Fox News hosts: Palin 'pulled punches' admission a 'joke'
August 4th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
9 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. lolatics

    Fox News has always been known to be "Fair and Balanced." That's why they only bash people who don't work for Fox News. It wouldn't be fair if they could make fun of each-other (that'd be way too easy).

    August 5, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  2. Hidden Agenda

    You heard it here first:

    Sarah Palin rearranges to spell Sharia Plan. What could she be up to...?

    August 5, 2011 08:35 am at 8:35 am |
  3. Dave

    Sarah Palin & the Tea Party have nothing to do with the current debt situation. This has been building for years, and decades of over spending, waste and fraud. And you idiots blame her & the Tea Party? Wake up and smell the coffee! All of you liberals need to explain how cutting waste & fraud, cutting spending, reducing the deficit, and balancing budgets is radical & terroristic? Oh that's right, you can't – it's easier to blame someone else, rather than take responsibility. And before you bash Bush, I agree, he did run up huge deficits; but the answer is not to spend more & go further into debt. It's simple economics; you can't spend more than you take in.

    August 5, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Tony in Maine

    Sure it was a joke. Probably taken out of context and purposely misquoted by those enemies of freedom, the lame stream media.

    The sun will also rise in the west tomorrow,

    August 5, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  5. ED FL

    Unless you live in Siberia you are aware of Th Palin's idiotic comments and lifestyle. Anyone with acess to electronic media has some knowledge of this group of disfunctional EX- Governor [who quit] and her escapades within her family and attempt to convinceAmerica that she is the best thing since sliced bread . The fact that she also is a fox network employee is not an assett,as it is a network dedicated to the RIGHT WING KOOKS and GOP in general.

    August 5, 2011 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  6. streetsmart

    Hannity, OReilly Beck and even Rupert Murdoch have all said when they or other FIXed NEWs talking heads have got caught telling lies that no one should take what they say seriously because its all just for entertainment purposes. Kind of like the violence on "Professional" Wrestling. Children & adult-children want to believe its true because it has a great sense of sensationalism and the eye candy that comes struttin idown the aisle with the wrestler aint bad to look at either. Thats all Sarah Palin is, is eye candy for sheeple to stupid to realize that what theyre seeing & hearing on FIXed NEWS isnt real. Just as long as its as entertaining as "Professional" Wrestling they will go on BSing themselves that somehow it is real and get furious and livid at anyone who can prove that it isnt. Stupid is a s stupid does

    August 5, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  7. curzen

    Bill Ayers for president!

    August 5, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  8. Let's get rational now

    Why in gods name is this still news? Everyone knew this anyhow.

    August 5, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  9. Dave

    I dont know what is more appalling, the fact that a news person goes soft on someone, or that they tell jokes on the air.

    August 5, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Carrington1

    Everyone thinks they are right, so they claim with a straight face that their opinion is unbiased. Fox News, especially its commentators, obviously express conservative viewpoints, even if they don't always see themselves that way. However, they can legitimately say that they are "fair and balanced" in that they commonly have pundits who express liberal viewpoints. Liberal news outlets seldom do that. But, why should they? Like Fox News, they see themselves as right and therefore equally unbiased.

    August 5, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  11. Sam

    I think these hosts are more afraid of all the stuff she would post on just about everywhere (twitter, fb etc) than of meeting her in the hallway...In the hallway at best she would ignore them...haven't you heard pen is mightier than sword.

    August 5, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  12. Alex

    Yet another mark in the "not intended to be a factual statement" column for republicans! Are we surprised? Nah.

    August 5, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  13. Madtown

    "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.
    I guess the boys got their hands slapped? Now it's 'just a joke'. Pathetic, but I guess they're doing what they need to do to keep their jobs. Nice re-direct trying to pin the blame on left-wing sites, standard Fox tactics.

    August 5, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. ron from baltimore

    Is it just me, or are her looks getting as hackneyed as her spoutings?

    August 5, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  15. Palin Rocks

    Look at the last quote int he article that is why she is so great! She doesn't care what anyone thinks she speaks her mind. No one else can say that!!! GO PALIN!!!

    August 5, 2011 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  16. George

    "Fair and Balanced." Yeah, sure. What other lies should Fox admit to?

    August 5, 2011 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. EffortPA

    I found the definition of Grandiose Delusional Disorder in the WebMD website. Here is what it says:

    Grandiose Delusional Disorder:
    A person with this type of delusional disorder has an over-inflated sense of worth, power, knowledge, or identity. The person might believe he or she has a great talent or has made an important discovery. In reality, however, the situations are either not true at all or highly exaggerated.

    People with delusional disorder often can continue to socialize and function normally, apart from the subject of their delusion, and generally do not behave in an obviously odd or bizarre manner. This is unlike people with other psychotic disorders, who also might have delusions as a symptom of their disorder. In some cases, however, people with delusional disorder might become so preoccupied with their delusions that their lives are disrupted.

    Although delusions might be a symptom of more common disorders, such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder itself is rather rare. Delusional disorder most often occurs in middle to late life and is slightly more common in women than in men.

    Whose name comes to mind when you read this definition?

    August 5, 2011 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  18. Doug

    I am reminded of this all you can eat restaurant... the food is wonderful... the service is great... Todd is one lucky man.

    August 5, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  19. Dirk Wladon

    This is one dog that I would love to walk. How can that worm of a man that she's married to let her opens her mouth that wide ALL the time in public an says nothing.

    August 5, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
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