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How Fox’s ‘southern gal’ Ainsley Earhardt became a heavenly of ‘the many absolute TV uncover in America’

Ainsley Earhardt
in her office, that also serves as her closet, in Fox News’
midtown Manhattan headquarters.

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  • Ainsley Earhardt, the latest further to “Fox
    Friends,” is Fox’s new go-to for interviews with the
    trainer and his family.
  • A culturally regressive Christian
    southerner, Earhardt says she speaks for, and
    to, the secret and unnoticed “forgotten man” of
    center America.
  • And she’s joining with viewers in record numbers on
    the program dubbed “the many comprehensive TV uncover in

The footage of a large bombing is a bit fuzzy, but

Behind it, Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of a Red, White, and
Blue” crescendos as the camera pans to a quarrel of smiling
hosts perched on a white couch.

“That video is black and white, though that is what leisure looks
like. That is a red, white, and blue,”
says “Fox Friends” anchor Ainsley Earhardt.

Fox’s celebration of a US troops dropping a “mother of
all bombs” — the many comprehensive non-nuclear explosve in its
arsenal — on an ISIS cavern formidable in Afghanistan final April
annoyed widespread critique among liberals queasy by what
they saw as the deification of war.

But to Earhardt — a dear c0-host of the
most-watched morning uncover in America — a story is, in
fact, black and white: it’s about good guys murdering bad

And a good guys — the patriotic, God-fearing
Americans who make adult her loyal and flourishing assembly —

Small-town beginnings

Earhardt discovered early on that she was a healthy on
screen. Discouraged by her relatives from majoring in
theater, she chose a broadcasting propagandize during the
University of South Carolina, where she reported for and anchored
a student-run daily news broadcast.

“I desired any second of it,” she pronounced in an speak with
Business Insider.

After graduation, she hoped to get a pursuit during a local
sinecure somewhere in New York state to improved position
herself to one day live and work in New York City, a
lifelong dream. Plus, she figured, a few years up north
would help diminish her southern twang.

“I knew no one in New York City was going to sinecure me if we had a
southern accent,” she said.

But her coach during USC assured her to start with what she knew.
So Earhardt took a stating pursuit during a internal CBS associate in
her hometown of Columbia, where she incited neighbors into
sources and won the city magazine’s “Best Personality of the
Year” award.

In 2004, Earhardt jumped to a bigger news operation in San
Antonio, Texas. And usually 18 months after that, she got a call
from a large leagues. Fox News was tender with her tapes. So
she jumped on a craft and found herself in a room with Roger
Ailes, a late owner of Fox News and maybe a many powerful
masculine in media.  

Ailes saw something special in Earhardt and offering her a job.

Fox  Friends
Earhardt with her Fox Friends co-hosts Steve Doocy, left,
and Brian Kilmeade, right.

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‘I got a pursuit for being Ainsley’  

Earhardt, 41, has called New York home for a decade
now, though she could never be mistaken for a native.  

“She’s a southern gal — she has that Scarlett O’Hara ‘Gone
With a Wind’ kind of a drawl,” pronounced Marvin Hurst, a reporter
who worked with Earhardt in San Antonio.

And she doesn’t try to censor it. The
identity Earhardt once feared would criticise her
credit in New York media instead makes her relatable to
Fox’s viewers, many of whom accost from a South and Midwest.

Culturally regressive and a self-described “traditionalist,”
Earhardt sees herself as a voice for “the lost man” of
center America — a same white, operative category communities that
President Donald Trump appeals to. 

“I’ve had discussions with my friends who are New Yorkers here
that see things differently than we do and infrequently that makes
for ungainly review during a cooking table,” Earhardt said. “I
did grow adult in a southern Christian credentials and we have friends
from all walks of life, though we will never forget from where I

Earhardt is a investigate in authenticity. She’s disarmingly
aspiring and preternaturally extroverted, treating everyone
she meets like an aged friend, both on and off camera.

