Posts tagged with "Fox News"

No bridezilla here: Woman’s lengthy, considerate wedding party survey gets rave reviews

July 29, 2021

In a world where bridezilla stories dominate headlines, there’s one bride-to-be who has won over TikTok with her considerate wedding planning process. Fox News reports.

Talia Morales, 29, began her wedding planning journey when she got engaged to her fiancé Eulalio Wolfe, 30, in June.

After throwing herself into full planning mode to meet their December 2021 wedding date, Morales went viral on TikTok for the thoughtful bridesmaid questionnaire she sent out to her wedding party through Google Forms—a free online survey platform.

In a four-part series she shared from her handle, @onemorwolf  on June 23, Morales showed her followers that Google Forms can help brides keep track of their bridal party’s comfort levels and preferences in a way that she feels is a more organized communication style than group chats.

For her four bridesmaids and maid of honor, Morales started off her form by greeting her bridal party and sharing details about her wedding theme and colors.

The form then goes on to ask for:

  • Each person’s name,
  • Where each bridesmaid wants to stay the night before the wedding,
  • Whether she wants her hair and makeup professionally done,
  • What she anticipates her bridesmaid dress budget to be, and
  • Her preferred style of dress and shoes.

“I consider myself to be organized and detailed, and I have used Google Forms many times for different tasks in the past,” Morales told Fox News, adding, “Now that I am wedding planning, those skills truly radiate. Planning a wedding is no easy task and the more organized, prepared, and detailed, the better.”

Other notable parts of her survey included inspiration photos and availability requests that can help determine scheduling for group dress shopping and pre-wedding events. 

Morales, who is from Texas, also provided an area where her bridesmaids can share ideas for a bachelorette party destination; and which dates and times would be ideal.

At the end, Morales included an open-ended section where her bridal party can voice questions, comments or concerns.

“I understand that each of my bridesmaids [has] a different budget, style, and schedule,” Morales wrote to Fox News. “They will be standing next to me on one of the most memorable days of my life. The least I can do is be mindful of their spending and their time.” 

From the responses she received, Morales was able to create a subsequent survey, where her bridesmaids could vote on the choices that were narrowed down from the previous Google Form.

When it comes down to how her bridal party felt about her inclusive questionnaires, Morales said, “Honestly, I could not have chosen a better group of girls. They are supportive and dependable, and I am truly blessed to have their friendship.”

In total, Morales’ videos have garnered more than 298,350 views and has inspired thousands of commenters.

“Thank you for doing this!! Your bridesmaids are so lucky,” one TikTok user commented.

Another user wrote, “This is exactly what every bride should do. This is really considerate of your [bridesmaids’] budget, time, & schedule.”

Research contact: @FoxNews

Fox News runs disclaimer on-air during Trump CPAC speech about 2020 election

July 13, 2021

On Sunday, July 11, Fox News aired a disclaimer adding context to comments made by former President Donald Trump referencing electoral fraud during his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), The Hill reports.

“And now, it’s also because I got more votes, 75 million, than anybody in the history of the presidency, and far more than Clinton, far more than Obama, and a record 12 million more than 2016,” Trump said of what he has continued to describe as an effort to “rig” the election against him. “Think of it, in the history usually they go down a little bit second term and they win, but they go down a little bit.”

According to The Hill, as Trump continued to make misleading or false claims about the result of the election, Fox News, which was carrying the former president’s speech live, replaced its chyron with a disclaimer. 

“Voting system companies have denied the various allegations made by President Trump and his counsel regarding the 2020 election,” the disclaimer read.

In April, Fox News Media filed a response to a $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit by the voting machine company Smartmatic that was filed against it for spreading Trump’s false claims about the election, saying it should be dismissed.

“The press does not lose its protection if the allegations are disproven; instead the reporting is part of the truthseeking process,” Fox News Media argued in its response to the lawsuit from Smartmatic. “That is why virtually every media outlet in the country covered the President’s election-fraud allegations without fear of being sued if they were disproved in court. Smartmatic’s efforts to erode that bedrock constitutional protection are dangerous and should be rejected.”

Fox did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the disclaimer that was displayed during Trump’s speech on Sunday.

