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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  1. SuperD

    This story is a bunch of crap people. First of all nobody had heard of Gutman or whatever his name is. Second Beckel is a progressive toad, so for him to say that is kinda wierd.

    It's a non story, but it sure brings out the fire in Liberals (why? we'll never understand, but we don't understand Liberals in the first place)

    August 4, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Francesca

    Palin is smart enough to know how to get her flock to give their heard earned to saraPAC. She looks like a old granny grunt on the fox videos. She only looks attractive when she is all made up an her photos air brushed. Because she is stupid and vain, she will not dare to run for president. She won't be able to use the money she grifts off her flock for a life of luxury.

    August 4, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. Dan G.

    Since when are entertainment show hosts/commentators classified as News Anchors?

    August 4, 2011 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Francesca

    Correction ,Hard earned money

    August 4, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  5. Clint, Wa.

    Greg Gutfeld, get some ball's and tell it like it is.

    August 4, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  6. Jim

    Somewhat misleading CNN piece – Gutfiled is the former 'redeye' host, whose man role is humor. And I've seen Bill O'reilly mix it up pretty good with Palin, and Chris Wallace is a very tough...

    August 4, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. boyamidumb

    Do me a favor. If you see her in the hallway, knock her on her a s s for me for all the anger and division she creates and thrives on. Oh yeah, the same for the rest of you. Why not try living off good news for a change. You people are a bunch of blood sucking energy vampires who do little if any good. If you really looked at what you all do, you should not be able to sleep at night. If the media has become a useless device, it is because you have no real skill, just the camera face and acting skills to come off nicely in front of the lights.

    Am I mad? You bet. We need a good, functional, solid media that knows how to find and tell the good and the bad. Not just suck off and create misery for everyone.

    Don't feel bad about putting Palin down.Just look in the mirror next time you do.

    August 4, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. cooper nicholas

    wait.... so are you telling me that fox news presents politics with a biased viewpoint? since when did this start happening?

    August 4, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. KBNJ

    Hmm... Fox employees being honest about their "bias". Didn't get fired. CNN: please take notes.

    August 4, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. skippy

    I have watched 'the five'...and am not impressed.

    August 4, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  11. boocat

    Fox "News" believes in hiring the handicapped....so what else is new?

    August 4, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  12. Dan G.

    I thought CNN was suppose to be the news you can trust. How can you write in this article that these two individuals are News Anchors when it is obvious they are not. These are entertainment show hosts/commentators. Was it CNN's intention to deliberately lie or was this just bad journalism?

    August 4, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Not sure why CNN has such a fixation with $arah Palin, or the rest of the TeaPer clan. Apparently, the Koch Brothers have invested enough to keep CNN in their pockets longer than most media organizations lasted. It does get nauseating to see one Palin after another Palin after another Palin article. Mixed in with the TeaPer this - and TeaPer that - nonsense. It's not as if even a small minority of Americans support these demanding idiots. Less than 10%, really. Fairly certain the TeaPers have caused enough damage to America without continuing to give them voice to further their anti-government, anti-majority mob mentality reign.

    August 4, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. ChumBucket

    wow, you got Fox and Palin in one story! I imagine the l i b t a r d s will manage at least 500 posts on this story.

    August 4, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  15. Bill in NC

    Earth to CNN:

    Gutfeld and Beckel are NOT Fox "anchors," even if they do host shows on FNC. They are political commentators (and Beckel is a Democrat!). Calling them "anchors" is like calling Larry King an anchor. Anchors are people who host NEWS shows, such as Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley and Tom Brokaw. By this accurate definition, the Fox News anchors are limited to Bret Baer, Chris Wallace, and Shepard Smith, who host NEWS shows.

    Just another example of CNN's "fair and balanced" standard of "journalism," and just one more reason why CNN's viewership drops by the day.

    August 4, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. kaoshed

    A. "The Five", where this exchange occurred 08/03/11 is not a news program. B. Greg Gutfeld (also of Red Eye) is not a news anchor, he's an opinion guy with a comedic schtick. C. Gutfeld was fooling around, as was Beckel. D. CNN is now watching Fox News!!!!! Seriously CNN people, get over your Palin-derangement syndrome. The "Ticker" is near universally about something Palin day in and day out. Please try to stop harboring animosity toward a former governor whom you have never, nor will ever, meet. Spend your energies elsewhere, you'll be more fruitful in your endeavors.

    August 4, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Jim

    Charles Kratthaumer is also very tough on Palin as is Karl Rove.........BTW, I was stunned on other end to see CNN treating the R. Murdock case in England like is was the Watergate hearings....live all morning for hours and hours? Seemed overkill to me for a news story that was like page 2 material

    August 4, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. Rob

    Gutfeld said "she works here, and it's like a co-worker".
    First, he called her "it".
    Second, he said "like a co-worker", as if part-way or something.
    So he is saying that she is an "it" who kind of works. That would be one of the best descriptions of Palin I've ever heard, and it came from Fox News.

    August 4, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    The Scorpion Queen hates it when Fox goes soft!!

    August 4, 2011 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  20. LegendRx

    Brian . . . You are an idiot, It is obvious that Fox News and it's conspirators are out to destroy our president by bringing America to her knees. The republican party created this economy we are in and refuse to get out of the way. They have done nothing positive for America sense Mr. Obama took office. You are a traitor to this great country along with the tea party and the republican party . . . you all, are one in the same. Get out of the way and out of this country. NOW! Obama in 2012

    August 4, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Laurie

    That's okay we don't consider you actual journalists so we understand.

    August 4, 2011 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  22. Harry from VT

    Fair and Balanced....The truth hurts and??? Thats the problem, we have become subjective and not objective in our views and this polarizes people.....There should be a lie detector monitor on anyone who is espousing news so we know when to turn it off.

    August 4, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  23. Oregon

    Some of these comments are absurd. Those of you arguing that CNN has a liberal bias as bad as Fox's conservative bias are so far off base it's sad. You just don't want to admit or are completely ignorant to the insidious hatred that their adversarial approach creates for Democrats and Liberalism. Fox "News" is one of the worst things to happen to the political landscape, and people can't get enough because they love getting riled up. NO NEWS AGENCY IN THIS COUNTRY SHOULD TREAT ONE PARTY AS THE ENEMY. That's what Fox does. They constantly link liberalism and Democrats to words like "Islam," Radical," Extremist," etc... That's how they get the ratings, and we just feed feed feed the damn machine. Forget that our parties are supposed to work together for the good of the country and the American people, let's just paint one as out to destroy America. At least the Daily Show is funny. Fox News isn't a news organization, it never has been, it's always been entertainment masquerading as news. Anyone who wants to form a balanced, well-educated opinion should stay as far away from Fox News and MSNBC as possible. CNN is not in that group and those who say it is are just defensive because it's not the warm little bubble where they hear everything they want. Keep making Palin a multi millionaire folks, she's never gonna run for President and hasn't said one thing with actual substance since she burst onto the scene. Fox News is an absolute embarrassment, but they are only taking advantage of the fools that can't get enough hate directed at FELLOW FREAKING AMERICANS

    August 4, 2011 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  24. SNAPPA

    Really? What a shock! Expect these two bozo's to be un-employed very soon. I'll bet you the houe, if I still had one.

    August 4, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  25. Dennis

    Wow, CNN. The headline suggests that some of Fox's actual news anchors said this. I am not sure who the people in the article even are. So, which news organization is biased?

    August 4, 2011 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
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