Steve Doocy Doesn't Think We're Funny: Emailing with Fox & Friends

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Our new pen-pal, Steve Doocy.
Yesterday I wrote up sort of a half-assed blog post. It was mostly just a short clip of Rick Perry chatting with Steve Doocy from Fox & Friends about the evil feds, the nobility of the 10th Amendment and his overall job satisfaction. At the end of the clip in question, Perry suddenly said to Doocy, "Come down and check on your daughter at SMU." I joked that the line gave me "cold chills."

I know, I know. My managing editor, Patrick, rated that line as "Not a laugh riot, but fine." He was being nice. Look, they can't all be winners, OK?

The post went up at 1:27 p.m. At 1:44, this email from Steve Doocy appeared in my inbox.

SUBJECT: Steve Doocy @ FOX News

LETTER:
Hi Anna,
I saw your Rick Perry item, what does your last line mean?

"Perry signed off with a playful (or something) admonishment to Doocy to "Come down and check on your daughter at SMU." We suddenly have cold chills."

Either email me or give me your number. Thank you.


PERSONAL INFO:
Steve Doocy
New York NY
doocy@foxnews.com

Oh dear.

I debated what to do. Two minutes later, Doocy returned.

SUBJECT: Steve Doocy, one more thing...

LETTER:
By the way, my correspondence with you is not to be published. Thanks.
Steve Doocy

PERSONAL INFO:
Steve Doocy
NYC NY
doocy@foxnews.com

That sounded serious. I did a little emailing with my bosses before sending a reply to my new friend, Steve Doocy.

Hi Steve Doocy,

First off, I do need to let you know that anything you send to me, via email or otherwise, we will reserve the right to publish. You can't post-fact or unilaterally take anything off the record, particularly correspondence emailed to me. I possess what's contained in my inbox. You can also speak with my managing editor, Patrick Williams, about that if you like, patrick.williams@dallasobserver.com.

However, you're always free to post your comments in the comment section of our blog, if you prefer that over emailing me. Most people do.

My joke was a bit of snark in the governor's general direction. In the past few months the governor and the Legislature have cut 2/3 of the state family planning budget, some $73 million, which will have a devastating effect on clinics statewide. They also effectively killed the federal Medicaid Women's Health Program by writing a rule that bars Planned Parenthood from it, which previously saw some 40 percent of WHP patients. All this is a particular catastrophe in Texas, which has the highest rate of uninsured people, especially women, in the nation. According to clinicians I've interviewed, many low-income women will simply have to go without medical care, which I'm sure we can both agree is a real tragedy.

Our audience is familiar with all of those facts, because we've covered them exhaustively, along with most other Texas media outlets. At this point, a joke about Rick Perry telling someone to "check on your daughter" is weighted with a lot of implied meaning about how Rick Perry and other conservative politicians in the Legislature have treated women -- that is, with an utter disregard for their health, safety, or rights to comprehensive medical care.

Also, it was a strange comment, uttered in a weird tone, crammed sideways into a discussion that wasn't about your family at all. Was he speaking in code? "The fat man walks alone"-type thing?

If you have any other questions about women's health or Governor Perry's unique sense of conversational timing, please feel free to contact me.

Best,
Anna Merlan
Staff Writer, Dallas Observer

He hasn't replied just yet. I can't understand why. It seemed like he really wanted to talk to me.

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Benson
Benson

Love both but then again. Never mind.

The Credible Hulk
The Credible Hulk

Perry said what he said because "Adios, Mo-Fo." wasn't really working for him anymore.

It's really a great catch-phrase, though. Just not if you're the Guv.

JackD
JackD

Wow..reduce the flow of taxpayer money going to freeloaders and knock the abortion mongers at Planned Parenthood out of the picture  and now we have a catastrophe and disregard for "rights" to comprehensive medical care.  All because the government is less involved!  Please, go tell it to your fellow travelers like Fidel, Karl, Che, and Oboobma.  We are weary of your leftist drivel, and more and more of us see right through it.

jfpo
jfpo

 You trolled the wrong thread, dumbass.

JackD
JackD

Try reading the 3rd paragraph of Merlan's reply.  I'll hand the pointed hat back to you.  Try knowing what you're talking about when you decide to troll.

