Bo Dietl’s Contract With Fox Has Not Been Renewed, But He Leaves A Legacy Of Racism, Xenophobia, And Sexism

Bo Dietl’s Contract With Fox Has Not Been Renewed, But He Leaves A Legacy Of Racism, Xenophobia, And Sexism

››› ››› TYLER CHERRY

Following reports that Fox News contributor Bo Dietl’s contract has not been renewed, Media Matters takes a look back at Dietl’s history of rampant anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, sexist, and racist rhetoric.

Fox News Reportedly Cuts Ties With Contributor Bo Dietl

The Daily Beast: “Fox News Has Reportedly Cut Ties With On-Air Personality Bo Dietl.” The Daily Beast reported that, according to New York magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman, Bo Dietl “is no longer a contributor” at Fox News. Dietl told The Daily Beast, “‘My contract ran out in the end of July, and [Fox] hasn’t renewed it yet.’” [The Daily Beast, 8/18/16]

Dietl Has Repeatedly Advocated For Profiling Muslims And Surveilling Mosques

Dietl On Mosque Surveillance: "Let's Stop Worrying About People's Rights." On the November 16 edition of Hannity, Fox News contributor Bo Dietl said "let's stop worrying about people's rights" in the Muslim community and advocated instead for "eavesdropping on these radical mosques" in light of the Paris terror attacks. [Fox News, Hannity, 11/16/15]

Dietl: To Prevent Terror Attacks, “Put Bacon In … Hollow Point Bullets.” In a segment on “safety tips” to avoid becoming a “soft target” to terrorism, Dietl said, “I also put bacon in my hollow point bullets so when I whack the terrorists, he ain't going to the 72 virgins.” [Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 11/18/15]

Dietl: We Must Profile "Guys That Look Like Aba Daba Doo And Aba Daba Dah." Dietl advocated for racial profiling saying "We know there's a war by fundamentalists and terrorists to kill us. So we have to be able to profile. And I'm sorry, if I see two guys that look like Aba Daba Doo and Aba Daba Dah, I'm gonna pull 'em over, and I wanna find out what you're doing." [Fox News, Your World, 8/7/07]

Dietl: “We Gotta Start Profiling” “Middle-East Looking Guys” And “When People Start Growing That Facial Hair.” Dietl said, “I'm sorry, we gotta start profiling. We gotta start profiling when people act like a terrorist, when people start growing that facial hair, and start growing that facial hair around their chin.” He also added that “Middle-East looking guys” should be profiled because “they grow the facial hair, and you know it for yourself, the ISIS guys cannot shave the beard.” [Fox Business News, Making Money with Charles Payne, 12/14/15]

Dietl: “It's "Ridiculous" We Don't Surveil And "Infiltrate Certain Areas Of Muslim" Neighborhoods.” Dietl said that it’s “ridiculous” that police are not allowed to surveil and “infiltrate certain areas of Muslim neighborhoods.,” claiming that “We have to prepare ourselves [against terror attacks] ... and the only way is get intelligence, get inside of [mosques].” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/24/16]

Dietl Has Questioned President Obama's Birthplace And Attacked Black Victims Of Police Brutality 

Dietl: “Please Mr. President, Come Out With Your Real Birth Certificate.” Dietl claimed that there was a 2004 article in a Kenyan newspaper that claimed President Obama was “Kenyan-born,” and asked, “Please Mr. President, come out with your real birth certificate.” [Fox Business Network, Imus in the Morning, 10/19/09]

Dietl: Freddie Gray “Was Not Really [Mentally] With It And Possibly He Was On Drugs.” Dietl baselessly speculated that Freddie Gray, whose spine was fatally broken during an arrest and transport by the Baltimore police, was on drugs when arrested, saying, “I’m just hoping that they did a toxicology on” Gray because “I really feel mentally he was not really with it and possibly he was on drugs.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/30/15]

Dietl: McKinney, TX, Cops Who Manhandled Black Teen Girl May Have Felt Threatened Because The Teens Might Have Said, “I’m Gonna Pop A Cap.” Dietl claimed that the police officer who manhandled a black teenage girl at a McKinney, TX, pool could have felt justifiably threatened because the teens might have told him, "I'm gonna pop a cap." [Fox News, Hannity, 6/8/15]

Dietl Promoted Discriminatory Chokehold And Stop-And-Frisk Procedures Following Eric Garner’s Death. Dietl responded to Eric Garner’s death, which resulted from a fatal chokehold by the New York Police Department, by suggesting that the medical examiner’s report showing a crushed windpipe was erroneous, and advocated for “an independent medical examiner to look at that autopsy report." Dietl followed up, saying it's "bad enough that they took the stop-and-frisk away, which is ridiculous." [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/6/14]

Dietl Has Disparaged Refugees And Immigrants

Dietl: Refugees Raping And Rioting In Europe Are Going To Do The Same In America. Dietl said, “our news media is covering” up coverage of “Cops getting shot, riots in the street with these refugees, and what's happening in Germany, 1,200 people, females getting raped,” because “They don't want to show what this refugee influx does and what it's going to do to the United States of America.“ Dietl said, “if we don't stop the immigration to know who's coming in here, we're going to have it in our backyard.” [Fox News, Hannity, 7/14/16]

Dietl: “We Are Being Raped In This Country By Illegal Aliens.” Dietl claimed that “we are being raped in this country by illegal aliens and our kids are the victims,” pointing to “sanctuary cities” abetting “this epidemic of rape” by “these punks and gang members.” Dietl added, “We will stop sanctuary cities, we will stop this immigration, we will build the wall.” [Fox News, Hannity, 4/20/16]

Dietl Has Criticized Women’s Appearances

Dietl: Katie Couric “Looks Oriental” Because “She’s Got Her Eyes Pulled So Far.” Dietl attacked Katie Couric by saying, “She’s got her eyes pulled so far, she’s starting to look Chinese herself,” while offensively pulling his eyes back. Dietl added, "ten years ago, [Katie Couric] looked American. Today, she looks Oriental." [Fox Business Network, Imus in the Morning, 11/10/09]

Dietl: “Why Should I Have To Look At Some Chick’s Zits … Why Not A Little Blush On Her Lips And Cover Those Zits.” Discussing makeup being worn by Olympic athletes, Dietl said, “why should I have to look at some chick’s zits ... why not a little blush on her lips and cover those zits. I like to see a person, wins that gold medal, go up there and look beautiful.” He added, “What do you look like when you crawl out of bed in the morning. I’d rather have you now.” [Foxnews.com, Sports Court, 8/3/16]

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