Aug 052017
 
  • MediaBuzz videos:  the a
  • Reliable Sources: The upside of leaks; the week at Fox; today’s dog whistle.
  • Somerby: Maybe Robert Mueller should watch more ‘cable news’.
  • The Five video: Can the AG’s crackdown stop the
  • Van Jones in Philadelphia.  Q&A: Chuck Todd.  Sunday talkers: preview.
  • Neymayr: Jim Acosta is now the ‘face of fake news‘.  Kayleigh quits CNN.
  • Today’s scandal: Bolling suspended. ‘Victim’ suddenly recalls harassment.
  • After scaring off O’Reilly sponsors, activists launch anti-Hannity campaign.
  • Larry Kelly

    I would have said Acosta is the ass of fake news.

    • Cecelia

      He’s Nancy Pelosi without the depth…

  • The weasely statement from the lawyer is the most incriminating thing in the apparent ‘scandal’. On the other hand, sending pics without a name but with the phone number sounds odd. Nobody ever confronted him and asked him about it? Everybody kept quiet for a year or more and then suddenly it all comes out? How do they even know he sent the pics? Also: Bolling, a practicing Catholic who goes to Mass regularly (and not just on Sundays), has a son who may have had some problems acting out over the years. That raises other possibilities.

    If Bolling did it he’s done for, and good riddance to him. We’ll see.

    • CDG24

      It definitely sounds odd, but it sure looks like something was sent from his phone and it looks like it probably happened at least four years ago.

      Former Red Eye guest Michael Moynihan was tweeting about it
      https://twitter.com/mcmoynihan/status/893646081770176513

      and Lauren Sivan responded: “didn’t we both see Bolling’s Bowling pin together? (via smartphone, of course)”.

      This probably would have happened (likely) after the taping of an episode of Red Eye and they look like they were last on Red Eye together in the summer of 2013. So, seems very likely that this has been known for at least four years.
      That also would mean that Bill, Greg and Andy probably knew.
      [Sounds like it could have been similar to when the Anthony Weiner photo on Breitbart’s phone was passed around while at a bar after a Red Eye taping.]

      Sivan doesn’t sound like she is one of the people that were originally sent the photo(s), but if she saw it and someone who didn’t even work at Fox saw it and Bill Schulz likely saw it, then there are probably a lot of people who saw it and a whole lot more people who knew.
      Article says that seven people saw it and another eight heard about it. I doubt they know everyone who saw it or heard about it. So, the number of people who knew must be 20+ and once it reaches 20 people, I’m not sure how the number stays under 50. That makes it even stranger that it never came out.

      So, it seems pretty likely that the execs at Fox already knew. Maybe there was already some punishment that was never announced and they are just going to play a PR game. Maybe suspend him even if already punished. They have to at least pretend they are taking it seriously.

      O’Reilly was fired because of accusations from years ago, but I would be surprised if they fire Bolling for just this if it was as long ago as it seems.

      • Larry Kelly

        No statute of limitations.

      • LenInFlux

        The length of time between when it allegedly happened and now is something you would figure would work to Bolling’s advantage, but with all that Fox has gone through with allegations of sexual misconduct I don’t think it will go well for Eric if it’s proven to be true. Charles Payne had a consensual relationship with a contributor who claims that her on-air time was cut after the relationship ended and Payne hasn’t been heard from since. Comparing the two cases I would say that Bolling texting pictures of his junk to women is worse.
        Hopefully the truth will come out and there will be a fair decision but as things stand it doesn’t sound good.

        • CDG24

          Ed Henry was gone for quite a while after his affair got reported, but he is back.

          So, Payne is probably going to be back before long unless there is something more that wasn’t reported.

          Fox can’t let Bolling just be suspended for a long time though. He is too high profile. They are going to have to figure this out quick.

          • Cecelia

            There wasn’t a workplace aspect to Henry’s sideshow.

          • Larry Kelly

            That’s what saved Bill Clnton… no?… why was the lecherous old hound saved?

          • Cecelia

            The eternal reason. Cause they hate your arse more than anything.

          • Larry Kelly

            and everyone in my barbershop

      • Saintsfan720

        Just saw “The Hill” reporting that Bolling suspended while investigation underway. I hope this story isn’t true or there’s an explanation (an affair? ) . Does not look good right now.

        • Mitch Alan

          How come they kept it quiet for four years and who the hell cares?

