Although Fox News does have some excellent and knowledgeable journalists and commentators in its arsenal, it has lost a lot of credibility in my eyes because of all the informed people it employees in on-camera positions. There are three that especially come to mind – two of which host their own shows. I am referring to Bill O’Reilly, Judge Jeanine Pirro, and Eric Bolling. I call them Fox's three uninformed amigos.
O’Reilly prides himself on being a smart guy, but continues to expose gaps in his education. For example, on a recent installment of his primetime show, The O’Reilly Factor, he asked how the GOP came up with 1237 as the total number of delegates one needs in order to win the presidential nomination. He was acting as if he thought it might be some arbitrary number that they pulled out of their collective backside. Sadly, his two guests that night were equally clueless, and therefore unable to set him straight. For the record, the 1237 number represents one more than half the total number delegates attending the convention. In other words, it’s the lowest number of delegates required to give a candidate the simple majority needed for nomination. This same rule has been in effect since the first Republican convention in 1856. But O’Reilly couldn’t figure that out.
Then we have Pirro and Bolling, both of which recently wondered – on separate occasions – if the GOP rules committee, while they are making other changes prior to the July convention in Cleveland, might change the 1237 number to require a super-majority like 1600, 1800, or whatever. Well, … no. I can state with a great deal of certainly that such a thing is not going to happen. There’s probably a better chance that Major League Baseball will drop its games from nine innings to seven, or that the NFL will start awarding just five points, instead of six, for a touchdown. Pirro and Bolling should know better. Like I said, the rule requiring a simple majority for nomination has been in effect since the Republican Party’s inception in the mid-1800s.
They are not going to change it now, no matter how much they would like to see someone other than Donald Trump as their nominee. Pirro might be a top-notch judge and an expert in criminal law, but her knowledge of politics leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, she seems rather naïve in regard to that subject. Why Fox gives her a show to comment about politics is beyond my comprehension. While Bolling doesn’t have his own show (thank God), he often fills in for O’Reilly and is a regular guest on many of Fox’s other shows. Like Pirro, he appears to be out of his element when it comes to be subject of politics. The powers-that-be at Fox should kindly advise Mr. Bolling to stop embarrassing himself and the network and limit his commentary to only those topics about which he is conversant.