“Fox & Friends” Bungles Interview With Sharron Angle

One of Nevada’s top political reporters, who just happens to work for the Fox affiliate in Las Vegas, is mocking this morning’s interview of Senate candidate Sharron Angle by “Fox & Friends” hosts Steve Doocy, Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade:

LAS VEGAS — Harry Reid may not need to spend millions of dollars to marginalize his opponent in the U.S. Senate race.

He can just let “FOX & Friends” handle it.

Republican nominee Sharron Angle appeared on the cable news program Monday morning in an interview rife with inaccuracies, softball questions and poor research on the part of the producers and hosts.

Let’s get one thing straight, Brian Kilmeade: it’s not pronounced “Nev-ah-da.”

You’d think that’s something he would have picked up, being the host of a national news show. Brian, here’s a link to a Facebook group that can help you overcome your speech impediment.

Kilmeade’s error won’t hurt Angle, but the rest of the interview might. It must have stung when Gretchen Carlson opened by asking the four-term assemblywoman and former minority whip about the “whirlwind experience” she’s having as “someone who really has not been in politics before.”

What the what?

Fortunately, Angle quickly corrected her. However, instead of apologizing, Carlson laughed just as Angle was asking supporters to donate money to her campaign.

If Angle was upset, she didn’t show it. But no doubt her campaign team was furious that their candidate was being treated like some political novice who accidentally won the nomination, like the high school senior who runs for mayor and wins.

Carlson’s co-host Steve Doocy also left some audience members scratching their heads when he said Angle has been endorsed by Sarah Palin. She hasn’t.

Reid’s team will feast on the interview, especially Doocy’s final question, one of the few that asked Angle about her platform.

“Perhaps it’s a misinformation or mischaracterization, but some have said you are out to get rid of Social Security. That’s not true, right?” he said.

Angle called it “nonsense” and said she wants to “personalize” Social Security, so the government cannot “raid” it. Her website advocates free market alternatives and transitioning out Social Security.

Whoops. Of course, if you’ve watched even five minutes of the FNC morning show, you’d know that this really isn’t much different from what you usually see.

Anyway, here’s the video of Angle’s national “debut”:

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  1. grampagravy says:

    If I remember the election results from Nevada correctly, Angle won an election involving about 150K total voters. I think this interview was one of those rare times when Fox got it right. Angle is a non-starter and her “win” simply illustrates a dearth of viable Republican candidates in Nevada.

  2. sam says:

    “Carlson’s co-host Steve Doocy”

    I look forward to tonight’s Olberman show, when he’ll do his spot on Steve Doocy as Clem Kadiddlehopper thing.

  3. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    Sam, so you watch Olbermann. That explains alot about the opinions you have expressed here on the DailyKos. Or as it should be known. Outside the Reality. Funny how the non starter has better poll numbers than the Senate Majority leader. 40% of Nevadans strongly oppose Reid.

  4. sam says:

    “That explains alot about the opinions you have expressed here on the DailyKos. Or as it should be known. Outside the Reality.”

    Proof positive that Zels has no idea where he is or what he’s saying.

  5. G.A.Phillips says:

    *** look forward to tonight’s Olbermann show*** I don’t know Sam, that’s a mighty crary statement, i’m worried for you.

  6. john personna says:

    “Let’s get one thing straight, Brian Kilmeade: it’s not pronounced ‘Nev-ah-da.'”
    Trying to de-Spanish the word? That would be kind of funny.

    Wonder how they say “Sierra Nevada”

  7. Franklin says:

    I stopped reading when the writer called a mispronunciation a “speech impediment.” I dislike Fox & Friends as much as any thinking person, but that complaint is sophomoric.