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Berkeley, CA - California Politicians Call For Fox News Host Bob Beckel To Resign Over Slur

Published on: July 14, 2014 05:31 PM
By: Reuters
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FILE  -Co-host Bob Beckel attends FOX News' "The Five" at FOX Studios on February 26, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)Berkeley, CA - Two California politicians have called for a host of Fox News Channel’s “The Five” program to resign, saying Bob Beckel’s use of the term “Chinamen” was racist.

The pundit is facing criticism for using the word on air last week as well as for suggesting Chinese computer science students come to study in the United States only to pose a security threat.

Judy Chu, a Democratic U.S. congresswoman from California, said on Monday she was deeply offended and that Beckel should go immediately.

“He condemns an entire ethnic group as being threats to national security and uses racial slurs while doing so,” Chu said in a statement. “The implications go far beyond the Chinese community by promoting a culture of intolerance that has no place in our society.”

Fox News Channel said Beckel’s comments will be addressed on Monday night’s episode of “The Five” and noted that they were made by him and not the network or the show at large.

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A California state senator on Saturday called on Beckel to resign. Ted Lieu, who represents suburban Los Angeles and is running for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat, called himself “one of those ‘Chinamen’ with ‘Oriental’ eyes” who immigrated to the United States and majored in computer science.

“I also served on active duty in the United States Air Force and continue to serve my country in the Reserves,” Lieu said.

“Mr. Beckel’s comments are more than just racist and stupid. His ignorant views are dangerous.”

Beckel also told his co-hosts that Americans should be worried about Chinese people because “there’s billions of them. All they do is hack into our stuff. They send us cheap toys, all of which have lead in them so they kill the kids.”

A liberal political pundit working for a conservative-leaning news network, Beckel last year said on “The Five” that his eyes look “oriental” after he swims.

An agent for Beckel did not immediately return calls for comment.



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 Jul 14, 2014 at 05:41 PM Haimov Says:

Bob is correct. It is true.

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 Jul 14, 2014 at 05:57 PM DovidTheK Says:

Why is it wrong to say Chinaman but okay to say Englishman, Irishman, Frenchman? People are crazy with this political correctness.

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 Jul 14, 2014 at 07:08 PM yaakov doe Says:

I haven't heard that term used in years. It's long been considered a slur.

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 Jul 14, 2014 at 10:04 PM curious Says:

Please stop trying to quiet people you don't like through ridiculous excuses for censorship.

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 Jul 14, 2014 at 10:11 PM Secular Says:

Hack mir nicht cain Chinaman !

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