Did Fox News host Eric Bolling send pictures of genitalia – presumably his – to female staffers at Fox News?
Huffingtonpost.com’s Yashar Ali wrote that he did. Apparently based on Mr. Ali’s article, Fox News immediately suspended Mr. Bolling while it conducted an investigation.
Then Mr. Bolling filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Ali.
Not at all surprisingly, Mr. Ali’s lawyer, Patricia Glaser, is calling the suit “frivolous” and demanding it be withdrawn.
Here, from Max Greenwood’s article at thehill.com, is Mr. Bolling’s response:
…Bolling’s attorney Michael Bowe said the Fox News host “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.”
What do you make of that?
Here is what I think:
-When someone claims not to have done something, and there is no evidence to show he/she did it, that person makes a categorical denial.
-When someone did do something he/she claims not to have done, and is concerned evidence exists, there is no categorical denial. There are weasel-words like “I recall no such inappropriate communications” and “I do not believe I sent any such communications”….which a) are not denials at all and b) allow that person to say “Oh, gee, maybe I did”, if the evidence materializes.
Does this mean I know Eric Bolling is full of crap and sent those offending pictures. No it does not.
But does it mean I think he is saying exactly what someone who did send them would say? Yes it does.
Now let’s all wait for further developments.