Arm-a-Dildo
Arm-a-Dildo

Doocy, call me dude.  My hand is getting tired.

Love,

Your daughter

Toran
Toran

Hey Anna leave Doocy daughter alone! u liberal hypocrites! 

Mervis
Mervis

Wow. Check out this Twitter feed.

cp
cp

This is a joke, yes?

Mavdog
Mavdog

It seems to me that any TV person who would actually ask if someone was "interested in being Newt Gingrich's Vice President" isn't anybody that I would take seriously anyway.

like Gingrich is going to get anywhere near the White House, unless of course he is invited to be a guest at a state dinner.

But back to Doocy. The Perry remark is a bit, no a lot, odd to have at the end of an interview, and Anna's attempt to make levity of it failed. Which would surely be the end of it unless....

Unless Doocy decides to contact Anna for an explanation of her attempt at humour. Look, the joke wasn't funny, but in all honesty Doocy's reaction certainly is.

JimS
JimS

All men over 45 know that any and all trying-to-be-funny remarks about young girls will just make people want to call 911. Except some men. 

MattL1
MattL1

Fun times! Well done.

blackflon
blackflon

You're entire response was unnecessary and ignorant. In fact you're entire writing on the subject was unnecessary and ignorant.

Coleman
Coleman

 "you're." hah. I don't usually make posts like this, but the irony is simply dripping off of this comment.

RTGolden
RTGolden

yeah... not once, but twice in the same comment!

JeffyBovineKoldyChimeriGraham
JeffyBovineKoldyChimeriGraham

and you are an ignorant. racist, obsessed pig, we all know Blacklung that you are obsessed with Fox News and have admitted to wanting to see Doocy naked.

blackflon
blackflon

Oh, looky here, Patrick Heckman is loose on the internet again while his wife is having sex with the UPS driver.

JeffyBovineKoldyChimeriGraham
JeffyBovineKoldyChimeriGraham

Hey Blackfungus, how would you like someone to make a rape joke about your wife....wait you cannot rape something  that is blown up and make believe.

RTGolden
RTGolden

You two should get a room already.

JeffyBovineKoldyChimeriGraham
JeffyBovineKoldyChimeriGraham

oh look it Blackdung, trying to be funny. So tell every here about your quote on trolling the playgrounds and wanting Obama to hang from a tree.

Sam Swank
Sam Swank

Anna, that letter you wrote to Steve was absolutely stunning. Don't look for a response...there's not one for him to give.

Huskerfan6363
Huskerfan6363

You're a typical Fascist loving FREAK till you grow up and have to pay for your pathetic life yourself. My bad you scumbag's never grow up and DEMAND your nasty lives be supported like good little Communist.

RTGolden
RTGolden

You must have read a different story than I did.

Ed D.
Ed D.

I, um, wow...I'm starting to miss all those Liverpool fans that would flood the comment section whenever Tom Hicks got a mention. There is just so much failure in these friendly fans of the friendly friends at Fox & Friends that I don't know where to begin.

Coleman
Coleman

 the Liverpudlians were bad, but they had nothing on the Sarah Palin goons.

LaceyB
LaceyB

But the Liverpool guys were funny! And creative swearers.

dub919
dub919

Random capitalization and improper use of punctuation makes me happy.  I guess those things are for the "liberal elite".

Mickister
Mickister

 Honestly, I didn't know who he was insulting or what he was talking about. 

It worries me even more that at least two people liked his comment, though one of them is presumably him liking his own comment.

cp
cp

They're regular posters over at the DMN...

primi timpano
primi timpano

Yes, creepy statement from a creepy guy  But who the hell is Steve Doocy?  He is in media and wants to put an email off the record ex post facto?  

Mickister
Mickister

I didn't get the line the first time I read it.  Even after this explanation I'm still not entirely sure I get it.  I guess I don't understand why this lack of civility or professionalism was necessary, either.  Maybe it's just my imagination, but this place seems to be rapidly melting down without a certain individual's presence. 

Steve
Steve

Regardless of the whole "Fox & Friends are morons" thing, or the "Rick Perry is bad" thing, I read that as a jab at someone's child.

Dick move.

