Fox News commentator calls Obama a ‘skinny, ghetto crackhead’ on air

The acrimonious relationship between Fox News and President Obama is well known, and it comes as no surprise that the channel’s commentators often take shots at the Democratic leader.

The comments made by one guest on Thursday went to a new low, however, as they likened the President to a ‘skinny, ghetto crackhead’.

Brent Bozell, a conservative commentator and guest on Fox News, was discussing bias in the media, citing how liberal MSNBC host Chris Matthews insulted Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and with little to to no backlash.

Mr Bozell took issue with the fact Mr Matthews said that Mr Gingrich ‘looked like a car-bomber’ in a video clip this past March.

Mr Matthews repeated the comparison several times, adding that he thought Mr Gingrich has ‘got that crazy Mephistophelian grin of his. He looks like he likes torturing.’

Mr Bozell then argued that similar comments would not be tolerated if said by a conservative critic.

‘How long do you think Sean Hannity’s show would last if four times in one sentence, he made a comment about, say, the President of the United States, and said that he looked like a skinny, ghetto crackhead? Which, by the way, you might want to say that Barack Obama does,’ Mr Bozell said Thursday.

By adding his own thoughts at the end, Mr Bozell took that theoretical example and turned it into reality.

He was appearing on Fox News as part of guest host Mark Steyn’s segment because of his work with the conservative Media Research Center.

The comments do not come at a good time for Fox, as the network is trying to ‘cool’ it’s more controversial and extremist rhetoric. In September, the channel’s CEO Roger Ailes said that he was making a ‘course correction’ at the network in the wake of bad coverage for heated comments by news anchors.

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