Fox News slammed over 'callous' line
According to the Guardian (which isn't exactly an unbiased paper - constantly refers to Fox as "That Right-Wing News Organization"), Media Matters, ("That George Soros News Organization"), is furious at Fox (what else is new - it's the only network they pick on) because these statements of Fox anchors which they thought were "callous" in light of the London Terrorist Attack:
"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."
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."
(Note: he said this before the blasts?) Gibson is a firecracker, and maybe it was bad taste, but it is his "My Word" which is an opinion piece. MM would have you think he had some foreknowledge about the attacks.
Oh, Btw - Screw France.
MM's take: ""I think it's absolutely sickening three Fox anchors had such callous reactions to the bombings that took dozens of lives," said the Jamison Foser, of the group."
Jamison is former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (2002). In otherword a DNC bulldog. Nope, no bias there!
Take a chill pill dude. Better yet, can you finally send me that "funding statement" I wrote you about, oh, three months ago? What in the heck is sooo secretive about who pays the bills over there at Media Matters??"
For one I was watching Brit that night in question, in context the dialog isn't anywhere near as "sinister" as MM would have you believe, as Brit was talking with Neil Cavuto about possible market impact - a valid concern.
Brian was right - keeping aware of terrorism is much more important than sinking another fifty billion bucks into Africa ($560 Billion has already went down the tubes there!)
I wonder, where in the hell is MM's ranting all this time the MSM has been blaming 9/11 on America?
Better yet, how come these comments by MSM pundits made after the London terrorists attacks doesn't get Mr. Jamisons dandruff up?
NY Times Alan Cowell: “The war in Iraq has been increasingly unpopular here, with taunts that Mr. Blair had become President Bush's poodle. The anger about Iraq led to Mr. Blair's shaky showing in the May elections: a third term with a severely reduced majority. Now, as long predicted and feared, his support of the war appears to have cost British lives at home. Thursday was a day of rallying behind the leader, but there were indications that the bombing could take a political toll.”
Today's Katie Couric, speaking to Michael Chertoff of DHS, reading straight from a Democratic talking points about budget cuts to HLS.
She said, "Is that appropriate, Mr. Secretary, a $50 million cut, given what happened in London yesterday and what happened in Madrid before that?"
Oh, so the left can make political points on the back of tragety, and bash Blair and Bush, the war in Iraq and Terror and get a free pass from MM? But they get huffed at these petty comments?
(Post Script: I have filed a freedom of information act request to obtain a complete donor list for Media Matters. Post the info when I get it!)
Fox News slammed over 'callous' line