Fox News analyst Brit Hume on Sunday said that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) had only gotten a reputation for being a bully because men could not be "masculine and muscular" in the "feminized atmosphere" created by the media.
During a panel discussion on the Fox News show Media Buzz, host Howard Kurtz asked if Christie's "bully image" was hurting him after his administration was accused for closing part of the busiest bridge in the world to hurt his political opponents.
"I have to say that in this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct and are kind of old-fashioned tough guys run some risks," Hume opined.
"Feminized!" Fox News contributor Lauren Ashburn gasped.
"Atmosphere," Hume nodded. "By which I mean that men today have learned the lesson the hard way that if you act like kind of an old-fashioned guy's guy, you're in constant danger of slipping out and saying something that's going to get you in trouble and make you look like a sexist or make you look like you seem thuggish or whatever. That's the atmosphere in which we operate."
"This guy is very much an old-fashioned masculine, muscular guy," he added. "And there are political risks associated with that. Maybe it shouldn't be, but that's how it is."