Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Crazy like Fox

Last week, as the world absorbed the aftershocks of the bombings in Britain, "reporters" for the Fox News Channel were finding ways to spin the attacks for financial profit, for political gain and, in the case of John Gibson, xenophobic jollies.

From the Guardian U.K.:

Speaking about the reaction of the financial markets, Brit Hume, the channel's Washington managing editor, said: "Just on a personal basis ... I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought 'hmm, time to buy'."

The host of a Fox News programme, Brian Kilmeade, said the attacks had the effect of putting terrorism back on the top of the G8's agenda, in place of global warming and African aid. "I think that works to our advantage, in the western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened."

Now, if lust for political points or financial gain weren't enough, leave it to John Gibson to pine for the murder of millions of Parisians.

More from the Guardian:

Another Fox News host, John Gibson, said before the blasts that the International Olympic Committee "missed a golden opportunity" by not awarding the 2012 games to France. "If they had picked France instead of London to hold the Olympics, it would have been the one time we could look forward to where we didn't worry about terrorism. They'd blow up Paris, and who cares?" He added: "This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics - let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while."

Isn't Gibson essentially advocating an attack on an ally-- one that, lest the right wing forgets, is still fighting alongside U.S. forces in Afghanistan? You know, hunting for Osama bin Laden?


At 2:00 PM, Anonymous George Washington said...

Fox gives "Ugly American" new meaning.

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Dr. Pants said...

Yeah -- I guess the Fox anchors just assumed that anybody watching them already thought they were both compassionate AND conservative, so they could talk whatever shit they want and it would fly.

Besides, showing compassion for foreigners is typical liberal bias.

At 1:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So I guess you are saying
that Republicans can't have
opinions and express them?

Isn't that a little disengenius?


(I couldn't find where to type
this in at the bottom)


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