'Oops’

Fox News segment didn’t go anywhere near the way network producers had planned

Fox News hosts Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt interviewing Massachusetts state senator Barbara L’Italien. (Twitter)

Someone’s gotta be getting fired over this.

In a spectacular segment on Fox & Friends First, Massachusetts state senator Barbara L’Italien blasted Donald Trump on the news channel he holds most dear — and that typically holds him most dear. The thing was … she wasn’t supposed to be on the air at all.

The show’s producers mistakenly thought they had booked Arizona congressional candidate Ann Kirkpatrick, who was seen in a heavily edited video being booed at a debate for comments that seemed to support U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). (She later clarified her position on Twitter and made it clear she does not support ICE’s current policies.) The show got another woman running for Congress as a Democrat — but one who wasn’t going to play by the pro-Trump Fox News rules.

As the co-hosts cut to the video interview with whom they believed to be Kirkpatrick, L’Italien said, “I’m actually here to speak directly to Donald Trump,” and went on to say, “I feel that what’s happening at the border is wrong … I’m a mother of four, and I believe that separating kids from their parents is illegal and inhumane.” She continued, “We have to stop abducting children and ripping them from their parents’ arms.”

The Fox News hosts Rob Schmitt and Jillian Mele were very, very confused. After about a minute and a half, her mic was cut off and they ended the interview.

“That didn’t go as planned,” said Schmitt.

A Fox News spokesperson told Yahoo, “This morning we invited [former] congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick to appear on Fox & Friends First through her press contact on file, Joe Katz, who accepted the invitation on Kirkpatrick’s behalf … Katz followed with an email confirming the segment, which also included background information and a campaign logo for Ann Kirkpatrick. During the actual segment, Barbara L’Italien appeared on camera instead of Kirkpatrick. Despite speaking to producers prior to the interview, L’Italien did not identify herself as anything other than Kirkpatrick until she was live on air, at which point we ended the interview.”

A campaign source told ThinkProgress: “Fox News is where you go when you want to talk to Donald Trump, and Barbara felt she had an obligation to her constituents to take advantage of that opportunity.”

Meanwhile, L’Italien posted on Twitter a longer video of what she says her full statement would have been, had she not been cut off.

And the incident also propelled Kirkpatrick to post on Twitter her full thoughts about ICE, saying “ICE needs top-to-bottom reform. Trump’s policies — especially around family separation — are illegal and should end immediately.”

After the incident, co-host Mele called L’Italien’s statement a “weak move” on Twitter, but seemed like a pretty effective one from where we’re sitting?

Watch video of the embarrassing incident below.

Read the full story at Yahoo.

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