|Born||Robert "Bob" Beckel
November 15, 1948
New York City
|Relatives||Graham Beckel, brother|
Robert "Bob" Beckel (born November 15, 1948) is an American political commentator and an analyst on the Fox News Channel, where he currently co-hosts The Five. He is also a columnist for USA Today where he writes "point–counterpoint" style articles with friend and political opposite Cal Thomas. He is the brother of actor Graham Beckel.
Life and career 
Beckel was born in New York City, New York. He holds a B.A. from Wagner College. While in college, he worked for Robert F. Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1968. Early in his career, he joined the U.S. Department of State and became the youngest deputy assistant secretary of state for the Carter administration. Beckel was the campaign manager for Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign. During that campaign he became known as the man who effectively wrapped the Wendy's slogan "Where's the Beef?" around Gary Hart, Mondale's opponent for the Democratic nomination.
He was co-host of Crossfire Sunday on CNN alongside Tony Snow and later Lynne Cheney, and went on to FOX News Channel as a political analyst and commentator, regularly appearing on such shows as Hannity & Colmes (later Hannity), America's Newsroom, and Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. Beckel is a co-host of Fox News' The Five, a political talk show that replaced Glenn Beck in the 5 p.m. Eastern time slot in July 2011.
Personal struggles 
Beckel is a recovering alcoholic  and has spoken openly about his past addictions to drugs and alcohol, admitting in July 2011 on The Five: "I'm a recovering addict and cocaine was my drug of choice."
In 2002, Beckel was the victim of an extortion attempt by a prostitute he had hired.
In 2007 Beckel was involved in an altercation in a Bethesda, Maryland, grocery store parking lot with a man who took issue with his anti–George W. Bush bumper stickers. In October 2011, Beckel nearly choked to death at a Fox News reception, but was saved by Fox News chief Roger Ailes and The Five co-host Eric Bolling.
Controversial comments 
Beckel initially evoked controversy in August 2011 when he implied on air that he had held back from criticizing his Fox News colleague Sarah Palin. He agreed with The Five co-host Greg Gutfeld when Gutfeld said he felt awkward making negative comments about Palin, because "it's like (badmouthing) a co-worker." "I know exactly what you mean," Beckel added. "I'll be honest, I've pulled my punches." Both Gutfeld and Beckel later said they were joking, however.
In December 2010, with reference to Julian Assange while on Eric Bolling's show Cashin' In (on the Fox Business Network), Beckel commented, "This guy's a traitor, he's treasonous, and he has broken every law of the United States. And I'm not for the death penalty, so [...] there's only one way to do it: illegally shoot the son of a bitch."
On April 16, 2012, Beckel appeared on Hannity with Jennifer Stefano and Neal Boortz. After Stefano claimed that the Head Start Program, which aims to help poor children, did not work, Beckel replied, "You don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about!" Beckel did not realize the show was back from the commercial break, and initially refused to apologize. When persuaded that the show was, in fact, live, Beckel apologized for his choice of language, but stood by the overall intent of the statement.
In August, 2012, Beckel reportedly offended some Jews when he referred to Jewish Americans who had participated in a Mitt Romney fundraiser in Israel as "a bunch of diamond merchants we don’t know the names of."
In November, 2012, Beckel concluded, while commentating on the San Francisco public nudity ban live on Fox News, that most nudists were, as children, "probably gang-banged, I don't know!", and then proceeded to laugh about his comment and saying, "they were probably sexually assaulted, I don't know!".
In February, 2013, Beckel made the statement that rapes on campus don't really happen and asserted that victims of date rape aren't going to "take a gun out and shoot [their] date". 
- 2007, Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That Is Destroying America with Cal Thomas (ISBN 978-0-06-123634-1)
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- Bob Beckel, George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management
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- Time Waster (2002-09-01). "Hooker In Democrat Big Extortion Plot". The Smoking Gun. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
- And You Think He's Feisty on Fox
- Bob Beckel Choking: Says Roger Ailes, Eric Bolling Saved His Life. Huffington Post. 2011-10-14.
- Fox News Hosts Admit They've 'Pulled Punches' With Sarah Palin. The Huffington Post. 2011-08-04.
- Fox analysts say remarks about Palin were a joke. The Huffington Post. 2011-08-04.
- Fox News' Bob Beckel Calls For 'Ilegally' Killing Assange: 'A Dead Man Can't Leak Stuff' from The Huffington Post
- Fox News' Bob Beckel Drops F-Bomb On Air The Huffington Post. 04/17/2012.
- Beckel: ‘Right winger’ doesn’t ‘know what the f*ck’ she’s talking about The Raw Story. 4/17/2012.
- Algemeiner Staff (2012-08-08). "Fox News Host: Romney’s Israel Fundraiser Held with “Bunch of Diamond Merchants” | Jewish & Israel News". Algemeiner Journal. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
- "Bob Beckel, Fox News Host, Concludes San Francisco Nudists 'Were Gang Banged, Probably' (VIDEO)". Huffingtonpost.com. 2012-11-21. Retrieved 2013-03-09.
- "Bob Beckel: Rape On College Campuses Doesn't Really Happen". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-02-20. Retrieved 2013-03-09.