Fox’s Greg Gutfeld and Bob Beckel say that their comments about going easy on Sarah Palin were a joke

NEW YORK — Two Fox News analysts say that their comments about going easy on fellow Fox employee Sarah Palin were a joke.

Fox’s Greg Gutfeld and Bob Beckel both say they weren’t serious when discussing Palin on Wednesday’s edition of “The Five,” the network’s summer replacement for Glenn Beck.

Gutfeld suggested he was reluctant to criticize Palin because he might feel awkward seeing her in the hallway. The veteran Democratic strategist Beckel said that he’s pulled punches on her.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/tv/foxs-beckel-says-he-was-joking-about-pulling-punches-on-palin/2011/08/04/gIQAqQ7XuI_story.html

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beth
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 11:34:59

    What kind of clout does Palin have at fox, that roger and murdock stick up for her so much. Could fox be playing a cat and mouse game with Palin, leak things out and then say we where joking. I’m trying to fiqure out why she’s still working there, I really don’t think she ups their ratings.

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  2. aklucia
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 11:49:06

    Sure guys, walk back those honest comments whenever it doesn’t match the company line … it sure makes them look disingenuous … just what you want on a show like “The Five.”

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    • anAlaskanAlsoII
      Aug 04, 2011 @ 12:56:08

      It’s about as digestible as Chris Wallace apologizing to Michele Bachmann for asking her if she was a flake. A 5th grade morning intercom jockey could come up with the exact same question and be more credible with the intent.

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  3. MissSunshine
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 13:51:48

    SP has always benefited from “gentlemen” going easy on her. I think the closest she ever had to a real grilling is when she got back to Alaska and was asked about Wayne Anthony Ross’s defeat.

    She danced and dodged around the questions, pouting and looking like she might have a two-year old tantrum until at last, someone in the crowd laughed and they all just shrugged and gave up. She will never, never admit to responsibility to anything, even if her fingerprints are on the knife and she is covered in blood.

    Far from being “destroyed” by media, she has gotten a free pass to say anything, no matter how dishonest or hateful, by a network that values shock and controversy over facts and calm discussion.

    I notice that her co-workers at Fox do not have any respect for her. Bill O’Rielly is openly contemptuous, and even her Scientology assigned girl pal Greta V. is not fawning and gushing over SP like she used to.

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  4. Martha
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 14:00:16

    Just like Buchanan trying to make excuses for referring toObama and the head of the Black Caucus, Chairman Cleaver, “your… BOY”, (yes like that, not “your boy”, I watched it), to Al Sharpton, a black TV host.

    Or maybe it’s like all those “trickle down” economics that have not created any jobs in a decade.

    Or maybe it’s like the great deal Boehner got on the budget, where he bragged it was 98% of what he wanted…only to have the stock market react with more than a 500 point drop today.

    Honestly I think that it is all of the above…..republican/teapotty hypocrisy and idiocy, wether it’s on FOX TV or Capitol Hill.

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  5. Viva
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 16:10:42

    Meeting a co-worker in the hall? Ha! When was the last time Sarah Palin was in a Fox studio? She doesn’t care for those jobs where you have to actually show up (and on time).

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  6. climber357
    Aug 04, 2011 @ 20:04:20

    They are humoring her.

    Again.

    Fox knows it, we know it, everyone knows humoring sarah makes her look fragile and weak except the palinbots and sarah.

    It´s getting harder and harder, even for the palinbots, to just keep pretending.

    And very old.

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  7. WakeUpAmerica
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 12:55:00

    Two more men added to the joke that is Sarah Palin.

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  8. Syrin
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 13:39:22

    When posting yesterday this article was out only 4 hours. I had no idea that it would get so much media pick it up…

    The reaction: “It certainly doesn’t really sound like they [were] joking,” says Glynnis MacNicol of Business Insider. And though it’s not exactly “the most shocking news” that Fox takes it easy on Mama Grizzly, the initial “honesty is refreshing.” In a way, this is inevitable, says Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic. People often favor their colleagues, “if only for the sake of collegiality and organizational cohesion.” But Fox News is different because many of its paid commentators, like Palin, are not just “participants in America’s public conversation about politics, but prominent players in the game itself.” It’s nice to see some Fox Newsers acknowledge this major conflict of interest, even if only briefly. See for yourself:

    http://theweek.com/article/index/218022/proof-that-fox-news-goes-easy-on-sarah-palin

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  9. newmexicogold
    Aug 05, 2011 @ 19:20:35

    What they actually meant is that they think $arah is a joke.

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