The Twitter-verse is abuzz over Bob Beckel.
The corpulent, combative in-house liberal on Fox News’ “The Five” posted a cryptic apology on Twitter Saturday, acknowledging that some of his bosses at the network were very sore indeed.
Said some things on Five I regret Fox boss not happy don’t blame them. Meant no harm but no excuse Forgive me
— Robert G Beckel (@RobertGBeckel) August 2, 2014
Obviously, Beckel left out a pretty big part of his apology tweet: What exactly was he asking forgiveness for? And was he being punished? Beckel’s seat as the show’s liberal foil was filled Friday by Juan Williams, but there was no announcement that Beckel had been benched.
Twitter theories abounded. They ranged from the plausible — Beckel called “Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman a “slut” because she admitted having sex with one of the contestants on the show but had decided not to marry him.
— Lara (LAIR-A) (@LHayes86) August 2, 2014
Beckel was forced to apologize later in the broadcast for that one.
And then there’s the “maybe-if-it-was-MSNBC” theory that holds Beckel is in hot water for glancingly referring to people from China as “Chinamen” in mid-July.
Remember how the smelling-salts crowd at the Huffington Post reacted to that?
Might be first office-wide gasp I’ve heard all summer. RT @aterkel Bob Beckel just referred to “Chinamen” on The Five. No, really. Really.
— David McCabe (@dmccabe) July 10, 2014
(Beckel’s apologized for that, too.)
And then there was his recent admission that he’d “done dope” at the White House — apparently during his stint with the State Department in the Carter administration.
But for a conservative, the best candidate for most-apology-worthy-statement (at least of the summer) was his acknowledgement last week that the Obama administration had covered up the reason behind the deaths of four Americans during the terrorist attack in Benghazi in 2012. And it didn’t help the way he echoed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in callously dismissing those who lost their lives.
Bob Beckel Loses It – Admits Benghazi Was a Cover Up Says “So What?”: http://t.co/gPsd8pEu6k
— Vivant Libertatis (@CaptainJDavis) July 29, 2014
Regardless of the cause, Beckel drew some support even from those philosophically inclined to disagree with him (that would be sane people.) That’s true especially if the alternative were another dyed-in-the-wool lib like Williams.
— Florida Skeptic (@ClayWelsh) August 3, 2014
That might sound like faint praise, but compared to this, it’s a ringing endorsement:
Bob Beckel is a funny asshole, Juan Williams is just an asshole. #TheFive
— Nathan (@NATHANINSOCAL) August 2, 2014
And Beckel’s not even that funny.
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