Host of the daily Facebook Live podcast “The Ben Shapiro Show” Ben Shapiro called out the media on Friday for “changing their editorial standards” when it comes to vulgarity, suggesting that the media “lost their minds yesterday” over President Trump’s ‘s---hole’ comment in a bipartisan meeting on DACA.
“Okay, so, the media lost their minds yesterday because they didn’t just say what Trump is saying here is that he’s judging immigrants by their country of origin and that’s bigoted.” said Ben Shapiro. “There you’d have a pretty solid argument. Right? You’d have a solid argument.
“But that is not what the media are going nuts over,” Shapiro said later in his show. “The media have gone nuts over a few different things here. The first thing they’ve gone nuts over is the actual vulgarity, that Trump said the word ‘s---hole.’
Shapiro’s comments came after President Donald Trump met with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders on Tuesday to address DACA, Trump, according to the Washington Post, deriding “protections for immigrants from ‘s---hole’ countries.”
Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s comments from his show Friday:
Shapiro: “Okay, so, the media lost their minds yesterday because they didn’t just say what Trump is saying here is that he’s judging immigrants by their country of origin and that’s bigoted.” said Ben Shapiro. “There you’d have a pretty solid argument. Right? You’d have a solid argument. Now, as I say, Trump could say, ‘Listen, I wasn’t saying that you’re judging people by their country of origin. I’m saying that if you are going to judge people by their country of origin, as the diversity visa lottery suggests, then you do have to look at the difference between the cultures of Great Britain and the cultures of say, Russia or Spain or Greece or any other country. Right? You’re going to have a hierarchy of countries from which it is most likely that people are going to be easily able to assimilate. That doesn’t seem completely unreasonable to me. And Trump could even say, ‘If you look at that Washington Post story, I say as much. I said I want more Asian immigrants,” meaning from places like South Korea, which has a very westernized country, as opposed to say Ivory Coast. Right? There are certain countries where integration is going to be easier. And then you’d have to provide some statistics to prove it. And we’ll talk about the statistics in a little while.
“But that is not what the media are going nuts over. The media have gone nuts over a few different things here. The first thing they’ve gone nuts over is the actual vulgarity, that Trump said the word [‘s---hole’] bleephole.
“Now, number one, Trump said the word bleephole behind closed doors. And I find it a little bit ridiculous that everybody in the media is saying, ‘How dare Trump say that there are countries that are bleepholes.’
“I’ve sat with a lot of these members of the media. They will call red states bleepholes. They will call their apartment a bleephole. They will suggest that the recycling center two blocks from their house is a bleep hole.
“The idea that you can’t say the word bleephole, and suddenly they’re very offended by this, is belied by the fact that they then went on TV and decided to say the actual word bleephole by not bleeping it over and over and over.
“Jim Acosta went nuts yesterday, and he just decided to say bleephole 1,000 times in a row.
(Editor’s Note: Jim Acosta did not actually say ‘bleephole’ 1,000 times in a row.)
“Again, I don’t know what editorial standard is here. I know NPR has now said that they’re not going to bleep it out. They’re going to say, ‘s---hole.’ Right? They’re not going to actually bleep it out. They’re going to say the entire word.
“Now, what’s amazing about this, of course, is that this is not the first time in American politics that people have cursed before.
“Before I get to the media going crazy over this – first I want to show you. Okay?
“Remember when Joe Biden – it was a big headline – Joe Biden said to Barack Obama that when Obamacare passed – he said on an open mic – that this is a ‘big f---ing deal.’
“Flashback, okay? Here’s Biden saying that.”
Biden: “Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States of America Barack Obama. This is a big f---ing deal.”
Obama: “Thank you. Thank you, everybody.”
Shapiro: “Okay, so, he says there if you can’t hear it, ‘This is a big f---ing deal.’ Alright? ‘This is a big f---ing deal.’
“And this was such not a big deal to people that the Democrat Party put out a t-shirt with this on it. Alright? They put out a t-shirt with ‘Health Reform is a BFD.’ I remember. They sold this on the Democratic Party website.
“Did the media actually write out f—you know, actually spell it out? Did they actually spell out the f-word? Did they actually report that that’s what he said, or did they bleep it out? Of course, they bleeped it out. Right? They bleeped it out the same way we’re bleeping it out.
“Same thing is true when L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti swore at a King’s rally. This was just a couple of years ago. Alright? This guy wants to run for president, and he got up and he said, ‘This is a big f---ing day.’
“Alright, this is what it looked like.”
Mayor Garcetti: “But there are two rules in politics: They say never, ever be pictured with a drink in your hand, and never swear. But this is a big f---ing day. Way to go, guys.”
Shapiro: “Okay, so, there he is, saying, ‘big f---ing day.’
“Did the media print any of that? Of course, they didn’t print any of that. But now, they’re going to say s---hole over and over and over because Trump is the president. I mean, let’s be clear. This is why they are changing their editorial standards.
“So, here is Jim Acosta saying it over and over and over. We bleeped it out, but he did not bleep it.
Acosta: “… which the president referred to countries like Haiti and countries in Africa as a s---hole. Obviously, I apologize for using this word here, but this is a quote from the president: ‘Why are we having all these people from s---hole countries come here?’
Blitzer: “Why are we having all of these people from, uh, you get the point. …”
Acosta: “And I noticed you, Wolf, you hesitated to use that word. I hesitate to use it myself, as an s---hole or s---hole is what the word that the Washington Post is quoting the president as saying.”
Shapiro: “This new editorial standard, where you only quote the curse word in order to humiliate Trump is obviously directed at Trump.”