It’s pretty standard operating practice for Fox News anchors and commentators to attack President Obama. But apparently, for Roger Ailes, profanity is not part of that equation. As the two videos below show, Fox News commentators Stacey Dash and Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters were suspended Monday for their on-air profanity.
Dash, made famous by the movie Clueless, appeared on the channel’s program Outnumbered to discuss Obama’s national address from the night before. Co-host Harris Faulkner led Dash in with the comment “…’If you see something, say something’, but it’s also, ‘If you see something, don’t say anything offensive’.”
Dash began her response from there. She seemed to suggest that Obama hastened his speech the previous night so that he could attend some party somewhere else. As Dash says in the video, “he was just trying to get through it because he wanted to go to this event afterwards.” Dash grew increasingly frustrated from there. In addition to calling the speech an “epic fail”, Dash stated that she didn’t feel any passion from Obama either.
Eventually, Dash laid it out for us, “I feel like he could give a shit…” Dash quickly caught herself, “…excuse me.” There was an audible “Oo!” in the background. But the conversation moved on quickly from there.
Later that day, on Fox Business, Lt. Col. Peters spoke with Stuart Varney on Varney & Co. “Let’s get right to the president’s speech, last night, on terrorism…” Varney began as he welcomed Peters.
Varney then asked Peters “…what were you saying to the TV as the president was speaking?” Peters began, almost mockingly, “First of all, he keeps saying we can’t give into our fears.” Next, Peters began to shout, “Look, Mr. President, we’re not afraid. We’re angry. We’re pissed off. We’re furious.” Varney was laughing off screen, and replied, “Yes.” Then, Peters continued, “…this guy is such a total pussy, it’s stunning.”
At the end of his rant, Varney cut in, “…I asked you what your reaction was, but I gotta call, you can’t use language like that on the program.”
Peters’s outburst was flagged by media watch-dog MediaMatters.org who began to spread it around the internet.
Bill Shine, senior executive vice president for Fox, made a statement later on Monday.
“Earlier today, Fox contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for out air. Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel do not condone the use of such language, and have suspended both Peters and Dash for two weeks,” Shine said.
As the Daily Mail UK reports, Dash followed the suspension by tweeting, “Consequences. Some of us have to pay them. Gladly.”