CNN’s Carol Costello Hammers Fox News Hosts Who Joked About Domestic Violence (Video)

carol-costelloIt’s not exactly breaking news when someone on Fox News proves how reprehensible their network is. After all, this was a network that recently had its show which is geared toward women defend the public sexual harassment of women.

So it should come as no surprise that on Monday the hosts on Fox News’ morning show Fox & Friends pathetically tried to joke about Ray Rice’s brutal assault of Janay Palmer.

With co-host Brian Kilmeade saying that the lesson he thought women should take away from the situation was to “take the stairs.” Which got a good chuckle from his fellow co-hosts.

Well, CNN’s Carol Costello didn’t take too kindly to the ignorance displayed on Fox News, and absolutely crushed the Fox & Friends hosts.

Costello said, “When I watched that segment, I wanted to scream. Actually I wanted to throw up, and so did millions of others online.” 

“Stop the victim blaming. Yes, victims of domestic violence often return to their abusers for many complicated reasons,” she continued. “I did briefly. In an op-ed I wrote for CNN.com, I talked about a boyfriend who knocked me out. I met up with that boyfriend again because he wanted to apologize. Let’s just say, it was not a good idea.”

She concluded by saying, “So Fox & Friends, to put it bluntly, shut up!”

It’s like I said previously, you really have to be a special kind of stupid to try to make a joke out of domestic violence. The entire segment on Fox & Friends focused more on mocking the situation, or trying to put some of the blame on Janay Palmer, than it did focusing on Rice’s disgusting assault of a woman.

But I’m glad Costello said what she did. Fox News has become famous for being the bottom-feeders of the media world and it’s good to see more within the mainstream media call them out for their reprehensible behavior.

Though I’m sure it won’t change anything. Fox News panders to a lower IQ audience, and the sad part is many of them probably laughed right along with the other two co-hosts when Kilmeade made his disgusting joke.

Watch Costello’s comments below via CNN


Allen Clifton

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  • Bud

    “you really have to be a special kind of stupid to try to make a joke out of domestic violence” – I don’t think anyone can argue that Fox Noise is, if nothing else, “special kind of stupid”.

    • Jim Bean

      That would suggest you believe Fox is the #1 rated cable news because most people are less smart than you. Is that correct?

      • Stephen Barlow

        For certain, smarter the you.

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        Well if you figure most people with average to high intelligence know better than to watch cable news and instead get their news from online sources. Then you just have idiots left that still actually watch the news. What channel do you suppose most idiots favor ?
        oh btw “less smart”….really ?

      • Jim Bean

        When you consider that its heavily the Pubs/Conservatives (the productive, successful, taxpaying crowd) that gravitates towards Fox, and its the Dems/Liberals (the less successful, economically dissatisfied, entitlement consuming crowd) that hates them, logic would dictate that its the Fox crowd that has the intellectual leg up.

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        You mean the backwoods, racist, redneck, less than average intelligence, southerners ? Those idiots are overwhelmingly conservative.

  • Jim Bean

    C’mon Allen. Fox News went overboard to not be too harshly judgmental about Rice and that caused hysteria from the Left who charged they weren’t tough enough. And if they’d been tougher that would have caused another type of hysteria from the Left – they type where they scream “RACIST-RACIST-RACIST!!! CNN has ratings envy and the Left hates them because they won’t look the other way for Obama and friends like the media sites where nearly everyone votes Democrat.

    • Chomper Lomper Tawee

      You love fox news,don’t you?

      • Jim Bean

        I wouldn’t say I ‘love’ them. I will say anyone who is not up to date with their reporting is playing with half a deck because they will obsess on issues that MSM will nervously look away from. MSM went all in for Obama because he’s (half) black and they are irreversibly compromised as a result.

      • Stephen Barlow

        It’s the only thing on this earth that gives him an erection anymore.

      • Jim Bean

        Have you ever been accused of stalking?

      • Stephen Barlow

        I am sure you have, and not just by little girls.

      • Jim Bean

        Consulting you’re groin for intellectual guidance again, I see.

      • Stephen Barlow

        How come you can’t bear mentioning that our president is ‘half WHITE?”

      • Jim Bean

        Because the fact that he’s half white depreciates your accusations of racism by 50% right out of the starting gate, perhaps?

      • Stephen Barlow

        Now, it’s that you can’t admit he IS just as half white as he is black.

