Fox News’ Eric Bolling and Geraldo Have Epic Battle Over Ebola: ‘You’re Playing the Race Card’ (Video)

geraldo-fox-newsUnless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of weeks, you’ve heard the news that the United States saw the first case of Ebola diagnosed within our borders. And I’ll admit, when I first heard this news I was a bit alarmed. Especially considering the patient in question, Thomas Duncan, was being kept in a hospital just a few miles from where I live. Though I’ll also admit that my fear was based on ignorance about the Ebola virus.

But after listening to the experts (and researching the virus myself) my fears subsided and I realized that while Ebola is clearly a scary virus, we’re not currently in any danger of some kind of pandemic breaking out here in the United States. Though I believe it’s still a good thing to be overly cautious when it comes to dealing with this virus.

Well, Fox News’ Eric Bolling and Geraldo Rivera had a heated debate after hearing the news that Thomas Duncan had in fact died. They fought over whether or not his death was a result of poor medical treatment because of his race and social status.

“It was either gross malpractice or it was the doctor seeing yet another poor black man without insurance in the emergency room, yet again, these urban hospitals overrun with patients without insurance,” Rivera said. “I think there’s almost zero chance that his race or social class played no role.”

“How could you bring race? You know what, Geraldo, I would expect Al Sharpton to bring race into this, I would expect Jesse Jackson to bring race into this, I would not expect Geraldo Rivera to bring race into this,” Bolling responded.

“You are playing a card; you’re playing the race card, but I think you’re playing the wrong card. You should be playing the medical insurance card. He didn’t have his medical insurance, and maybe there was an issue there,” he concluded. 

Oddly, I think Bolling is closer to being right than Geraldo. And it pains me greatly to side with Bolling on anything.

This is an issue of insurance in this country and the fact that millions of people are given poor treatment or simply die because they either have no health insurance or what they do have isn’t very good. And when a hospital is operating for-profit, patients are too often seen as revenue or expenses rather than actual human beings. And I think most of us know how for-profit corporations feel about eliminating expenses.

I might be naive, but I just don’t think his race had anything to do with it. I know some are trying to claim that because he was black, that had an impact on the kind of treatment he got. But I’m not really buying that.

From various things I’ve read, the length of time the virus had gone untreated was probably what played the biggest role. Whereas these Americans who’ve been treated and lived had almost immediate treatment upon diagnosis.

I know some will still claim that because he was a poor black man the hospital turned him away, which led to him not getting the proper treatment in a timely manner. But if that’s your stance, then you’re claiming this hospital might have suspected he had Ebola – and turned him away anyway because he happened to be black.

And that just doesn’t make any sense.

I doubt anyone who treated him suspected he had the disease (though they should have based on his background), then simply turned him away based on a combination of his race and social status. Odds are incompetence by the hospital (based on the fact they should have suspected Ebola considering his symptoms and travel history), and the general feeling that his symptoms weren’t life threatening (along with a lack of health insurance) is what led to the decision to not admit him to the hospital.

But no matter what you think might have happened, it’s still tragic that Thomas Duncan lost his fight to such a nasty virus, and we need to learn lessons from this so it doesn’t happen in our country again.

Watch the segment below via Fox News:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Pipercat

    Opinions on suppositions, based on incomplete information, usually lead to hastily drawn conclusions.

    • Stephen Barlow

      They lead to mistakes or AWESOME discoveries.

      Post it notes were the by product of a failed 3M experiment.
      Silly putty has the same history.
      An Honest Republican was found on an Apollo mission on the Dark Side of the moon in 1971. The creature was captured and studied, but died when it’s head was removed from the natural methane atmosphere of it’s rectum and having seen daylight and breathed oxygen for the very first time, it SPOKE! “Is that a BLACK MAN! On the White ouse lawn!!!” were it’s last words as the apoplexy was almost instantaneous.

      I ought to write for the OnionNews.

      • Pipercat

        Well, there are questions which require answers. I would like to know the rationale behind letting him go home after the first visit. Once that little tidbit reaches the light of day, better conclusions can be drawn. In the meantime, I’ll be in the car waiting..

      • Stephen Barlow

        Did he get ANY medication at all, during the alleged “extensive 4 hour exam”?

        If so WHAT?

        Why are the employees whom had contact ith Mr Duncan off limits to interviews? They are NOT in quarantine. in fact they are on the buses and in restaurants and malls all over Dallas.

        In the back seat?

