Fox News’ Current Token ‘Liberal’ Moron

For years, Fox News had Alan Colmes to reliably play Caspar Milquetoast to Sean Hannity and now they have Bob Beckel, former Democratic campaign consultant, as their token “liberal” to reliably say all manner of stupid things. You aren’t going to believe just how stupid his reaction was to the Charlie Hebdo massacre:

On Thursday evening, the gang on Fox News’ “The Five” used the massacre at satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices to discuss a pesky brand of liberalism creeping its way across Europe. Bob Beckel, the show’s token “progressive” had some words to say on the topic:

“Have you noticed that poll in France that young people were much more predisposed toward radical Islam than older people?” Beckel asked his co-hosts. “I think it’s sort of like in the United States where younger people today, it’s not at all unusual for people to see multicultural dating, for example. Back when I was young you didn’t date out of your own ethnicity. But in Europe and other places, this mingling that’s going on here, younger people are beginning to find this acceptable. And that’s the thing that is sort of scary because they’re getting exposed to it on a daily basis.”

Co-host Greg Gutfeld quickly jumped in: “I don’t know if you can compare affection for radicalization to mixed dating. You don’t mean that.”

“I didn’t mean that,” Beckel said.

Yeah, he didn’t mean it, he just said it. Seriously, when you reach the point where you’re too stupid for Greg fucking Gutfeld, it’s time for you to be put out to pasture. Permanently.

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  • John Pieret

    Back when I was young you didn’t date out of your own ethnicity.

    And I bet you thought Loving v. Virginia was a bad decision. “Mixing of the races” and all that. Was he ever really a liberal or was he in campaign consulting just for the money?

    If he was a liberal, this is a clear data point for the proposition that hanging out with stupid people is catching.

  • Trebuchet

    Speaking of Fox, while I was watching the Seahawks last night an ad came on with Billo Reilley loudly complaining about Dish Network “censoring” Fox News. And here’s a website saying the same thing:

    http://www.keepfoxnews.com/?gclid=CjwKEAiA28ilBRCy5cXrgtfTxTISJABgX7E27hdYX5o1Cqe220s83X1jmV9C9t45BPKwclRHr7AGVhoC3tPw_wcB

    A blatant lie, of course. It’s a business dispute.

  • Michael Heath

    For years I was very frustrated with the mainstream TV news outlets. That was for featuring Jerry Falwell so often. This was in the pre-Internet days. He was getting booked as much as the TV morning news shows loved booking Sen. John McCain in the late-2000s/early-2010s. I thought these shows were booking Mr. Falwell so much in order to denigrate conservatives by providing a non-representative strawman conservative.

    Now I realize Falwell’s behavior was and remains representative of the Christian portion of U.S. conservatism. That it was correct of those shows to book Falwell. But it remains reprehensible that those shows almost always failed to inform their audience when Mr. Falwell was lying. Perhaps if they did nearly all conservative Christian political arguments wouldn’t be largely or even primarily based on false premises as they were then and remain so now. Imagine the only effective access to the bully pulpit that reached beyond your tribe required truth-telling.

  • http://drx.typepad.com Dr X

    Back when I was young you didn’t date out of your own ethnicity. “

    And anyway, that’s false, as well. When Beckel grew up in the US NE, ethnics dated people from different ethnic groups all the time. Protestants and Catholics tended not to date, though some did. It was more the case that Protestants rejected Catholics than the other way around, and had as much if not more to do with WASP disdain for immigrants and ethnics as it had to do with religion. Plenty of Jews and Catholics intermarried. My entire family is like that. So when Beckel says people didn’t intermarry, he is confusing his WASP family’s reluctance to date “beneath them” with some general non-existent prohibition on inter-ethnic dating. The latter is nonsense.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Michael Heath “That it was correct of those shows to book Falwell. But it remains reprehensible that those shows almost always failed to inform their audience when Mr. Falwell was lying.”

    Look, they can’t call out the liars for lying, because if they did the liars wouldn’t appear on their show and lie. This brings up other questions, like “Then why bother having a show at all?”

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrewasante andrewbrown not the one from the grauniad

    “Back when I was young you didn’t date out of your own ethnicity. “

    How does this muppet explain the current mixed race president of the U.S. then?

  • raven

    “Back when I was young you didn’t date out of your own ethnicity. “

    News to me.

    I don’t know many people who are pure anything. The old WASPs are about gone, having intermarried with just about everyone. Technically these days, I’m a WASP despite not being Anglo-Saxon or Protestant.

  • Michael Heath

    Modusoperandi writes:

    Look, [the TV news shows] can’t call out the liars for lying, because if they did the liars wouldn’t appear on their show and lie. This brings up other questions, like “Then why bother having a show at all?”

    Which is why I stopped watching the Sunday morning news shows a few to several years ago.

  • matty1

    “Have you noticed that poll in France that young people were much more predisposed toward radical Islam than older people?” Beckel asked his co-hosts. “I think it’s sort of like in the United States where younger people today, it’s not at all unusual for people to see multicultural dating,”

    So people preferring an ideology that encourages you to hate and attack those who are different to you is ‘sort of like’ people falling in love with those who are different to them?

  • Anne Fenwick

    Back when his Grandpa was young, you didn’t date until the respective parents had settled on the dowry.

  • Phillip Hallam-Baker

    Just pointing out that this is now the second Fox News host who has unintentionally revealed their racist belief system in response to this attack…

  • matty1

    Here’s another bit of Fox idiocy for you. A self described international terrorism expert confidently claiming the English city of Birmingham is completely Muslim and non Muslims don’t go in.

    For context here we are talking about a large and ethnically diverse city, a US equivalent might be claiming New York is completely Chinese on the grounds a friend of yours once saw a picture of a Chinese Restaurant in Brooklyn.

  • matty1

    Yes he apologised, it’s still funny.

  • doublereed

    I’m a bit confused on how people determined he’s a “token liberal.” I would think that what he’s saying here would appeal very much to the Fox demographic. Does he even say anything liberal?

  • abb3w

    @1, John Pieret

    And I bet you thought Loving v. Virginia was a bad decision. “Mixing of the races” and all that.

    @4, Dr X

    And anyway, that’s false, as well.

    Well, it’s the usual sense of “that’s not done” meaning “it’s considered by those not doing it a social impropriety by those who are”. Beckel was born in ’48 and grew up in Staten Island; never mind blacks, there and in that era, “you didn’t date out of your own ethnicity” meant that that good Italian Catholics didn’t date Irish Catholics. It wasn’t a matter of law; it was merely considered gauche.

  • Kermit Sansoo

    Yes. I was born in ’51, and I remember (anglo white) girls getting in trouble when their parents found out they’d been hanging around an Italian boy in school.

  • martinc

    I remember (anglo white) girls getting in trouble when their parents found out they’d been hanging around an Italian boy in school.

    Funny. When I was young, anglo white girls obsessed with some Italian guy was pretty much the definition of ‘Catholic’.