Fox News' The Five, launched as a "new weekday program" to fill the time slot previously held by Glenn Beck, debuted with a barrage of sexist stereotypes, including comparing government spending to spendthrift wives, discussing whether Sarah Palin could be elected "based just on her hotness," and asking a female panelist whether she was "looking for a sugar daddy."
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First Episode Of The Five Littered With Sexist Stereotypes
Greg Gutfeld Twice Compared Government Spending With "A Wife And Her Credit Cards." Discussing the debt ceiling, panelist Greg Gutfeld said, "That's the problem with being president: You love raising the debt ceiling. It's like a wife and her credit cards. Americans have to be the husband that takes the credit card and breaks it up." He later said of President Obama: "He's like your wife running around with your credit cards." [Fox News, The Five, 7/11/11]
Bob Beckel Asked Female Colleague If She Wanted "A Sugar Daddy." Discussing a Facebook post by Sarah Palin in which Palin wrote that "hard working taxpayers have been big government's sugar daddy for far too long," panelist Andrea Tantaros said to Bob Beckel, "Bob, you've been a sugar daddy before." Tantaros later said the government was "sugar-daddy like," to which Beckel replied: "Are you looking for a sugar daddy?" [Fox News, The Five, 7/11/11]
Gutfeld And Tantaros Discussed Palin's "Hotness." Tantaros said to Gutfeld: "Greg, I know you think that Palin's hot. Can she win based just on her hotness?" Gutfeld replied, "I'm turned on by her brains." When Beckel called him a "liar," Gutfeld responded: "I am a liar. I am lying right now." [Fox News, The Five, 7/11/11]
Gutfeld: Media Matters Emails "Read Like A Missive From An Ex-Girlfriend." Attacking Media Matters, Gutfeld said, "I get an email every day from Media Matters, and it reads like a missive from an ex-girlfriend. It's just a litany of how much they hate us." [Fox News, The Five, 7/11/11]
Gutfeld: Government Is "Your Mistress." Discussing energy efficiency standards for light bulbs, Gutfeld said, "The government is not your mom and dad, it's your mistress. So you call her -- she never calls you, and she never comes to your house." [Fox News, The Five, 7/11/11]