Ralph Peters, who serves as a strategic analyst for the network, called President Obama a “total p—y” who “doesn’t want to hurt our enemies.” Peters made this remark on Fox Business’s Varney and Co.
Later, commentator Stacey Dash appeared on #Outnumber, Fox News’s midday, female-dominated panel show. She claimed that President Obama “didn’t give a s–t” about his address to the nation on Sunday night.
Dash’s comment was bleeped while Rogers was not. However, he was reprimanded by host Stuart Varney, who said, “You can’t use language like that on the program, OK?”
Peters soon apologized by saying, “I do apologize for giving into my anger, but… I feel like you know the American people understand where I’m coming from on this.”
However, the network later announced the decision to suspend both for two weeks.
“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 News’s senior vice president, Bill Shrine, said in a statement.
Dash took her suspension as an almost badge of honor. She tweeted, “Consequences. Some of us have to pay them. Gladly.”
While Fox News and Fox Business are not bound by the same morality rules as public broadcasters, vulgarities are rare, especially on these two networks.