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Friday, July 08, 2005

RobbDogg's Wingnuts Of The Week

July 7th, 2005 will go down in history as a day of infamy. On a day when terrorists exploded three bombs in the London Tube underground rail service, and a fourth inside of a double-decker bus, a splinter cell belonging to a heinous organization attempted to exploit the event for political and financial gain at the Brit's expense.

It doesn't matter if they were directed by their leader Roger Ailes or if they acted on their own. Those callous bastards committed their crimes on live television and radio, and in the eyes of liberals and progressive around the world, they will never live their acts down.

"But no one has officially claimed responsibility for the bombings!" you protest. Well, I'm not talking about claiming responsibility for the London bombings. Another group of shitheads will step forward and claim responsibility for that in the near future.

I'm talking about those four stupid, insensitive assholes at Fox News who call themselves journalists.

For their comments made during Thursday's broadcast, I've named Brian Kilmeade, Simon Marks, Brit Hume, and John Gibson as this week's Wingnuts Of The Week.

NOTE: In addition to his comments on Thursday, John Gibson also made inappropriate comments on Bill O'Reilly's radio show the day before the bombings. More on that in a minute.

So how did these assholes earn this weeks's honor? Consider the following evidence on whom I'll refer to for now on as The Farcical Four, courtesy of Media Matters for America:

Fox News host Brian Kilmeade stated that the attack near the G8 summit "works to ... the Western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together." From Fox News' July 7 breaking news coverage between 8 and 9 a.m. ET:

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.

Fox News contributing correspondent Simon Marks distinguished between Arabs and "regular" Londoners, in reporting on the scope of the attacks, as the weblog Daily Kos noted. From Fox News' July 7 breaking news coverage between 9 and 10 a.m. ET:

MARKS: It [Edgeware Road] is an area that has a very large Arab population. Surrounding that station, a large number of Middle Eastern restaurants. So, it's a further indication, if in fact these attacks were carried out by Al Qaeda-affiliated cells, that these people are, if necessary, prepared to spill Arab blood in addition to the blood of regular -- of non-Arab people living in London.

Fox News Washington managing editor Brit Hume said that his "first thought," when he "heard there had been this attack" and saw the low futures market was "Hmmm, time to buy." From Fox News' July 7 breaking news coverage between 1 and 2 p.m. ET:

HUME: You know, the market was down. It was down yesterday, and you know, you may have had some bargain-hunting going on. I mean, my first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, "Hmmm, time to buy." Others may have thought that as well. But you never know about the markets. But obviously, if the markets had behaved badly, that would obviously add to people's sense of alarm about it. But there has been a lot of reassurance coming, particularly in the way that -- partly in the way the Brits handled all this, but also in the way that officials here handled it. There seems to be no great fear that something like that is going to happen here, although there's no indication that we here had any advance warning.

Fox News host John Gibson stated one day before the attacks that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "missed a golden opportunity" when it awarded the 2012 Olympic Games to London because if France had been selected to host the games, terrorists would "blow up Paris, and who cares?" Following the London attacks, Gibson reiterated that the IOC should have selected Paris instead of London because the British should "let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while."

From the July 6 broadcast of Westwood One's The Radio Factor with Bill O'Reilly, guest-hosted by Gibson:

GIBSON: By the way, just wanted to tell you people, we missed -- the International Olympic Committee missed a golden opportunity today. If they had picked 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?

From the "My Word" segment of the July 7 edition of Fox News' The Big Story With John Gibson:

GIBSON: The bombings in London: 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.

Feel free to
email your complaints to Fox News, but I have a gut feeling Roger Ailes might use the paper it's printed on for toilet paper or facial tissue.

Do I have fantasies of getting in these scumbag's faces to defend the honor of those who perished in those bombings? How about shoving those
small, portable bombs up their asses and detonating them? Fuck yeah!

I think a lot of us outraged at The Farcical Four share those feelings. However, those feelings I have are just evil fantasies I'll never act out. Besides, I have one very good reason I shouldn't get more upset than I already am.

When my head hits the pillow at the end of my day, I can sleep at night knowing the following fact: Robbie Michaels, armed only with the truth, a set of big brass balls, a personal computer, and a $17 Labtec desktop microphone, will always be one step closer to winning a Peabody Award than those assclowns and their millions of dollars of resources will ever be.


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