Puerile Embarrassment:The Unwatchable Ellen Ratner of Fox & Friends "Long & Short of It"

October 1st, 2005 7:27 AM

For five years I've hosted a local, community-access political TV talk show, 'Right Angle.' We've had hundreds of guests, many of them college students, with a good smattering of high school students and even a handful of middle-schoolers.

But for sheer embarrassing, puerile, vapidity, none of them has been the equal of the utterly unwatchable Ellen Ratner, the short, and liberal, half of "The Long & the Short of It" feature on Fox & Friends Weekend.

Try this on, for utterly vacuous 'political commentary,' from this morning's just-completed episode. Responding to conservative counterpart Jim Pinkerton's prediction that Roberts would acquit himself well as Chief Justice, Ratner had this to say:

"Oh, Jim, you just wait. [Roberts] will be so right-wing that you won't even know he has a left-wing."

That was the sum total of Ratner's 'analysis.'

Even as shrill, talking-points spewing liberal talking heads go, surely Fox can do better than the egregious Ratner.