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February 20, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Fox News Co-Host Bob Beckel Apologizes for Rape Remark: "It's a Horrible, Horrendous Issue"

Fox News co-host Bob Beckel apologized Wednesday for controversial remarks he made on Tuesday regarding the prevalence of rape on college campuses, Newsbusters reports.

On Tuesday's edition of Fox News' The Five, the liberal co-host asked "when was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?"

"What are you talking about?" co-host Eric Boiling responded. "It's rampant." Added co-host Dana Perino, "In particular, date rape on campus."

Yahoo reports that in 2010, the Department of Justice estimated that 25 percent of college women "will be victims of rape or attempted rape before they graduate within a four-year period." The study also estimated that women between the ages of 16 and 24, will experience rape "at a rate that's four times higher than  the assault rate of all women." In schools with more than 6,000 students "average one rape per day during the school year."

Beckel publicly apologized on the Wednesday edition of The Five for the comments he made the day prior. "It's a horrible, horrendous issue. And it's simply put, this, rape is rape. Whether it's date rape or it's somebody coming in off the campus trying to rape somebody else. I very strongly feel that way," he said. "And so, I just want to straighten the record out on that. I simply was trying to make -- there was not a distinction to make here. It simply was that  date rape is rape. And that is, by any other definition, rape is rape."

Beckel's intial remarks, and subsequent apology, all stemmed from a discussion on the proposal to ban concealed weapons on Colorado campuses. Democratic Colorado Rep. Joe Salazar was slammed by many after he argued on the state House floor in support of the ban, saying that otherwise individuals might fire their weapons prematurely or without the proper information. "It's why we have call boxes. It's why we have safe zones. That's why we have the whistles, because you just don't know who you're going to be shooting at. And you don't know if you feel like you're gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone's been following you around or if you feel like you're in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop ... pop a round at somebody."

What do you think of Beckel's original comments? Was his apology enough?

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  • turtle68
    February 20, 2013 at 11:04 PM

     I dont even get what the fuss is about?  IMO it is something I would say if, I personally had not had a conversation or seen an article on tv in the media about it.  Not that it wasnt happening.

  • grandmab125
    February 21, 2013 at 12:53 AM

     Bob Beckel is a left wing political hack.  He is obnoxious and is the token progressive, big government, Obama loving democratic liberal on the Five.  His brain is so fried from all of the drugs and alcohol he consumed for decades.

  • LindaClement
    February 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    I am gobsmacked that the line of thinking didn't manage to make it all the way to 'legally-armed rapists.'

    Hello? Really?

  • candlegal
    February 21, 2013 at 7:13 AM

    Tell us how you really feel, lol.   I can't stand that man.

    Quoting grandmab125:

     Bob Beckel is a left wing political hack.  He is obnoxious and is the token progressive, big government, Obama loving democratic liberal on the Five.  His brain is so fried from all of the drugs and alcohol he consumed for decades.


  • stormcris
    February 21, 2013 at 7:24 AM

    Actually after reading this and not having the original context I thought his remark brought forth an excellant point. When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus...probably unless it was extreme or high profile not for a while because they are not publicized. Thus people believe they don't happen.

  • LizzieAnnesMom
    February 21, 2013 at 7:26 AM
    I am not sure what people are upset about....
  • smalltowngal
    February 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM



    Quoting stormcris:

    Actually after reading this and not having the original context I thought his remark brought forth an excellant point. When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus...probably unless it was extreme or high profile not for a while because they are not publicized. Thus people believe they don't happen.


    That's what  I was thinking too. It's something people don't really talk about. 

  • mikiemom
    February 21, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    His comment was disgusting, so what if he apologized doesn't change my mind about him.

  • Woodbabe
    February 21, 2013 at 8:32 AM

    I wonder if he has any daughters in college...

  • Woodbabe
    February 21, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    His daughter is 16-ish. If he has any kind of relationship with her after his divorce, let's see how worried be gets about rape in upcoming years.

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