Fox News Whack Friday

A “brilliant,” “genius,” “eccentric,” “very funny” English professor with a new book about parents screwing up their kids by shrinking their imaginations stretches the interviewers’ imaginations on Fox & Friends Black Friday.

Juliet Huddy: “It’s kinda tough love for parents in a way.”
Anthony Esolen: “A finger in the eye for most of what we do to children these days.”

Rather than presenting his case straight, Dr. Esolen employed sarcasm, throwing off the bewildered anchors who failed to catch his drift.

We do want to destroy the imaginations of our children, otherwise our economy would collapse and people would stop buying things they don’t need and don’t really even enjoy.”

You can’t let your kid be outside because a single blade of grass out there is a more wondrous object than anything that the kid will see on a screen in a month’s time of viewing television and video games. So absolutely, you’ve got to keep them indoors.

We have done a job on fairy tales in our schools the last several years. You can’t have fairy tales because they are based on what every culture really knows about human beings – it’s archetypal, it’s natural human knowledge.

And we don’t want that because that really taps in the imagination. And so instead we have to replace it with stories about who ever happens to be politically favored at the moment.

Two minutes in, Esolen experiences a Fox & Friends finger in the eye as a befuddled Huddy and an stupefied Clayton Morris awkwardly bailed:

Mediate muses the pair may have believed they were being “punked” in an “amazingly bizarre interview.”

UK Daily Mail:  The academic frequently uses sarcasm in his work as a way of making a point, implying the show’s producers had not paid much attention to his style before asking him to appear.

Prof. Esolen is known for his jokes.  Advises one student:  “If you’re sensitive and from New Jersey don’t take his class.”

Saturday, November 24, 2012 @ 12:54 PM

  • CaptainPaul

    People with an IQ above 90 don’t get jobs at Fox “News”.  But nice boobs on the Fox newsbabe.

    • Marty Davis

       I guess I’m not getting why they didn’t get Esolen was being facetious. 

    • ZoneDaiatlas

      Wow..  That’s insult to a women that work at Fox News.  Do you have any proof that women working at Fox News have IQ’s lower than 90?

    • Marty Davis

      Relax, ZD, I think he was being facetious.  There are boneheads at all cable news networks — male and female. 

      RE: Fox babes, most are pretty and smart.  Only a couple are dumb as bricks.  Huddy, in my educated estimation, is one of them.  I can endure most anything but I have to turn off the TV when she’s on.  Huddy’s nasal voice is so annoying that I cannot watch Fox if she’s talking.  That’s so rare for me when a voice is so grating that I can’t stand it.  Only a couple of on-air talent have had that affect on me.  Rita Cosby comes to mind.  

    • John Cobb

      Maddow has that effect on me, I just want to jump out the window when she speaks, and when she starts with those smart ass smirky facial expressions, well, the song “suicide is painless” comes to mind.

    • Geezer


      You seem to have a two-tracked mind.

    • Marty Davis

      Captain Paul has written one other comment on this site re:  Petraeus “friend” Jill Kelley’s boobs.  I didn’t delete it.

  • Jimbotalk

    “If you’re sensitive and from New Jersey” is an oxymoron.

  • Tom Korzeniowski

    Media people in the dark? Hmm. Move along, folks. Nothing to see here.

  • frannie

    Totally agree with you on the nasal Huddy…..worst tv voice
    She needs a T&A…………..
    That is a tonsillectomy and adnoidectomy
    and a removal from my TVectomy

    • Marty Davis

       Very funny, Frannie!  I thought maybe I was overreacting.

    • frannie

      full faced juliet…lol

    • Marty Davis

       It’s worse than I thought.  She’s had more surgery than Demi Moore and Cher combined!

    • Marty Davis

      Oh and she’s had the T of  T & A, among other plastic surgeries.  Huddy has had so much work done she hardly resembles the pre-surgery version.