The Bob Beckel scandal is heating up after the 65-year-old Fox News host of “The Five” said during Thursday’s show that “Chinamen” are “the single biggest threat to national security.” Bob Beckel commented that “I've said all along as bad as Islamist tears are for its threat to this country, the Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security.” According to a July 12 Los Angeles Times report, on Saturday, just three days after the Fox News host’s comment, Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance in California called on Fox News host Bob Beckel to resign.
Apparently, Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu is taking issue with Beckel using the word “Chinamen,” calling it a racist and xenophobic comment. "His comments have no place in America, and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs. He must resign immediately." Senator Ted Lieu is Chinese-American and represents the Santa Monica area of Southern California. He was outraged by the comments made by Fox News Host Bob Beckel and called them "racially disparaging comments regarding Chinese people."
This is not the first time, nor will it be the last time (unless Beckel resigns), that the Fox News show host has caused a scandal by making controversial comments. Reportedly, Beckel has called Karl Marx the greatest economist of all time, picked on Sarah Palin and San Francisco nudists, and commented last year that "if it were up to me, I would not have another mosque built in this country until we got it worked out who was not a terrorist."
On Thursday, while discussing who poses a threat to the United States, Beckel made the following comment which is causing quite an uproar:
"The Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the U.S. They have been, they will be and they can wait, they're very patient. Do you know what we just did? As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen -- er, Chinese people -- how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us."
Bob Beckel was in fact commenting on a New York Times article which described how Chinese hackers in March had broken into the computer networks of the United States government agency and had accessed the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances. According to senior American officials, the hackers were able to gain access to some of the databases of the Office of Personnel Management before the federal authorities detected the threat and blocked them from the network.
According to the New York Times article, just a month prior to that, “the Justice Department indicted a group of Chinese hackers who work for the People’s Liberation Army Unit 61398, and charged them with stealing corporate secrets. The same unit, and others linked to the P.L.A., have been accused in the past of intrusions into United States government computer systems, including in the office of the secretary of defense.”
Bob Beckel is being asked to resign by Democratic state Sen. Ted Lieu for his “racial slur” of calling Chinese people “Chinamen.” Is the senator missing Beckel’s point?