During a new shred with Bill Bennett, a former education
secretary underneath President George W. Bush, Earhardt discovered
Bennett’s mom had attended Columbia College in South Carolina at
a same time that Earhardt’s mom was a tyro there. During the
break, she called adult her mom, on orator phone, to ask if they
had known each other. It incited out they hadn’t, but
that didn’t moderate Earhardt’s enthusiasm.

“Tell your southern lovable mom we contend hello,” she told Bennett
cheerily as he left a studio.  

“She’s got luminary for days,” Jehmu Greene, a liberal
romantic and “Fox News” domestic analyst, told Business Insider
of Earhardt. “It’s some-more than that she’s charming, it’s that she
unequivocally does know how to make a tie with whoever she’s

Always seated between her older, sometimes
grumpy co-hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy, on what
they call a “curvy couch,” Earhardt’s easy giggle and friendly
chaff draws a spectator in. While Kilmeade and Doocy, both
20-year veterans of a show, can during times seem ungainly or tired,
Earhardt brings magnetism and ethusiasm. 

“She comes right by a television,” pronounced Deborah Knapp, a
maestro anchor who mentored Earhardt at a sinecure in San
Antonio. “It’s a singular peculiarity to bond with people like she
does. And a approach she appears is accurately who she is. Ainsley is
usually full of goodness. we consider people collect adult on that, and people
are captivated to that.”

A righteous Christian, she brings her faith into conversations
about politics in a approach that would likely be
argumentative on other networks. Earhardt says “God bless
you” to speak subjects fast hardships — “How can we not
contend a small prayer, a wordless small request right there on set?”
—  and brings pastors on a uncover to speak about
immigration process and NFL protests.

Few subjects animate her some-more than stories about alleged
attacks on Christianity. After a Missouri sheriff’s department
was criticized for pasting “In God We Trust” decals on their
patrol cars,
Earhardt argued that a sheriffs shouldn’t be forced to bow
to a sensitivities of atheists and agnostics, who make adult a
minority of Americans.  

“What about a majority? I’m so sleepy of safeguarding a rights
of a minority,” she said. “What about a rest of a country?”

Her audience notices, and they conclude it.

“Nice to hear a Lord’s name in a news on occasion,” one
Tennessee fan commented on the anchor’s Facebook page.

Fox Friends’ 1.6 million daily viewers have
met Earhardt’s toddler daughter, Hayden, who’s finished several
guest appearances on a show, as good as her husband, a former
pro football player, her siblings, and her parents, whose words
of knowledge desirous Earhardt’s best-selling children’s book.

As Fox co-worker Pete Hegseth once
remarked to Earhardt, “America knows you. They know your

Greene argues that Earhardt’s romantic interest is unmatched in
magnanimous media, that hasn’t nonetheless figured out how to “cut through
a daily domestic jabber and unequivocally bond with people’s
common values and bond with their hearts first.” 

Earhardt knows it.

“I got a pursuit for being Ainsley,” she said.

Back home in South Carolina, she’s a celebrity. Earhardt recalled
her mom pursuit her one day to say, “I was articulate to some
of my friends and, Ainsley, we consider we competence be famous.”

One Facebook fan recently commented on Earhardt’s page
that she had named her youngest daughter after her.

“I adore your beauty and grace,” a mom wrote.

Fox  Friends
Earhardt, and Kilmeade prepare on set with Kris Jenner in

D Dipasupil/Getty

‘I’m pursuit it like we see it’

On a network best famous for its often
outraged defenders of conservatism, Earhardt presents
as a reasonable, though firm voice of dignified clarity cutting
by a sound of domestic debate. If Fox Friends
sometimes adopts the simplified,
educational approach of children’s programming,
Earhardt is a schoolteacher. 

