Fox Host Objects To Ex-Obama Official’s ‘Inappropriate’ Use Of ‘Dude’ (VIDEO)

Bringing his patented air of sophistication to the usual din of Fox News outrage, Stuart Varney said Friday there’s no place for “inappropriate” slang when discussing Benghazi.

Former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor’s breezy dismissal on Thursday over changes to Benghazi talking points left the right incensed.

“Dude, this was like two years ago,” Vietor told Fox’s Bret Baier. “We’re still talking about the most mundane process–“

“Dude, it’s the thing that everybody’s talking about!” Baier shot back.

When Varney turned to Baier on Friday to discuss the interview, the host said he disapproved of the dreaded “d-word.”

“Before we get into the substance of this, I’ve got to tell you I was watching and I was very surprised to hear the use of the word ‘dude’ from a former National Security Council spokesman,” Varney said. “I think it took you a bit by surprise and, frankly, I thought it was inappropriate language.”

Baier responded that he had been surprised. He joked that he “duded his dude,” but he commended Vietor for agreeing to the interview.

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