Research contact: @thehill

Fox’s News changes the climate for weather TV

July 7, 2021

Weather is taking the media industry by storm. In fact, later this year, Rupert Murdoch is set to debut Fox Weather, a 24-hour streaming channel that promises to do for seven-day forecasts what Fox has done for American politics, financial news and sports, The New York Times reports.

Not to be outdone, the Weather Channel—the granddaddy of television meteorology, broadcasting from Atlanta since 1982—has announced the creation of a new streaming service, Weather Channel Plus, that the company believes could reach 30 million subscribers by 2026.

Amid a waning appetite for political news in the post-Trump era, media executives are realizing that demand for weather updates is ubiquitous—and for an increasing swath of the country, a matter of urgent concern, the Times notes.

In the past week alone, temperatures in the Pacific Northwest broke records, wildfires burned in Colorado and Tropical Storm Elsa strengthened into a hurricane over the Atlantic Ocean.

At CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, average viewership for the first half of 2021 fell 38% from a year prior. Concurrently, the audience for the Weather Channel was up 7%.

“All the networks are ramping up for this,” Jay Sures, a co-president of United Talent Agency who oversees its TV division, told the Times, adding, “It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that climate change and the environment will be the story of the next decade.”

 One of his firm’s clients, Ginger Zee, the chief meteorologist at ABC News, now has 2.2 million Twitter followers — more than any ABC News personality besides George Stephanopoulos.

Fox Weather’s impending debut opens a new front in the media wars, but Byron Allen, the comedian-turned-media-baron whose Allen Media Group bought the Weather Channel for $300 million in 2018, insists that he welcomes the competition. “Rupert Murdoch is very smart; he is the best of the best,” Allen said in an interview. “I am not surprised he’s coming into the weather space. Honestly, I would have been disappointed if he didn’t.”

Allen told the Times that he and Murdoch recently met for an hour in the latter mogul’s office on the Fox lot in Los Angeles. “We had a great time together,” he recalled. “Now the world will understand how big of a business the weather business is and how important it is.” (A spokesperson for Murdoch did not comment on the meeting.)

The weather media ecosystem—from iPhone apps to localized subscription sites and umbrella-toting personalities on the local 10 o’clock news—is a lucrative, if often overlooked, corner of the industry, where the battle for attention is increasingly fierce. Advertisers weary of the choppy politics and brand boycotts of the Trump years see weather as a relatively uncontroversial port in the squall.

At Fox, Sean Hannity will not be giving a forecast (yet). But Fox Weather, which will be funded by advertisers, is aggressively poaching star meteorologists from Houston, Seattle, St. Louis and other markets. It is also taking a run at major talent at the Weather Channel, with several Hollywood agents recounting frenzied bidding wars. A top Weather Channel meteorologist—Shane Brown, whose title was “senior weather product architect”— defected to Fox last month despite efforts to keep him.

The Weather Channel already is throwing some shade.

“They couldn’t even get a headline right about Tropical Storm Bill,” said Nora Zimmett, the network’s chief content officer, referring to a FoxNews.com article that some meteorologists criticized because it claimed that a relatively benign storm posed a “massive” risk to the Eastern Seaboard.

“I applaud Fox getting into the weather space, but they should certainly leave the lifesaving information to the experts,” said Zimmett, who worked at Fox News in the 2000s. She called climate change “a topic that is too important to politicize, and if they do that, they will be doing Americans a disservice.”

A Fox Weather spokeswoman shot back: “While the Weather Channel is focused on trolling FoxNews.com for unrelated stories, Fox Weather is busy preparing the debut of our innovative platform to deliver critical coverage to an incredibly underserved market.”

Research contact: @nytimes

Missing pet dog returns home in the middle of the night and rings family’s doorbell

July 1, 2021

It turns out, dogs know how doorbells work: A couple in South Carolina who were worried about their lost dog were shocked when their doorbell rang in the middle of the night. But, they were even more astonished when it turned out that their beloved pet not only had returned home—but also had figured out how to use the electronic device to be let in.

Mary Lynn Whitacre told Fox News and explained that her dog, Rajah, had gotten spooked by fireworks and escaped from their backyard in Greenville. She explained that since the dog is such a fast runner, she and her husband had no idea where Rajah was or how far away she could have gotten. For seven hours, the worried couple searched for the dog but could not find her.

