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Kirell writes: "Fox News may have just rid itself of a serially sexist and racist blowhard by ousting Bill O'Reilly, but the network promoted two racist clowns to help fill the void: Eric Bolling and Jesse Watters."

Fox News personalities Eric Bolling and Jesse Watters will get promoted in the wake of Bill O'Reilly's departure. (photo: Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast)
Fox News personalities Eric Bolling and Jesse Watters will get promoted in the wake of Bill O'Reilly's departure. (photo: Sarah Rogers/The Daily Beast)

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Taken Decades for Fox to Fire Its Harassers

Fox Fires 1 Racist, Promotes 2 Others

By Andrew Kirell, The Daily Beast

20 April 17


Bill O’Reilly is gone—and that’s good—but two of the men getting promoted in his wake are just as awful as he was when it comes to race-baiting.

ox News may have just rid itself of a serially sexist and racist blowhard by ousting Bill O’Reilly, but the network promoted two racist clowns to help fill the void: Eric Bolling and Jesse Watters.

As part of Fox’s primetime lineup reshuffling, its 5 p.m. roundtable gabfest The Five will move to the 9 p.m. slot vacated by Tucker Carlson, who will take over O’Reilly’s highly coveted 8 o’clock hour. Bolling will depart The Five to get his own 5 p.m. show, starting May 1. Replacing him on The Five will be Watters, O’Reilly’s long-time protege and henchman.

Both of those smirking dudebros have histories of race-baiting that stretch as far back as allegations of O’Reilly’s serial sexual-harassing.

Plucked from Wall Street to give trading analysis for Fox Business Network, Bolling has become one of the network’s most shameless attention-grabbers over the past near-decade. While manning ostensibly business-related shows for FBN (first Money Rocks, then Follow the Money), Bolling frequently played host to early racist birther conspiracies. On one occasion, he brought on infamous anti-Muslim bigot and birther Pamela Geller to inspect a cardboard cutout of President Obama’s long-form birth certificate.

His commentary on the matter echoed that of your racist uncle’s chain emails, circa 2011. “There’s a green border around it that had to be Photoshopped in,” he remarked to Geller while pointing at the certificate with a green laser-pointer.

Bolling also claimed that New Jersey Muslims knew about 9/11 in advance.

When Obama met with the president of Gambia in 2011, Bolling declared on his show: “It’s not the first time he’s had a hoodlum in the hizzouse,” referring to rapper Common’s appearance at a prior White House event.

“So what’s with all the hoods in the hizzie?” he added.

Earlier that same year, Bolling said Obama was too busy “chugging forties” to visit tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri.

“How does increasing taxes count as spending cuts in your world, Mr. Obama?” Bolling said another night, when the president released his tax plan. “Maybe in Kenya, but certainly not here.”

In 2012, after Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters, who is black, used fiery rhetoric to decry Republican leadership, Bolling responded, “Congresswoman, you saw what happened to Whitney Houston. Step away from the crack pipe.”

Following in the footsteps of a habitual fail-upper like Bolling is Watters, who will now co-host Fox’s 9 p.m. show after years of training under O’Reilly.

Watters’s biggest claim to fame was a segment last fall in which he took his perpetual shit-eating grin to the streets of New York’s Chinatown to openly mock Asians. For five minutes, he asked the locals—some of whom didn’t speak English—if they do karate, where he can buy some homeopathic herbs for sexual “performance,” or whether he’s “supposed to bow to say hello.”

“Kung Fu Fighting,” featuring a stereotypical “Oriental” riff, played throughout the pre-taped package. Even right-wing outlets decried the dumb segment as a “crime against comedy.”

“I regret if anyone found offense,” was Watters’s supremely Fox-like non-apology after the outcry reached fever pitch.

As I wrote back then, Watters will “get off with a slap on the wrist… and [he] will always win. And he will continue to rise at Fox News.” I even cited “the meteoric rise of fellow race-baiting clown” Bolling as an example of how “Fox News has historically rewarded cheap, often ugly bullshit.”

With O’Reilly’s firing, it’s clear Fox News is attempting to revamp its internal reputation as a den of sexism and sexual harassment. But in those promoted following his exit, it’s clear the network has no desire to change its on-air reputation when it comes to casual race-baiting. your social media marketing partner


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+7 # Wise woman 2017-04-21 04:36
Slime, pure slime. Isn't this the swamp trump wanted to drain? Oh gosh, I forgot. He's part of the swamp.
0 # jsluka 2017-04-21 15:22
The "swampmeister general."
+3 # Dangoodbar 2017-04-21 11:32
O'Reilly is very easy to replace which is why the fall of O'Reilly well it may fell good is no big deal.

I mean anyone who has paid any attention the last several decades realizes that the one fact we know for certain is that loud stupid mean racist misogynist xenophobic gay bashing flag waiving bible thumping lying hypocrites are a dime a dozen.
+2 # kyzipster 2017-04-22 09:03
Fox finally reacted because a bunch of advertisers cancelled their support.

What's it going to take to get corporate America to do the same thing about Fox's racism, xenophobia, homophobia and fake news?

I think the right-wing media is the biggest problem in this country, Trump will be gone and Fox and the rest will continue.

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