She takes a reduction sincerely domestic tack, creation her opinion known
on issues she’s ardent about, but frequency appearing
assertive or dogmatic. At
times stepping into a purpose of a peacemaker, she says she’s
sleepy of a annoy and multiplication in American politics, often
wondering aloud when a nation will finally come

Johns Hopkins highbrow Wendy Osefo, a visit Fox News guest,
told Business Insider that during a heated
segment in which Osefo debated a merits of
stealing Confederate monuments from a US Capitol with former
Trump orator Katrina Pierson, Earhardt acted like an
irritated mom “mediating” a quarrel between dual kids. 

But Earhardt is unapologetic in her invulnerability of a military,
her faith, and normal regressive values, and she often
displays manifest disappointment when she laments magnanimous disposition in the
“mainstream media.”

“I’m pursuit it like we see it. If we watch other networks it can
be frustrating to see a biased story,” she said. “We are
inflicting opinion in a newscasts like never before. That was
never finished and never taught in a broadcasting classes.”

She doesn’t acknowledge that Fox Friends also mostly tells one
side of a story, insisting that she tries to be as satisfactory as

“I do not wish to come opposite as being in a tank for them or
kissing their tails,” Earhardt says of a Trump administration.
“I mean, we wish to be a journalist, we wish to ask tough

But, she adds, “fair” means opposite things to opposite people.

“We also have to consider about a lost masculine and the
assembly that we have and what their concerns are and they’re my
same concerns too,” she says.

Earhardt attributes a arise of opinion in “mainstream
media” in partial to a popularity of existence TV.

“We watch existence TV, we like to see real, genuine,” she said.
“We wish to know what you’re unequivocally thinking.”

As on a shows that finished a likes of Trump and Kim
Kardashian famous, Fox encourages authenticity.

“Like a bosses have always said, we need to be yourself,” she
said. “It could impact your career, though a ratings have never
been improved and so a assembly is amatory what we’re giving them
and what we’re presenting.”

At a finish of a day, it’s not Fox that decides, she says,
viewers do.

Ainsley Earhardt with a Trumps
poses for a selfie with President Donald Trump’s dual eldest sons,
Eric and Don Jr.


Fox Friends is, of course, reviled by liberals and media
critics, who say it’s a worried speak uncover posing as
news and entertainment.

And it’s Trump’s favorite. By The Daily Beast’s count, the
trainer has tweeted about Fox Friends more
than 100 times given holding office, call The New York
to call it “the many comprehensive TV uncover in America.”

“The comprehensive many honest show,”
Trump says. 

Since Ailes’ ousting final summer, critics contend that Fox’s
programming arm — which includes Fox Friends and other
opinion-based prime-time shows — has become small more
a Trump infomercial.

Without Ailes, who was “beholden to no one,” media scholar
Jeffrey Jones told Business Insider a uncover “has incited into an
administration mouthpiece.”

Earhardt is mostly indicted of lobbing softballs and heaping praise
on her roughly exclusively regressive speak subjects,
including Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

In a Jun sit-down with Pence, she described the Paris
Climate Accord as “unfair” to America and asked
him how the Obama administration could have thought
otherwise. In an speak with Trump, she praised
his suggestion that he had taped
conversations with former FBI Director James Comey as a
“smart approach to make sure [Comey] stayed honest.” 

While a Times
has described the uncover as a “high-decibel megaphone
indicating directly during a Republican base,” “Fox Friends,”
in fact, reaches many over into a American electorate.
A solid third of a viewers brand as Democrats and

Earhardt argues — and some magnanimous guest determine — that
a left is underrepresented on “Fox Friends,” and the
network some-more broadly, in part because
they exclude invitations to come on.

“Every time we got an speak with a president, we asked for
Hillary Clinton, when they were using opposite any other, to
come on, too. Not once did she come on ‘Fox Friends,'”
Earhardt said. “I consider if Hillary Clinton had come on ‘Fox
Friends’ she would have gotten so many some-more votes, generally if
she had finished it over and over and over.”

