Occasionally we are reminded that Pat Robertson is still alive.
The televangelist ex-presidential candidate and founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network weighed in last night on the Eric Bolling imbroglio and came to the defense of the embattled Fox News host. He also suggested a liberal conspiracy at the heart of the attacks.
Though he insisted that “I’m not a conspiracy theorist” — he sure sounded like one.
Robertson set a dark landscape at “the Fox News.”
“If you wanted to destroy the Fox News, you really wanted to destroy them, what would you do? Well you would send some salacious material, ostensibly from one of their popular co-hosts or hosts and you’d send it out and then get it publicized and then you have some woman complain that she had gotten this salacious material from this co-host and then she would come to Fox, and Fox is so averse to any kind of legal action that they would immediately take the person off the air, so before long you would have decimated the prime time line up of all the Fox hosts. Easy to do? Absolutely. Is it being done? Probably.”
Hmmm… I wonder who he’s talking about. Looking hunched and skeletal, Robertson continued.
“The latest attack is against a guy named Eric Bolling, who I think is a straight arrow, he was on this program, he’s a dedicated Catholic, goes to mass every day, very nice man. They’ve pulled him off the air because someone sent some pictures ostensibly over his name.”
Robertson bolstered his defense with some kind words for Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes (always a winner)
“Then they got rid of O’Reilly who was the top getting of audience, the most popular host they had, of course they got rid of Roger Ailes the architect who put it all together. It’s so easy to do now, ” he said “I’m not a conspiracy theorist but it’s so easy to see what’s being done. I think it’s a terrible shame. Fox had better synch up, gird up their loins, people are going after them. Anybody can send a salacious piece of literature. It came from Sean Hannity, it came from anyone. Totally bogus.”
After fading into relative obscurity during the Obama years, the preacher has enjoyed a surge of relevancy under the Trump administration, including landing a presidential interview last month.
And shoutout to @Yashar for alerting us to the latest Robertson kerfuffle.
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