Fox News has a big network of hosts, correspondents, and contributors. Many feel free to say whatever comes to mind whether it makes sense or not. They cover everything from climate change to sexual assault. So it’s particularly painful when they get the facts wrong. But what are the craziest things they’ve said? Here are the 18 most delusional Fox News hosts and exactly what they said to earn this title.
18. Greg Gutfeld supports sweatshops
When author, blogger, and TV personality Greg Gutfeld joined Fox News’ The Five to discuss internships, the hosts segued into a discussion about low-wage jobs, which he compared to sweatshops.
Gutfeld said, “People toil for years on this [sic] low-wage job, but, no, they don’t. They’re only on that low rung of the ladder for a short time … That’s why the biggest myth of all time is that sweatshops are bad.” Either he isn’t educated on what sweatshops actually are, or he’s just that disrespectful.
Next: This Fox News host needs an English lesson.
17. Lauren Green confuses religion and research
In a 2013 interview, Chief Religion Correspondent for Fox News, Lauren Green, confused one guest’s religion with an inability to understand any other belief system. With a Ph.D in religious studies, Dr. Reza Aslan published a historical book on Jesus’s life, but Green could not comprehend how Dr. Aslan, a Muslim, could write a book about Jesus.
She grilled him on this concept for most of the interview, leaving little time to actually discuss his book or findings. It seems Green should’ve studied literature a little more.
Next: You really shouldn’t joke about food stamps.
16. Andrea Tantaros says she’d look fabulous on a food stamps diet
Once again a Fox News host claimed that financially struggling people are secretly living a desirable life. This time there was a segment talking about how Mayor Cory Booker said he will live on food stamps for a week. Andrea Tantaros chimed in, “I should try it because do you know how fabulous I’d look? I mean, the camera adds ten pounds. It really does. I would be looking great.”
Next: This host reveals Frozen‘s ulterior motives.
15. Steve Doocy thinks Frozen misrepresents men
In 2015, Fox and Friends host Steve Doocy spoke with the CEO of Concerned Women for America, Penny Nance, who agreed with Doocy that Hollywood lacks strong male roles. He asked, “Are movies like the Disney smash hit about an ice queen and her sister empowering girls by turning our men into fools and villains?” Doocy then shared a followup observation: “It would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kinds of movies.”
However, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes fact-checks Doocy (video above), showing 2013 research that only 28% of films had a female lead or co-lead, and only 2% of those films showed more female characters than males.
Next: This analyst had to dig deep to make one political figure seem offensive.
14. E.D. Hill accuses the Obamas of ‘terrorist fist jab’
In 2008, Fox News decided to talk about Barack and Michelle Obama giving each other fist bumps at a campaign rally. Believe it or not, it was analyzed by news presenter E.D. Hill who teased a segment with, “A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret differently.” She later apologized for this.
Next: People were fuming over this analysis of emergencies like Hurricane Harvey.
13. John Stossel believes store prices should rise around emergencies like Hurricane Harvey
Stores were pictured selling cases of bottled water before Hurricane Harvey at jacked up prices and many were outraged by this given water is a necessity that could be used in such a crisis. But John Stossel wrote for Fox News that this blowback was wrong with “Prices should rise during emergencies. Price changes save lives. That’s because prices aren’t just money — they are information.”
Next: Attacking this children’s movie is a low blow.
12. Charles Payne claims The Lego Movie is anti-business
The Lego Movie is the most obvious cash grab for a business that has been making money for a long time. But that still didn’t stop Charles Payne from worrying that the movie would make our children anti-business or anti-capitalist. He notes the villain being named Lord Business and looking like Mitt Romney could be a warning sign.
Next: Megyn Kelly demonstrates her limited understanding.
11. Megyn Kelly declares Santa Claus is white
It seems like every year Christmas is a hot topic on Fox News. In 2013, Megyn Kelly and guests weighed in on whether Santa’s race can be anything other than white in response to an article written by Aisha Harris. She then proclaims, “for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white” and “Jesus was a white man, too” in her segment.
Next: Children’s television programming also comes under attack.
10. Gretchen Carlson questions free SpongeBob SquarePants books being given to kids because of global warming
Even children’s television is being accused of pushing an agenda on the children. Gretchen Carlson talked about her disdain for SpongeBob SquarePants and how the show had an episode on global warming. The segment then talked about how books inspired by the show were given for free at a “Let’s Move!” event and why this is just terrible.
Next: Spellcheck before you’re on-air, Glenn Beck.