  • jfo

    I’m gonna go a different route with this – I don’t think his race or lack of insurance played a role, I think the fact that he knowingly travelled outside of Liberia after being extremely exposed to Ebola – then failing to tell anyone he came into contact with at the hospital his entire situation from the start, is what led to his death. I have a feeling that the hospital workers, who finally were responsible for helping him, looked at this man as a terrorist of sorts – and simply let him die because he willingly and knowingly risked hundreds, maybe thousands, of peoples lives. At some point, you lose a good portion of sympathy and impetus to help someone like that. Now, if he had been a white man from Africa – things might have been different, just as whenever a white person commits a heinous crime the media refers to them as “troubled, but with a kind heart” or something insane like that…whereas a black person killed by cops, is referred to as a “thug” because there might be a facebook photo of him looking tough, or flipping someone off. to think his race played zero role is naïve, to think it played the biggest role, is also naïve. I would bet money it was the fact that this ahole watched his girlfriend and his baby die of Ebola and then hopped the first plane to the US. he KNEW it was a matter of time before he was sick so he went to the first place he thought would cure him…and well, I’m kind of glad they didn’t. I can understand his urgency and fear, I don’t understand his inability to be honest from the start.

    • Stephen Barlow

      I didn’t get past the second sentence before I wanted to PUKE!

      You are SO Republican!! Let’s fault the VICTIM here. Without any research, without anything but the most IMPURE of racist speculations.

      if he had been a WHITE man in Texas returning from Africa, he’d have a private room in ICU before they could get his WALLET out of his pants!!

      • Pipercat

        There dude… see what I’m talking about? ~double facepalm with a down slide

      • Stephen Barlow

        Today is Funny Friday. That should have been a double boob palm with ah UP slide.

        I haven’t taken enough acid to even get past the ‘terrorist’ angle, let alone into the ‘logic’ (?????) of the second line.

    • Harry Sachels

      That is SO moronic!
      Why would a “hospital staff” KNOWINGLY not treat a guy for a DEADLY virus?! Welcoming mass lawsuits for turning the guy back onto the streets to infect possibly hundreds!?

      Damn, you are one dumb cluck! It was an error in the mesage given by the patient (likely) explaining and telling them where he had been and with who! AND a mistake for them not going further and examining him better to err on safeties side.

      But to say they LET HIM go on purpose?! LOL!

    • Mickstertor

      I think that while there is something to the statement that he ‘shouldn’t’ have done it – I have a problem pointing the finger. If I was in his position, I can’t say that I wouldn’t have lied in an effort to get out of a country where ebola is killing people and into a country where hospital care would be much better. Again – it’s not the right thing to do – but if I’m worried about dying, I might not care too much about right and wrong. The other problem here that completely trumps his actions are those of the hospital. Clearly they didn’t take his statements of having ebola seriously and that’s the real problem. He potentially infected several people in the US because the hospital sent him home.

      • Stephen Barlow

        The point is, Duncan is not responsible. because he wasn’t sick when he got on the plane in Virusville international Airport.

        It’s NOT a question of “not letting West Africaners in America”.
        It’s an ANSWER of “NOT LETTING THEM OUT!!!!!”


        Three were destroyed in Katrina. They SAY they secured everything before the evacuation, but I KNOW Government Contractors during the Bush Admnistration.

        The question no one is asking is, “What can Ft Detrick’s STAFF do to HELP instead of KILL MORE PEOPLE?”

        3000 Marines @ risk, Ft Detrick a Secret?


    • People Get a Grip

      I don’t think politics has anything to do with the tripe jfo just spewed. It’s obvious that an error was made – someone at the hospital when this man first presented himself failed to register and communicate his statement of travelling from Liberia. That resulted in him being treated as if he had the flu instead of Ebola. The patient should have been more insistent.

      To claim that the hospital workers, who have taken oaths to help people regardless of their personal beliefs or political views, ‘looked at this man as a terrorist of sorts’ is a ludicrous, idiotic, and poorly educated statement.

      Not everyone is going to survive contracting Ebola. Could this man have survived if he stayed in Liberia? Probably not. And let’s not forget that he lied to the authorities to get out of Liberia. Could he have survived if he had gotten treatment earlier, say on his first trip to the hospital? Maybe. But there are no guarantees.

      To claim that his death is gross negligence on the part of the health care workers is – as I previously stated – idiotic. Get your head out of your nether regions and start to use the brain God gifted you with.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I had to threaten a medical review board hearing to get My tendonitis even looked at because Medicaid patients are not welcome in Republican land. There is one clinic in a county of 30,000+ here and only 7 other doctors within 200 miles of here.
        I have 300 miles from Denver.

        Being BLACK out here would have made no difference, but is sure is important in DALASS!

