Fox News Senior VP: Beck calling Obama a “racist” are “his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel”

We noted this morning that on Fox & Friends, Glenn Beck said President Obama has “a deep-seated hatred for white people.” Of the president, Beck went on to say that “this guy is, I believe, a racist.”

Tonight, TVNewser posted the following statement from Bill Shine, Fox News' Senior Vice President of Programming in response:

“During Fox & Friends this morning, Glenn Beck expressed a personal opinion which represented his own views, not those of the Fox News Channel. And as with all commentators in the cable news arena, he is given the freedom to express his opinions.”

Get it? Beck doesn't speak for Fox News, but we'll keep paying him to say anything he wants.