Former Fox News personality Eric Bolling appeared on CNN on Tuesday for his “maiden voyage” with CNN anchor Don Lemon.
The segment focused on “the president’s recent media blitz” which included his 36th interview with Fox News — while he has yet to sit down and answer questions on CNN.
“The president has given more interviews to Fox and Fox Business — that’s not news — than any other media outlet,” Lemon noted. “It is like a megaphone for him.”
“There is a feedback loop between the White House and Fox News,” noted CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter. “We know that Fox is his favorite. He’s not trying to communicate to the entire population, he’s trying to communicate with his base.”
“How important is it for the president that he has the support of Fox and other outlets on the right?” Lemon asked Bolling.
Fox News fired Bolling after a sexual harassment probe, reportedly involving the conservative television personality reportedly sending at least three female colleagues unsolicited pictures of his genitals, known colloquially as “dick pics.”
“Of course it is important and it is also not unique to President Trump,” Bolling claimed. “It is not unique to Donald Trump to look at where he’s going to get his best opportunity to bring out his message and of course he goes to a Fox News and that’s smart.”
Bolling repeated a bunch of White House talking points, including the claim that, “we’re getting respect on the world stage…”
Stelter saw fit to interrupt at that point.
“We all know that’s a bunch of bull,” Stelter interjected. “We know those are talking points, people see through them Eric, you don’t have to do it.”
“It’s not talking points, it’s reality,” Bolling argued.
“Respect on the world stage?” Stelter repeated sarcastically.
“You are not at Fox anymore, you don’t have to read that stuff anymore,” Stelter reminded.