Supreme Court reporter Shannon Bream made her comments on the Outnumbered panel as the channel awaited comment from President Barack Obama on the massacre.
On the back of co-host Eric Bolling taking the opportunity to argue the tragedy called for America to “over-militarise” its police force, Bream stepped in with this observation:
“That’s my question about these guys because if we know they were speaking unaccented French and they had, you know, ski masks on, do we even know what colour they were?”
“What the tone of their skin was? I mean what if they didn’t look like typical bad guys, as we define them when we think about terror groups?”
French Algerian brothers Said and Cherif Kouachi are said to have burst into the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday armed wearing balaclavas and armed with Kalashnikovs.
Eight journalists, two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor were killed in the attack, which left France on its highest level of terror alert.
On Friday the Kouachi brothers were holed up in an industrial estate with a hostage in a town around 25 miles from Paris. A further siege believed to be linked to the Charlie Hebdo attack unfolded at a Jewish supermarket on the same day.
By 4pm police had confirmed the Kourachi suspects were dead. Paris hostage-taker Amédy Coulibaly was also reported to have been killed.
This Fox news anchor said skin color can indicate who looks like ‘Typical Bad Guys.' Apparently "Bad" has a color -->http://t.co/ynXxzzMlK4— Lynette the Threat (@NikkiLynette) January 9, 2015
FOX "News" isn't racist. They just want to know what skin color the typical criminal has. http://t.co/UbBMXHkZ4c— The Brain Frees (@The_Brain_Frees) January 9, 2015
According to Fox News, "bad guys" look like "typical bad guys" because, you know... They"re brown.— Judes Dickey (@judes_dickey) January 9, 2015
Did you know certain skin tones are more typical of "bad guys" than others? Huh.. Fox News' Shannon Bream says so. http://t.co/ZuJ33agmY0— John Brosnan (@birdflyoverlake) January 9, 2015