THE FIVE

Being loud the best way to win an argument?

Study: Be loud, confident even if you're wrong

 

This is a rush transcript from "The Five," May 31, 2013. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

DANA PERINO, CO-HOST: Have you ever wonder what is the best way to win a debate? Well, the answer might surprise you. A Washington State University study said being loud and confident is the best way to win, even if you're wrong -- Bob. The study, based on more than a billion tweets, says the more opinionated you are, the more influential and trustworthy you are perceived to be.

What do you make of that, Bob?

BOB BECKEL, CO-HOST: Thank you very much. I think that's exactly right. That's why I win most of the debates around this table even though I am outnumbered four to one.

ERIC BOLLING, CO-HOST: And wrong.

BECKEL: Was that necessary?

BOLLING: Loud, confident and wrong.

BECKEL: Oh, excuse me. You're saying I'm loud?

PERINO: I don't like yelling.

BECKEL: I know you don't.

PERINO: I don't like yelling.

What do you think, Kimberly? When you argued cases, you would win debates. Prosecuting cases is actually arguing. You didn't yell, did you, or did you?

GREG GUTFELD, CO-HOST: Look at her. Did she have to yell?

The guy she was prosecuting just said, "I'm guilty."

KIMBERLY GUILFOYLE, CO-HOST: Yes, he banged his head on the table. "Why aren't you representing me? My attorney sucks."

Anyway, all you had to do is make eye contact, I did my cases without notes. You connect with people.

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: On "Follow the Money," Eric, there's a lot of yelling. I was on that show one time, I was so freaked out. There was so much yelling.

BOLLING: Yes. Well, "Cashin' In", we don't yell so much.

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: No, "Cashin' In" is solid.

BOLLING: It's a little more soft-spoken. A little more cerebral. More debates.

Look, they said on Twitter, social media. So how do you yell?

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: With all caps.

You yell? I mean, you've got in arguments with people, but it's more sort of subtle.

GUTFELD: A calm Charles Krauthammer beats a seething Alex Jones.

I agree with you. The study is ridiculous. It's stupid, because their definition is loud words. Certain words that are more powerful. When on Twitter, loud is capital letters which everybody hates. You can never within a debate on Twitter with capital letters. People just block you.

BOLLING: Shut you down. Absolutely, yes.

PERINO: It drives me crazy.

There's also another part of this which was a question of, you know, advice for how to get more Twitter followers, and since I have kicked Greg's rear end in the Twitter war, I have --

GUTFELD: No, your dog has.

PERINO: I have some tips.

(LAUGHTER)

PERINO: My dog did what?

Anyway. Here's my tip. The first one is you've got to get a dog.

Get a dog. That's really good.

GUTFELD: Everybody buy a dog to get Twitter followers.

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: That was the most retreated photo. That was him watching the debate with his friends.

Second one, you have to tweet unusual photos. So, this -- see the one in the middle? That was me with Dikembe Mutombo. It was just unusual.

GUILFOYLE: Unique tweets.

PERINO: The third one is you need to have an enemy. You need to have somebody that you pick on, and I chose Greg.

So, that's what I thought.

GUTFELD: I mean, it's like pulling pig tails in the classroom. It's just because you like me.

PERINO: Kimberly, you're always nice on Twitter.

GUILFOYLE: Yes, here's the problem. Now I can't do anything because this new phone, the Twitter thing is not working right at all, so I was trying to like rewet a tweet from Ainsley. I couldn't do that.

BECKEL: Do we really care about that?

GUILFOYLE: Bob, I was asked a question. Don't be jealous. You don't even know how to do it at all.

BECKEL: Let's get back to Eric, saying how calm and cerebral. That's like calling Jack the Ripper a Boy Scout head. I mean, are you kidding me? You're always yelling. You yell at me all the time.

BOLLING: Who do I yell at the most?

BECKEL: Me.

BOLLING: No.

BECKEL: Who?

BOLLING: Porter!

BECKEL: Yes. But --

PERINO: Bob, do you agree with this, that part of the study said 40 percent of tweets is just pointless babble.

BECKEL: Yes, almost all my tweets start, "You fat, commie, son of a bitch." And then it goes from there.

PERINO: Not the ones you're writing.

BECKEL: Right.

BOLLING: You know when I tweet, I got of rewets, are segments from the show that get picked up in blogs. Some say something, whatever, provocative. It will get picked up and you rewet them. And people, they love to see it. A lot of them don't have or have the time to see the show.

BECKEL: Humor helps. I get back to those people who do that. I say, "By the way, was it your mother married her brother or your sister married her father?"

(CROSSTALK)

GUILFOYLE: But, Bob, people always want to talk about you. People talk about, what about Bob?

BECKEL: Yes, what about Bob?

PERINO: Greg, do you remember your epic Twitter fight when you were on a plane and you had Wi-Fi?

BOLLING: Willis.

GUTFELD: Oh, yes, that's why you never get on a plane and do Wi-Fi with four bottles of wine. It was great.

PERINO: On a six-hour flight.

GUTFELD: On a six-hour flight, it was the most enjoyable experience.

But, you know what? I think we should concentrate less on getting Twitter followers and more on being a decent person, Dana, because I think ever since this Twitter thing started --

PERINO: That's my whole life's worth. My self worth is measured in my Twitter followers.

BOLLING: Don't say that.

GUTFELD: And everything else is falling apart.

PERINO: I know.

BOLLING: You know what? Can I say --

PERINO: What?

BECKEL: Paris Hilton has 3.5 million Twitter followers.

PERINO: I'm nothing!

(CROSSTALK)

PERINO: It's interesting how different people have different types of Twitter followers. One time, Karl Rove retweeted something for me, and then, all these people sent me notes and they were so mean. My Twitter followers are nice.

Good people, happy, cheerful people.

GUILFOYLE: I have super nice Twitter followers.

PERINO: OK. That was fun.

GUTFELD: Or maybe they're fake.

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