Adrienne Elrod, a Clinton campaign’s executive of strategic
communications, agrees. After attack it off with Earhardt in
mid-2016, Elrod and Kristina Schake, Clinton’s former deputy
communications director, began appearing frequently on a show.

“We’ve got to do a improved job, as Democrats, communicating to
center America, to people who are examination shows that we might not
be putting adequate surrogates on,” Elrod told Business Insider.

Surviving amid scandal 

While Doocy and Kilmeade have hosted the three-hour morning
uncover given it launched in 1998, Earhardt is a fourth woman
to occupy a center mark on a curvy couch. 

The many famous of her Fox Friends predecessors, Gretchen
Carlson, claims she was dismissed from a network after refusing
Ailes’ passionate advances. (She also indicted Doocy of sexism and
condescension.) Carlson’s lawsuit and $20 million allotment was
a initial of a array of passionate nuisance allegations from other
Fox women that eventually forced
Ailes out. 

But Earhardt is unflaggingly constant to her former boss, whom
she’s pronounced she desired and noticed as a father figure. She credits
him for desiring in her from a beginning, and compelling her
while she was on maternity leave. 

She’s also demure to impugn any of her former colleagues,
including Bill O’Reilly and Eric Bolling, who have given been
forced out amid identical allegations of harassment, observant she
mourns a detriment of her colleagues who have “paid a ultimate
price” for their “sins.”

“My thoughts and my prayers are with these people since I
know them and we adore them all,” she said.  

Knapp says she’s not astounded by Earhardt’s faithfulness to her
former colleagues and to Ailes in particular.

“I consider there is a naiveté to Ainsley that also might have
stable her from some of what was going on,” Knapp said,
adding, “Ainsley’s a really constant person, and if we gave her her
mangle and her opportunity, she’s not someone who would spin on
him since of what other people had said.”

Ainsley Earhardt
Earhardt on a Fox Friends set in midtown Manhattan on
Sep 19, 2017.

Relman/Business Insider

Brushing off criticism

It’s tough to omit that Earhardt is during slightest a decade younger
than her masculine co-hosts (in Doocy’s case, dual decades) — and

Kilmeade once
joked that to partisan women employees, Fox “went to the
Victoria’s Secret catalog and we said, ‘Can any of these people

To critics, she’s necessary to keep “eyeballs on the
screen,” as womanlike Fox News host
Harris Faulker has said.

“She’s a flattering blonde lady — she’s a visual,” Jones said.
“It doesn’t make me feel good to impugn a lady and revoke her
to her looks, and we would never do that usually to contend that I
consider that’s precisely a asocial thing that Fox is doing.”

But Earhardt says a critique of her coming is astray and
that a multitude is “far past” giving appealing women a leg up
in a workplace.  

“The left is so vicious of a certain look, nonetheless they’re preaching
to be tolerant, so be passive of everyone,” she said. “If you’re
seeking me to go on set but makeup and but my hair washed,
you’re seeking me to be someone that I’m not … we suffer who we am.
And I’m gonna possess it.”

Greene says the critique of Fox women “reeks of sexism.”

“If a woman, Ainsley privately or any of us, are initially
judged usually by a external coming and not a substance,
that’s a problem,” Greene said. “That’s a conflict we’re all
fighting for equality.”

But Earhardt isn’t fighting any battle. She simply
brushes a critique off. 

Last year, she was coincidentally a theme of a “Saturday
Night Live” skit on a really night she had means her hermit and
his mom tickets to see a show. The comedians joked that she
looked like a lady unresolved out with her dad’s friends, “another
blonde” in a unchanging revolution of womanlike hosts on Fox

But Earhardt didn’t take offense. At work a subsequent Monday, she
joked about it with Kilmeade.

“He said, ‘Well, you’ve been here a year, we usually have one more
year,’ so we said, ‘Well, we can contend anything we want, it doesn’t
matter,'” Earhardt said. “So we’ve always laughed that I’m
usually here for dual years. we wish it’s longer than that.”

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