    • Just a Guy

      Jim Bean,
      I watched the segment. Having lived with domestic abuse from a small child until I was 18, it made me sick to see anyone joke about the beating and absolute disregard for that person after being rendered incapacitated. Domestic abuse is not something that should be joked about, regardless of the race of the people involved. THAT is the point to articles like this. Carol Costello had it absolutely right in that regard.

      Another point that should be made is: those on the receiving end of domestic abuse tend to develop a mental condition known as battered spouse syndrome, where they come to believe that they deserve to be beaten down time and time again. It’s not that uncommon to be found in long-term abuse cases. Stockholme Syndrome is also common in those situations. The cycle of abuse is rather loud and self-destructive for the abused one, as over time, their mental state is degraded to the point they become conditioned that they deserve to be treated as sub-human.

      Unless you have first hand, personal knowledge about what it is like to be subjected to domestic abuse, do the internet a favor and keep your opinions to yourself.

      • Jim Bean

        I agree with everything you say, almost. The problem here is two-fold. (1) Every adequately informed person knows that it was not Kilmeade’s intent to minimize the brutality, and (2) every adequately informed person knows the Left’s hyper reaction to what he said is born of an impulse to over-compensate for their constant defending and excusing the anti-social behavior of (some) blacks on the basis that whitey somehow made them that way. Its interesting that even now, the Left is still trying to put the attention back on someone who is white.

      • Cemetery Girl

        So, it wouldn’t be funny if the abuser and victim were white? Or would it then be ok to find it funny if they were both white? Regardless, I don’t find it funny, but I guess I need to fine tune my sense of humor.

      • Jim Bean

        That’s an interesting question. When videos surfaced of blacks knocking out unsuspecting whites on the street while playing ‘the knockout game’ the Left thought it really didn’t deserve any attention at all, did they? I wonder what that, in comparison to this, means.

      • Jillz

        There is no equivalence to be made between the ‘knockout game’ which is a random spontaneous attack by a stranger, and domestic violence which is a cycle of abuse where the victim is worn down over time. It doesn’t matter what colour a person is : domestic violence is not funny. Period.

      • Stephen Barlow

        It does to Jimbo. It’s not just that he is anti Black people, he is mortifyingly against all people who are NOT Caucasian. Which is about 4/5ths of the world and 3/5ths of Texas.

      • Jim Bean

        Domestic violence is not funny. An accidental shooting is hilarious if the shooter was Dick Cheney.

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        Smfh.. Gun accidents aren’t a joke either.

      • Jim Bean

        I said that.

      • Stephen Barlow

        NO you didn’t! You NEED desperately to learn to LIE like anything BUT a Repimplican.

      • Stephen Barlow

        There is yet another lie.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Knocking out strangers is absolutely sickening behavior, but since you want to compare… Do between 1 in 4 white people get randomly attacked as part of a game in their lifetime? Does a white person get randomly knocked out by a stranger roughly every 10 seconds? Do roughly 3 white people a day die from these attacks from strangers? Are 7% of the white people that are murders killed by someone participating in this knockout game? Strangers knocking out other strangers is sickening, but does it compare with the statistics of domestic violence of just women (this does not count the domestic violence against men!) Because a celebrity was caught on video in the act domestic violence is a momentary blip on society’s radar. Typically, it goes ignored. Example, several years ago I was at a grocery store near where I worked (at that time) and a woman was attacked in the parking lot. She sadly died on her way to the hospital. I found out later that she was attacked by her ex-boyfriend. She had recently left him and he followed her to that store. It didn’t make TV news. The local paper had a one paragraph piece buried in the last pages. The media and public ignores this problem even though it clearly is a large problem.

      • Jim Bean

        The stats do not compare with domestic violence. And I agree that it is a scourge that goes under reported and unaddressed.

        You’ve obviously been personally touched by domestic violence and you make a great spokesperson on its behalf.

        But this article was not about addressing it. It was about attacking Fox News while they were in the process of doing a very good job playing and replaying the tapes and showing the public the face of domestic violence.

        Then, when Kilmeade makes flippant remark in an attempt at comedy, the Leftern hemisphere wants to shift all the focus onto him as if he’s the problem. He’s not. I’ve watched him for years. He’s always on the hunt for a spontaneous laugh. Usually, he gets it right, sometimes he doesn’t. It is not a reflection of his character. Conversely, those who want to excoriate him DO have character issues needing addressed.

      • Cemetery Girl

        His attempt at comedy was in poor taste. I don’t watch Fox News, for all I know this was a momentary lapse in judgement on his part, or maybe jokes of poor taste is his norm. I don’t know, but this was absolutely poor taste.

