Brian Kilmeade (born May 7, 1964) is an American television and radio presenter and political commentator for Fox News. On weekdays he co-hosts the morning show, Fox & Friends, and he hosts the Fox News Radio program The Brian Kilmeade Show. On weekends, he hosts One Nation with Brian Kilmeade, which premiered January 29, 2022. He has authored or co-authored non-fiction and fiction books.
Kilmeade was born 1964 in Massapequa, New York. He is the second son of Marie Rose D’Andrea after she married James Kilmeade Jr. in 1960. Brian’s father was born in 1931, the son of James Kilmeade Sr., who was born in 1905 in Longford, Ireland, came to New York in 1925, and became a U.S. citizen in 1930. Brian’s mother Marie was born in 1934 in Ozone Park and raised in St. Albans, Queens.
Talk about your Fox and Friends! We’ve got the whole gang here…and three of them don’t hate America! Fox is the winner in flag pinnery, with the small metallic symbol of pride glimmering on the manly chests of Brit Hume, Neil Cavuto and special analyst Karl Rove, who has lots of opinions on the subject. But that still leaves people like Steve Doocy, Greta Van Sustern, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Jenna Lee, Alisyn Camerota and two guys I can’t name from Fox Business flag-less. You’d expect no less from Alan Colmes, really, but golden boy Shep Smith? What’s the opposite of a patriot, Bill O’Reilly? Oh, right. Note that Chris Wallace has previously said that he sort of agrees with Obama’s flag-pin theory; we bet Brian Kilmeade would find that reasonable.
Well, what about the godless liberals at MSNBC, and their NBC brethren?
Wow, a clean sweep; that is to say, 0 for the random 14 we selected. (Thanks to “Race for the White House” for inspiring our montage design!). Bill O’Reilly could have told you so. Sorry, Brian Williams — that Peabody will only get you so far. Same goes for you, former Congressman Joe Scarborough and former Presidential candidate Pat Buchanan and other people orbiting David Gregory‘s head. For shame.
MSNBC may be locked in a ratings race with CNN, but they clearly lose the flag pin race, thanks to patriot Lou Dobbs. See below:
Lou Dobbs is taking no chances on that flag thing, btw — wearing it on you is made that much more patriotic by having it waving around you as a lofty backdrop (though to be fair, that gives the MSNBC “Morning Joe” crew a lift thanks to the background visuals of Rock Center in the a.m.). But otherwise, it’s a fairly rag-tag bunch — John Roberts may be excused because he’s Canadian, and Joe Klein‘s just in there because he looks so damn excited, but pride-of-network Anderson Cooper? Bearer of tradition Larry King? Stalwart defender of truth and justice Nancy Grace? Hey John King, what does your Magic Wall have to say about the demographic of Americans Who Hate America And Prove It By Not Wearing A Flag Pin? Yeah. We thought so. As for you, Glenn Beck — we really thought you cared. It must have been that book cover where you eat California.
Back to the standard-bearers, then: Do Gibson and Stephanopoulos put their money where their lapel is? Survey says:
No flaggar! That’s how the Swedes would say it, or close to how the Swedes would say it, but the upshot is the same: No flags. What does that say about the patriotism of ABC? Charlie Gibson, how do you convince other networks that this won’t be a vulnerability? I know, I know, we added CBS in there — they both have complementary gold-tinged motifs, it just made sense — and besides, none of them are wearing a pin so who cares either way? Besides, adding a pin to Diane Sawyer would make her look less like an Oscar.
Well, what about the true patriots? Sure, the other candidates, but actually, I mean the true patriots:
…Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, obvs — and nary a flag in sight. (Though Colbert is sporting his WristStrong bracelet). What does that tell you about the flag pin, if a patriot like Colbert wears his lapel bare? Well, it tells John McCain and Hillary Clinton that they don’t have to bother pretending to love this country, either. Same goes for surrogates (David Axelrod), runners-up (Mike Huckabee) and people who appear in that “I’m 4 New York!” ad (Alec Baldwin). But I would have expected better from the Pope.
Upshot: What does all this mean? That the whole flag-pin wearing thing is ridiculous — a personal choice, just like most other things in this great and democratic country, terrific if you choose to wear it and just as terrific if instead you choose to show your love of country and fellow countrymen and women through your actions, of which wearing a flag pin is but one? Seems that way to me — but what do I know, I’m Canadian.