On Fox News Sunday panel, news analyst Brit Hume shocked the female panel by blaming the current “feminized atmosphere” for making Gov. Christie look like a bully.
The Sunday panel was gathered on Fox News show “Media Buzz” to discuss Gov. Christie’s Bridgegate scandal, which involved Christie recklessly shutting down one of the busiest bridges in the world to hurt a political opponent. Bridgegate has made waves throughout the country because Christie had aspirations for the 2016 Republican ticket for President.
On Sunday, “Media Buzz” host Howard Kurtz asked the panel if the “bully image” now attributed to Christie was hurting him.
“I have to say that in this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, and are kind of old-fashioned tough guys, run some risks,” Hume stated.
Fox news panelist and contributor Lauren Ashburn interjected, “Feminized!”
“Atmosphere,” Hume restated. “By which, I mean, that men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy’s guy, you’re in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that’s going to get you in trouble, and make you look like a sexist, or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That’s the atmosphere in which we operate.”
“The guy (Gov. Christie) is very much an old-fashioned masculine, muscular guy,” Hume added. “And there are political risk associated with that. Maybe it shouldn’t be, but that’s how it is.”