March 8, 2013

Fox News host Eric Bolling made a kind gesture yesterday afternoon. On the wonderful afternoon news roundtable “The Five,” Bolling addressed a civic problem and put the solution in his own hands. After playing tape of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney lamenting that the White House has had to temporarily discontinue tours of the building because of budget cuts, Bolling held forth:

BOLLING: Decisions, Mr. President, decisions. Hmm.

It was you that decided to pony up for a boy’s weekend golfing with Tiger Woods. It was you that decided to take the family to Hawaii for Christmas. And you decided Michelle and kids should go skiing in Aspen and that’s good for them, by the way.

But why shut doors on the kids in Iowa and Florida and Texas?

I’ll make you a deal, Mr. President. Jay Carney, grab a pencil.

Let these families take their White House tours next week and I will cover the added expenses. The word is, it will cost around $74,000. If I can get the White House doors open, I’ll pick up the tab. Mr. Carney, you know this is an offer you can’t refuse. Give me a call.

Not long after that, fellow Fox News host Sean Hannity offered to pay for a full week of White House tours.

As stars on the cash machine that is Fox News, Bolling and Hannity are rich guys. In Bolling’s case, you don’t throw around offers to give away $74,000 on air if you cannot back it up. For his part, Hannity is reported to make in excess of $10 million a year. Via these offers, they are seeking to defray some of the costs of running the government.

So aren’t these fellows merely doing what President Obama has been asking of the well-to-do for some time? That is, paying their “fair share”?

They’d probably say no. On a February edition of “Hannity,” for instance, the host said this about Obama and tax fairness: “All right. Finally, after months, if not years, of hearing President Obama lecture the so-called rich about paying their fair share, well, somebody finally had the courage to stand up and issue a rebuttal to the president and its divisive class warfare rhetoric.”

 

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.