“Then, around 3:00 a.m., Rajah walked up to the house’s front porch and rang the doorbell with her nose. “It was the longest seven hours of my life,” Whitacre said.

Whitacre explained that she has no idea where Rajah learned how to do this. She said she and her husband hardly ever have to use their own doorbell, so she’s not sure when the dog would’ve seen somebody press it. 

While the dog was perfectly fine, she did bring back some evidence of  an adventure.  She had thorns on her and seemed to have rolled in poop,” Whitacre explained to Southwest News Service (SWNS). “So, it seems like she had a great time.”

Apparently, the 18-month-old puppy thought she might have done something wrong, based on her behavior when she got home. Whitacre said, “She thought she was in so much trouble, and she was sad and sulking—but we were like ‘we’re just happy you’re back.’ It was hilarious, and we couldn’t stop laughing.”

In regards to the Fourth of July, Whitacre says she and her husband are planning on spending the fireworks heavy holiday at her parents’ lake house. Since other family members will be there with their dogs, Rajah will likely spend the day playing and won’t be too upset by any fireworks she hears.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Lindsey Graham: GOP would wither on the vine without Trump

May 10, 2021

In a May 6 appearance on Fox News, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) —Donald Trump’s frequent golf partner and protector—said that the GOP could not “grow” or “move forward” without the leadership of the former president, the HuffPost reports.

Speaking to Fox’s Sean Hannity, Graham weighed in on the looming GOP purge of the House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming) from the party’s leadership team over her opposition to Trump’s claims of election piracy and his instigation of the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

And he wasn’t all that sympathetic to her plight.

“Can we move forward without President Trump? The answer is no,” he said on Fox News on Thursday night. “I’ve always liked Liz Cheney, but she’s made the determination that the Republican Party can’t grow with President Trump. I’ve determined we can’t grow without him.” 

The reaction was eruptive—and the pushback from liberals was immediate.

 “He sounds like a ’90s R&B singer, like, ’I can’t go on, I can’t imagine my future without you,” said commentator Jason Johnson of Morgan State University on MSNBC. “As usual, Lindsey Graham has about as much political integrity and stability as a weather vane.”

And on Twitter, Graham’s critics were quick to similarly call him out: @darth tweeted at 10:11 p.m., “clearest admission the republican party is now merely a trump cult.”

Moments later, @JamesSurowiecki tweeted, “In two tries, Donald Trump never managed to get even 47% of the popular vote, and yet Lindsey Grahm thinks the GOP can’t live without him. That is such a grim commentary on the state of the Republican Party.”

And the next tweet, out of many, from @perryspeaks1, opined, “This is the most pathetic thing I’ve seen. Lindsey Grahm clearly had his spine surgically removed. No other explanation.”

At press time, Graham had not elaborated on his messaging.

Research contact: @HuffPost

‘I Do’s’ and don’ts: D.C. mayor bans dancing at weddings

May 4, 2021

Brides and grooms won’t be dancing the night away at their Washington, D.C.-based weddings this spring and summer, Fox News reports.

In fact, on May 1, Mayor Muriel Bowser, announced that indoor and outdoor weddings this season will be capped at 25% capacity (with a waiver required for more than 250 guests)—and absolutely no shaking a leg, unless it’s to jump over a broom or stomp on a glass, as is traditional at Black and Jewish weddings, respectively.

“Attendees and guess must remain seated and socially distanced from each other, or other household groups,”  the order passed by the mayor stated. The ban on dancing at all weddings, both indoor and outdoor, began on Saturday.

“It’s insane, it’s been an absolute roller coaster,” says Stephanie Sadowski, a D.C. wedding planner and owner of SRC Events. Sadowski says couples are being forced to move their weddings outside of the nation’s capital with just one or two week’s notice.

“They want to have a party. Planning their wedding, they’ve made concessions along the way; they’ve reduced, reduced and reduced their guest count in Washington, D.C,” she says.

In a statement to local affiliate Fox 5 DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said it has the dancing ban in place as an extra layer of safety to reduce the spread of COVID-19, because when people stand and dance their behavior changes. For example, people are more likely to get close and touch each other. 

“It’s very confusing why Washington, D.C., is singling that out,” says Sadowski.

