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On Monday two Fox News commentators were suspended for using profanities while criticizing President Obama. Ralph Peters, a Fox News “strategic analyst,” called the president a “total pu—” who “doesn’t want to hurt our enemies.”

A couple of hours later Stacey Dash, a Fox contributor, said the president “didn’t give a sh–” about Sunday night’s terrorism speech. Fox senior executive vice president Bill Shine said “Earlier today, Fox contributors Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and Stacey Dash made comments on different programs that were completely inappropriate and unacceptable for our air. Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel do not condone the use of such language, and have suspended both Peters and Dash for two weeks.”

Dash’s profane remark was partially censored during “Outnumbered,” a lunchtime talk show on Fox News. However Peters’ comments were not censored at all as he spoke to anchor Stuart Varney on the Fox Business Network, a smaller sister of Fox News.

Varney allowed him to speak for over a minute, until he told Peters, “You can’t use language like that on the program, OK?”  Later Varney followed up again and called on Peters to apologize, which he did.

Then Peters continued to demand stronger military action against ISIS.

“I do apologize for giving into my anger, but… I feel like you know the American people understand where I’m coming from on this. My choice of words was incorrect, but my sentiment, I think, is shared by many.”

The White House had no immediate comment.  In a tweet Dash said she was willingly paying the consequences for her comment.  Both Fox News and Fox Business are cable channels, so they’re not subject to the government regulations that police profanities broadcast over the public airwaves.

Media Matters, a liberal anti-Fox monitoring organization, almost immediately flagged the Peters profanity, which caused it to get widespread attention on the web on Monday.

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