A large network of Fox News hosts, correspondents, and contributors cover everything from climate change to sexual assault. Many feel free to say whatever comes to mind and it can be quite a shock when they get the facts wrong.
What are the most outlandish things they’ve said? These are the people who some consider the most “delusional” figures at Fox News and what they did to provoke public ire. As likely the most popular TV personality, one Fox News host made an outrageous, controversial comment (page 11).
1. Bob Beckel thinks rape isn’t an issue at college
He said: “When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?”
One episode of The Five involved a round-table discussion about a bill allowing women to carry guns on campus to prevent sexual assault. Beckel seemed uninformed when he asked the question above. In reality, not only is sexual assault and rape more prevalent on college campuses than other crimes, but only about 20% of female student victims report the assault to law enforcement.
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2. Brian Kilmeade seems to have forgotten that the Nazis lost World War II
He said: “We [Americans] keep marrying other species and other ethnics … Swedes have pure genes … in America, we marry everybody.”
A Fox & Friends discussion took place about a Swedish and Finnish study finding that marriage makes you less susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. And Kilmeade chimed in.
He later apologized in 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.”
Next: This analyst did her best to make one political figure seem offensive.
3. E.D. Hill thought the Obamas had a terrorist agenda
She said: “A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret differently.”
In 2008, Fox News decided to talk about Barack and Michelle Obama giving each other a fist bumps at a campaign rally. News presenter Hill teased a segment by analyzing the “terrorist” gesture. She later apologized: “I certainly didn’t mean to associate the word ‘terrorist’ in any way with Senator Obama and his wife.”
Next: This Fox News host throws blanket statements.
4. Tomi Lahren seems to think all refugee are also rapists
She said: “They will never have refugees or rapeugees in their back yard. I don’t think they’re going to pump refugees into Beverly Hills … They will never be near one but it’s easy for them to stand on a stage and talk about [the issue].”
One of Lahren’s most inflammatory statements went viral when she said “rape-u-gees” while discussing celebrities raising awareness about Middle Eastern refugees. The 25-year-old originally got her start creating right-wing videos for her 4.3 million Facebook followers. Now Lahren works on digital projects for Fox News and serves as a contributor to the network.
Next: Sometimes it’s better to keep your mouth shut.
5. Tucker Carlson believes Democrats came up with the idea of sexual misconduct
He said: “[Democrats] 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.”
In 2006, Carlson said the above statement on his MSNBC show, Tucker. However, sexual harassment and assault are real crimes — not at all invented by a political party. About one in four women and one in six men will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.
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6. Gretchen Carlson thinks Nickelodeon is out to get kids
She said: Gretchen Carlson talked about her disdain for SpongeBob SquarePants and the show’s episode on global warming, which “only gave one view” of the issue.
Her 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: This Fox News host was “clueless”
7. Stacey Dash thinks African American achievements must be minimized in order to be equal
We have to make up our minds. 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. There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re Americans, period. That’s it.
Dash said this on Fox & Friends during Black History Month. BET had a great response to this statement by tweeting a picture of her in an episode of BET show, The Game, with the caption, “Soooooo @REALStaceyDash can we get our check back… or nah?”
Next: Santa is white — a proven fact according to this Fox News host.
8. Megyn Kelly can’t see how cultural icons could originate in places where people aren’t white
She said: “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white … Jesus was a white man, too.”
In 2013, Kelly and guests weighed in on whether Santa’s race could be anything other than white in response to an article by Aisha Harris. From the video, it’s clear Kelly felt strongly about the topic.
Next: This host’s diet isn’t appropriate for TV.
9. Andrea Tantaros thinks chronic hunger is equivalent to a fad diet
She said: “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.”
Tantaros jokingly said this sentiment during a segment highlighting Mayor Cory Booker saying he will live on food stamps for a week. However, the 49 million Americans who struggle to put food on their tables probably don’t find the joke funny.
Next: Sean Hannity gets caught sensationalizing news coverage.
10. Sean Hannity played fake footage
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.
The correspondent covered a Tea Party protest about anti-health care reform, claiming that 20,000–45,000 people attended the event. But the segment’s footage starts with a group meeting in an area with yellow autumn leaves and then changes to a day where there are green trees and a lot more people.
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11. Bill O’Reilly doesn’t believe in poverty
He 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.”
O’Reilly said this during his Fox show. In reality, 43.1 million Americans (14.3%) lived in poverty in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 19.4 million people lived in deep poverty (a household income below 50% of their poverty threshold).
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12. Steve Doocy believes there aren’t enough positive male figures in children’s movies
He said: “Are movies like the Disney smash hit about an ice queen and her sister empowering girls by turning our men into fools and villains? It would be nice for Hollywood to have more male figures in those kinds of movies.”
In 2015, Fox and Friends host Doocy made this statement while speaking with the Concerned Women for America CEO, Penny Nance. However, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes fact-checked Doocy, 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 Fox News host needs an English lesson.
13. Lauren Green thinks religious beliefs influence academic research
She said: “I want to clarify you’re a Muslim so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity? … I believe that you’ve been on several programs and never disclosed that you were a Muslim and I think that’s an interest in full disclosure.”
In a 2013 interview, Chief Religion Correspondent for Fox News, 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’ life, but Green could not comprehend how Dr. Aslan, a Muslim, could write about Jesus.
She grilled him on this concept for most of the interview, leaving little time to discuss his book or findings. It seems Green should’ve studied literature more.
Next: This host gave unwelcome parenting advice.
14. Geraldo Rivera thinks what you wear influences whether you could be shot and killed
He said: “I am urging the parents of black and Latino youngsters particularly not to let their children go out wearing hoodies. I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as much as George Zimmerman was.”
Rivera was one of many trying to find a reason why Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. But the conclusion he came to on Fox & Friends was pretty crazy.
Next: This well-known host needs a dictionary.
15. Glenn Beck wants to show us “hidden agendas” in government
He wrote: “O-l-i-g-a-r-h-y.”
The host listed a bunch of things he wanted to discuss, including “Obama,” “Hidden Agendas,” “Revolutionists,” and more. Beck 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 the biggest part of his point. Clearly, Beck needs to spellcheck before he’s on-air.
Next: People were fuming over this comment about sweatshops.
16. Greg Gutfield thinks sweatshops aren’t damaging to workers
He 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.”
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.
Next: Attacking this children’s movie is a low blow.
17. Charles Payne thinks a children’s movie is out to hurt the U.S. economy
Hollywood pushes its anti-business message to our kids. First it’s The Muppets movie — remember they used an oil baron as the enemy? A year later it was The Lorax casting environmentalists against anyone who dared to create a new business. Now it’s The Lego Movie with a villain named President Business … I think there’s something wrong with it, for sure.
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 Payne from worrying that the movie would make our children anti-business or anti-capitalist.
Next: People were fuming over this analysis of emergencies like Hurricane Harvey.
18. John Stossel thinks people should profit off the victims of natural disasters
He wrote: “Prices should rise during emergencies. Price changes save lives. That’s because prices aren’t just money — they are information.”
Before Hurricane Harvey, the media showed images of stores selling cases of bottled water at jacked up prices. And Stossel wrote for Fox News that stores should raise prices.
Research proves, however, the most vulnerable groups of people suffer the most after a natural disaster. Not only do they struggle to receive relief funds — even within two years post-Hurricane Katrina, for example — but they also can’t afford housing, and low-income places to stay are often the most damaged during these crises.
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Additional reporting by Ali Harrison.