The news: Another day, another oafish Fox News anchor who thinks making sexist jokes at the expense of women everywhere is hilarious.
Our latest tricksters — because apparently one per segment isn't enough — are Greg Gutfeld and Eric Bolling, co-hosts of The Five. Immediately following a report on Major Mariam Al Mansouri, the United Arab Emirates' first female fighter pilot who led the airstrikes on ISIS, Gutfeld coughed up the following gem: "The problem is after she bombed it she couldn't park it."
Not to be outdone, Bolling then chimed in with his own prodigious brand of analysis:
"Would that be considered boobs on the ground or no?"
Gosh, you fellas really know how to make a lady feel special, dontcha?
The rest of the show's hosts appeared to be appropriately disgusted. "Why would you ruin [my segment]?" said Kimberly Guilfoyle. "Did you just say what I thought you said?" asked Bob Beckel. In response, Gutfeld let out a hearty chuckle. Because, silly us, blatant sexism is a knee-slapper.
Vox's Amanda Taub sums up the worst part about this whole segment:
That would be appalling behavior at any time, but it's particularly galling in a week in which Fox News has been devoting significant coverage to "lattegate," the supposed scandal over President Obama saluting his marine guards while holding a cup of coffee.
So let's get this straight: when male soldiers stand on a runway, Fox News says it is "disrespectful" and "insensitive" for President Obama — the soldiers' commander in chief — to hold a caffeinated beverage while saluting them. But when a female pilot flies a combat mission in a US-led war, it's apparently fine to speak about her as if she is nothing but a pair of breasts, and to suggest that despite her history-making status as the first female Emirati fighter pilot, she must not be able to park her aircraft.