        I do have a level of passion over the domestic violence problem. I honestly don’t watch news on the TV often, but articles I’ve seen have lately (from a variety of sources) do not want to address domestic violence. There’s articles on the players suspension or things like this on a bad joke. Not many want to acknowledge the elephant in the room. When you consider 1 in 4 women have been abused and 1 in 33 men have been abused, that’s a lot. If you think about a busy day spent running errands, all the people that mingle around you it is realistic that you have been around a couple of men that have been abused and maybe 20 women that have (assuming come close enough to 80 people in a day while running to the post office, pharmacy, grocery store, gas station, doctor’s office, and grabbing a quick lunch at a fast food place, which that many places it is a reasonable number), so in that day you have seen maybe 22 people that have been the victim of domestic violence and perhaps one of them is still the victim. Kind of heartbreaking…

      • Stephen Barlow

        This article is ALL about hoe FOX lies about and denigrates women so cavalierly.

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        You did an internet or phone survey and asked a bunch of lefties their thoughts on blacks playing Knockout.

      • Jim Bean

        I did an online survey by observing what attracts their attention and what does not.

      • Stephen Barlow

        That’s NOt a survey, it’s not even a comparison.

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        I love it how you seem to know what other people are thinking. You sound exactly like Faux News hosts, the people who interject their opinions in every story instead of just reporting the facts and letting the viewer decide.

      • Jim Bean

        Sometimes you can tell what people are thinking by what tell you. Or don’t tell you.

      • Stephen Barlow

        You go girl! Would it be domestic violence if Rice were dragged unconscious from an elevator?

      • Cemetery Girl

        If she did that to him it would be domestic violence also. There are men that are victims also. As bad as the stigma of being a victim is for a female it’s worse for a male.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I agree. That’s why I made a point of it. But it wouldn’t have been a media sensationalized event if if Serena Williams dragged her lover out of an elevator, no matter how rare THAT event would actually be.

      • Cemetery Girl

        If it did become a media sensation her lover would be mocked even more than the distasteful joke about this. Even if much smaller than her (and Serena is absolutely a very physically fit and strong woman) if she were to beat up a man in such a way he would be considered pathetic, a walking joke.

      • Stephen Barlow

        But it’s STILL NOT acceptable.

      • Cemetery Girl

        Didn’t say it was

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        Dude if any celebrity knocked out their spouse it’d be all over every news channel and website.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Actually, YOU have no way of knowing the commentators INTENT. Unless he told you personally. This wouldn’t be the FIRST time you got caught talking out you ass. But usually you manage to lie about things WITHOUT putting any proof on the table. Here, we’ve got video tape to PROVE you are a liar.

        And there you go with the race card again!!! We had you figured out just from the sheet and the pointy dunce cap hat. You don’t even have to mention it, your racism is as plain and obvious as any tattoo on your forehead would be.

      • Jim Bean

        “We?” I doubt that many of your compatriots would acknowledge you as one of them?

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        I acknowledge him as someone who has a brain and is on the same team as me.

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        Holy shit dude, it sounds like you memorized some ignorant shit Faux News said or Alex Jones perhaps. Either way where the hell did you come up with, ” Left’s hyper reaction to what he said is born of an impulse to over-compensate for their constant defending and excusing the anti-social behavior of (some) blacks on the basis that whitey somehow made them that way”.
        Man, it freaks me out when I think about how whackjobs like yourself are allowed to vote and own firearms.

      • Jim Bean

        I came up with it by observing the Lefts reaction to O’Reilly’s discussion of violence, school drop out, single parenthood, and poverty in the black community (things they say are all whitey’s fault) to their reaction to the Rice video (something they couldn’t figure out how to blame on Whitey).

      • Christopher Alan Shaner

        How the hell did you observe it ? Were you sitting around a bunch of lefties while watching Bill O’Reilly ? I highly doubt it.

      • Jim Bean

        I most certainly was. I was sitting around watching their comments on Forward Progressive and Media Matters.

      • Stephen Barlow

        he DID! he regularly DOES!

