Doocy father and son both ignore son's report about some young voters' knowledge of Obama

››› ››› MORGAN WEILAND

On the August 25 edition of Fox & Friends, Peter Doocy, son of co-host Steve Doocy, purported to report on what young voters know about Sen. Barack Obama. But despite acknowledging that he spoke "to some people who knew some things about his résumé," Peter Doocy aired only clips of people who did not demonstrate substantive knowledge of Obama. Peter Doocy then announced that when asked what they like about Obama, the "average 18-year-old" says "he's young, he speaks well, and he's a great performer" and said: "Could this be the first American Idol president?" Also ignoring his son's report of having talked "to some people who knew some things about his résumé," Steve Doocy said: "[Y]ou've told me that a lot of the kids your age love Barack Obama. They just don't know anything about Barack Obama."

From the August 25 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

STEVE DOOCY: You hit the streets yesterday, right?

PETER DOOCY: Yes. And I asked kids why Barack Obama is so popular. Take a look.

[begin video clip]

PETER DOOCY: Like me, this will be our first national election. None of us have ever been involved in any kind of nationwide voting unless, of course, you count American Idol. In the last season, almost 98 million votes were cast for American Idol. That's 80 million more than Barack Obama got in the primaries.

What do you guys look for in an American Idol performer?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Someone who exudes confidence, who is a great performer.

PETER DOOCY: So America chooses their American Idol based on confidence and performance. But that's not how we pick presidents. We look at their record.

Is there a specific piece of legislation he has put through that makes you want him to be our next president?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I don't know.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Not that I know of.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: His, um --

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I don't know.

PETER DOOCY: So maybe they don't know much about his résumé. What about his showmanship?

OBAMA [video clip]: We are going to win this general election.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: His voice is solid and trustworthy.

PETER DOOCY: Barack Obama's voice?

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Eloquent. He makes a good political celebrity, shall we say.

PETER DOOCY: Have you ever seen in your 22 years a better political performer?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: No. I'm from Alaska. We're kinda sheltered up there.

[clip of American Idol judges laughing]

PETER DOOCY: Now, I want to make one thing clear. I did speak to some young people who knew some things about his résumé. But if you ask the average 18-year-old what they like about him, they'll say he's young, he speaks well, and he's a great performer. Could this be the first American Idol president?

OBAMA [video clip]: Hello, everybody.

[end video clip]

STEVE DOOCY: Well, there you go, Peter. You make a very good point. A lot of the -- you've told me that a lot of the kids your age love Barack Obama. They just don't know anything about Barack Obama.

PETER DOOCY: That's right. Now you know.

Network/Outlet
Fox News Channel
Person
Steve Doocy, Peter Doocy
Show/Publication
FOX & Friends
Stories/Interests
Barack Obama, 2008 Elections
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