9. Glenn Beck tries to call government under Obama an ‘oligarchy’ but misspells it
The host listed a bunch of things he wanted to talk about on his show which included “Obama,” “Hidden Agendas,” “Revolutionists,” and more. He wrote the words on a chalkboard then circled the first letter of each word. He then asked what does that spell “o-l-i-g-a-r-h-y.” Of course, he meant “oligarchy,” but misspelled probably the biggest part of his point.
Next: This host needs to retake science class.
8. Greg Gutfeld calls fossil fuel a ‘renewable energy’
In this segment, the Fox News hosts argue against addressing climate change. Greg Gutfeld went on to say “isn’t fossil fuels the ultimate renewable energy? It’s renewed once. It used to be a dinosaur and now it’s fuel. How is that not renewable?”
Next: This statement about rape infuriated viewers.
7. Bob Beckel doesn’t seem to think rape on campus ever happens
There was a roundtable discussion about a bill allowing women to carry guns on campus to prevent sexual assault. Bob Beckel seemed very uninformed on the issue because he went on to ask, “When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?”
Next: This polarizing figure needs to fact-check.
6. Bill O’Reilly doesn’t believe poor, hungry children in America exist
In a segment on his show, Bill O’Reilly said, “if you look at the studies of poverty most poor people in this country have computers, have big screen TVs, have cars, have air conditioning. This myth that there are kids that don’t have anything to eat is a total lie.”
Next: Sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut.
5. Tucker Carlson believes Democrats came up with the concept of sexual harassment to take down the Republican party
There have been multiple Republican public figures who have allegedly sexually harassed women. But instead of accepting that may be a failure of those people Tucker Carlson actually said in 2006 on his MSNBC show Tucker that he thinks Democrats came up with the concept of sexual harassment to take down Republicans. He said:
This is a group that made up the concept of sexual harassment. You look great today. Boom, I’m charging you with a crime. Do you know what I mean? It’s not a group I associate with fun. You want a sex scandal, the Republican party, baby, that’s where you go.
Next: Sean Hannity gets caught sensationalizing news coverage.
4. Sean Hannity falsifies footage of tea party protest
The correspondent covered the tea party protest that was anti-health care reform at the Capitol. When doing so he claimed 20,000–45,000 people attended the event. The footage used in the segment starts with a group meeting in an area with yellow autumn leaves and it somehow changes to a day where the trees are all green and there are a lot more people.
Jon Stewart called out Sean Hannity for possibly using the different footage to look like there was a bigger crowd for the protest. This led to the correspondent going back on air to admit to the wrongdoing.
Although it pains me to say this: Jon Stewart [on] Comedy Central — he was right. Now on his program last night, he had mentioned that we had played some incorrect video on this program last week while talking about the Republican health care rally on Capitol Hill. He was correct: we screwed up. We aired some video of a rally in September along with the video from the actual event. It was an inadvertent mistake but a mistake nonetheless. So Mr. Stewart, you were right. We apologize but by the way, I want to thank you and all your writers for watching.
Next: This Fox News host couldn’t escape a narrow mindset.
3. Stacey Dash says we should get rid of Black History Month and BET
The former Fox News political pundit appeared on Fox & Friends to talk about her feelings about Black History Month and BET. “We have to make up our minds,” Stacey Dash said. “Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don’t want segregation, then we have to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
She then continued, “There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re Americans, period. That’s it.” BET had a great response to this statement by tweeting a picture of the actress in an episode of The Game which was on BET with the caption, “Soooooo @REALStaceyDash can we get our check back… or nah?”
Next: Blaming death on a clothing item is preposterous.
2. Geraldo Rivera blames Trayvon Martin’s murder on his hoodie
The host was one of many trying to find a reason why Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. The conclusion he came to was pretty crazy. “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly not to let their children go out wearing hoodies,” he said on Fox & Friends. “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as much as George Zimmerman was.”
Next: This TV personality should consider other professions.
1. Brian Kilmeade says Americans aren’t ‘pure’ because they marry ‘other species and other ethnics’
There was a discussion on Fox & Friends about a Swedish and Finnish study finding marriage could boost your chances of being less susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. Brian Kilmeade decided to chime in with “we [Americans] keep marrying other species and other ethnics … Swedes have pure genes … in America, we marry everybody.”
The racist comment led to him apologizing through a statement. “I made comments that were offensive to many people. That was not my intention, and looking back at those comments I realize they were inappropriate. For that, I sincerely apologize. America [is a] huge melting pot, and that is what makes us such a great country.”
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