Fox's Wallace: Armey insult "pretty funny"

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace and radio host Mike Gallagher laugh about Dick Armey's attack on Salon editor in chief Joan Walsh.

By Alex Koppelman

Published February 2, 2009 2:55PM (EST)

At least a couple of people think former House Majority Leader Dick Armey's comments about Salon editor in chief were funny.

If you're just tuning in, last week, while on MSNBC's "Hardball," Armey told Walsh, "I am so damn glad that you could never be my wife, 'cause I surely wouldn't have to listen to that prattle from you every day."

Later in the week, Think Progress notes, conservative radio host Mike Gallagher had Fox News' Chris Wallace on his show, and the two discussed the remark. That conversation culminated with this exchange:

GALLAGHER: Now, now, feminists are very angry that he said, "I’m glad you couldn’t be my wife." I mean …

WALLACE: It’s pretty funny actually.

GALLAGHER: It's hysterical. Do you know how many times a week I say, "thank God I don’t have to wake up next to her." I mean some of these callers, these shrews that call.

Audio of the discussion is below.

Update: The Washington Post's Howard Kurtz had a very different take on the incident. Sunday, on "Reliable Sources," his CNN show, Kurtz said, "Well, you know, it was really one step above, 'Joan, you ignorant slut.' And it bothers me that nobody pays a penalty for this. I’m sure he’ll be back on all the shows within a week or two."


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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