Fox News contributor Eric Bolling, who was fired on Friday, lost his son, possibly to an overdose, on Saturday. TMZ reports:
Well placed FNC sources tell TMZ … Eric Chase died from a drug overdose. We’re told he was having a hard time dealing with the trouble his dad was having at the network. Our sources say he was extremely embarrassed by the stories and was “emotionally upset.”
His dad and FNC parted company after the co-host of “The Five” allegedly sent lewd text messages to co-workers along with photos of his genitals.
Bolling’s accuser, Caroline Heldman, seems to be purging her Twitter account of gloating tweets she made at the firing of Bolling on Friday. Reading Heldman’s tweets in the light of Eric Chase’s death is sobering.
Heldman fancies herself as some kind of heroine, taking down men who may have asked her out, complimented her beauty, or told a dirty joke in her presence. Included in her headcount was Fox News titan Bill O’Reilly.
“Our truth” or “my truth” is one of the most troubling modern phrases. If “my truth” is different than “your truth,” then one of us is lying. Eric Bolling was Heldman’s most recent kill. She is represented by the odious spawn of Gloria Allred, Lisa Bloom. Bloom’s credentials include standing next to Kathy Griffin blubbering through a press conference and encouraging multitudinous women to come forward with dicey stories of sexual harassment against famous men.
Heldman’s accusations about Bolling weren’t exactly hair raising. She claimed he asked her out to dinner, invited her to see some sports jerseys, called her pretty on the air, had funny nicknames for her, disagreed with her, and told a joke about sex in front of her. For real. This is the level of “harassment” that causes a man to lose his job and everything he holds dear these days. With apparently no awareness of how a man’s family might view his very public fall from grace, Heldman decided to gloat about her “victory” for all to see.
Many on Twitter are holding her responsible for the resulting tragedy. While that may not be entirely accurate, it should make others think twice before leveling allegations, loudly and in public, that can cost someone a career and reputation and cause untold grief to their families. Women who identify as feminists keep saying they want equality, but they cower in revulsion from locker room talk or compliments? I don’t understand these women. I’ve worked in a place with real sexual harassment where you couldn’t be promoted without doing sexual favors for the boss and I’ve worked in places where men appreciated a pretty woman and told her so. There’s a huge difference. Ms. Heldman got offended by off-color remarks and jokes. That’s a lot different than being fired or not promoted because you wouldn’t have sex with someone (which she does not appear to allege happened to her).
There were other allegations that he had sent lewd pictures via text, but no confirmation of that is available. If he did do that, it’s grounds for dismissal, but is it grounds to publicly shame his family? Heldman may have had a right to pursue her claims — you can sue someone for anything — but doing it in public with the country’s second most notorious fame whore and then gloating about it on Twitter demonstrated horrific, myopic judgment and should reflect on the content of her character.
Not enough time is taken to ponder unintended consequences in the age of information. What we do know is that a young life was cut short under harsh and embarrassing circumstances that might have been avoided with more compassion and less gloating.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bolling family at this time.