This week saw yet another fine example of the conservative-talk PR wing’s displacement of “fair and balanced” objectivity with grotesque sensationalism.
In a dumbed-down Fox and Friends appearance, Fox Business’ “Follow the Money” host Eric Bolling (think Glenn Beck lite for Wall Street types) responded to recorded comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) in a somewhat unnerving fashion:
“How’s this? Congresswoman, you saw what happened to Whitney Houston. Step away from the crack pipe, step away from the Xanax, step away from the Lorazepam because it’s going to get you in trouble.”
How very “business”-like, Eric. To be fair, Waters made a silly comment herself to prompt this response from Bolling; referring to Republicans in the Congress as “demons”. But isn’t Fox supposed to be a news network?
Bolling’s off-color retort - which quickly forced Friends co-host Juliet Huddy into a bout of nervous laughter – was (after commercial break) “walked back” by the anchor himself:
“Alright, before we get started, I just want to say I was kidding about the crack pipe. Just kidding.”
“Of course,” replied Fox and Friends co-host Steve Doocy. “We knew that.”
Did we, Steve? Remember, these comments are coming from the same man who cited the Muppets as communist propaganda, is a self-proclaimed “birther” (yes, these people actually still exist and are given significant air-time on Fox News) and famously went on record spewing several racial epithets at the Obamas (aka “Hoods” in the “Hizzouse” and “chugging a few 40s”).
He is the very same guy to suggest that the proposed Park 51 Islamic Center would be a “meeting place for some of the scariest…some of the biggest terrorist minds” and that – in an effort to “get the airways safe again” – a newly-privatized version of the TSA should begin an aggressive racial and cultural profiling campaign against Muslims.
“Let independent companies come in, take it over, and then do this: aggressive profiling, not just behavioral profiling, cultural profiling as well.”
And all of this – mind you – was said on a supposed business news channel of one of the highest-rated networks in the country. It is no wonder our economy tanked.
But hey, he was kidding about the crack pipe, of course. Why ever would we think otherwise?
Whether or not Bolling’s comments on Congresswoman Waters was sensationalist stupidity or yet another citation for his well-documented record of race-baiting is up for debate.
What is clear – however – is how well Bolling’s oddly juvenile and not-smart-enough-for-prime-time-TV behavior falls in line with Fox’s theme of humorous (or humor less) stupidity. Whether it is Bill O’Reilly calling for the (joking) beheading of a journalist, Glenn Beck play-murdering (joking) Michael Moore, Dennis Kucinich and Nancy Pelosi or Liz Trotta suggesting the assassination of Barack Obama (again, joking, of course), the “fair and balanced” news network sure has a “funny” way of making it’s party’s points.
- Joe Ascanio
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