A reporter’s “very hostile” experience navigating finer establishments in New York City in the fashion of a Pennsylvania congressman culminated in an unceremonious departure from the set of “Fox & Friends.”
“We are not the Senate.”
(Video: Fox News)
Amidst the ongoing controversy of the United States Senate’s lax dress code, amended solely for Pennsylvania’s junior Sen. John Fetterman (D), New York Post reporter Jon Levine continued to hammer home his point about the joke the once-august body was becoming.
“Civilization is a choice that we make every single day,” he told “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy Monday as he joined the morning show wearing shorts and a hooded sweatshirt.
“You woke up today, and you put on — very early in the morning — and you put on a suit and tie. And I’ve always ever seen you on this show in a suit and tie because you have great respect for yourself and your audience,” offered Levine. “But in the United States Senate, you can just march in like you came out of a pilates class…It’s just a difference in standards that we’re seeing, and it’s a choice that he is just not making.”
In what was later confirmed to be a gag, the reporter rolled over into the top of the next hour and joined the hosts on the curvy couch where Doocy turned to Lawrence Jones and said, “I know you have only been here a week, but don’t we have standards when it comes to dress code on the couch?”
“We are not the Senate,” joked Jones before Doocy added, “Jon, I’m sorry. Get out.” A moment later, a crew member entered the shot, tapping the guest and encouraging him to get off the set.
Over the weekend, Levine had run a piece for the Post documenting his efforts to enter upscale Manhattan eateries like Le Bernardin and Jean-Georges where he had been turned away “for being improperly dressed regardless” of occupation.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Lady Gaga,” one restaurant worker told the reporter as another remarked, “I’ve never had anyone come in dressed like …”
“Very hostile,” he explained to Doocy of his experience just prior to arriving on set as security outside Fox News headquarters challenged his attempt at entry. “I was nearly tackled by some of the guys out there when I tried to walk in.”
Meanwhile, the senator’s wife, Gisele Barreto Fetterman, had reacted to the story of Levine’s exploits of attempting to gain entry to sophisticated hotspots by decrying the overpriced menus.
“As if João would ever eat anywhere where a tasting menu is $275,” she captioned the New York Post article. “That’s barely one week of childcare in America (which is a whole other problem).”