Also, obstinately publishing the email:  Dick Move.

 

RTGolden
RTGolden

Discus seems to have eaten my comment where I posted the relevant section of Fox News' own Terms Of Use, where it states that anything you send them can be used by them, edited by them, published, distributed, etc, etc, ad nauseum....  You can look it up, it's not difficult to find.  Had the roles been reversed, I'm certain the emails would have flashed up on Fox and Friends.

Regardless of how I feel about Anna's take on the comment (I'm confused how the governor's comment was creepy, or how Anna's tongue-in-cheek snark is offensive), Doocey was an idiot to send an email from his corporate Fox News email account, about a personal matter (a violation of policy in most corporations), to another news agency's corporate email system, and then, after the fact, demand it be off the record. If he wanted it kept quiet, he should have used his private email account, and stated clearly, up-front, that this was a private matter, and that he was merely inquiring, as a concerned parent, what was meant by the line in the article.

Or, better yet, kept his mouth shut and you know, called his daughter to check on her?

LaceyB
LaceyB

How do you get Disqus to "eat your comments?" God, there's some shit on unfair park I wish I hadn't said...

cp
cp

Didn't realize diqus was so smart!

RTGolden
RTGolden

I dunno, maybe because I copied and pasted the text from FoxNews.com's Terms of Service.  Discus ate the post out of professional courtesy to the DO?

RTGolden
RTGolden

When a 'face' of a rabidly conservative national morning news program, emails a writer for an unabashedly liberal alternative paper/blog, he has to be a complete idiot if he thinks the email won't get published.  Especially when he's emailing from his Foxnews.com email address and to her observer email address.  If he wanted it kept private, he should not have been using his corporate email account anyway, in most cases a violation of standing corporate policy to use company email for private business.  Also important to keep in mind, the Observer, and Fox News, state very clearly in their Terms of Use, that any information submitted to, on, or through their servers is fair game.

From the Fox News Terms of Use:

"... By posting any User Content on, through or in connection with the FOX News Services, you hereby grant to FOX News and our Affiliated Companies, licensees and authorized users, a perpetual, non• exclusive, fully• paid and royalty• free, sublicensable, transferable (in whole or in part), worldwide license to use, modify, excerpt, adapt, create derivative works and compilations based upon, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such User Content on, through or in connection with the FOX News Services or in connection with any distribution or syndication thereof to Third Party Services (as defined below), on and through all media formats now known or hereafter devised, for any and all purposes including, but not limited to, promotional, marketing, trade or commercial purposes. FOX News’ use of such User Content shall not require any further notice to you and such use shall be without the requirement of any permission from or payment to you or to any other person or entity...."

Fletch
Fletch

Kudos on your reply...I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fox News is a joke.  "Fair and balanced" my ass.

auntiecairo
auntiecairo

I don't get why Doofus was upset with you - Perry's comment was very stalker-esque.  It's amazing how paranoid people at Fox are - and conservatives in general - when they are always talking about protecting the Constitution.    Look forward to his response - because there isn't one as far as justifying what Perry has done in Texas or Republicans are trying to do to the rights of women. .  .

DeathBreath
DeathBreath

In my opinion, your post was hilarious.  Fuck Perry, Doocy, & all of GOPigs that roam the earth!

 

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

would you kill them all if you could?

Iolanthe
Iolanthe

 I'd prefer it if they came to their senses naturally somehow, so the rest of us who have remained sane don't HAVE to put them out of their misery, and they can join us over here in the *good* world.

jfpo
jfpo

Only when we have to. You know, self defense and all.

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Well I guess I have to ask this question, What  More of the low hanging fruit ??????

Or Did you call 1 -800-Dumb"A"Gov and have his comments delivered directly to your door in a Gift Basket ?I hope you Typed Fox in the place by the Microphone Icon .

LaceyB
LaceyB

When did we stop fucking swearing on this blog? C'mon OCT!

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Okay How about 1-888-ASS-WIPE ?

Coffee vs Rum ( the cheap stuff)

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

 I do wish I would have come up with 888 ASS-WIPE first it is cooler by far . And Matches rick perry .

LaceyB
LaceyB

Much fucking better. Thank fucking you! :)

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