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Eric Bolling makes news for sexual assault allegations

by Lou Venditti - Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 09:00 pm

Eric Bolling, the host of Fox News’ “Fox News Specialists,” was fired last week. Bolling, who has been with Fox News since 2007, allegedly used his cellphone to send pictures of his genitalia to multiple female coworkers at Fox. Fox News released a statement on September 8, stating that Bolling and the station are parting ways amicably. The station also said it was canceling Bolling’s show as a result.

To make things even worse for Bolling, his only child was found dead within hours of his exit from Fox News. 19-year-old Eric Chase Bolling Jr. was found dead in Boulder, Colorado, where he was a student at the University of Colorado. Per TMZ, Bolling was found under the covers and had no suicide note or drug paraphernalia in the vicinity.

Upon learning of his child’s death, Bolling immediately took to Twitter, tweeting “Adrienne and I are devastated by the loss of our beloved son Eric Chase last night. Details still unclear. Thoughts, prayers appreciated.” Bolling also tweeted that there were no signs of “self-harm” that authorities could conclude and an autopsy would be performed at a later date.

According to a report from patch.com, the autopsy on Bolling’s son has been concluded, but the results will not be released to the public for another six to eight weeks. Even so, it is unlikely with the high profile firing of his father that the results will ever be available to the public.

Bolling had been suspended from Fox News for over a month before the decision was made for Bolling to be removed. He was originally suspended on August 5, and the backlash was almost immediate. Caroline Heldman, a politics professor at Occidental College, made a Facebook post detailing her encounters with Bolling during her guest appearances for the network from 2008 until 2011. Heldman was mainly shocked that it had taken Fox News so long to catch Bolling’s harassment, as she stated she knew multiple other women with similar experiences. Heldman was not one of the female coworkers Bolling sent a picture of genitalia.

Bolling was not the first of Fox News contributors to sexually harass his coworkers. Late Fox News chairman Roger Ailes was accused months before his death of making sexual advances by “Fox and Friends” host Gretchen Carlson. Carlson then filed a lawsuit against Ailes, which was eventually settled out of court in the fall of 2016. Ailes died this past July.

Bill O’Reilly also saw himself exited from Fox News after a high profile sexual harassment accusation. O’Reilly, who has publicly claimed the accusation was a “hit job” and was orchestrated by the far left, was fired on April 19 after a month long debacle which saw Fox News trying to protect its television host. The controversy stemmed from the New York Times uncovering court documents which showed Fox News had paid a sum of $13 million over five payouts in exchange for the victims to not pursue legal action against O’Reilly. It took Fox News 19 days to respond by parting ways with O’Reilly.

Fox News proved once again that it truly doesn’t know what its doing when it comes to sexual harassment cases. Time and time again, Fox News has ignored the cries of women in the workplace, and quietly sided with the accused. Sure, they fired Bolling and O’Reilly, yet it feels as though that simply isn’t enough. The station has yet to truly denounce either, and took delayed action with both. I would even argue that the station was waiting for the O’Reilly incident to blow over, and when they realized it wouldn’t, they promptly fired him. Fox News should have nipped it in the bud, firing O’Reilly as soon as he was caught instead of dragging it out.

Bolling’s situation, while different, is still egregiously out of touch with what should be happening. It took the station a month to investigate and decide Bolling’s fate, as if his fate wasn’t doomed from the start. However, Fox News won’t own up to the circumstance that allow things of this nature to happen. After all, if even former executive Roger Ailes could get away with it until his death, what is there to stop longtime contributors Bolling and O’Reilly?

Eric Bolling’s year was presumably going pretty well. He had a great job, a happy family, his president in office, and seemed to believe he could get away with creepy sexual advances on his female coworkers. However, when push came to shove, Bolling’s year went bad to worse when he was caught, and his life continued to slide from there.

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