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Eric Bolling Goes All Bully-Boy Against Undeniable Truths: Another Aunty Em Annotated Transcript

Reported by Aunty Em - August 10, 2011 -

A hint about watching Fox “News” critically: when it rejects all other Points of View, including mild, logical and non-controversial truths, you are witnessing the exact moment when the so-called “Fair & Balanced" network proves it nothing more than a Propaganda Network. It is pushing an agenda, not delivering news or viewpoints. There can be only one viewpoint. The Fox “News” viewpoint. And, don’t you forget it. Ever since S&P downgraded the credit rating, it’s been harder than ever to watch Fox “News” if you believe in journalism, as opposed to Propaganda. The “Fair and Balanced” network has been heavily invested in saving the Tea Party from any and all criticism. It’s the “we report, you decide” network’s greatest Propaganda Push since it helped promote the nascent astro-turfed Tea Party in the first place. “Some people say” this the Tea Party downgrade. That notion has sent Fox and its on-air personalities into barely-concealed snits and they have invested heavily in blaming “Mr. Obama” (as Eric Bolling often calls him) and/or defending the Tea Party.

Rick Ferri, Eric Bolling’s guest, presented—in a rather polite manner—a unique POV that we hadn’t heard before. On where to place the blame for ‘Merka’s financial woes: Ferri believes in collective guilt. We’re all to blame. I didn’t know when Fox broadcast this interview that Ferri had said the same thing in a small, almost satirical, article at Forbes. That’s probably why some Fox “News” producer booked him. But Because “Bully Boy Bolling Blames ‘Bama” can be a headline every day of the week, watch Eric fall apart in real time, as all sense escapes him. Rick Ferri was logical and irrefutable. Maybe that’s what pissed Bolling off so much. Watch:

[Chryon DOWNGRADE BLAME GAME: PRESIDENT BLAMES POLITICS FOR S&P CUT]

EB: Alright, just as you heard, in the last segment, everyone in Washington is passing the buck when it comes to the credit downgrade. Yesterday here’s President Obama [Bolling waved hands in a Ralph Kramden “I can’t believe this” motion and used a sarcastic tone] blaming politics for the decision by the S&P downgrade the U.S. credit rating.
BO: [On video] The United States received a downgrade by one of the credit rating agencies. Not so much because they doubt our ability to pay our debt if we make good decisions, but because after witnessing a month of wrangling over raising the debt ceiling they doubted out political system’s ability to act.

However, nothing President Obama said had to do with the following segment or Ferri’s original article. I’m not even sure why it’s there. Oh yeah. Sorry. To bash Obama. How will Bolling tie all this in together? Let’s watch and wait.

EB: [said in an incredulous tone] But get this: Our next guess [sic] says he’s taking the credit for the downgrade himself. Why? Rick Ferry is a financial advisor and author of the book, “The Power of Passive Investing.” He’s with us from San Antonio to explain. [The hint of sarcasm begins in Bolling’s voice here.] Okay, sir, ummm, your fault? The credit downgrade is your fault?

RF: It is my fault and it is your fault….

This is also the exact premise of his article. It’s why he was invited on. Luckily we are viewing a two-shot because we can also see the exact moment Eric Bolling’s fuse got lit. It’s a slow burn. He doesn’t explode right away. However, he shot out his neck and thrust his chin forward. Then he snorted, like a bull…err, bully, err, Bolling. You don’t need a body language expert to tell you that Eric Bolling is going to explode and his guess guest hasn’t even made his full point yet.

RF: … and it is all the viewers fault and it is the voters fault. We’re the one that put these people in power. But besides that, we’re the ones who got the benefit from it. We’re the ones who spent the 15 trillion dollars. It went to us, it didn’t just disappear. It went to us. We spent it and we did nothing about it. It is our fault that this is occurring.

There is really nothing all that controversial in what Bolling’s guess guest said. And, it’s a simple, undeniable truth: There’s plenty of blame to go around. However, clearly that wasn’t enough “Blame Obama” for Bolling so he starts pushing back. What’s more, he was a total dickhead about it.

EB: Hey, wait a minute, mister, I didn’t spend that money. I had no part in spending it—

RF: Oh yes you did.

EB: — It’s not my fault. I didn’t want the money being spent. I didn’t want, uhhh, 43% of American households not to pay a dime in tax. [A Media Matters column puts a lie to that. I’m sticking with the Propaganda Bully Bolling issue.] How you blaming me?

Rick Ferri seemed amused by this outburst. He smiled, chuckled and almost giggled slightly during Bolling’s little hissy fit.

RF: Because didn’t you take that nice deduction on your home equity loan to take a vacation to Europe or wherever you went?

EB: NO! [Bolling, shouting, manages to make it into a two-syllable word]

RF: Didn’t you take a deduction because you’re over—well you’re not over the age of 65, but—

EB: No! [Again two syllables, but this time it comes with Bolling Bully Boy index finger pointing.]

RF: — All of the deductions, all of the loopholes—all of the loopholes—that we’re all blaming corporations for—They’re not paying high taxes. The fact is that individuals get lots of loopholes too. That 15 trillion dollars was spent—to—given to us, spent by us—

EB: No, sir, [crosstalk] I’m not going to take the blame. I’m not going to take any of the money. I don’t want the money.

RF: You’re just like the politicians in Washington then.

For Bolling, there’s still not enough “Obama Blame” going on, even though his guess guest is speaking universal truths: This money was spent by ‘Merkins and for ‘Merkins. It’s a simple fact. Yet, Eric has to use this segment to bash the president, otherwise it’s wasted tee vee time, and we know how expensive that is.

