The Dumbest Moments in Fox News History

Fox News studios in New York City.
Fox News studios in New York City | John Lamparski/Getty Images

Even the most religious viewers of Fox News know that it’s closer to political entertainment than it truly is to “news” in the traditional sense.

Because of that, there have been more than a handful of moments throughout the years when Fox News hosts or guests were caught saying some pretty dumb stuff. Let’s take a look at a few examples you might have missed.

1. Obama and the pirate

Back in 2012, President Obama’s re-election campaign tweeted an image of the president having a conversation with a fictional pirate, complete with an eye-patch and fake parrot on his shoulder. The photo was three years old, and was intended to be funny in honoring National Talk Like A Pirate Day.

Drudge Report jumped on the “story,” claiming that Obama was meeting with a pirate instead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Fox News host Steve Doocy commented on the story, saying, “So much for peace in the Middle East.” Wow.

Next: Who knew this was such a liberal holiday?

2. Halloween is a liberal holiday

Halloween candy spilling from a pumpkin bucket
Sean Hannity says Halloween is a liberal holiday. |

Fox News host Sean Hannity has had his share of head-scratching opinions, but his 2007 statement about Halloween really takes the cake – or candy, if you will.

“Halloween is a liberal holiday because we’re teaching our children to beg for something for free,” said Hannity. “We’re teaching kids to knock on other people’s doors and ask for a handout.”

Instead of asking for a candy handout once a year, maybe we should teach kids to donate candy to politicians throughout the year. Then maybe someday they’ll be rewarded with legislation that awards them a truckload of candy.

Next: Fox News consistently gets this issue wrong.

3. Campus rape = false narrative

female college student
Campus rape is a real problem. |

Fox News has consistently missed the boat on coverage of campus rape. Despite it being a rampant problem across the country, Bob Beckel once attempted to argue that it really wasn’t that big of a deal. He was immediately shut down by his co-hosts, who had previously been arguing that drunk college kids should be carrying guns. But that’s not the only time this has happened on Fox’s airwaves.

In April of 2015, Brit Hume disputed rape statistics from college campuses and stated that the whole thing was merely a false narrative perpetuated by liberals.

Next: Was Obama really a racist?

4. Obama is a racist

Glenn Beck on The O'Reilly Factor
Glenn Beck on The O’Reilly Factor | Fox News

It’s no surprise to anyone that hasn’t been living under a rock for the last decade that Fox News, in general, was never much of a fan of President Obama. From the beginning of his first campaign until well into President Trump’s first year, the network just couldn’t lay off Obama. Here is one example from Glenn Beck, back in 2009.

“This president I think has exposed himself over and over again as a guy who has a deep-seated hatred for white people or the white culture,” said Beck. “I’m not saying he doesn’t like white people, I’m saying he has a problem. This guy is, I believe, a racist.”

Shortly after making these comments, advertisers began pulling out from Beck’s show. We can’t imagine why companies wouldn’t want to be associated with him.

Next: This host talks about marrying a turtle.

5. Turtle marriage

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No turtle would marry Bill O’Reilly. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In a segment where the topic was comparing polygamy to gay marriage, former Fox host Bill O’Reilly pressed his guests to explain the difference between two people of the same sex getting married and multiple people getting married. He claimed that it was a slippery slope, ending up with the suggestion that he could end up marrying a turtle.

Outside of the thought process that led O’Reilly to the conclusion that he could marry a turtle, he apparently has changed his view on the topic. Speaking on the topic of gay marriage again in 2013, O’Reilly had this to say:

“The compelling argument is on the side of homosexuals,” O’Reilly said. “That is where the compelling argument is. We’re Americans, we just want to be treated like everybody else. That’s a compelling argument, and to deny that you’ve got to have a very strong argument on the other side. And the other side hasn’t been able to do anything but thump the Bible.”

Next: Sometimes it’s best to just stay quiet and carry on.

