The Five was settling nicely into Outrage Mode today. Andrea Tantaros and Dana Perino were outraged that David Axelrod called the Koch Brothers “contract killers.” Bob Beckel was outraged that the Koch Brothers are such criminals. And Eric Bolling was outraged that Beckel was saying mean stuff about the Koch Brothers when this was supposed to be a segment of mean stuff about the Obama Administration. Everything was going nice and outrage-y until Greg Gutfeld came in and threw a big bucket of cold common sense on the proceedings.
For those that don’t know, conservatives are very upset that David Axelrod said this in a conference call with reporters:
“We’re also going to be prepared, and I want to be clear, to respond to the attacks that we expect to continue from– not just from the Romney campaign but from the Karl and Koch brothers contract killers over there in SuperPAC land, who are going to continue to pound away on behalf of Governor Romney.”
Conservatives have jumped all over the comment, accusing the Administration of being hypocritical by referencing President Obama’s calls for civil discourse following the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords back in January 2011.
However, following Dana Perino’s slightly hyperbolic description of “extremist” Axelrod’s comments as being “reprehensible” and “hair-raising,” Gutfeld argued for everyone’s right to call people contract killers.
“Here’s the thing. I am so tired of the political ping-pong. This person says this, this person says that. Rush Limbaugh says this, Bill Maher says that and everybody creates faux outrage. I want more lack of civility. I want to be able to say horrible things about people because you have the freedom to do that. Clearly he didn’t mean they were contract killers. That is the beauty of language. It’s an analogy or a metaphor. Everybody knows that. So let’s just stop doing it. And let’s do it first. You can’t expect the Left to do it. So let’s do it first.”
I like Greg Gutfeld but I so rarely get the chance to actually agree with him on anything, so this is nice. Obviously, there is plenty of nuance where we disagree here, but for the most part, I’m right there with him.
Watch the clip from Fox News below:
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