Fox News alum Eric Bolling dismissed criticism of FNC from disgruntled ex-contributor Ralph Peters and liberal host Shepard Smith, saying the No. 1 cable news network produces great journalism and is less biased than its rivals.
“Ralph Peters is entitled to his opinion,” Bolling told CNN’s Brian Stelter. “Ralph Peters never liked Trump from the very beginning. He never thought Trump would win the presidency, and he certainly wasn’t a pro-Trump advocate afterwards. He is entitled to his opinion, as I’m sure everyone here, Don [Lemon], and Anderson [Cooper] and Wolf [Blitzer] are.”
While critics claim Fox News is biased because some high-profile stars like Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham are Trump supporters, there are plenty of stars at the top-rated cable news network who openly despise Trump, like Shepard Smith and Juan Williams.
Smith has made countless headlines for his over-the-top hatred of President Trump. In March 2017, Smith became a liberal media darling after going ballistic in an unhinged rant, where he shouted during a live broadcast:
“There’s been a lot of lying [by Trump]! And almost inevitably and invariably, they were lying about talking to the Russians. It’s too much lying and too much Russia and too much smoke!”
For the record, special counsel Robert Mueller has still produced no evidence of collusion after an expensive, taxpayer-funded, yearlong investigation. So who’s lying?
Despite his liberal views and overt anti-Trump animus, Smith has worked at Fox News since it launched in 1996, and recently re-signed another multi-year contract.
In stark contrast, CNN does not employ a single host or anchor who is pro-Trump. CNN has guests or contributors who support Trump, but they are usually placed on lopsided panels, where they are attacked by 3 or 4 Trump-haters at a time.
Even the “Republican” contributors that CNN employs like Gloria Borger and Ana Navarro are rabid Trump haters.
“No one [at Fox News] calls you and says you have to be on board with Trump or against Trump or pro-Obama or against Obama or have this political leaning or ideology,” Bolling said. “We are free to have our own opinions. I always was. I was never told which way to go with anything, and I never did.”
When asked about Shepard Smith’s jab at prime-time ratings giants Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham, Bolling said Smith is misinformed.
“I think Shep has his role. By the way, he has a lot of opinion in his “journalism” show.
Sean Hannity’s a very good friend of mine. Laura Ingraham, a very good friend of mine. They’re very opinionated, but they’re always within the boundaries of fact. The primetime hosts on cable are delving further and further into opinion, but stay within the realm of facts.”
Basically, the difference between Fox News and CNN is that hosts like Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Laura Ingraham are upfront with the audience about where they stand on political issues. In contrast, CNN’s opinion hosts like Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper claim they’re objective, when they’re liberal Trump haters.
This disconnect may be the reason why they get crushed every day in ratings against Hannity and Tucker. Most audiences don’t appreciate partisan commentary masquerading as objective news.
Eric Bolling has said he wants to work for the Trump administration for a $1 annual salary, but insists he has not interviewed anyone at the White House. One thing that enrages him is the lack of support President Trump has gotten from his own party, and all the leakers actively working to undermine him.
“Stop the leaks. These are ridiculous!” Bolling said. “Plug the leaks and get rid of the people who are leaking in a very, very public way.”
Apparently, incoming National Security Advisor John Bolton agrees. Insiders say Bolton will fire dozens of Obama holdovers once he starts his new job on April 9. “Everyone who was there during the Obama years should start packing their sh*t,” said one source.
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