We trust TV news hosts to give us news rationally and honestly. But sadly, that isn’t always the case. We have seen many hosts spiral while trying to make a point, and sometimes, this means lying, making wild comparisons, and making uncomfortable comments.
Luckily, they usually get called out, and some have even faced major consequences. Who are we talking about? Here are the most delusional TV news hosts ever. You won’t believe the insensitive comment that got one famous commentator fired (page 9).
1. Geraldo Rivera
When Matt Lauer’s sexual harassment allegations surfaced, Geraldo Rivera defended him, tweeting “news is a flirty business” and called the flood of allegations a “current epidemic,” which led to outrage. Then, an old interview between Barbara Walters and Bette Midler came to light, with Midler claiming Rivera groped her.
Although I recall the time
@BetteMidler has alluded to much differently than she, that does not change the fact that she has a right to speak out & demand an apology from me, for in the very least, publically embarrassing her all those years ago. Bette, I apologize.
Next: Many viewers were angry about these comments.
2. Carol Costello
In September 2014, CNN’s Carol Costello called a video of Ray Rice physically assaulting his fiance “insane” and “disturbing.” A month later, she reported on an assault Bristol Palin suffered during a party. Before playing audio of the fight, Costello said, “This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across … Sit back and enjoy.”
The news anchor faced swift backlash, as viewers pointed out her insensitivity toward Palin’s assault. Costello sent an apology to Politico: “I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize.” However, she did not apologize on-air.
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3. Don Lemon
Former NBC Nightly News correspondent Don Lemon began his career with CNN in 2006, serving as a popular host of CNN Tonight. During a 2015 episode, Lemon tried to instigate a debate in response to President Obama’s use of the n-word while discussing racial injustice.
Lemon held up a Confederate flag, asking, “Does this offend you?” Then he held a sign displaying the n-word and repeats the question. Not only did Lemon receive backlash from both his supporters and critics, but he also inspired a meme on social media; users swapped his sign with other images, and included the text, “Does this offend you?”
Next: This young correspondent compared Black Lives Matter to a hate group.
4. Tomi Lahren
The former Fox News correspondent has no problem making polarizing comparisons. For example, Tomi Lahren tweeted in the past, “Meet the new KKK, they call themselves ‘Black Lives Matter’ but make no mistake their goals are far from equality #Dallas #bluelivesmatter.” She later deleted the tweet.
Next: This co-host got called out for his made-up statistic.
5. Steve Doocy
The Fox & Friends co-host was swiftly called out for making up statistics. In a discussion about violence at Trump events, Steve Doocy said, “Ninety-nine percent of the violence is from the anti-Trump people, not from the Trump supporters. They were just there for the show!”
Civil rights attorney, Andell Brown, didn’t let him off the hook, saying, “I don’t know where you got that stat, but I think you need to check your stats.” Doocy quickly changed the subject.
Next: This famous host made a judgmental comment about a victim of police brutality.
6. Megyn Kelly
Current NBC host Megyn Kelly made some major missteps during her days at Fox. She once reported on a 15-year-old black girl who a police officer restrained on the ground at a pool party. The officer also drew his handgun. Kelly blamed the girl by saying, “He had told her to leave, and she continued to linger. When the cop tells you to leave, get out.”
She continued, saying, “The girl is no saint either.”
Next: This correspondent accused President Obama of a particular hatred.
7. Glenn Beck
The radio host corresponds on Fox News sometimes. During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Glenn Beck threw around some extreme accusations, saying President Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people.” His reasoning for this was Obama’s supposed handling of the police.
Next: This commentator’s own sources questioned him on air.
8. Sean Hannity
The Fox News political commentator tore down The New York Times for reporting that President Donald Trump tried to fire Robert Mueller. Sean Hannity claimed their sources couldn’t confirm this.
However, in the same segment, he had to reverse his statement because the newspaper’s sources did confirm Trump tried to fire Mueller. Hannity then switched gears, saying, “Yeah, maybe Donald Trump wanted to fire the special counsel for conflict. Does he not have the right to raise those questions? You know, we’ll deal with this tomorrow night.”
Next: This world-famous reporter lied about witnessing bombings.
