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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

To save America, we need another Oklahoma City

Media Matters reports on despicable comments made by Fox Noise personality John Gibson.
During the August 14 edition of MSNBC's Countdown, host Keith Olbermann named Fox News' John Gibson the "winner" of his nightly "Worst Person in the World" segment for, as Media Matters for America documented, mocking comedian and Daily Show host Jon Stewart's expression of grief in response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Olbermann stated that Gibson "played a tape of comedian Jon Stewart's heartfelt anguish from September 20th, 2001, as a New Yorker who lived near the Trade Center, and Gibson and his producer mocked it. He called it Jon Stewart sobbing. That idiot sidekick called Stewart a, quote, 'phony.' " Olbermann added: "Secondly, Gibby: Jon Stewart's expression of pain after 9-11 and yours, Gibby, and mine -- that was the unity. And no matter what kind of administration propagandist I think you are and how I'll mock you for it, I would never doubt the sincerity of your pain. You've got a lot of damn nerve doubting the sincerity of anybody else's."

Gibson mocked Stewart during a discussion of Philadelphia Daily News columnist Stu Bykofsky's August 9 column, headlined "To save America, we need another 9/11."
Oy, that thing again.

Can you imagine what would happen if this blog produced a post saying it would be good if we had another Oklahoma City bombing in order to unify America against right wing extremism? You'd probably get run over by the reporters in their satellite trucks coming to demand you apologize.

And to mock someone's anguish, as Gibson did, is just cold. But in consequence-free wingnut world, they can prattle on endlessly, living out their simplistic revenge fantasies like adolescents. They certainly have the right to do that, but at this point in our nation's history we really need to do better. Government by temper tantrum has worked out so well.

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