The two Fox News commentators suspended for blasting President Obama’s Sunday Oval Office address and using profane language on live TV include Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash. Peters, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. now Fox News strategic analyst, and Dash, a Fox contributor, didn’t hold back when it came to criticizing Obama’s terrorism speech on Sunday night.
“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,” Fox senior executive vice president Bill Shine said about the two commentators according to a December 7 CNN Money report.
Fox News is known for its nearly daily conservative criticism of Obama, but when Peters called the president a “total pu—” who “doesn’t want to hurt our enemies” and Dash said that the president “didn’t give a sh–” about Sunday night’s terrorism speech, the two commentators went too far.
When asked by host Stuart Varney about the president’s speech on Sunday night about terrorism, Peters responded with the following words:
“Well, first of all he keeps speaking about ‘we can’t give in to our fears.’ You know, ‘don’t be afraid.’ Look, Mr. President we’re not afraid we’re angry, we’re pissed off, we’re furious. We want you to react, we want you to do something. You’re afraid. I mean this guy is such a total pussy, it’s stunning. And, you know, we want — we the people, the American people, whom he does not know in any intimate sort of manner, we want action. We want action against Islamic State and then — then, when the president is telling us he is going to destroy ISIS. This is a president who has done more harm to American police departments than he has done to Islamic State. This is a president who restrains our military. He uses it not to defeat ISIS, but for political purposes for political cover. This is a president who doesn’t want to hurt our enemies. This 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.”
Peters’ vulgar comment about Obama while speaking to anchor Stuart Varney on the Fox Business Network, a smaller sister of Fox News, resulted in an eventual apology: “I do apologize for giving into my anger, but… I feel like you know the American people understand where I’m coming from on this. My choice of words was incorrect, but my sentiment, I think, is shared by many.”
Unlike Peters, Dash feels that she was justified when she spoke about the president during Monday’s lunchtime talk show “Outnumbered” on Fox News. On her Twitter page, she wrote that she had no problem being suspended for two weeks: “Consequences. Some of us have to pay them. Gladly.”
“If you didn’t watch that horrible speech, here’s all you need to know: https://shar.es/1cSHI8 via @DavidAFrench”
The two suspended Fox commentators appeared on Fox News and Fox Business cable channels which are not subject to government regulations that control the broadcast of profanities over public airwaves. However, Media Matters, a liberal anti-Fox organization, monitors what is being said about Obama and flagged Peters’ profanity. As for the adequate punishment for the Fox commentators – being suspended for two weeks – it all depends who you ask.