The Five‘s Bob Beckel got in a heated battle with his fellow co-hosts Wednesday afternoon when he lobbed an accusation against his own employer, Fox News, that rubbed his colleagues the wrong way. In response to Eric Bolling‘s description of MSNBC’s Al Sharpton as a “race merchant” for his post-Zimmerman trial coverage, Beckel said Fox News is just as guilty of “profiting” off of racism.
“What do you think we do?” Beckel asked Bolling. “What do you think this network and every other network does? We’re not profiting off of this?” When his co-hosts scoffed in disbelief, Beckel said of the Zimmerman coverage, “this is big news, and it gets good ratings, and everyone’s making a profit, so what’s the big deal?”
Bolling added that one the “thousands of incidents” that happen every year, “the media chose this case to make it big. We didn’t choose it, Bob.” Of course, this assertion assumes that Fox News, as the number one cable news network, has no role dictating which stories get covered.
Beckel admitted, “Fox did not bite into it early on, make a big deal out of it. Other media outlets did, but that’s the reality of the world we live in.” When Bolling brought up NBC’s edit of George Zimmerman‘s 911 call to make it look like the shooting was “fully racially-charged,” as an example of how other networks have pushed the racial angle of the story more than Fox, Beckel shot back with a counter-example. “For all due respect to my own show, did we not edit those riots yesterday when we started the show off, when there were very few riots?”
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