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Catherine Thompson

Catherine Thompson is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. Before joining TPM, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She is a graduate of New York University, where she served as the deputy managing editor of NYU's student newspaper, the Washington Square News. She can be reached at catherine@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Fox News host Bob Beckel declared himself a proud "Islamophobe" Monday on "The Five" -- and it was only the latest in a long string of racist and offensive statements the network's token liberal has uttered on-air.

Beckel is the perfect liberal mouthpiece for the "fair and balanced" network. He serves as the lone counterweight to the other four hosts of "The Five," defending President Barack Obama's policies when his colleagues put him on the spot.

But in the next breath, Beckel is just as likely to slight the Muslim or Chinese communities as he is to drop a progressive talking point. He also falls back on his "old-timer" status -- he frequently uses the term "broad" -- to soften the landing of his demeaning comments about women.

Here is a sampling of the craziest, most racist things Beckel has said over the past couple years. It’s in reverse chronological order, for those of you keeping track.

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A jail sentence and an eleventh-hour police raid on his law office didn't stop Virginia Del. Joe Morrissey from winning a special election to retain his seat Tuesday.

Morrissey, running as an independent, was back in jail for the night when unofficial returns showed he won the special election with 42 percent of the vote to Democrat Kevin Sullivan's 33 percent and Republican Matt Walton's 24 percent, according to the Washington Post.

But if lawmakers have their way, Morrissey won't stay a delegate for long.

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