6. An airing of grievances

It's time for the airing of grievances.
It’s time for the airing of grievances. | NBC

The notion of a phony “War on Christmas” is nothing new. In fact, Fox News has been perpetuating it since at least 2004. Specifically, in 2013 Bill O’Reilly took Macy’s to task for writing the phrase “holiday wish list” in an ad referring to Santa Claus. O’Reilly takes the stance that Christianity is the de facto religion of the United States, and should be celebrated as such.

“Happy holidays” is a phrase used to encompass the entire holiday season, which recognizes Christmas, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanza, and New Years all within the span of just over a month. Not only does that phrase offend the people at Fox News to the point where it gets regular airtime each December, but apparently even the fake, Seinfeld-created holiday of Festivus riles them up.

Next: Should women always be submissive to men?

7. Men are dominant, it’s science

Megyn Kelly is not impressed with your views. | ABC News via YouTube

In 2013, Fox host Megyn Kelly had Red State blogger Erick Erickson on her show to discuss the notion that women should be submissive to men. He had written the following:

“In modern society, we’re not supposed to point out that children in a two-parent, heterosexual nuclear household have a better chance at long-term success in life than others. In modern society, we’re supposed to applaud feminists who teach women they can have it all, that there’s no gender-identifying role, and women can fulfill the roles of husbands and fathers just as men do.”

Kelly took issue with that. And Erickson followed it up with the suggestion that he disputes evidence that suggests that children living in a two-parent, homosexual household are just as healthy and able to thrive in society. Kelly finished it up by pointing to a list of studies that dispute Erickson’s “facts” on working mothers and homosexual families.

Next: This topic was extremely uncomfortable for everyone.

8. Blow up the Coit Tower

Bill O'Reilly talking to Rob Lowe.
Bill O’Reilly talking to Rob Lowe | Rob Kim/Getty Images

Back in 2005, the city of San Francisco voted to ban military recruiters from city schools as a form of protest against the military’s former “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. Once again, it was O’Reilly who was offended – and took it to an uncomfortable extreme.

“If I’m the president of the United States, I walk right into Union Square, I set up my little presidential podium, and I say, ‘Listen, citizens of San Francisco, if you vote against military recruiting, you’re not going to get another nickel in federal funds.’

“Fine. You want to be your own country? Go right ahead. And if Al Qaeda comes in here and blows you up, we’re not going to do anything about it. We’re going to say, look, every other place in America is off limits to you, except San Francisco. You want to blow up the Coit Tower? Go ahead.”

Suffice it to say, banning military recruiters as a form of protest shouldn’t warrant a news host suggesting that Al Qaeda committing an act of terrorism would be welcomed.

Next: Obama gets pulled into another heated rant.

9. Obama is creating an ‘oligarhy’

Barack obama pointing at his own face in a dark suit and blue striped tie
Are you talking about me? | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Glenn Beck, seemingly always out of breath and never afraid to put himself out on a limb, suggested during one segment that President Obama was turning the United States into an oligarchy. Utilizing a blackboard with phrases such as “left-internationalist” and “hidden agendas,” Beck circled random letters to show that America was becoming an oligarchy.

The problem? Beck apparently can’t spell the word. He spelled it “oligarhy,” which makes the whole thing even dumber. But had Beck spelled the word correctly, the absurd and conspiracy-like nature of the segment still qualifies it for this list.

Next: This host seriously forgot about the 9/11 terror attacks.

10. ‘Never forget’

Eric Bolling on Fox News Specialists
Eric Bolling on Fox News Specialists | Fox News

Once again attacking Obama, Fox News host Eric Bolling once tried to take the 44th president to task over the issue of keeping American safe from terrorism. Here is Bolling’s quote:

“America was certainly safe between 2000 and 2008. I don’t remember any attacks on American soil during that period of time.”

Unfortunately, Bolling seems to forget the one major event that is ironically synonymous with the phrase “never forget.” How the Fox News host missed 9/11, the most famous terrorist event in American history, is truly confounding.

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