          I didn’t like Bolling on The Specialists anyway. He was very good on The Five.

          • CDG24

            There is the possibility that there was a new text and/or possibly Bolling has an enemy at the network who now wanted the story out there.

            One thing that really stands out is that the network says they just found out about it from this report. So, that makes it sounds like the Bolling texts were never mentioned to the hotline or the law firm doing the investigations. Also, there sure seems like there were no lawsuits about it.
            [I still think the network likely knew about this long ago. Maybe the current execs didn’t know, but Ailes likely knew back then.]

            Therefore, it is most likely that the story just made its way around until this Huffington Post reporter heard about it. He called some sources who confirmed it and the story got posted.

            There is a chance that few at Fox even have ill-will towards Bolling and wish that this story hadn’t come out. If those involved come to his defense, he is probably safe.

            If Bolling is gone, I think they will just get rid of The Specialists in time for the fall.
            They don’t really have anyone to put in that chair. Bolling is a far bigger star than anyone else available for the spot.
            Fox has messed up when it comes to developing newer male opinion hosts.
            The show itself is not good enough to even bother keeping around if they have to try to put in a new host.

          • Mitch Alan

            Watch them replace eric bolling with that dork Chris Stirewalt.

          • carolr527

            No! They should have kept Andy Levy.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            I agree.

          • CDG24

            They might try all sorts of people, but Stirewalt is unlikely to get any hosting gig that doesn’t have him with Perino.

            It would probably be easier to replace Bolling if they also replaced Timpf and brought in a more popular female host and then they would be able to bring on a lesser known male host who would be a good fit.

          • Cecelia

            Wow. Actually, that’s not a bad idea at all.

          • Mitch Alan

            You have a great sense of humor.

          • Cecelia

            awww…you’d like him in that role too once you saw him as the erudite nerd to Eboni’s robust legalese jabbering and Kat’s Millennialism.

          • carolr527

            Maybe…But he comes off as the kind of Republican you see on CNN.

          • Mitch Alan

            whenever I see his face, it’s an instant channel change. Same with Marie Harf, instant.

          • Cecelia

            I can’t think of anyone who arouses that sort of profound aversion in me.

            McCain and daughter come close.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            There are a number on my “Do Not Watch” list. I even have a “Do not listen” list when listening to oldies radio. No Elvis, Cher or John Denver.

          • Grandpa D

            I agree about Cher. But both Elvis and Denver had some really good songs. I liked Elvis’ “Kentucky Rain” and for Denver, “Starwood in Aspen” and “Follow Me”.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Denver’s father, John Deutschendorf, Sr. was a great man. Junior, on the other hand, killed himself by being so drunk while flying, that he accidentally switched the fuel to “off” while changing tanks. Stalled, overcorrected and crashed into Monterrey Bay. What a schmuck!

        • Lurker

          Just read who Eric Bollings accuser is! 🤣 😆 😋

          ➡️ https://s2.postimg.org/62rxx1k8p/mfields.jpg

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            Interesting history. Did she see Weiner’s weiner, or is she too old for Carlos Danger?

          • Lurker

            I also read she accused Ann Coulter of HACKING her!!! 🤣 😆 😋

          • Lurker

            This seems like payback since Eric Bolling didn’t really stick up for her during the whole Lewandowski episode

          • No. Please see the current top tweet in the right-hand column which RTs Michelle Fields.

          • Lurker

            Thanks for the correction! WTF would make this up? I’m going to delete my comment

          • Lurker
    • carolr527

      Bolling has been suspended.

      • Larry Kelly

        “Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently underway,” a spokesperson for Fox News said in a statement.

    • Mitch Alan

      Can they prove it is actually Bolling’s ding-dong?

      • If not Robert Mueller will probably expand his investigation to resolve that question.

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          Why not? He’s investigating everything else under the sun.

      • Cecelia

        It could be Dagen McDowell’s.

    • Presbyter

      I found Bolling basically incoherent. I don’t think I ever heard him speak in a complete sentence. Too many references to his ” smokin’ hot” wife too for my taste; as well as the bikini pics he put out of her.
      Sad, I always wanted to like him because I think he’s essentially a decent guy but without enough internal controls for the age we live in.

  • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

    I don’t have a Twitter account, because I value my privacy. However, I would suggest that you check out the delightfully delightful Lauren Sivan https://twitter.com/LaurenSivan Giggity, giggity and goo.