9. Bill O’Reilly
People have questioned many of this fired Fox News reporter’s claims. Example: Bill O’Reilly wrote in Keep It Pithy, “I’ve seen soldiers gun down unarmed civilians in Latin America, Irish terrorists kill and maim their fellow citizens in Belfast with bombs.”
The problem with O’Reilly’s latter claim: After he traveled to Northern Ireland, he appeared on WCVB and was asked if he was scared of physical harm while reporting. He answered no, according to the Washington Post. A Fox News spokesman also said O’Reilly didn’t witness any bombings in Northern Ireland.
Next: Can you guess which TV host lied about his war coverage?
10. Brian Williams
The former NBC Nightly News anchor was suspended without pay for claiming he was under enemy fire in Iraq. That wasn’t the only thing Brian Williams reportedly lied about. His claims of seeing a body floating past his hotel window and getting dysentery while covering Hurricane Katrina were also later questioned.
Next: This co-host was fired for a crazy reason.
11. Bob Beckel
The Five co-host was reportedly just as bad off the air as he was on — and it cost him his job. “Bob Beckel was terminated today for making an insensitive remark to an African-American employee,” a spokesperson said in a statement. Beckel reportedly wasn’t happy when a black IT worker was sent to fix his computer.
The IT employee’s attorney, Douglas Wigdor, said the following:
Mr. Beckel stormed out of his office when our client, a black IT employee came to service his computer, telling our client that he was leaving his office because he is black.
To make matters worse, after our client lodged a complaint about Mr. Beckel’s racist behavior, Mr. Beckel, in front of Chief Human Resource Officer Kevin Lord, attempted to intimidate our client and persuade him to withdraw his complaint.
Next: This co-host makes a crazy transgender comparison.
12. Andrea Tantaros
The Outnumbered co-host was discussing Rachel Dolezal and Caitlyn Jenner with her co-hosts. She compared the two and then somehow felt it was appropriate to compare being transgender to identifying as a cat.
“If I self-identify as a cat, a feline, do I have to pay income taxes?” Tantaros asked. “I’m just wondering because — Harris, you’re giving me the side-eye — but I’m asking the question because this opens the door.”
Next: There’s no excuse for what this famous host blurted out.
13. Bill Maher
The Real Time with Bill Maher host was talking to Republican Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse about his book, The Vanishing American Adult. During the discussion, Sasse made the argument that manual labor builds character.
Sasse then said to Maher, “We’d love to have you work in the fields with us.” The television host replied, “Work in the fields? Senator, I’m a house n*gga,” making everyone understandably uncomfortable.
After people called the host out for the racial slur, HBO gave a statement. “Bill Maher’s comment last night was completely inexcusable and tasteless. We are removing his deeply offensive comment from any subsequent airings of the show.” Maher later issued this statement through a spokesperson:
Friday nights are always my worst night of sleep because I’m up reflecting on the things I should or shouldn’t have said on my live show. Last night was a particularly long night as I regret the word I used in the banter of a live moment. The word was offensive and I regret saying it and am very sorry.
Next: This anchor accused a presidential candidate of terrorist actions.
14. E.D. Hill
When Barack and Michelle Obama were seen giving each other a fist bump at a campaign rally, E.D. Hill questioned if this meant something more.
“A fist bump? A pound? A terrorist fist jab? The gesture everyone seems to interpret differently,” she said.
Next: This host asked if journalists should be prosecuted for this.
15. Brian Kilmeade
It’s important for journalists to publish the news, whether it’s flattering to the government or not. But apparently Fox & Friends host, Brian Kilmeade, thought this was debatable when he posted a Twitter poll asking, “Should Members Of The Media Be Prosecuted For Publishing Leaked Information?”
Next: Calling these women “bad girls” wasn’t in her best interest.
16. Stacey Dash
On Outnumbered, the former Fox News contributor weighed in on the prohibition of UVA sororities at fraternity bid parties. Stacey Dash said, “I think it’s a good thing for the good girls … to be told, ‘Stay home, be safe,'” according to Salon.
She then continued, “The other bad girls, bad women, are the ones who like to be naughty; [they] might go out and play and get hurt.” Sadly, this statement blames women for being assaulted.
Next: This correspondent defended discrimination.
17. John Stossel
The Fox Business host said he would like to repeal the Civil Rights Act, which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Why? John Stossel said, “because private business ought to get to discriminate,” according to Media Matters.
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