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Gretchen Carlson (b. 1966) was a
professional airhead co-anchor for Fox News' Fox & Friends and was a regular contributor to The O'Reilly Factor, where she personifies everything Don Henley railed against in Dirty Laundry. She was crowned Miss America in 1989, which should tell you something right from the start. Carlson then graduated from Stanford University in 1990 and also studied at Oxford. She joined Faux in 2005.
Despite studying at prestigious universities, Carlson is often seen as someone lacking common sense and intelligence. She has often been criticized for presenting gloriously stupid and ridiculous insights, comparisons, and analyses on various political issues on Fox & Friends. Television programs such as Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Daily Show frequently criticize or make fun of her for these ridiculous or ignorant remarks. There is much speculation, however, that Carlson only pretends to be dumb to appeal to her viewers and to not overshadow her male colleagues who, unlike Carlson, have the kind of CVs that suggests they're not just playing dumb.