Two Fox News contributors appearing on two different channels got in hot water over crude remarks they made about President Obama. Variety reports that Fox News suspended both contributors.
Military analyst Ralph Peters, appearing on FBN, blurted out an insult against Obama that prompted FBN host Stuart Varney to ask him to apologize — which he did. TVNewser reports that the incident took place this morning on “Varney & Co.” when Peters was asked for his response to Obama’s speech Sunday night from the Oval Office.
Peters started by saying, “He keeps speaking about how we can’t give in to our fears.” Then Peters launched into a bit of a tirade, saying:
“Look, Mr. President, we’re not afraid, we’re angry. We’re pissed off. We’re furious. We want you to react. Do something. You’re afraid. This guy is such a total pussy it is stunning. We want — we the people, American people, we want action. We want action against Islamic state and then — then when the the president is telling us he’s going to destroy ISIS, this is a president who has done more harm to American police departments than he has done to Islamic State.”
Varney interrupted Peters a couple of times, saying: “I can tell you’re super-angry and I asked you what your reaction was, but you can’t use language like that on the program.”
Peters said, “I’m sorry,” then continued his rant, the story reports.
Varney reportedly stepped in again, telling Peters: “You used some very strong language about the President of the United States. And I’m the anchor of ‘Varney & Co.’ and I have to ask you either to apologize for that or take it back.”
Peters again apologized.
The other incident involved contributor Stacey Dash. Appearing on Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” Dash said the president didn’t “give a s–t” about terrorism, according to Variety.
The Variety report quotes a prepared statement released today by Bill Shine, senior executive vice president of programming for both networks, in which he says: “Earlier today, Fox contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our 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.”