Bob Beckel

Published : Sep 12 2013 | Modified : Nov 14 2016

Robert Gilliland Beckel, known as ''Bob Beckel" is the popular host of the well known show ’The Five’ which is aired on Fox News Channel. He co-writes a political column with Cal Thomas for USA Today. The articles include policy issues on which both try to find a common ground for their opposing views.

Early Life

Bob Beckel was born on the 15th of November, 1948 in New York City, United States. He was the older brother of the actor Graham Beckel. His parents were Ellen Gilliland Beckel and Cambridge Graham Beckel. His father, Cambridge was the author of "Workshops for the World: The United Nations Family of Agencies". Jr. Bob’s childhood was spent in Lyme, Connecticut. He graduated from Wagner College in Staten Island, NY and is a graduate school professor at George Washington University, Washington D.C. where he teaches presidential politics. While in college, he was a member of the football team. Besides that, he worked in the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. After his college graduation, in 1971, he served as a peace corps volunteer in the Philippines. Furthermore, he became a professor at George Washington University. He got married to Leland Ingham in 1992 and the couple has two children. However, he got a divorce from her in 2002.

Funny-Beckel:

Bob, the same as any other person who works in the media have some funny comments and situations. Some of the funniest comments that Bob encountered was the time he asked soccer fans, why they think the world cup is amazing. Another one was the time he declared his opinion about Obama critics and how he believes that not even them have clues about dealing with Putin.

Political Career

He got initiated into politics while in his twenties during Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. After serving for the Peace Corps and tasting success whilst leading his own consulting firm, he joined the US Department of State in 1977. He joined Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign as its manager and successfully supervised the activities. He was the one responsible for wrapping the slogan ‘Where’s the Beef?’ around Gary Hart, Mondale’s opponent. He was also responsible for managing Alan Blinken’s campaign for the Senate seat in 2002, but he could not prove his worth as he was dismissed due to charges of extortion by a prostitute.

Career In Media

Bob Beckel is a stalwart in political commentary and created a first of sorts by being the sole liberal political forecaster on the conservative Fox News channel. However, he was unpleasantly kicked out by Fox News. But happily for him and what some might a call a heavenly compensation, within a period of only four months from the incident, he was offered a new job with CNN, which he agreed and signed on straight away. There were a lot of sayings that the CNN move to head hunt Bob was not at all surprising. He was the co-anchor of the popular Fox show, ‘The Five’, until he was released, in 2015.

His release was due to his long absence, which lasted for months and was due to a back surgery, that he was recovering from. They even announced that they could not put the show on hold, just because the host had some personal issues. Some might say that was harsh, but business is business. Later on, when Bob was asked about what the network said about him, he simply replied by explaining how they signed a separation agreement, which abides the network from saying anything bad or inappropriate about him after leaving and he sarcastically added that one of there editors must have missed the memo.

He even added politely that, he was saved before by the Roger Ailes, the chanel's chairman, and that he would never say anything bad about him. What is even more unfortunate is that sadly, after his back recovery, ha had to go through rehab from an addiction that he gained to pain medications. Besides that, he is one of the five individuals who dissect sensational news of the day. He also features on other channels such as CNN, CBS and ITN.

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