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Fox's Eric Bolling's Disingenuous Apology For His Racist Segment

Reported by Ellen - June 14, 2011 -

As I've posted earlier, Fox Business' Eric Bolling hosted a jaw-dropping segment full of race-baiting language and images on his Friday Follow the Money show. Yesterday, Bolling offered a brief, unpersuasive apology that seemed designed to cover his you-know-what rather than to express any remorse over anything he had said.

Bolling said:

One editorial note. On Friday, we did a story about the president meeting with the president of Gabon. We got a little fast and loose with the language, and we know it's been interpreted as being disrespectful, and for that, I'm sorry. We did go a bit too far. More Follow the Money coming up in just a minute.

In other words, Bolling is not apologizing for using such offensive language as "It's not the first time (Obama has) had a hoodlum in the hizzouse" or posting a photo of Gabon’s leader with a shining tooth or the repeated use of a banner saying, "Hoods in the House." No, he's apologizing for how that language has been interpreted.

Furthermore, Bolling's "apology" suggested that he had gotten carried away during the segment, causing his words to come "fast and loose." In fact, as Todd Gregory Media Matters pointed out, many of the most offensive graphics and words came during scripted moments. Gregory also noted, "The part that really makes it a mockery is this line: 'We did go a bit too far.' It was not a 'bit too far.' It went a great distance over the line and solidly into unacceptable discourse, and it was widely condemned. The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg titled a post on the subject Open, and Revolting, Anti-Obama Racism at Fox." I couldn't agree more.

Bolling's brief apology sounds more like someone worried about the consequences of his actions than someone regretful over offensive, race-baiting behavior.

Apology not accepted.

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