Fox's Bolling Shouldn't Be Surprised That Obama Officials Haven't Appeared On His Shows
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Fox News host Eric Bolling complained today that members of the Obama White House have not appeared on any of his shows -- despite the fact that he has been responsible for several vicious, racially charged, and evidence-free attacks on President Obama.
On the August 22 edition of Fox News' The Five, co-host Eric Bolling complained that he has tried to book "anybody from the White House" on his shows to "explain the economic numbers" but has never been successful. Perhaps Bolling shouldn't be surprised: He has consistently been at the forefront of Fox's most vicious attacks on the president.
On May 2011, Bolling claimed President Obama was "chugging a few 40's" instead of responding to a tornado that had devastated Joplin, Missouri. Bolling's attack echoed one he made the day before on Twitter when he accused the president of "chugging 40's in IRE while tornadoes ravage MO":
On the June 11, 2011, edition of his former Fox Business show, Bolling teased a segment about a White House visit by the president of Gabon, Ali Bongo, by saying "Guess who's coming to dinner? A dictator. Mr. Obama shares a laugh with one of Africa's kleptocrats. It's not the first time he's had a hoodlum in the hizzouse." Bolling later asked, "So what's with all the hoods in the hizzy?" referring to a visit the month before by rapper Common.
Bolling was also at the forefront of Fox News' birther obsession. In April 2011, Bolling hosted anti-Muslim blogger Pamela Geller on his Fox Business show and attempted to find flaws with the long-form birth certificate Obama had recently released. During the segment, Bolling claimed "there is a legitimate question as to whether or not the president of the United States is allowed to be president of the United States."
Bolling has peddled other Obama conspiracy theories, suggesting that Obama is trying to "bring people closer to the cities" so the government can keep an eye on them and pondering whether Obama let an oil rig leak so he "could renege on his promise" to "allow some offshore drilling."