The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Boortz Blames ‘Rabid Shrew’ Tea Party Mom for Bob Beckel’s F-Bomb Eruption UPDATE: Boortz Says ‘I Was Wrong’

Posted on | April 17, 2012 | 51 Comments

If you are familiar with the Tea Party movement, you almost certainly know that Jennifer Stefano of AFP Pennsylvania is one of the movement’s most feisty, outspoken leaders.

Last night on Hannity, veteran Democratic Party operative Bob Beckel blew up at Stefano and shouted — live, on the air — “You don’t know what the f–k you’re talking about!”

The third member of Hannity’s “Great American” panel, Neal Boortz, took to Twitter to explain:

OK. Look — truth is the blond lady was on Beckel like a rabid shrew during the break.  He reacted. I might have done the same thing.


Breaks are not a time to continue the assault. Time to sit back, take a breather, and plan your attack when the red light comes back on.


Guess I’m not Jennifer’s fave right now. But relentless and shrill attack on @RobertGBeckel during break was unnecessary.


@katyabram Not trying to make enemies here … but she bored in on Bob and would NOT let go.  Not even during a break.


@katyabram Reminded me of female attorneys in the late ’70s when I starter practicing.  Relentless … giving no quarter.

Hmmmm. Is there some kind of “boys club” thing going on here? Grant that going after an antagonist during the commercial break is probably considered “unprofessional” among TV commentators. But the protective circle-the-wagons defense of Beckel would seem to be rather — what’s that fancy word the feminists use? — gendered.

We’ll let the feminists decide whether the token Democrat on Fox News is guilty of being a MISOGYNISTIC PATRIARCHAL OPPRESSOR, and just give props to our favorite “rabid shrew.”

Everybody follow Jennifer Stefano on Twitter!

UPDATE: Frances Martel at Mediaite:

Bob Beckel didn’t realize when the commercial break ended during tonight’s final segment of Hannity, caught in a heated off-camera argument with fellow panelist Jennifer Stefano. . . .
In a blooper that is as hilarious as it increasingly becomes painful, it slowly dawns on Beckel what actually happened, as Hannity insists he apologize and Beckel, after saying he won’t several times, finally realizes the cameras are actually rolling. When he finally figured it out, he told Hannity to “run your show better,” then covered his head in shame and refused to speak, other than to say “I’m going to be fired.”

P.S.: Stefano says she actually likes Beckel. Scary to imagine what it would be like with someone she didn’t like. (Note to self: Avoid arguments with “rabid shrew.”)

UPDATE II: Boortz apologizes on Twitter:

I was wrong to use the word “shrew”. She’s a patriot, and she was relentless. Whole episode was unfortunate.

“Unfortunate,” and also kinda hilarious.


51 Responses to “Boortz Blames ‘Rabid Shrew’ Tea Party Mom for Bob Beckel’s F-Bomb Eruption UPDATE: Boortz Says ‘I Was Wrong’”

  1. Jftr
    April 21st, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    hannity was as bad as maher in not supporting stefano no one should be insulted on a show only difference between hannity and maher is hannity doesn;t have a million to donate  too cheap