure you.”
Stupid viewers: They misinterpreted the “Fox & Friends” jokes about domestic abuse as a signal that the issue was being taken lightly. What a silly misunderstanding we have here. Did anybody find an apology in there?