After serving as campaign manager for Walter Mondale's failed 1984 presidential campaign, Beckel became a TV pundit. He co-hosted Crossfire on CNN during the Clinton presidency and joined Fox News in 2000 as one of its few liberal hosts and one of the first original co-hosts of The Five. According to Deadline, "Beckel was often vocal about battling addiction to alcohol and cocaine. On The Five in 2011 he spoke openly about being a recovering addict. He expanded on his journey to sobriety in his 2015 bestselling book I Should Be Dead: My Life Surviving Politics, TV, and Addiction. Following a brief stint back on CNN, Beckel returned to Fox News in January 2017. However, he was soon in hot corporate water again due to him making racially charged remarks toward a Black employee of the network. After an internal investigation, the decision was made to fire Beckel again in May 2017."