Fox co-host rape remark elicits apology from Bob Beckel, reported Yahoo! On Feb. 19, 2013, Beckel, co-host of "The Five" on FOX News, wondered aloud, "When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?"
His two co-hosts were quick to educate him on the state of on-campus rape. "What are you talking about?" asked co-host Eric Bolling. "It's rampant." Co-host Dana Perino continued, "In particular, date rape on campus."
Just one day after the exchange, the Fox co-host's rape remark had resulted in an apology of sorts from Bob Beckel, who once faced an extortion plot at the hands of a prostitute whose services he had allegedly employed, according to Smoking Gun.
"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," the 64-year-old self-admitted, recovering alcoholic and cocaine addict 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."
Although Beckel's clarification on Wednesday has been termed an apology, it seems more like an explanation or even a justification of his original comment. However, his addendum doesn't actually explain his original comment at all, so it could be perceived as too little, too late. Has the Fox co-host's rape remark apology gone far enough?