Thursday, July 07, 2005

fox news ♥s terrorists

courtesy of mediamatters (though i originally saw it on dkos... this morning, fox's brian kilmeade said that the terror attacks in london "work to our advantage" because apparently terrorism is the only issue worth discussing. who cares about namby-pamby liberal crap like the destruction of the planet or a few million starving hiv-infected africans?

The following exchange between Fox News host Brian Kilmeade and Fox News business contributor and substitute host Stuart Varney occurred during breaking news coverage of the attacks on London subways and buses on the July 7 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

KILMEADE: And he [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] made the statement, clearly shaken, but clearly determined. This is his second address in the last hour. First to the people of London, and now at the G8 summit, where their topic Number 1 --believe it or not-- was global warming, the second was African aid. And that was the first time since 9-11 when they should know, and they do know now, that terrorism should be Number 1. But it's important for them all to be together. 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.

VARNEY: It puts the Number 1 issue right back on the front burner right at the point where all these world leaders are meeting. It takes global warming off the front burner. It takes African aid off the front burner. It sticks terrorism and the fight on the war on terror, right up front all over again.

hooray for the terrorists because they focus our attention on themselves instead of the world's other problems! meanwhile, the 37 dead and 700+ injured are surely jumping for joy.

and just yesterday, a different fox news host, john gibson, had vomited forth a screed about why he wished that the olympics committee had chosen paris for the 2012 olympics instead of london. no, no, it wasn't because he realized that his (and other goopers') francophilia was misguided and delusional:

Paris was exactly the right place to pick and the Olympic committee screwed up.

Why? Simple. It would have been a three-week period where we wouldn't have had to worry about terrorism.

First, the French think they are so good at dealing with the Arab world that they would have gone out and paid every terrorist off. And things would have been calm.

Or another way to look at it is the French are already up to their eyeballs in terrorists. The French hide them in miserable slums, out of sight of the rich people in Paris.

So it would have been a treat, actually, to watch the French dealing with the problem of their own homegrown Islamist terrorists living in France already.

What would the French have done about rounding up their own citizens?

Would they have afforded their own terrorists the rights they insist we give the detainees at Gitmo? Not a chance. They'd throw them in the clink, or ship them off to North Africa pronto.

Would they have blocked terrorists at the border with unreasonable search and seizure — precisely what they say we should not do? Of course they would. Anybody looking faintly Arab would have had the gendarmerie on them in a flash.

It would have been a delight to have Parisians worried about security instead of New Yorkers. It would have been exquisite to watch.

this is a sick, malicious man. one can only presume that if the terrorists had bombed paris this morning, john gibson would have creamed his jeans in the sheer joy of thinking about all those dead frenchmen. but no, "i like the brits", he says. how dare those terrorists deprive john gibson of the opportunity to revel in mass murder?

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