Is it me or does it feel like there is not a week that goes by without a Fox News anchor saying something incredibly ignorant, racist or just plain dumb?
Well, last week proved to stick with the pattern as Fox Business host Eric Bolling went on an ignorant on air rant over one of President Obama’s White House guests.
On his show, “Follow The Money,” Bolling criticized President Obama for allowing Ali Bongo, the president of Gabon to visit the White House. Introducing the segment on Bongo’s visit, Bolling started off 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.”
Apparently not sensing how offensive he was being, Bolling continued on in the broadcast saying,
“What’s with all the hoods in the hizzy?”
When the inevitable backlash against his comments began to appear online, Bolling took to Twitter and Facebook to argue his case, saying that Bongo was “accused of human rights violations and plundering billions of his country’s dollars.” While he certainly went off the deep end with his commentary, Bolling was right to point out that other media outlets including USA Today, were also critical in their coverageof Bongo’s trip to Washington given that the leader is currently under several investigations for corruption.
Still what got many people’s temperature rising, was not merely Bolling’s idiotic attempt at “street slang,” but his reference to a famous conscious rapper while he made his case. As Bolling said “hizzouse,” a picture of rapper Common appeared on the screen. It is no secret that last month, conservatives were vocal and unrelenting in their criticism of the White House’s decision to invite the rapper to perform at its National Poetry Night.
Not only was his presentation unprofessional, uneducated and inconsiderate, Bolling’s use of the photograph of Common was utterly ignorant in this context. Even if he thought that Bongo (who was visiting the White House because he is currently holding the rotating presidency of the U.N. Security Council) was a corrupt leader, the fact that he made an unexplained link between Gabon’s president and Common, a rapper from Chicago makes no logical sense. The only possible connection that viewers are given between the two is Bolling’s own label of “hoodlum,” a term that according to the Fox host, seems to apply to males of African descent, of all shades, ages, interests and professions.
Today, in his article “Open, and Revolting, Anti-Obama Racism at Fox,” Jeffery Goldberg of The Atlantic writes:
Bolling, and his Fox supervisors, may not be aware of this, but there are many independent nations in Africa, and the United States has diplomatic relations with nearly all of them. Very often, the leaders of these independent nations will visit Washington in order to meet with our president. Ali Bongo’s father, the late Omar Bongo, actually visited Washington and met with President Ronald Reagan.
Ronald Reagan: What a gangsta!
What’s your take on Bolling’s “hoodlums” rant? Are you surprised by Fox’s racist commentary towards the Obama Administration or does nothing shock you from this outlet anymore? Share your thoughts, Clutchettes and gents!