The tentative San Francisco nudity ban - tentative because the ban may yet be squashed in a second round of voting next month - was met with harsh words from a Fox news host Tuesday, who claimed the nudists campaigning to bare all were probably "gang banged" early in life.
As the SFistnotes, host Bob Beckel's remarks have yet to show up on the web transcript for the program "The Five." It's as if it never happened, as far as Fox is concerned. But a YouTube user managed to capture Beckel's verbal dexterity in real-time, the results of which can be seen below. (Note the pained expression on the face of female co-host Dana Perino.)
The awkward moment saw Beckel attempt to play down his choice of words. "I didn't use any crude language," uttered Beckel. "I don't know, they could have had sexual assault on them."
This is mild for Bob. He's a Liberal Democrat who ran Walter Mondale's Presidential campaign and lost 49 states. His mouth has gotten him in trouble before and he has this huge jar full of money that he has to add to when he swears on the air. But when it comes to politics, he's brilliant. He knows far more about Presidential campaigns than anybody on this forum. Ealier this week when Hostess shut down, another host made a smoothie out of 4 Twinkies and a little milk. Bob drank the entire thing and later left the set to throw up. Although I am a Conservative, Bob is the one Liberal I enjoy listening to and learning about politics from an expert. Not some nutcase like Rachel Madcow or Chris Matthews.
The network's response is interesting. Instead of some punishment for his deeply offensive remark, Beckel's comment is erased.
When MSNBC host David Schuster made a flippant remark about " pimping out" Chelsea Clinton he was suspended and ultimately fired. Keith Olbermann was also dismissed by that network for language. Even Fareed Zacharia was suspended by CNN for a minor bit of plagiarism.
Fox News just revises history. And its viewers seem fine with that.
Oh boy. If a Republican had made this remark every msm outlet in the country would be crucifying the poor guy. But let a Dem. make a stupid remark, and the network graciously allow it to just disappear, and the network is criticized for exercizing some compassion. Just proves the Republicans cannot win.
@DARSB I had no idea Schuster had been fired. My understanding of Olberman's departure is that his overall behavior towards everyong had become inexcusably hostile. I don't see Beckel's comment as hostile so much as it was stupid.
Yes his comments were/are offensive. And I really don't understand these people in our national media....Its like they have NO training at all, in objective journalism, or even in basic politeness...It seems that America has become a nation of very nasty, unsympathetic people, who don't even take half a second to consider the impact of their statements on society at large....Just a bunch of selfish people (like on here) who really don't give a Sh*t about anybody or anything else..
Well, Bob Beckel is the lone liberal on "The Five." What do you expect from him, he would be right at home on a sixth grade play ground where little boys stand around, frog each other on the arm and poot.
Bob Beckel is the token liberal. I would have to think that the MSM would not find any fault with his words. I don't recall hearing them, I may have missed it, but Bob is sorta turning into the Joe Biden of "The Five" at 5PM on Fox. He seems to be very uninformed about a whole slew of things and tends to swear and say inappropriate things on occasion. Still, all in all a very enjoyable and occasionally very funny show. I enjoy watching as I prep for dinner.