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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.


  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    You misogyny is showing (again).  But still nothing compared to those Democrats and Liberals. 

    I was over at  The Raw Story posting Michelle Malkin’s twitter threads about Ann Romney.  Wow, those liberals are really all hatey hatey about conservative women.

  • vermontaigne

    It’s waffer thin, Bob.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Why not just call him Mr. Creosote.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Prometheus (the film) has a new trailer…

    You don’t think the RNC manufactured Mitt Romney do you?  

    But only God could create Charlize Theron!  

  • Adobe_Walls

    Our folks should keep after the Bolsheviks in the commercial breaks, in the green rooms and on twitter after the show. Beckel is an extreme example but many of these lefties have poor impulse control (probably because their ideology is emotion based) and the more outbursts from them the better. Not better than they are but better AT it than they are.

  • rosalie

    I can’t believe they’re saying that Beckel is not responsible for what comes out of his mouth.  I’m sure that he’s making darn good money for being obnoxious.  All he has to do is refrain from using the f word, and he can’t even do that.

  • richard mcenroe

    I have no patience anymore for the threadbare argument that we should cut lefties slack for the bile, filth and lies that come out of their mouths, just because they are “nice” in person.

  • Mike Findlay

    Can we grow up please.  So he said fuck?  Big fucking deal.  Beckel drives me nuts with the other stupid shit he says.  I don’t give a flying fuck if he let fuck slip on air.  Are we adults or juveniles giggling while saying caca, doodoo, wee, wee.

  • Pablo

    The best part? Stefano was right and Beckel was wrong according to HHS.

  • robertstacymccain

    I’m willing to cut Bob some slack: It’s got to be tough being the lone Democrat on Fox News. They give him H-E-double-hockey-sticks every day on “The Five,” and it’s fun to watch.

  • TR

    Beckel started in with Pamela Geller.  She called him out just then and does so today.  She adds some of the “break-time” flavor that Beckel adds to the show.   It’s not pretty and belies the notion that “poor poor pour me a drink” Beckel was “attacked” by anyone.

    Circle the wagons? Give me break, Boortz.  You don’t have have any idea of how the Beckel Blowhard operates. 

  • Anamika

    …many of these lefties have poor impulse control (probably because their ideology is emotion based)…

    NOW we are getting somewhere.

    [No, we’re not. We still haven’t learned to blather on and on in other peoples’ comment sections. Also, tl;dr.]

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  • Adobe_Walls

    I care not at all that he used the other F-word tho I dare say he will, he says thing he has to apologize for later all the time, and usually not for swearing. What is important here is that he was made to lose his cool while his antagonist did not good for her and even gooder for Beckel.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Most Bolsheviks are frequently factually challenged.

  • Tennwriter

    There is a decent chance I’d have been restraining myself from punching Beckel in the nose, partially be reminding myself that he is really, really terrible at his job…..and I’m supposed to feel sorry that he got pinned to the mat VERBALLY and hammered VERBALLY?

    Sorry, no sale.

    And upholding some standards is a good idea for a number of reasons.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Now you’re making me flash to the South Park movie: “Fuck, fuckity, fuck fuck fuck”

  • Finrod Felagund

    Neal Boortz shoots from the hip almost as much as Stacy does.

  • scarymatt

    Why do left wingers apparently misunderstand their own ideology so much that they often mistake fellow travelers for their opponents, just because someone, somewhere, once applied the words “right wing” to the group?

  • Tennwriter

    Read some lady the other week who wrote that the Dems in the Civil War were the conservatives, and the Reps were the liberals.

  • Charles

    Jennifer Stefano looked more bemused than offended. “You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about” is not a personal attack. “Rabid shrew”on the other hand is.

  • scarymatt

    Yeah, labels like these are typically not very useful, especially that far in the past, or contexts as different as the US and Afghanistan.  

    Modern “Liberals” like to think that they’re all about “change” and “progress,” and so anyone in the past who was for something that was a good idea (e.g., abolition of slavery) must be just like them.  On their own terms, they’re sort of right.  

    But their terms are crap, of course.

  • Bob Belvedere

    You misogyny is showing (again). 

    One would hope you’re not serious, Evi.

  • Bob Belvedere


    If they were truly nice people, they wouldn’t believe in policies that seek to strip people of their individuality and dignity.  You cannot be a good person and be a Leftist, sorry.

  • AnonymousDrivel

    I understand the appeal of having a token Liberal Hack on to juice the show, but Beckel? C’mon! The guy is a Mumbling Mound of Round (thank you, Charles Barkley).

    His shtick is to regurgitate Democrat talking points to a) act as a stage foil and b) pitch a political sale because he is a hack. The worst, though, is that he just isn’t all that funny, and when he responds to pretty much any point where it’s patently obvious he is ridiculously wrong, he tries to divert with some dumbass comment for the exclusive purpose of trolling the show. He does this all the time. Sure, it’s disguised as comedy, but it’s a measured tactic – he does not want to actually engage in a debate where the Democrat point is getting bludgeoned, so he must disarm the panel by making a “joke.” It’s so damn dishonest that it makes him a clown. Unfortunately, the likes of a Hannity enjoy that sort of distraction because he, Hannity, wants to be an entertainer more than a policy wonk. Suffice it to say, that is pretty much the FoxNews model for much of its content.