What’s more, D.C. is not the only state evacuating the dance floor: Illinois and Michigan have similar bans. New York and New Jersey just recently eased their restrictions on dancing.

It is unclear how long the dancing ban will be in place in D.C., but in the meantime Sadowski says her couples are turning to nearby Virginia and Maryland to celebrate their big day.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Aaron Rodgers boosted ‘Jeopardy!’ TV ratings by 14%—the show’s best performance in a month

April 23, 2021

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has scored another win—this time, away from the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, according to a report.

Rodgers was a guest host on “Jeopardy!” this month as the show goes through a rotation of hosts following the death of Alex Trebek, who died in November following a lengthy battle with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

During Rodgers’ first week as guest host, ratings for the game show spiked 14% from the previous week, according to TV broadcasting site TVNewsCheck.

In fact, Fox News reports, Rodgers helmed the game show to a first-place finish on the syndication chart for the period ending April 11, with a 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That placed the show ahead of “Family Feud” (5.2 share), and “Wheel of Fortune” (5.1 share). It was the best performance by “Jeopardy!” in a month, according to TVNewsCheck,

The three-time NFL MVP started his stint as the quiz show’s guest host on April 5. The bump in ratings came after Rodgers took over for Dr. Mehmet Oz, who hosted the show over the previous two weeks.

“Other than the Super Bowl, this is the honor of a lifetime,” Rodgers, 37, said in a Twitter promo for the show.

“Following the footsteps of a legend is something that I know a little bit about,” he continued, comparing following Trebek to replacing NFL legend Brett Favre as the Packers’ quarterback more than a decade ago. 

Ratings will likely be a factor in determining who gets the permanent hosting gig. Rodgers previously said he would absolutely take the job if it was offered to him. “I would love to be the host of ‘Jeopardy!,’ yes,” Rodgers said on “The Pat McAfee Show.”

The Super Bowl XLV MVP explained how he would potentially do it, saying he wouldn’t “need to give up [playing] football.”

“They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay,” Rodgers said during an interview with The Ringer. “That gives me … 178 days to do ‘Jeopardy!’ So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”

Former contestant Ken Jennings—whose 74-game winning streak and $2.52 million in earnings are show record—was the first to take over for Trebek, who had served as the host for “Jeopardy!” since 1984, presiding over more than 8,000 episodes.

On Wednesday, April 21, the producers of the show announced that George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, LeVar Burton, David Faber, and Joe Buck will take turns guest hosting as the search for Trebek’s permanent replacement continues.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Eddie Van Halen’s 1934 Ford is red hot and up for auction

April 22, 2021

A custom 1934 Ford Sedan is the latest piece of Eddie Van Halen memorabilia to come up for auction since the guitar legend’s death last October, Fox News reports.

The chop-top four-door is currently up for grabs on the Gotta Have It Rock and Roll online auction site.

Van Halen purchased the car in 1991, but wasn’t the latest owner. He sold it several years ago and it traded hands again at a Barrett-Jackson auction in 2017 for $88,000.

The red hot rod is powered by a supercharged 350 cubic-inch Chevy V8 mounted in a painted engine bay and features an updated four-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission, fully independent suspension, power steering and windows, air conditioning, and “suicide-style doors”(which are hinged at the rear) all around.

The interior is trimmed from floor to ceiling in leather and suede and hides a smartphone-compatible audio system within a retro-style dashboard, Fox notes.

To sweeten the deal, the seller is throwing in a Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by the original Van Halen lineup and a framed autographed photo of Van Halen himself.

The auction house estimates that the car is worth $150,000 to $200,000 today, but there are no bids as of this writing. A Ferrari once-owned by Van Halen failed to find a buyer on the site in an auction last November.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Styling with Amazon: The e-commerce giant opens its first hair salon in London

April 22, 2021

Amazon opened its first hair salon on Tuesday. April 20. Located in London’s trendy Spitalfields shopping district, Amazon Salon offers hairdressing services dressed up with technology—including augmented-reality hair consultations, Fox New reports.

The two-story, 1,500-square-foot store also includes entertainment streaming on Amazon Fire tablets and a test of a new “point and learn” experience for bricks-and-mortar retail. The technology lets customers point at an item on a shelf to display product information on a screen mounted behind.

