As part of Foxs 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 OReillys highly coveted 8 oclock 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, OReillys long-time protege and henchman.
Both of those smirking dudebros have histories of race-baiting that stretch as far back as allegations of OReillys serial sexual-harassing.
Plucked from Wall Street to give trading analysis for Fox Business Network, Bolling has become one of the networks 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 Obamas long-form birth certificate.
His commentary on the matter echoed that of your racist uncles chain emails, circa 2011. Theres 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: Its not the first time hes had a hoodlum in the hizzouse, referring to rapper Commons appearance at a prior White House event.
So whats 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.
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 OReillys firing, its 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, its clear the network has no desire to change its on-air reputation when it comes to casual race-baiting.
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