Two Fox News contributors, Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (US Army ret.) and actress Stacey Dash were suspended by the network for using expletives in referring to President Barack Obama’s policies towards the terrorist threat posed by the Islamic State.
For her part, Dash – who is perhaps best known for her work in the movie “Clueless” and subsequent television series, said on December 7 that Obama “couldn’t give a s**t” about the Islamic State. Dash said, following Obama's Oval Office speech on terrorism and tolerance, "I felt like he could give a sh** — excuse me — like he could care less."
Peters, who retired from the Army, was remonstrated by Fox Business News Network anchor Stuart Varney on December 7 that profanity is not allowed on air after he referred to the president on December 6 as “a total p*ssy.”
When Varney asked Peters what he was saying to the television set while watching Obama's speech, the retired Army officer said "First, he said we can't give into our fears. You know, don't be afraid. Look, Mr. President, we're not afraid. We're angry. We're p**sed off. We're furious." He added about Obama, "You're afraid. This guy is such a total pussy it's stunning!"
Fox News decided to suspend both of the contributors. In a statement, Fox Senior Executive VP of Programming Bill Shine declared “Earlier today, FOX contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our air.” He added, “FOX Business Network and FOX News Channel do not condone the use of such language, and have suspended both Peters and Dash for two weeks.”