Consumers looking to purchase items for sale, such as hair conditioner, must scan the QR codes displayed on the shelf to order them for home delivery on Amazon’s U.K. website.

In a statement, Amazon  said the space was designed as an experiential venue where it will showcase new products and technology. The company hopes to offer customers a new experience that will also benefit the wider salon industry, an Amazona spokesperson told Fox News, when asked about the site’s broader business purpose.

Amazon made its name and money in e-commerce, digital subscriptions and other web services, but has in recent years entered physical retail in ways small and large.

After opening kiosks in shopping malls to sell devices and Amazon-branded accessories and apparel, the company opened its first bookstore in Seattle in 2015. In 2017, it bought upmarket grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion and went on to open a number of stores to showcase its cashierless Just Walk Out technology—including Go and Go Grocery. It also operates stores that only sell goods with four-star-and-above ratings on its e-commerce marketplace

The opening of Amazon Salon reconfirms the company’s interest in retail and may reflect its ambitions in markets that combine both goods and services, Jason Goldberg, chief commerce strategy officer at marketing and communications companPublicis, told Fox News.. The technology giant already operates Amazon Home Services, which allows customers in some cities to hire external contractors for odd jobs such as furniture assembly.

But service-heavy businesses don’t tend to scale as well as those in the technology sector, given their reliance on labor, Goldberg added.

“So my immediate knee-jerk reaction is that the professional services aspect is kind of a necessary evil for them, and that they’re doing this to establish some credibility and a foothold” in the professional beauty space, he said. “But Amazon has surprised us before, and I certainly wouldn’t take it to the bank that they don’t have aspirations to make money on this.”

The salon’s opening follows the introduction of a professional beauty section on Amazon’s U.K. website, which offers local hair and beauty businesses supplies for spas and salons. Amazon Salon services will be provided by Elena Lavagni, owner of Neville Hair & Beauty, an independent salon based in London.

John Boumphrey, Amazon’s U.K. country manager, said in a statement that Amazon wants the new space to be a place “where we can collaborate with the industry and test new technologies.”

The salon may also be designed as a showroom for such innovations: The company began licensing its Just Walk Out technology to other retailers after proving it worked in its own stores, and could do the same with innovations such as the point and learn experience, Goldberg said.

Amazon Salon is currently open to Amazon employees only. The general public will be able to sign up for appointments in the coming weeks, the company said, adding that it has no current plans to open further salon locations.

Research contact: @WSJ

Win a spin: Panera sponsors ‘Bread Bowl Bike’ sweepstakes ahead of Earth Day on April 22

April 19, 2021

Panera  a fast-casual food chain with over 2,000 U.S. locations, has announced that the entry window is open for the “Panera Earth Day Sweepstakes—which will award 30 lucky winners with a customized bicycle that’s equipped with an insulated bread bowl basket and bike flashlight upfront, Fox News reports.

“We’re celebrating #EarthMonth with a *limited-edition* Bread Bowl Bike!” The Panera Bread Twitter account wrote in an announcement post on Wednesday, April 14.”With the global bike shortage, now’s the time to enter for a chance to win.”

The Bread Bowl Bikes are custom made by Miami-based Vivelo and feature the Panera brand’s signature green, brown and off-white colors.

According to Panera’s sweepstake terms, entries will be accepted until the last minute of Earth Day, which is Thursday, April 22, at 11:59 (EDT). Participants can enter their contact information for a chance to win on the company’s dedicated Earth Day website.

Eligible winners must be U.S. residents and at least 18 years old. Florida residents are excluded from the sweepstakes due to scheduling conflicts with the giveaway’s pre-determined timeline, a media representative for Panera told Fox News.

During Earth Month, there is often a call to switch to transportation like riding your bike, but due to demand for bikes from COVID shut downs (people wanting to be outside more), bike shortages will likely last until 2022,” a statement from Panera Bread reads. “Unfortunately, that means this year you might see less bikes on the road. But Panera wants help you do your part.”

Panera says the total approximate retail value of the soon-to-be awarded bikes is $33,000, which puts each bike at a retail value of $1,100.

The starting cost of a custom Vivelo bicycle is $849, according to the bike manufacturer’s website.

The bike offering comes five months after Panera introduced climate-friendly menu options, which are denoted with “Cool Food Meal” badges.

Research contact: @FoxNews