      • Cemetery Girl

        Someone that gets it!!! In the last few days I have seen, in many places, what boils down to one of two attitudes. I see people that have experienced or witnessed domestic violence, and they are appalled by the video because familiar violence. The other people seem to have the attitude that she’s in a relationship with this guy, if he was so bad she would just leave, so why should their entertainment have any interference if she wants to be hit? More people seem to voice the second mindset. They don’t know, and have no interest in hearing, that the abuse is possible because they have been mentally beaten down and comments like “if she’s dumb enough to be with him she deserves it” reaffirm that the victim is inferior, deserves the abuse, that other people view the victim as the abuser does, and is never going to help the victim build up the hope and courage to leave. We could be taking steps towards stopping domestic violence, but fantasy team stats are too important.

      • Stephen Barlow

        He used to make too much money for a ‘cash for gash’ kinda girl to quit. Now, not so much… but I bet a desperate team might offer him a slot next year… so he might be able to afford her again. Does anyone else think the bimbo would take him back?

      • Cemetery Girl

        Annnndd reinforcing my point.

      • Stephen Barlow

        He has no other form of entertainment because even his own hand rejects his junk.

    • Ellen H.

      That would suggest that you believe domestic violence is all right. Is that because you can’t handle people criticizing your favorite network?

      • Jim Bean

        When Cheney accidently shot his hunting partner it was the funniest thing in the Leftern hemisphere for months. They joked about non-stop and still crack jokes about it to this day – 9 years later. (example) “You know like, ‘How do you shoot someone and make it look like an accident?'” –Jay Leno

        Now this surfaces and the Left wants to present themselves as the icons of somber sensitivity and social decorum. The degree of hypocrisy and shamelessness is mindboggling.

      • Ellen H.

        I’d say your degree of hypocrisy and shamelessness is mind boggling. Cheney had a hunting accident. He didn’t punch his wife. The two aren’t related.

      • Jim Bean

        The were equally tragic events.

    • Cemetery Girl

      Some people are actually disgusted by domestic violence. I know, crazy thought, but it’s true. Instead of this being something that bring domestic violence into conversation, building an atmosphere where victims can know that they won’t be belittled by society and can feel confident they can escape, this has turned into what should the NFL do with their players. The uproar is should players be punished for wrong doing and if so for how long? Way to go society. Nice to see that condemning domestic violence is less important than make sure people’s fantasy football teams don’t lose a valuable player.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Frankly, a players off the field activity should NEVER be an NFL thing. the little prick should be in JAIL for Domestic Battery, not just fired from a job he is overpaid for. He should lose the job because he’s a FELON.

      • Cemetery Girl

        If someone pleas down to a lesser charge there is nothing we can do. It is the way the system works. It isn’t like the NFL cares about his behavior or any other players’ behavior. They care how many people will be upset by the incident to hurt their revenue. Now that the outrage over the incident is dying down but the outrage over the fact that a player is inhibited from throwing a ball around for fans is growing, they will be bringing him back. Fill stadiums, have high viewership for the best ad revenue, and sell that officially licensed merchandise!

    • Stephen Barlow

      You sure must feel awfully guilty about being a racist Jim. You can write ANYTHING without flipping out your race card and waving it around.

    • Christopher Alan Shaner

      “Look the other way”, really ? Faux News blames him for every little thing they can possibly come up with. It’s one thing to hold the President accountable, it’s another thing to attack. Faux was sucking George W’s d!(k when he was the P.O.T.U.S. . I bet you’re the type that actually believes Faux is “Fair and Balanced” or in the “NO Spin Zone” and that “We report you decide” and the rest of their propaganda to gain your trust and trick you into thinking you’re getting good solid unbiased news……..Faux lmmfao

      • Jim Bean

        Actually, I don’t believe anything anyone tells me until I’ve done some research and applied some logic. Some of what that has produced is ‘Obama is the most arrogant personality and prolific liar to ever grace the public stage and deserves to be regarded with intense suspicion’ and ‘if Fox isn’t one of the cards in your hand, you’re not playing with a full deck.’

        If you’re still an Obama junkie at this stage of game, you’re hardly in a position to evaluating someone else’s susceptibility to propaganda.

  • andronimo

    Problem with this article is two fold. First they got it right that
    making fun of DV is shameful. Props to writer for that. But throughout
    the rest of the article they portray FOX as some second rate news
    organization. In fact, FOX news is watched by more people here in the US
    and worldwide than msnbc and cnn combined. FOX is considered the most
    trusted news source worldwide. More people get their news from FOX
    because FOX tells both sides and is truthful in every single segment.
    Their is no prejudice at FOX. The same cant be said for all other news
    outlets. The writer of this article is a perfect example. Now,
    @caraolcnn is a perfect example. If it werent for FOX news we would live
    in RUSSIA by now.