Lone guy at Fox News still worried about caravan, embarrassing colleagues
Dprobably ays after the midterm elections, one “Fox & Friends” producer was still “terrified” the network had scarcely spared a thought for the migrant caravan that only a few days ago, according to the network, was about to sweep into the nation and ruin it, thus demanding the immediate presence of U.S. troops at the border.
His whole Fox News family was mortified to discover Gary still believed in the horrifying vision of the caravan, even after Election Day.
In the green room, colleagues rolled their eyes as he kept asking, “Where is it? Why can’t we still see it?” and “What happened to Operation Faithful Patriot?”
“I can’t believe he doesn’t know,” one female colleague mused. “It’s kind of, what’s the word? Sad.” “I think he actually thinks this was all real,” a male colleague ventured, peering through an open door at the producer, who was frantically scrolling on his phone to see whether he could find any footage or coverage of the caravan. “He’s really worried about it. He took me aside at lunch and retold the plot of an entire ‘Doctor Who’ episode where if you looked away from something scary it would suddenly be much closer, and he couldn’t believe we were taking our eyes off this very real threat.”
The man paused to smother laughter. “I’m sorry. He actually — he keeps telling me he can’t believe the president stopped tweeting about it. He can’t believe.”
The “Fox & Friends” producer, accustomed to checking the screen every minute to watch the familiar ominous footage as hosts asked creepy, leading rhetorical questions about it, was shocked to see it was no longer there. “What about the diseases and terrorism?” he kept asking as his colleagues tried to avoid making eye contact with one another so they would not burst into laughter. “My whole family is in a bunker! We went to the polls explicitly because of this issue and the president’s effective messaging on it.”
One coworker showed several emails Gary had sent with all-caps subject lines to point out that if it was crucial for Fox News viewers to have breathless, hourly coverage of the caravan while it was a thousand miles away, surely it is more urgent for them to know exactly what Judge Jeanine finds frightening about the travelers now that they are closer and she is able to see them better. At time of writing, Gary had sent six such emails, including one in which he timidly suggested it might be possible to find more footage than just that one clip of someone saying “murder” over and over again.
“Some of us got together and tried to cheer him up by editing 10 minutes’ worth of footage to make it look like Jim Acosta was rapidly moving closer from hundreds of miles away with vengeance in his eyes, but it didn’t cheer him up at all,” his female colleague said.
“I do worry about him,” she added. “He seems genuinely afraid of the images that we had found and were playing on loop. Does he actually think that Santa Claus is white — or that Sean Hannity is a journalist?”