        And don’t forget! The Supreme Court Justices oath is the dame as the President’s, a soldier’s and the PostPerson’s. Except… it has the addition of a line that DEMANDS they make judgments WITHOUT CONCERN for political affiliations.

        And since THIS President has been in office, ONLY political affiliations have been the measure of justice from up on high.

        just one more thing… ONLY doctors take the Hippocratic Oath. For the rest of them it’s “Where’s My M*therfuc*ing check!”

  • Stephen Barlow

    Uhm… How long has it been since the FIRST AMERICAN CASE OF MAD COW DISEASE was detected in America?

    December 23, 2003 – The first case of mad cow disease in the United States is confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The infected cow is discovered on a farm in Washington State in early December.


    December 30, 2003 – The USDA announces that the beef from downer cattle will no longer be allowed in the human food chain.

    ANd the death toll SKYROCKETED over ZERO how fast?

    June 20, 2004 – Charlene Singh, the first person known to live in the United States with variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, dies.

    WHERE IS FOCks Fixshun during this MASSIVE epidemic? Adoring General Bush.

    (Steps in the TARDIS and 10 years later)

    May 2014 – The fourth person in U.S. history with vCJD dies in Texas. The individual traveled extensively and there are no public health concerns.

    Considering the massive production, slaughter and distribution of BEEFin America, you would think the ONLY ones left would be VEGANS!!!!

    But healthcare in America was FINE before Obama made it available to just about everyone!!! Even the SICK!

    Pre election hysteria. THomas Duncan, was most likely turned AWAY from a hospital and life saving treatment for the SAME reason the man who saved MORE THAN A MILLION LIVES on the battle fields of WWII with his research into separating Plasma from blood so it could be stored and transported WITHOUT REFRIGERATION. From Burma to Berlin,

    Hunter holmes MaGuire died on the steps of a Richmond, Virginia WHITES ONLY hospital of exsanguination. in his wifes arms, WHITE doctors and nurses WATCHED, as he BLED TO DEATH.

    Ebola didn’t kill Mr Duncan. A Texas Presbyterian Hospital policy did.

    • GenerallyConfused

      Ok, I like you just for your TARDIS comment.

      • Stephen Barlow

        I’m too old to wait throughTHAT decade AGAIN!

  • Alichia

    I must have completely misunderstood. I was under the impression that the man was being carefully watched by the CDC along with Dr. because the last thing that the CDC wanted was for an American to die from Ebola, and cause people to freak out thinking that our hospitals didn’t have the correct resources to cure a person of Ebola. I really need to keep up to date with this.

  • William Simmons

    So they’re saying that Dr. Brantley, had insurance that covered a experimental drug quoted as having “never been tested on humans” Sounds like bullsh!t to me….

    • Stephen Barlow

      I didn’t read that!

      YOU are looking for a job at Fox Fixtion aren’t you?

      Starting unfounded LIES and trying to make some worth listening to (BOLOTF) responsible for YOUR gossip.

  • Joe Randazzo

    Nope, chalk one up for Horrendo Revolver.

    • Stephen Barlow

      hehehe I NEVER stopped thinking of him that way!!

    • Stephen Barlow

      he was actually a quality reporter on 2 stories. then Jerryspringeritis got Him and Bill O’reilly and the needless epidemic of buffoons @ Fox became a pandemic.

  • Eg Kbbs

    If Ebola were centered in Europe, would our response be different than if it were centered in Africa ?

    And even though the ACA has nothing to do with Ebola, people who aren’t insured tend to wait longer to get medical care (and if they have Ebola have more time to spread it). As they are more likely to go to ERs, the ERs are overcrowded and more likely to do things like turn folks with a fever and from an Ebola prone area back on the streets.

  • Andrew Morris

    Part of the reason the hospital discharged Duncan the first time, and the reason he was in the US at all in the first place, was because he lied about about his travel history and his interactions.

    More than anyone, it was Duncan’s personal decisions that he made alone that contributed to his death. And those decisions led directly to the delay in him receiving treatment, and ultimately his death.

    I also suspect that just as there are other diseases that affect different ethnicities in more or lesser ways, ebola may be the same. But that’s conjecture on my part.

  • Kojo

    This Bolling guy is a typical Fox American douche. A ‘throw money at the problem’ mentality and at the same time he questions if doctors would have his same kind of attitude when it comes to how seriously they would look at a patient walking in off the street that wasn’t they’re desired client profile. Is it REALLY that hard to imagine?

  • Kojo

    Congrats to Rivera for not towing the company line and stating the obvious; a man of his description COULD Likely have been dismissed without proper care and consideration because he fits a PROFILE that many hospitals automatically use.