    • Actually you should direct them to the Tweet & Replies tab or else they’ll miss quite a bit of that Laurenny goodness.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        Point well taken.

        • A new (and sometimes intermittent) twitter ‘feature’ designed to get more people to register as members.

          • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

            I think that they are discriminating against me for being an injun. I may sue, etc.

  • Flay Mateo

    If Bolling goes (and I’m thinking he will), that would be a great opportunity to cancel the awful Specialists and move The Five back to where it belongs, 5pm. Dana Perino should get the 9pm slot, as she’s more than ready to host her own show. Eboni could replace her at 5.

    • gcblues

      i have never liked bolling, liked him less as the time goes by, but why have not the cons paid for dirt like the libs have? start with Arianna herself.
      then again a CNN reporter could be found naked in the bushes of Central Park with a sex toy in his bum and not miss a beat of onair time.

      • I had forgotten about Richard Quest. I liked his uncle Jonny much better.

        • Larry Kelly

          I’m a Race Bannon guy. He works for Trump now.

    • Mitch Alan

      They should replace Eric Bolling with Charles Payne, who is still on vacation. Or how about Anthony Weiner on The Five?

      • Larry Kelly

        Whoever texts the biggest “straw” wins.

    • Son of Rusty Shackleford

      Oh, please. PeRINO could only host a show if the cohost were Jasper; remember the sleep-inducing show she and Stierwalt did last fall? I’d rather they put Hannity back on at 9 like he used to be and give Greg Gutfeld the 10 p.m. slot. If not that then team up Tammy Bruce and James Woods; there’s a combo I’d like to see on TV!

      • Cecelia

        I like Perino very much, but on that show she seemed committed to being nice and measured in a way that came across as distant and dispassionate.

        It is possible to be fair, civil, and thoughtful and have some life in you about the broader cultural and political concepts that have been raised during Trump’s tenure.

  • You got another one, haters. Way to go.

    • carolr527

      Either something is in the water at FOX to make its men behave this way and/or liberals are just better at getting the dirt on media conservatives.

    • Mitch Alan

      George Soros is gleefully rubbing his hands together and saying, “Excellent, Excellent.”

      • Cecelia

        Throw him a frickn’ bone.

        He didn’t go to Evil Medical School to be called Mr. Soros….

        • Joe Concha

          That’s just tremendous. You forgot to tag with… “thank you very much.”

          • Cecelia
        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          His real name is “Ernst Stavro Blofeld.”

  • Mitch Alan

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  • sparty

    Maybe now Cheryl Casone will get back the hosting job on Cashin In Bolling stole from her in the first place.

    • Mitch Alan

      Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.

      • Cecelia

        “Go and sin no more.”

        • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

          “And keep it zipped.”

          • Grandpa D

            “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah”

    • Cecelia

      I say they rehire that woman Corey Lewandowski roughed up, and have Anthony Scaramucchi set the show’s daily agenda via intercom.

  • sparty

    Caroline Heldman, a professor at Occidental College, backed up the allegations with a post on her Facebook page:

    https://www.mediaite.com/tv/former-fox-news-guest-reveals-details-about-eric-bolling-and-sexual-harassment-on-facebook/

    • Cecelia

      She says Bolling was inappropriate by being flirty and otherwise suggestive, but nothing about his sending Mr. Happy pics.

      • I am utterly unimpressed by complaints from someone who didn’t work there, only appeared because she wanted to, didn’t report ‘objectionable’ comments to anyone, and kept coming back for more. It’s a little too conveeeenient that all of a sudden she decides their on-air banter constituted ‘harassment’.

        • Mitch Alan

          He dared to call her “pretty”, that is scandalous, immediate cause for dismissal.

        • LenInFlux

          A number of the accusations made against O’Reilly have been pretty lame – the ones that come to mind are Heldman’s and the ones from Tantaros. That’s not to say the ones that were settled were not without merit but some of these feel like piling on for the sake of doing so.

    • Saintsfan720

      If true, offering to pay her flight across country and “have fun” may be inappropriate behavior for a married man. Talk about sex on desk is not professional workplace conversation again if true. But, Hellman’s story does not sound like harassment to me either. Bolling’s job hinges on whether he sent unsolicited text messages of his “package” IMHO.

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