Fox News seems to one ghastly pit of sexual misbehavior and harassment. Now comes yet another story alleging that Eric Bolling, Fox News host and ardent fan of Donald Trump, sent photographs of his genitals to co-corkers. I must admit I find such actions hard to fathom. If these were adolescents, I could understand. Young people do risky and foolish things all the time, oblivious to possible negative outcomes. It might also be understandable behavior by an adult if it was sent to an intimate partner who expected or asked for such things, though even there one would expect prominent people to hesitate given the fact that emails are hardly confidential anymore.
But for an adult to send unsolicited photos to co-workers boggles the mind. Do such men expect women to be flattered to receive the photos? I must admit I am hardly an expert in the sphere of romantic overtures but would a woman who receives such a photo be drawn to the sender or disgusted at such a crass overture?
Bolling has been suspended by Fox pending investigations, but one thing his lawyer said suggests that he is guilty.
Bolling’s attorney, Michael J Bowe, told the Huffington Post: “Mr Bolling recalls no such inappropriate communications, does not believe he sent any such communications, and will vigorously pursue his legal remedies for any false and defamatory accusations that are made.”
Bolling ‘recalls’ no such thing? He does not ‘believe’ he sent any such thing? Come on, this is not the kind of action that one forgets or does absent-mindedly. How can you forget such a thing? You either definitely did or did not. This looks like lawyer-speak in order to avoid making categorical statements that have to be withdrawn later.
And of course, there is the inevitable moralizing and hypocrisy that precedes the fall.
In a May episode of The Specialists, Bolling discussed Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman and husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin who pleaded guilty to sending explicit messages to a 15-year-old girl.
“He is a sick human being,” Bolling said, “to continue to do this time and time again, continue to get caught, saying he’s not going to do it again, gets caught again.”
Of course, at this point these are still just allegations. But Bolling’s lawyer’s equivocation suggest that there is some truth to it.