EB: Hold on a second. Hang on, Rick. Mr. Obama blames everyone for everything. He blames the media for the lack of compromise in Washington. He blames technology for the struggling economy. He blames an ATM for 14 million people out of work. I’m not tak—I’m sick of it. I’m not taking the blame anymore. I think you’re wrong. Whaddaya think of that?

Yeah! Whaddaya think of that? You didn’t ask me, Eric, but I don’t think the job of a journalist is to challenge a guess guest. Sure, ask tough questions if you want. But when someone is speaking simple, undeniable truths, why not ask a follow-up? Why not try asking some questions until you trap him into a logic bomb? Whaddaya think of that, you sanctimonious jerk? Amazingly, Ferri didn’t take the bait that I would have. He’s calm and collected and tried to stay on topic. Clearly Bolling wouldn‘t have that.

RF: You can have your opinion. That’s what this country’s all about. I know that I got certain tax breaks on my taxes and you got certain tax breaks that allowed us to have a higher standard of living than what we would have ordinarily had if the budget deficit was non-existent, if it was zero. We all benefitted. We all have to come to the table. And we all have to sacrifice a little bit—

More logical, undeniable truths. Which is why Eric Bolling had to get louder and more obnoxious.

EB: You know what?—

RF: —one way or the other.

EB: You’re wrong.

RF: I’m not taking sides on this.

Clearly, Rick Ferri didn’t get the memo. Fox News and Eric Bolling chose sides a long time ago: It’s all President Obama’s fault. And, this is the moment Eric Bolling goes full Bully-Boy and loses all touch with the reality, if he ever had any.

EB: I tell you you’re wrong. Now listen, you may hate me for this. You may never come on anybody’s shows, but you’re wrong. When you go ahead and do that, when you put the country into 14 trillion dollars into debt and you print to bail us out, you drive the price of everything up. Gasoline is almost 4 bucks a gallon because of this B.S. going on in…in…in D.C. I don’t agree with you.

RF: Did you cash your check that you got as a stimulus a few years ago when it came in the mail?

EB: [SHOUTING] NO!

RF: Did you cash it?

EB: NO!

RF: You didn’t cash it?

EB: NO! I DIDN’T GET ONE!

EF: Then you are the only person I know who didn’t.

EB: I didn’t get a stimulus check. How’s that? [That’s Bolling’s second challenge, but this time it’s said more like one drunk doofus in a bar saying to another drunk doofus in a bar, “Ya wanna step outside?”] Alright, I’m going to have to leave it there. Mister Rick Ferri, “Power of Passive Investing.” I like the topic. I like going head-to-head with ya. Maybe we’ll do this again sometime, my friend.

Any self-respecting person might reply with, “Not on your life. If you can’t stick to the topic at hand, irrelevantly start bashing the president, and try to bully me, what’s the point? You can take a hike.” However, Mr. Ferri replies meekly, “That’ll be great.”

Now here’s my Propaganda: Bolling’s nothing more than the new Fox “News” bully. He and the Tea Party would like nothing more than to squeeze the United States until it resembles a Third World country. The first things that go when we don’t raise additional revenues will be the social safety nets for people not fortunate enough to have a big salary on a big tee vee network. When that’s not enough to lower the debt—and it won’t be if we can’t find additional revenues—we’ll start squeezing everything else currently supported by tax dollars. In a bit of synchronicity, seconds before I watched this Bolling Breakdown I read a blog post called “102 Things NOT To Do If You Hate Taxes,” by Stephen F. Foster. Some are logical, like not using Social Security or Medicare. Others take a moment. Here are a few at random:

3. Do not become a member of the US military, who are paid with tax dollars. 4. Do not ask the National Guard to help you after a disaster. 5. Do not call 911 when you get hurt. 6. Do not call the police to stop intruders in your home. 12. Do not live in areas with clean air. 14. Do not visit National Parks. 16. Do not eat or use FDA inspected food and medicines. 17. Do not bring your kids to public playgrounds. 18. Do not walk or run on sidewalks.

That’s just in the first 20, and the list goes on. Think you have constitutionally mandated Civil Rights? “Do not use the judiciary system for any reason” and “Do not ask for an attorney when you are arrested and do not ask for one to be assigned to you by the court.” What about travel? “Do not fly on federally regulated airplanes.” “Do not listen to severe weather warnings from the National Weather Service” which include “tsunami, hurricane, or earthquake alert systems.” And, if the worst happens, “Do not ask for FEMA assistance when everything you own gets wiped out by disaster.” Gourmet or down-home cooking? “Do not eat USDA inspected produce and meat.” Better you should put your money under a mattress because “Do not save your money in a bank that is FDIC insured.” Where do you live? “Do not live in homes that are built to code.” What about joining the government to help solve these problems? “Do not run for public office. Politicians are paid with taxpayer dollars” and “Do not apply for any government job whatsoever as all state and federal employees are paid with tax dollars.” Oh, and don’t use public libraries, the US Postal Service, visit the National Archives or Presidential Libraries. either.

Please read the whole list, which ends with with:

101. Do not expect to be able to vote on election days. Government provides voting booths, election day officials, and voting machines which are paid for with taxes.

102. Do not ride trains. The railroad was built with government financial assistance.

The point being that tax dollars pay for many of the things we take for granted and have come to expect from life in ‘Merka. Stephen F. Foster ends with a quote and I’ll give such an esteemed lawyer the last word any time:

“I like to pay taxes. With them, I buy civilization.” ~Oliver Wendell Holmes