Media award for 'Hanoi Jane'

L.A. Press Club honors actress with 'visionary' award


This is a rush transcript from "The Five," November 20, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: So, Jane Fonda just received the L.A. Press Club's Visionary Award, which is like giving Dana an award for dunking a basketball. Apparently, the award goes to a person who uses their high profile status to make the world a better place. I guess they forgot about the shot of her sitting on that gun in North Vietnam which she now claims was her greatest regret. Not that she posed for it but that the picture actually got out.

The Vietnam vets dubbed Fonda "Hanoi Jane" because rightly so, she was a traitor. So, how did Jane make the world a better place?

Well, she cheerleadered leftist revolution. And it happened. Vietnam, after she left 155 refugees were killed or abducted. The number executed in reeducation camps maybe up to 200,000. When you count all government murders, that's a few million people courtesy of Hanoi.

Jane could really pick a side. And so does the press who are right to call her a visionary, of sick visions. Elia Kazan never caused the death of one person, yet the press feels more wrath for an anticommunist director or a young Republican actress on Twitter than woman rooting for a ghoulish enterprise.

Jane claims it was hard to deal with the press way back when. So I guess that makes her the victim.

Yes, I know you should forgive and forget but only if you admit you were duped which enabled horror. At least she proved even late in life, Hollywood still sees no evil. She can rest easy, though, for the press is her mattress, as she spends the rest of her night sleeping on a mountain of bones.

Andrea, do you think she was sorry about that picture or sorry she got photographed and the picture got out?

ANDREA TANTAROS, CO-HOST: It's funny you should ask, Greg, because I believe that she was asked that question and she said she wasn't sorry that she was photographed on a howitzer. She was actually sorry that she got caught cavorting with the Vietnamese. But I'm just wondering what is the vision, too.


TANTAROS: Is vision for Hanoi or her workout videos? Because her co- host on the HBO series "The Newsroom" actually said that she is sexy and smart and very fit. And he says that "I fell in love with her abs, her buns and her thighs. So, I guess we are giving her an award for being Algier Heist, Pamela Anderson and Richard Simmons all in one body.

GUTFELD: She was able to build her body while destroying a country, Bob. How do you like that?


GUTFELD: I bet you like Jane Fonda.

BECKEL: I do very much. And let me tell you, I think it's a sad commentary that one event in somebody's life, particularly as young as she was, would overshadow that things she got this award for, working on AIDS -- for AIDS victims, doing multiple amount of work on malaria for children in Africa.

You can go down the list. This woman has done remarkably number of things to help people.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: So next year, they are going to give the award to George W. Bush.

GUTFELD: Yes, don't hold your breath.

BECKEL: Fine. I mean, the point is -- and I have given, by the way, I have given Bush a lot of credit --

PERINO: I know. But my point is that they would never give him the award. The L.A. Press Club would never give him an award for the same thing.

BECKEL: Why do you hold one day in this person's life against what is a stunningly good and serious -

GUTFELD: I disagree. I don't think it was stunningly good. And also, I think there are plenty of young women who didn't do that.


GUTFELD: Who didn't go and sit on a tank.

BOLLING: So, given the fact that she sat on a tank, hung out -- what did you say? She --

GUTFELD: Cavorted.

BOLLING: Cavorted with the North Vietnamese and she wins the L.A. Press Club visionary award, maybe John Kerry could be next year's winner, maybe not George Bush, maybe John Kerry. Or maybe the Nobel Prize board who gave President Obama the Peace Prize, they can all hang out together.

Her greatest regret wasn't that, though, Greg. She said her greatest regret was not that picture. It was never sleeping with Che Guevara.



GUTFELD: That was also Bob's regret.


BECKEL: By the way, Kerry is a highly decorated war hero. I don't know why you pick on a guy like that.

BOLLING: I think he renounced the --

BECKEL: The fact of the matter is he won those medals when you were sitting at home and not in Vietnam.

BOLLING: I wasn't alive.

GUTFELD: He was seven.

Dana -- but you should have fought.

BECKEL: You were seven in '75?

GUTFELD: I don't know.

BOLLING: Whatever.

BECKEL: You don't want to give it up, don't you?

GUTFELD: I have a theory that as you age, people tend to forget how bad you were when you are young because you gain some phony respect. Somehow that age makes you more full of wisdom when, in fact, you were a jerk most of your life.

PERINO: Look at Bob.

GUTFELD: That was mean.

PERINO: That was a joke, Bob.


GUTFELD: Look at that. Look at that.

PERINO: I was trying to think of somebody else but nobody came to mind.

GUTFELD: Bob -- Bob, Bob, lived a good young life and became a bad person later.

TANTAROS: Can you imagine Bob getting an award for his vision? What would that vision be?

BECKEL: Yes, (INAUDIBLE). Why don't we that? It's already four against one and you leave me alone!


GUTFELD: All right. We are going to take a break.

BECKEL: Tease!

GUTFELD: No more Twinkie juice for you.

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