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. fiskenmann

    Not only because "she's a fellow Fox employee" but Fox is also a main Tea Party supporter!

    August 4, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. cf

    Further admittance that Fox is NOT a legitimate news organization, is it is a right wing publicity outlet. Shut it down.

    August 4, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. iTALIAN NONNO

    She must be doing somebody important at Fox,.. no other explanation for her being on the payroll.

    August 4, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    Yes, and remember how many candidates, former and potential candidates worked for Fox, too.

    August 4, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  5. BEn275

    I'm SHOCKED!!! I thought Fox news hated all Republicans! Who would have thought this?

    August 4, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  6. Carrington1

    From what I have seen, Fox News does not have a monoply of tossing soft balls to public figures they like. That seems to ba widespread failing. Moreover, since it seems increasingly unlikely that she is going to be running for President or anything else, it is probably harmless error in her case.

    August 4, 2011 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. John B

    What happened to the fair and balanced reporting of this network? I wonder how many times Todd has "gone soft" on Sarah??

    August 4, 2011 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  8. Idiot libturds

    Couldn't the same be said by CNN anchors going soft on Obama, Pelosi,Reid, the rest of the worthless left wing establishment. Democrats have had power for almost 4 years now and look where we are at today. No CNN will not report that. They like to write articles about someone who isn't even running for president. Then you come look at all the comments here and you see who CNN is pandering to, worthless handout loving libturd wankers.

    August 4, 2011 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. jp

    Ah come she is still pretty cute! Who cares she is better suited to work at Hooters?

    August 4, 2011 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Billy

    I don't care anymore. I'm a life long left winger, but I'm voting for Palin if she runs. She's so cute. And I think that's what politics should be about, who'd I'd do if given the chance. So if not her, then Bachman, of even cutie pie Christine. My democratic party better come up with some girl next door hotties or it's going to lose me. Oh Sarah, I wish Todd would ride his snowmobile into an oil pipeline and leave us to fall in love.

    August 4, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Michael from New Jersey

    This is news??? Anyone who watches Rupert Murdoch's propaganda channel for five minutes will come to the same conclusion.

    August 4, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Moe of Tennessee

    Mr. Obvious says "REALLY?"

    August 4, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. FedUP

    Another point to prove the 'dumbing down of America'. Instead of pushing ol' Sarah to step up her game if she wants to play in the big league, let's tell her 'good job' and praise her for being mediocre.

    August 4, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  14. Gerry K.

    How intellectually dishonest to portray Bob Beckel (longtime Dem.) and Greg Gutfeld (I think a conservative?) as "anchors" or "news anchors". Their program, "The Five" is an "opinion" show, an "editorial program" and not a news program. It's never listed, promoted or even considered to be a news program to my knowledge. Such dishonesty detracts from CNN's credibility (and ratings); I thought I was reading an HP or Media Matters article.

    Who are FoxNews anchors? Shepard Smith, Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Jon Scott and Jenna Lee are anchors of NEWS programs.

    The use of the term "anchor" connotes a "news anchor" and the intent to smear FoxNews is so obvious. An honest headline or story would be "Fox News editorialists admit going soft on Palin" or "Fox News commentators admit going soft on Palin".

    Would CNN portray "The View" gals as "news anchors" or "ABC News anchors"? HARDLY.

    August 4, 2011 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  15. Mike kerns

    The most fascist obnoxious exreme network admits to going soft on a repuke/teaturd is not news

    August 4, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Brian

    Her statement about Obama buddying up with terrorist does not even make sense. She is telling us then it is okay for her to do the same after all the bitching she did about this topic. Why can't we find a qualified woman to run for President this time around? And the news about FOX not treating Palin like the other candidates? What, are we supposed to be shocked? As involved as she gets herself into people's politics FOX should never be allowed to have her on the payroll period! But then Palin's phone was probably the hottest tapped phone on FOX's radar.

    August 4, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  17. nolabear

    Well that bus was a while in gettin' here, but I like it just the same. Is this a precurser to letting her go or admission that she's not viable as anything but an employee? Either way, I'll enjoy the popcorn.

    August 4, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. jokerster

    NOOOOOOOOOOO, get out of town, who would of thunk of such a thing?????

    Anyone one of these guys heard of a "backbone??" GET ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Stunned

    If Fox were a news channel, I might be concerned.

    August 4, 2011 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Ieatthepizza

    Fox News: "Fair and Balanced" *

    *We at Fox News reserve the right to hide reality from the viewer in order to further our conservative agenda and preserve the fragile ego of our overpaid "superstar"** employee that we will ram down the throat of the American public whether they like it or not regardless of whether she has anything intelligent, or politically relevent, or true to say at all.

    **Please note that the term "superstar" should be used loosely since she is only famous because we said so.

    August 4, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. fideauxdon

    Who would've thunk it? Everyone in the world but "EEW, DON'T SNIFFIT, JUST FLUSHIT!" (see above) knows that she's the Vill*age Mo*ron! I guess that this means that SNIFFIT is from another Village.

    August 4, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Alison

    The look on her face has "DUH" written all over it.

    August 4, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  23. buckup

    what news! Fox news is no news! praise Ailes!

    August 4, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. bobcat2u

    Going soft on Palin ? More like you're going soft in the brain for giving her any feeling of being important. Hope your satified with your creation Dr. Palenstein. Look it moves, it kills barhs and mooses, it thinks it can think, it tells stories of Paul Reveres ride. And all it ever says is "YOU BETCHA" !!!! Run for your lives people.

    August 4, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. Alison

    Eeew, don't sniffit, just flushit!

    You wouldn't happen to be a Palin supporter, are you? /sarcasm

    Mama grizzly isn't coming anywhere near the White House. Americans might be stupid, but we aren't THAT stupid.

    August 4, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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