Retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and actress Stacey Dash have each been hit with a two-week suspension by Fox News for making vulgar comments while reviewing President Obama’s terrorism speech from last night.
Both video clips are embedded below. Peters and Dash are outspoken, long-time foes of Obama.
In a statement, Fox executive Bill Shine explained that swearing on live television doesn’t cut it.
“Earlier today, Fox contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our air. Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel do not condone the use of such language, and have suspended both Peters and Dash for two weeks.”
Peters was on Varney & Co. on the Fox Business Channel when he called Obama “a total p****; it’s stunning…This is a president who restrains our military, he uses it not to defeat ISIS but for political purposes, for political cover…his is a president who cares more about thugs in Guantanamo, or thugs in Ferguson, Missouri, than he does about law-abiding American citizens and their right to live in safety and peace.”
As Peters concluded his emotional criticism, Varney chided him for using foul language on the program. Later in the segment, Peters apologized for his angry outburst.
On Outnumbered, the FNC roundtable show featuring four recurring female commentators and a different male guest each day that airs at noon Eastern, Stacey Dash offered her opinion — with the one word partially bleeped out — in the context of Obama apparently rushing off after the nationally televised speech to attend a social event.
“It’s ridiculous. His speech was an epic fail. It was like when you have to go to dinner with your parents, but you have a party to go to afterwards, that’s what it felt like. He was just trying to get through it so he could go to this event afterwards. I did not feel any better. I didn’t feel any passion from him. I felt like he could give a sh** — excuse me — like he could care less…today is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor; his speech should have had a lot more passion…where is Winston Churchill when we need him.”
Breaking: Fox contributors Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash were just suspended for 2 weeks for profane comments https://t.co/rvlAE510ER
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 7, 2015
In January, Peters claimed that Vladimir Putin is outsmarting President Obama on foreign policy to the extent of figuratively “date-raping” him. In April 2014, Peters even argued that comparing Obama to British Prime Minister and Hitler-appeaser Neville Chamberlain was unfair — to Chamberlain, this in the context of Putin’s annexation of Crimea.
Dash tweeted out that she is enthusiastically accepting the consequences for her profane remark about the president’s terrorism speech.
Consequences. Some of us have to pay them. Gladly.
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) December 7, 2015
You may recall that in October of 2012, when the Clueless star and 2008 Obama voter originally tweeted an endorsement of GOP nominee Mitt Romney for president, she was flamed on social media in a most vulgar, offensive, and at times, racially charged way. Dash, 48, is of African-American and Mexican heritage. Whether you agree with Dash, or think she is indeed clueless, since then she has stirred up Twitter numerous times for boldly going against the liberal Hollywood consensus.
Mediaite columnist Joe Concha called for the duo’s suspension before Fox News made its announcement, noting that the “heat of the moment” defense didn’t apply to the contributors. “But both were booked more than 12 hours after the speech was over. There was plenty of time to absorb, compartmentalize and regurgitate their thoughts — and yes, I’ll keep using this word — professionally,” he insisted.
Do you agree with the decision by Fox News to suspend Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash for cursing on the air or did the network succumb to political correctness?
Twitter is offering its opinion.
— Je Suis Le Vermonter (@VTRepublican) December 7, 2015
Ralph Peters is trending and the vast majority of the comments are very positive. Hmmmmm?
— Sam Damon (@samdamon65) December 7, 2015
Ralph Peters was only saying what the majority of America is thinking. #Obama
— Kristen (@Kris10_4Life) December 7, 2015
I bet Ralph Peters didn't get up this morning thinking he'd be trending with Stacy Dash…….or maybe he did? Either way, great stuff.
— Sam Damon (@samdamon65) December 7, 2015