As the wreckage from the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was still smoldering in Eastern Ukraine, and the details were fleeting if any, FOX’s financial adviser Charlie Gasparino felt it fit to offer up his opinion of what caused the disaster: Russian President Vladimir Putin.
When challenged by co-panelist Simon Constable — a Wall Street Journal reporter — Gasparino didn’t take it well.
Throughout the segment on MH17, Constable cautioned that since many of the facts were missing, it was best not to jump to conclusions about who took down the plane, and that we shouldn’t rush to make judgments.
Gasparino didn’t care. “It doesn’t matter,” he said, telling Constable that regardless of who fired the missile (if that’s even what happened), the blame lies squarely on Putin for having started the conflict in the Ukraine to begin with.
Things got heated. Constable shot back, “You’re wrong, Charlie. For once, you’re wrong.”
That didn’t faze Gasparino, who continued to insist that he knew it was Putin’s fault. Constable kept reminding him that we truly didn’t know what happened, and Gasparino fired back “You really can’t be this dumb.”
Eventually Gasparino told Constable:
“You’re so goddamn dumb. I can’t believe I’m hearing this. I’m sorry, but think about it: You have one of the most aggressive nations on earth invading another country and we’re supposed to say that it’s maybe someone else’s fault he has his troops in there?”
You mean there’s someone on FOX who isn’t blaming Obama for everything? Someone’s gettin’ fired.
To his favor, Constable remained level-headed and continued to hammer home the point that we didn’t know who caused it, and that agitating for any American military action against Russia in the current climate would be “imprudent” — that is, “goddamn dumb.”
Watch the Fox shouting match over the MH17 tragedy.