  • AnonymousDrivel

    As far as Boortz goes, he’s been in the industry for decades and knows the ropes as well as anyone. He can stuff his apology in a sack, Mister, because it’s insincere. He meant what he said and said what he meant. Personally, I like blunt because it’s a pretty fair window to the soul without the frilly accoutrements blocking the view. That said, Boortz (whom I generally like) exposed himself. It wasn’t pretty.

  • daialanye

    Beckel is probably a decent human in most respects but his politics tend toward the irrational. In other words, he’s a believing liberal. Too bad. But there’s no doubt he makes a great foil on The Five and Hannity, and knows his political inside game during lucid moments.

    As far as Boortz, perhaps I’m being too critical, but he’s always struck me as a clown rather than a serious commentator.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Every facet of their existence is crap by way example one may cite their shitty expert.

  • J. Mann

     Beckel isn’t the only democrat on Foxnews. They have several, he is the easiest to laugh at. They used have tours in the basement in NYC office where for a fee you feed peanuts to them in cages. I.e. Kristin Powers, Sally Kohn, Juan Williams, Alan Colmes, Jehmu Greene, several more.

  • Charles Martel

    On the occasions (admittedly infrequent) I’ve watched him on “The Five,” I got the impression the other supposedly conservative panelists treated him with kid gloves as the resident gruff, but kind-hearted curmudgeon.  Personally, I found it not “fun to watch,” but rather disgusting.  He is not a kind-hearted curmudgeon, he is a demented bolshevik, and he deserves no respect.

  • richard mcenroe

    Who is Neal Boortz and why should I used to have listened to him?

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    Tongue in cheek Bob.  I am a cow and constantly chewing my cud.  

    If Stacy were a TV character (when it comes to treating women) he would be Danny on the Partridge Family.  

  • Pathfinder’s wife

    I found it rather humorous.  Advantage, Stefano.

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  • Adjoran

     I took a college class from the guy who designed Head Start, James Payne, in the ’70s – he would candidly admit even then there were no results he could show, but still believed it was a good program.  A great guy, remarkable intellect, but stuck in that liberal mindset that spending public money for something that is well-intentioned is more important than the results.

  • Adjoran

     Neal Boortz is a fool. 

  • RichG.inIN

    Mr. Beckel has been on enough tv news programs by now to know that when the program producer is counting down the time to going back on the air from commercial break to shut his mouth and not continue on. It is his fault he was not paying attention and dropped the f-bomb on live tv. He should pay the consequences for it. On the lighter side of this apparently he forgot that arguing with a woman is never a good idea. Mr. Boortz screwed up as well. He stooped down to the level of a “Liberal Misogynist”with his “Rabid Shrew” remark. Great Neal, that makes conservatives look real good when the so-called “War On Women” for their vote in the 2012 Election is alledgedly happening.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Why do you hate Canadians, McCain?!?

  • Bob Belvedere

    We conservatives have to get better at using The Needle against the Bolshes.

    One way I used to do it at parties was by replying to every answer they gave with ‘Why?’  After a bit of trying to answer a question for which they have no answer because they’ve never reverse engineered their own thinking, the subjects would lose their cool.  The key, of course, was for me to retain mine and ask my questions in a nice tone of voice – that really grates on them.

  • Bob Belvedere

    This is The Way Of The Ideologue: the beauty of the ideas and schemes they dream up in the sterile laboratories of the minds matter more than the impact they have in the Real World on real people.

  • Bob Belvedere

    No.  Boortz, like Michael Savage, is a loudmouth who gives the conservative cause a bad name.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Perhaps we should consider that Beckel has a drug-addled brain.  He freely admits that his nose has been rebuilt three times due to cocaine use.

  • Steve in TN

     Well, if they stop acting like rabid shrews we’ll stop calling them that.  Egads, defending Boortz and Beckel…  There is a “class” of female commentators announcers (think Nancy Grace) that think they have to speak in a tone of voice that makes many men want to commit violence. 

  • Finrod Felagund

    Well, Boortz isn’t a conservative, he’s a libertarian.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Yeah, but when you start to confuse them with facts they retort that you get all your information from Fox News or conservative blogs and there fore every thing you know or say is false. I prefer to just goad them into an insensible rage.

  • Adobe_Walls

    If it feels good it must be right!

  • Adobe_Walls

    Perhaps his brain is drug addled but he held his liberal beliefs long before and during the time drugs and alcohol were working their magic.

  • Bob Belvedere

    That’s what ‘Why?’ provokes.

  • Tennwriter

    I just swallowed four uppers, snorted up a nose of coke, and ate two pounds of chocolate.

    I’m feeling goooooood!

    Vote for Romney, those Mormons will leave more drugs for the rest of us!

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