Fox News hosts: Palin 'pulled punches' admission a 'joke'
August 4th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
3 years ago

Fox News hosts: Palin 'pulled punches' admission a 'joke'

(CNN) - Two Fox News Channel hosts said Thursday they were joking when they previously claimed they felt awkward about commenting on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin because she's a fellow Fox employee.

"The only problem with talking about Sarah Palin is that she works here, and it's like a co-worker," said Greg Gutfeld, co-host of "The Five," the network's show on Wednesday. "And if I say something bad and I see her in the hallway, I feel really awkward and wrong, so I just kind of say, 'good job'."

Co-host Bob Beckel agreed, saying he'd also held back his criticism of Palin, a Fox News contributor who makes more than $1 million per year from the network. Palin is flirting with a run for president in 2012.

"It has nothing to do with that, it has everything to do with your paycheck. That's what you feel awkward about," Beckel said. "I know exactly what you mean. I'll be honest: I've pulled my punches on her."

After the comments spread on the internet, the hosts during Thursday's show replayed the remarks and clarified that they were joking. Republican panelist Dana Perino referred to the segment as a "mea culpa."

"So you make one joke and left-wing sites… go crazy because they're so desperate for any kind of Palin anecdote–that's like their heroin," said Gutfeld.

Co-host Beckel, a Democrat, touted his record of criticizing Palin on Fox in the past and said Wednesday's comments were a way to break up some of the tediousness on the show. "We were joking," he said.

"Everybody happy now? Good," Beckel said as their comments came to a close.

Beckel is a long-time Democratic operative and commentator while Gutfeld is a conservative television host. The two are among a cast of rotating hosts on the Fox show that bills itself as a discussion and debate of the day's top stories.

The original Wednesday exchange followed a playback of Palin's comments Tuesday night over reports that Vice President Joe Biden had likened tea party activists to terrorists.

In Palin's response, she said President Barack Obama should look into his own past with Bill Ayers if he wants to see "domestic terrorists."


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soundoff (494 Responses)
  1. wmontanye

    Now here's a big suprise...

    August 4, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. Madtown

    "Fox News anchors admit going soft on Palin"
    ----
    No big deal. I'd wager that Todd has also done this many, many times.

    August 4, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  3. Frank

    What?! Fox News gives Palin a free pass? I'm shocked! Shocked!

    Well, not that shocked.

    August 4, 2011 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Nice picturenof the imbecikic moron. Shows her wayward lazy eye and all those veneers.
    Hey beckel where I work if somebody is the suoer uneducated cluelexs bimbo thay she is they woukdn' be hired.
    somebody at faux news need to grow a pair. The onky one who calls her out and has literally laughed in her face about the Paul Reverd snafu was wallace. The rest just let ramble on and lie and spew hate!
    Thanks cnn for yet another stupid story aboutt the queen of stupid. As if we already didn't kow thzt she hides behind twitter, facebook and faux news!!

    August 4, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  5. ART

    The people at Faux news don't have to say a thing most Americans with half a brain knows this women is incompetent and not very smart, and an air head, just like Michell Bachmann

    August 4, 2011 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  6. AEK

    Like I totally said something about, you know, Sarah during study hall. And like it totally got back to her. And she was like so totally POed at me, gol! Now I can't like, you know, even see her in the hallway.

    Professional journalism at its best. Thank you for being honest though.

    August 4, 2011 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. FM

    The woman is getting on nerves of many. It is time to tell this loudmouth to shut up and keep distance. With people like her, if she is let to continue as she is doing, am afraid she will walk all over everybody!

    August 4, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    Now that's some lame stream media for you Sarah. There pretty much saying you're a no nothing and don't have a clue.

    August 4, 2011 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Beverly - NYC

    Thanks Captain Obvious, we never would have guessed that you had to sell your soul and common sense to work at Faux.

    August 4, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. gt

    one must have there head in the sand not to see that or watch msmbc do the same to any democrat.... its called marketing to your viewers...da..

    August 4, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  11. Kevin

    Fake News get Fake Sarah Plain Stupid a pass, well we won't be giving fake snooze a pass, but I like to say thank you Fake News. We Real American now know that anybody that worked at your station is not worthy to be President. Santorum, Hucklebee, Plain Stupid, and Newtie, all for one, and one big DUD. The republican is to laugh at, unless they are destroying this country.

    August 4, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Darron R. Brown, M.D.

    Why bother calling Fox a "news channel"? In my 57 years I've never seen such propaganda called news. It is truely comical.

    August 4, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. ConservaFASCISTS/ConservaTERRORISTS

    The republican terrorists have left Congress and have left FAA employees outback to fend for themselves. Look at what they're doing to the DOW. They are financial terrorists and should be tried for TREASON.

    August 4, 2011 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  14. clarke

    I never have been a fan.

    August 4, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  15. Steve

    What are her credentials to be a commentator in the first place? Oh, that's right. The same as most of the crew on that so called network. Clearily, the only reason she is on Faux news is to promote the nutty agenda of not only the teatards but the repubs as well. She has as much insite into the real issues as do the ones that buy into the agenda of both groups. These aren't deep thinking people. And while their minds are rarely changed, the total hypocracy that surrounds these folks is not only frustrating but laughable if didn't continue holding the entire country back on a multitude of issues. She would be better served if her and that enire clan went back to the sticks of Wasilla and stayed there. But that's not going to happen, as they've got a taste of the real world outside of the tundras of Alaska and have realized there's more to life than killing helpless animals and acting like the hillbillies they are in what is to be sure a beautiful part of the world.

    August 4, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  16. Chas in Iowa

    So they are admitting they cannot tell the truth and look someone in the face?
    What kind of reporters are these people. Must be some kind of social club over there at Faux.

    August 4, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Thankfully Independent

    Yeah, like Fox News is a credible news source anyway.

    August 4, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Tony

    CNN, you are a news organization. Please stop reporting things that people already know.

    August 4, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair

    Aaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnddddddd HERE IT IS, libs!!!

    The obligatory Palin ticker item to take the sting out of the ever-increasing bad news for Obama, today being a 300+ point drop in the Dow.

    Get your rants in NOW... time is running out. 300 posts add up quickly!!!

    August 4, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  20. IItLeftaBadTaste

    You know, if you all out here in leberal land would just leave well enough alone, she would probably become irrelevant in a few months. The fact that you get your dander up every time her name is mentioned makes her a useful tool for the Republicans and Tea Party crowd. If she stops eliciting responses like this, she will disappear from politics.

    August 4, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  21. John

    They have to go soft on Saran Palin ,they all know she a Idiot. And the Reason who own FOX NEWS much be a fool.

    August 4, 2011 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. Max

    That's ok FOX, you do that with all the republicans. People are not stupid: We are just surprised you all admit to it! I only watch it to see how far your going to go, this time! You sway more people than a drunk, that has lost his/her keys! You think you will ever be able to tell the truth, and nothing but the truth to the people? I hope to hear this in my lifetime.

    August 4, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  23. FactCheck

    And in other news, the sky is blue, water is wet and Americans are fat.

    August 4, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  24. AndrewinMD

    And in new you will never hear on CNN or similar news organizations...liberal journalists are soft on liberal politicians constantly, like the current President. Will they admit it? No.

    August 4, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. Pedro

    For a second, I thought I was reading an Onion article.

    August 4, 2011 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
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