On Monday morning, Fox News analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters delivered negative feedback after President Obama’s terrorism speech. Peters appeared to take issue with Obama’s lack of outright anger. Sure, Obama didn’t raise his voice behind the podium. After making fifteen speeches following fifteen mass shootings, the man is a little weary. He assured his fellow Americans that we would win the fight against terrorism. Obama also outlined a number of measures to defeat ISIS, and he urged Congress to join him in the fight.
For Peters, those reasons weren’t good enough. On live air, he called President Obama ‘a total p*ssy,’ which put an end to constructive discussion because when the p-word dropped, the world laughed. Fellow Fox News commentator Stacey Dash later dropped her own potty mouth into the equation. Dash was not only disappointed in Obama’s lack of “passion” but also his requests for Americans to join forces with the Muslim community:
“His speech was an epic fail. It was like when you have to go to a dinner with your parents, but you have a party to go to afterwards. That’s what it felt like. He was just trying to get through it because he wanted to go to this event afterwards. I did not feel better. I did not feel any passion from him. I felt like he could give a sh*t … excuse me … he could care less. And today we have 14 people dead. Today is the anniversary of Pearl Harbor, okay? His speech could have had a lot more passion. Where is Winston Churchill when we need him?”
“Earlier today, Fox contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our air. 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.”
Is this a surprise move from Fox News? Maybe not. Cable news networks aim to be taken seriously, and the p-word and s-word don’t help that goal.