It should come as no surprise that Fox’s Outnumbered ignored most of the content of Elizabeth Warren’s and Hillary Clinton’s speech yesterday and instead continually sneered about their outfits.
The segment began with cohost Harris Faulkner commenting, ”Just a little while ago, Hillary Clinton joined by Elizabeth Warren. Did you see the matching pants suits? There they are.”
That was incorrect. While Clinton did have on a matching blue jacket and pants, Warren wore a black shirt and black pants with a jacket that was a different shade of blue.
After playing a clip of them attacking Donald Trump, Faulkner remarked that Warren’s appearance is fueling speculation she could be Clinton’s running mate.
Of course, Faulkner worked in one of Trump’s insult tweets: “Crooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage.”
Faulkner snarked, “Now, I mentioned the matching suits and the need, for maybe, a color wheel with these women.”
Cohost Melissa Francis, supposedly an objective anchor on Fox Business, laughed loudly.
Cohost Sandra Smith added, “It would have helped, Harris.”
Another Warren clip was shown. This time, she said, “Donald Trump says he’ll make America great again. ...It’s stamped on the front of his goofy hat. You wanna see goofy? Look at him in that hat.”
Francis laughed loudly again, then started the attack: “Not only did they did they have matching suits, they had the matching hair. ...I think this really points out we should not be conversing about people’s looks. …Because if you throw stones you better look in the mirror first.”
Lou Dobbs, the show’s #OneLuckyGuy scoffed, “I love the fact two women in matching blue pants suits are having a conversation about a man’s hat."
Francis laughed again.
Dobbs continued, "This is at the level of a class president's sophomore year of high school. They look ludicrous. They are behaving preposterously and if this is their idea of elevating the public discourse in a presidential election, I think Trump wins going away."
Cohost Kennedy commented on the possibility of a Clinton/Warren ticket with nasty sarcasm: “Stunning. I mean, I really think you’re gonna see a huge shift in the polls. They’re Thelma and Louse at the end of the movie. They would drive the country off a cliff. I mean, that will happen with certainty if you elect these two people.”
“Objective anchor” Francis laughed so loudly, Fox went to a close up of her face.
Kennedy was not done. She went on to call Warren “more impressive” than Clinton because she “got to where she is on her own merit, she didn’t need her husband to precede her in any office.” But she also said Warren would “truly run an economy into the ground.”
Dobbs added, “I don’t know how you would describe these two people but as two supernovas exploding and about to die. ...The closer they get to one another the more they neutralize one another. The worse each makes the other look. It is a sad day when this is the best they can come up with."
Kennedy jeered, “Because it looks like they are going bowling?”
Again, anyone paying attention would have noticed Clinton and Warren were not in matching pants suits. But even if they were, I somehow doubt this Outnumbered panel would mock the outfits of any conservatives running for elected office.
Watch what passes for "fair and balanced" news analysis below, from the June 27 Outnumbered.
A few minutes later AB Stoddard was interviewed. No one commented, but I noticed, that AB was wearing the same color blue as Clinton and Warren had on, plus the backdrop on AB’s set was also the same color blue.
In fact, The Hill’s colors are that shade of blue, and so too are Stoddard’s clothes often aqua blue.
Instead of insulting Clinton and Warren, Fox should have shut up, or if feeling compelled to comment simply pointed out that the Clinton campaign colors include that shade of blue. GOPers at conventions are worn bizarre outfits and colors, many of them looking quite goofy.
P.S. Of course, no one is pointing out that mocking Clinton’s clothing, outfits, appearance, or hair style is quite sexist.
Is it a bonus system – maybe $500 for regular besmirchment, $1,000 for unpleasantness above and beyond the call of duty, $5,000 for a Youtube-worthy zinger? Maybe they have Frank Luntz and wired up to a throbometer out the back somewhere – and pay out for measurable ‘reasons for thickening’.
The more boring explanation is pretty simple – follow the script and flash your parts or eff off.
In the Battle of Britain the Nazis changed their strategy of bombing airfields and factories to bombing London. A blitz on London every single day. Well that’s what this is, a blitz on Hillary every day until election day.
Go ahead ladies and mods, flame away.