Eric Bolling's new show on the Fox Business Channel, Money Rocks, saw a significant display of fireworks this evening. During a discussion of some already controversial statements made by Democratic strategist, Bob Beckel, a very heated exchange developed involving Beckel and Atlas Shrugs publisher, Pamela Geller.
The controversy started when Bolling played a clip of Beckel's previous appearance on the show in which he stated:
"Look, at some point, I know it's sensitive here in New York and probably New Jersey, but we have to get over 9/11."
What did he mean by ‘we have to get over 9/11'? According to Beckel, this was simply an expression of frustration for a variety of things, such as extra security at airports and a few other minor inconveniences designed to catch "a bunch of non-existent terrorists."
The short list of ‘non-existent terrorists' since 9/11 that Mr. Beckel must be referring to, include the Madrid train bombers, Russian train bombers, Shoe Bomber, the Lackawanna Six, Fort Hood assassin, the Virginia ‘Jihad' Network, Christmas Day bomber, Fort Dix plotters, and the Times Square bomber.
Beckel might have been feeling the stress of trying to defend such a blatantly insensitive statement, by providing a blatantly inaccurate defense, as he experienced a misogynistic meltdown directed at Geller in the middle of the segment in which he said:
"You're a woman, you better be careful about saying who I carry water for."
Clip and partial transcript below...
Over at Atlas Shrugs, Geller asserts that Beckel's sexist rants were not limited to the on-air conversation. Prior to the show, she claims:
"I was the only female on the panel and as we were prepping (getting mic'ed etc) for the show, Beckel was regaling his victims (Bob Hemmer, David Webb and Bolling) with sordid tales of pole dancers and the like. Grotesque and deliberate."
Geller states that the confrontation continued after the break:
"When we cut to break, Beckel chided Bolling for not bringing ‘Jewish slumlords' on the show (referring to Bolling's segment on Imam Rauf's status as a New Jersey slumlord, so named in a lawsuit against Rauf by Union City.) When I heard Beckel's Jew hating belch, I said ‘and you're an anti-Semite.' He told me to ‘kiss his ass' to which I responded that he would never get anyone anywhere in the world to get with that."
Beckel's appearances on FNC have been infuriating at times, but mostly for ideological reasons. He is, after all, a liberal. But he clearly crossed a line tonight with his uncharacteristically aggressive attacks on Geller. Even Arlen Specter knows that you don't start any argumentative statement with the words ‘you're a woman.'
For your added nauseating pleasure, please watch the lead-in 11 minutes to this incident, in which the ever-bigoted Ahmad Rehab defends radical Islam by calling everybody else (particularly Geller) a bigot. That's what racists do though; they refer to everybody else as the racist.
Racists, and bigots, and radicals. Oh my!
Relevant clip at (11:00 - 11:45)
Geller: I would like to address Mr. Beckel's point. I don't know why you're carrying water for the most radical, intolerant ideology in the world today. There have been 20,000 documented radical Islamic attacks since 9/11. Each one with the imprimatur of a Muslim cleric...
Beckel: You better be very careful. You're a woman, you better be very careful about who you say I carry water for, because you have no idea what you're talking about. (Points emphatically at Geller). And don't start putting me in the middle of your crap!
Geller: Don't you point to me!
Beckel: I'll point to you all I want!
Geller: Don't you point to me. You're a misogynist.
Beckel: You're getting yourself fifteen minutes, you get yourself fifteen minutes of fame because you're (Bolling) picking on a bunch of Muslims.
Geller: You're picking on a bunch of women. You're a woman hater.
Beckel: A woman hater? A woman hater?
Geller: Look how you're talking to me. It's outrageous.
Beckel: You are nuts.
Geller: Yea, I'm nuts.