Remember that old Steve Allen show, Meeting of Minds, where he'd put together a panel of actors playing great historical figures and have them "discuss" some important idea? You know, like Socrates and Marx and Thomas Paine talking about freedom or something? Looks like Fox News is trying to revive the concept, only they have to work with whoever's handy, so Monday we got Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy explaining to guys how to talk to their wives. Taking the Walter Mitty position was Mr. Doocy, who said, “One of the things is if you say, ‘Yes, dear,’ that’s appropriate because it derails any argument ... Plus, my wife is always right anyway.”

This -- despite having the bizarre effect of making Wonkette like Steve Doocy for a second, which is probably the most surprising thing about the segment -- seemed rather condescending to Mr. Kilmeade, who offered the Kramdenesque riposte, "That’s like saying, ‘I know my wife is wrong, but I’m going to say she’s right just so I don’t have to hear it,' ... To me, you have to give the women the respect to engage in a interplay.” Instead, suggested Kilmeade, you fellas would get a lot farther respecting her intellect, and saying, “I would like to challenge you on this, baby doll.”

Kudos to whoever on the Fox & Friends staff who added the "zing" sound effect.

Just to make it clear that he was doing "the joking," Kilmeade suggested another possible frame for productive marital communication: "Nine out of ten times you're right, but this is the tenth time...Babycakes."

Who says conservatives don't have a sense of humor? And how about those women drivers, sheesh, amirite?

Hey, Fox News, you keep saying that word, but we don't think it means what you think it means.

Tomorrow on Fox & Friends: Your mother-in-law, what a battleaxe.


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