Fox’s Bob Beckel is on a roll. Yesterday, I admired his liberal mojo when he called out his colleagues’ “treasonous,” “abysmal and disgusting” treatment of President Obama. Today, he was on fire over Hillary Clinton and the phony Benghazi scandal.
The discussion was over an excerpt released from Clinton’s forthcoming book, “Hard Choices,” in which she addressed the Benghazi controversy and called out Republicans for politicizing a tragedy.
Predictably, four of the five pooh-poohed Clinton. But Beckel was unequivocal in his defense. He said the Republicans are “making politics …over dead bodies. …Starting with Darrell Issa who’s a deceitful man.” Believe me, it's unusual to hear any Republican discussed that way on Fox.
I just want to say this today. This is the last time I’m ever gonna talk about Benghazi. I’ll never talk about it. And I hope every other patriotic American joins with me.
Predictably, the panel jeered. Jesse Watters, editor of the go-to site for those hoping for President Obama’s assassination, sneered, “We finally found a way to make Bob stop talking. This is brilliant!”
Beckel, however, leaned way back in his chair and put his arms behind his head in a resting position.
Co-host Andrea Tantaros, who once urged her radio show listeners to “do me a favor” and punch an Obama supporter in the face, was classy as ever. She said, “Bob, if you fall off that chair, we’ll laugh so hard, you have no idea.”
It’s long past time for Beckel and other Democrats to start calling out Fox for its toxic diet of hate mongering and propaganda. As I wrote yesterday, Beckel is in a real position to combat it. Let’s just hope he keeps it up.
Meanwhile, high fives to Bob!
Enjoy the smackdown below, via Media Matters.
Remember, this is an entertainment show first and foremost. Like pro wrestling, everybody needs to score a body blow now and then to keep things interesting.
I’m pretty sure (personal opinion warning) that Beckel has been given a new “persona” in hopes of making that pitiful excuse for a show more interesting.
Aria’s idea that he may be the only one actually informed about that plan is interesting, though, as it goes to prove that the other people are clueless.
Like I said on another post, Beckel can command some level of debate and discourse on other shows- Even within Fox News. But, on “The Five,” he’s very clearly following a script. You can tell when he goes off it, because none of the other four seem to know what to do about it when he makes a comment like this.
It’s almost like someone slipped it to him without telling the others. Maybe Bolling spit in someone’s coffee…