“Boobs on the ground”: Fox host on female troops fighting ISIS

A friend sent me this Jon Stewart clip from a few days ago, in which he discusses the GOP’s latest “treason” charge against President Obama: namely, that the President held a coffee cup while saluting.

We’d written about this previously, and about how President Bush also saluted the troops with something in his hand, in Bush’s case a dog.

But I hadn’t seen this video from Stewart, in which Fox Host Eric Bolling refers to a female air force pilot from the United Arab Emirates as “boobs on the ground.”

In fact, the pilot, Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri, led the UAE’s recent air strike against ISIS. That’s pretty incredible social progress for anywhere, let alone that region.

But leave it to Fox News to turn a brave military mission against terrorists into a discussion of breasts.

On a decent television network, let alone a “new” network, you’d lose your job for a comment like that. But not on the Republican “news” channel.

Here’s Jon Stewart, covering this and the larger “story.” He was pretty ticked, and at one point even told Fox News: “F— you, and all your false patriotism.”


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  • usagi

    Did you see the Truman Project’s response? It’s a thing of beauty.
    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/cafe/an-open-letter-to-fox-news

    You are not funny. You are not clever. And you are not excused.
    Perhaps the phrase “boys will be boys”—inevitably uttered wherever
    misogyny is present—is relevant. Men would never insult and demean a
    fellow servicemember; boys think saying the word ‘boobs’ is funny.

    The less obvious implication of your remarks, however, is that by
    offending an ally and cheapening her contribution, you are actively
    hurting the mission.

  • Drew2u

    FOX is notorious for having boobs on the air.

  • Indigo

    “couch-weasel” ! I like that, I’m going to use it, thanks.

  • No, they don’t. But obviously misogyny is not in any way a disqualifying factor for those seeking employment as a Faux News couch-weasel.

  • Indigo

    It’s fascinating how contempt for women works as a rhetorical device among these allegedly heterosexual news commentators. Do all heterosexual men harbor such contempt for women?

  • But, but John! Literally anything is okay if you’re a Faux News Republican!

    “Next up on Fox & Friends: Are puppies and kittens the ‘veal’ of housepets? The Fox & Friends barbecue is already fired up so let’s find out! Later, Dr. Keith Ablow answer the question on everybody’s minds: Is President Obama a psychosexual gay maniac who has built a secret White House sado-dungeon and committed serial homicides? Or is he just like Hitler? And now, a word from our sponsors, Scamalot Reverse Home Mortgages whose motto is ‘Grandma Really Didn’t Need Such a Big House Anyway.”

    Yeah… We often see the rank hypocrisy from these wingnuts, but it’s not often it’s so incredibly blatant. I also remember a joke from my nephew (who served multiple tours in the infantry in Iraq until they nearly killed him): “How does a commander salute his troops? Any damned way he likes. How do troops salute their commander? Any damned way he tells them to.”

    But that ‘boobs on the ground’ and ‘yes she can fly, but can she park the jet’ remarks were beyond the pale. “How dare the President disrespect his personal marine guards by doing less than a formal and militarily inappropriate salute!* Now watch us as we heap scorn and disrespect on a fighter pilot who is flying against a terrorist group we’ve shrilly screeched threatens the very existence of America and western civilization.”

    (*= Reagan started the ‘tradition’ of saluting troops, even though his advisers said it was highly inappropriate and a violation of military protocol.)

  • Badgerite

    They don’t call Rove “Turd Blossom” for nothing.

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