Who Is?
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Who Is Steve Doocy? Narrated By Virgil Texas

Steve Doocy is a bestselling author, Emmy award recipient, and one-third of the President’s favorite show.

Stephen James Doocy was born in 1956 in Algona, Iowa, but grew up in Abilene, Kansas. Doocy graduated from high school in 1975, just after the White House was being pried by Washington Post reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, who Doocy credited with his journalism undertaking. Doocy told The Washington Post in 1989 that he thought, “Gee whiz, it would be cool to be a newspaper reporter.”

He attended the University of Kansas that fall as a journalism major. He became a disc jockey, which eventually led to a weatherman gig in Topeka. "I didn't know anything about the weather. He said, 'I can't do this because I haven't taken any meteorology classes.'” He then went to Wichita and hosted PM Magazine, an entertainment style news program which reported on stories from the local and national level.

After Doocy switched to host a Kansas City version of the show, the program was canceled and replaced by “Wheel of Fortune.” But Doocy wasn’t out of a job for long. He was asked to stay on at the station as a feature news reporter, which he did for nine months before taking his talents to WRC-TV, an NBC affiliate in Washington in 1984. Doocy went right to bat working for WRC-TV where he spent a large chunk of his time wrestling high school students in a ring filled with jello, skiing down the side of the Washington Monument, being catapulted from a circus tent on The Mall into the Capitol rotunda, and reporting on potatoes.

By 1996, Doocy joined a brand new up and coming network, Fox News. He began co-hosting “Fox & Friends” in 1998.

Doocy has a long record of sexist remarks. When he was promoting his second book, he went on a radio program and said, “With girls, girls don’t really want to play these sports. They just want to hang out. Being a coach for girls is like herding cats.”

At Fox, he was implicated in Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Carlson said Doocy had “created a hostile work environment” by “treating her in a sexist and condescending way, including by putting his hand on her and shushing her during a live telecast.” The civil suit continues, “Doocy engaged in a pattern and practice of severe and pervasive sexual harassment of Carlson, including, but not limited to, mocking her during commercial breaks, shunning her off air, refusing to engage with her on air, belittling her contributions to the show, and generally attempting to put her in her place by refusing to accept and treat her as an intelligent and insightful female journalist rather than a blond female prop.”

While Ailes and a slew of others resigned from Fox after allegedly sexually harassing women or trying to cover the allegations up, Doocy has remained in-tact. And he’s been a large part of taking a right-wing run of the mill morning talk show and turning it into the president’s daily briefing and what the New York Times has labeled “the most powerful TV show in America”. A former White House official told Politico that Trump schedules meetings based on what the show airs.

With their number one fan in The White House, “Fox & Friends” has the ability to change the course of America one segment at a time. With Doocy at the helm, Trump has tweeted his support and echoed “Fox & Friends” sentiment over 55 times.
As The New York Times notes, “President Trump is the show’s subject, its programmer, its publicist and its virtual fourth host.”