Finally, something that I have been waiting to see for I don’t know how long has now finally become a reality. And I gotta tell you, I could not be happier. After all, it’s the little things in life that make it worth living. You see, it was announced earlier in the week that Fox News had finally come to its senses and parted ways with Bob ‘Jabba the Hut’ Beckel, a liberal hack who was a regular on that network’s “The Five”. Beckel’s only claim to fame, as near as I can figure, is the fact that guided Walter Mondale to what was a landslide defeat in 1984. And what makes it all the better, at least for me, is the fact that, apparently, the split was not on good terms.
So anyway, it was Bill Shine, who is, I guess, the executive VP of programming, who said, “We tried to work with Bob for months, but we couldn’t hold ‘The Five’ hostage to one man’s personal issues.” Mr. Shine went on to say, “He took tremendous advantage of our generosity, empathy and goodwill and we simply came to the end of the road with him.” In other words, and what Mr. Shine is too nice to really say here is that, Beckel took it upon himself to behave as one would typically expect any liberal to behave. And also, as is the case with most of those who reside on the left, Beckel apparently possesses a rather over-inflated sense of importance.
Beckel has been off the air since February apparently because of some back surgery. Quite frankly I hadn’t even missed him. In May, it had been reported that he was in rehab after becoming addicted to pain medication. And then we find out that, also in what is typical fashion for your run-of-the-mill liberal, Beckel has a rather long history with drug and alcohol abuse. Beckel joined Fox News as a contributor back in 2000 and has appeared on a number of shows, including his regular stint on “The Five” that began four years ago. He has also become, for whatever reason, a regular guest on “Hannity” and the network’s news shows that air during the day.
Beckel has stirred controversies over the years by the rather idiotic things that he’s said on the air. In 2013, for example, he argued that the United States should suspend giving out student visas and that Muslims should stop building mosques on U.S. soil. He said, “I will repeat what I said before: No Muslim students coming here with visas.” He went on to say, “No more mosques being built here until you stand up and denounce what’s happened in the name of your prophet.” Now I have to admit this was one of those very rare occasions where I actually found myself in complete agreement with him. But as they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.
But look, Beckel has said more than a few things over the course of however many years he’s been with Fox News that I thought should have gotten him canned. Far worse than what was his, in this case, rather accurate opinion regarding Muslims and the building of mosques in this country. But being right once doesn’t erase the many times that he was more than simply inappropriate while on the air. Let’s face it, he rarely, if ever, had any sort of a point to make and seemed only to be there for the specific purpose of spewing the currently Democrat talking points. I always thought they kept him around so that he could provide a little comic relief.