Fox News host Eric Bolling continued his network's pattern of falsely suggesting President Obama is a Muslim by claiming that Obama answers to the Quran first and to the Constitution second. He later purported to clarify his remarks, saying he meant Obama should be more concerned with free speech than with appeasing Muslims.
But this clarification does nothing to address the misinformation embedded in his statement: the false suggestion that Obama is a Muslim, rather than a Christian.
Bolling and his co-hosts on The Five were discussing Nakoula Besseley Nakoula, the man purported to be behind the anti-Muslim film that reportedly sparked the recent demonstrations in the Middle East. Nakoula recently left his home with his face covered by a scarf to be questioned by federal authorities about whether he had violated the terms of his parole.
Referring to the image of Nakoula's covered face as he was escorted from his house, Bolling said he felt that “America changed in that moment” and that “what is being called a flimsy ploy to bring this guy in for questioning proves that the Obama administration, through all this appeasement and apologizing, answers to the Quran first and to the Constitution second.”
Co-host Bob Beckel scolded Bolling for making an outrageous statement, but Fox News has consistently fed the myth that Obama is a Muslim and cast doubt on his Christianity. Notably, Fox promoted the smear that Obama attended a “madrassa,” a Muslim school, when he was a boy.
Bolling himself has advanced smears of Muslims, having said that “the people who flew planes into the building are going to be represented 500 feet away” at Park51, which he has called a “victory mosque.” Bolling has also pushed conspiracy theories about Obama's birth certificate and made racially inflammatory statements about him.
In the last segment on The Five, Bolling made his clarification.
BOLLING: All right, time for One More Thing. I have to clarify something very quickly. You remember when I said Obama, he answers to the Quran before the Constitution? What I meant was, rather than appeasing the Muslims, he should worry about free speech first. That's it. I'm done with it, and I don't want to hear about it.