Fox News suspends 2 for profanity

Posted at 4:16 PM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 16:16:54-05

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Two Fox News commentators were suspended on Monday for using profanities while criticizing President Obama on Monday.

Ralph Peters, a Fox News "strategic analyst," called the president a "total pu---" who "doesn't want to hurt our enemies."

A couple of hours later Stacey Dash, a Fox contributor, said the president "didn't give a sh--" about Sunday night's terrorism speech.

"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 senior executive vice president Bill Shine said.

"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," he said.

Dash's profane remark was partially bleeped during "Outnumbered," a lunchtime talk show on Fox News.

Peters' comments were not bleeped at all. He spoke to anchor Stuart Varney on the Fox Business Network, a smaller sister of Fox News.

Varney let him speak for over a minute, then told Peters, "You can't use language like that on the program, OK?"

Varney followed up again later and called on Peters to apologize, which he did. Then Peters continued to demand stronger military action against ISIS.

"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," Peters said. "My choice of words was incorrect, but my sentiment, I think, is shared by many."

The White House had no immediate comment.

Although Fox is a home for daily conservative criticism of Obama, vulgarities from the commentators are very rare.

Both Fox News and Fox Business are cable channels, so they're not subject to the government regulations that police profanities broadcast over the public airwaves.

Media Matters, a liberal anti-Fox monitoring organization, almost immediately flagged the Peters profanity, which caused it to get widespread attention on the web on Monday.

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