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Fox News and the London Bombings


Deputy Dawg

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What a bunch of psychos. One Fox correspondent wishes they'd blown up Paris instead:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507080002

..another says the bombings were advantageous to the "western world" because they did a great job of taking global warming and African poverty off the agenda, and replacing it with the "war on terror"..

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507070005

..and one guy says that as soon as he heard about the bombings he saw an opportunity to make money on the stock exchange.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507070007
 

CJH

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FNC is not a serious news outlet in any way. While it can be enjoyable to watch in a perverse way, anybody who takes it seriously obviously is only interested in having their own ideological prejudices massaged, rather than receiving something approaching objective facts about a story. When the FI lot posted on this site, they used to try and defend the channel and say that it was genuinely 'fair and balanced', but that was of course nothing more than an illustration of their own extremism. I'm sorry they're not around to comment on the links above.
 

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Unfortunately there is a segment of the American population which really does think like this. Fox may not be a reliable news outlet but it is a reliable barometer of that segment's opinion :x
 

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Turns out that Bill O'Reilly was in his ancestral homeland when the bombers struck London: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,161907,00.html

If you watch the video, he talks about his breakfast in Killarney. He must have flown back on Thursday or made it to a studio somewhere.

"If all of the anti-U.S. bitterness were redirected into anti- terror bitterness, the world might defeat these savages." :roll:

For those with exotic tastes (and thanks to CrazyG's recent thread, we know there's a few of you out there), you can read about O'Reilly's alleged sexual shenanigans here: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1013043mackris1.html
I particularly enjoyed his alleged boasts about a "girl" in Thailand followed immediately by saying how he was looking forward to going to see the Pope and cheat on his pregnant wife with some hot Italian women: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/1013043mackris9.html
 

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Deputy Dawg said:
What a bunch of psychos. One Fox correspondent wishes they'd blown up Paris instead:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507080002

..another says the bombings were advantageous to the "western world" because they did a great job of taking global warming and African poverty off the agenda, and replacing it with the "war on terror"..

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507070005

..and one guy says that as soon as he heard about the bombings he saw an opportunity to make money on the stock exchange.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507070007
Very cynical but very politically astute as well; well, if they hadn't publicised it. Fox is indicative of Bush heartland voters
 

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I'll never forget during the Presidental election campaign, when Brian Kilmeade made the point that not only does John Kerry speak fluent French, but he even looks French, and implied that they were reasons not to vote him.
 

watch-this-drive

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Deputy Dawg said:
What a bunch of psychos. One Fox correspondent wishes they'd blown up Paris instead:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507080002

..another says the bombings were advantageous to the "western world" because they did a great job of taking global warming and African poverty off the agenda, and replacing it with the "war on terror"..

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507070005

..and one guy says that as soon as he heard about the bombings he saw an opportunity to make money on the stock exchange.

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507070007
I find it amazing that with such damning snippets you would feel the need to misrepresented at least two of the three stories.
What is wrong with you?
These stories speak for themselves, they are terrible so why quote them out of context?
they speak loud enough already.
Why did you feel the need to sex them up a bit?
Dont you know that the truth is more powerful and you look very strange when you behave in such a way?
 

badinage

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What are you on about? Deputy Dawg's post was fine, and totally reasonable. Are you looking for a liberal conspiracy or something?
 

watch-this-drive

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badinage said:
What are you on about? Deputy Dawg's post was fine, and totally reasonable. Are you looking for a liberal conspiracy or something?
No Im saying its very sloppy at best or intentionally misleading at worst.

Lets take his first point -
What a bunch of psychos. One Fox correspondent wishes they'd blown up Paris instead:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507080002
am I missing something - the guy made the comment the day before the explosions?
so how can you say he wishes that they'd bliown up Paris instead - they hadnt blown up any where when he said it.
It is idiotic, stupid and reprehesible enough as it is so why obscure it into something more grosteque?

Why not check before you defend it?
Badinage, I think your open mind slipped in this case.
 

BarryW

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A colleague of mine was watching Fox News the other night and said that one of the guests claimed that the BBC was to the UK what Al Jazeera was to the Middle East!

Dear God- I hope he never puts on Channel Four !!
 

badinage

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watch-this-drive said:
No Im saying its very sloppy at best or intentionally misleading at worst.

Lets take his first point -
What a bunch of psychos. One Fox correspondent wishes they'd blown up Paris instead:

http://mediamatters.org/items/200507080002
am I missing something - the guy made the comment the day before the explosions?
so how can you say he wishes that they'd bliown up Paris instead - they hadnt blown up any where when he said it.
It is idiotic, stupid and reprehesible enough as it is so why obscure it into something more grosteque?

Why not check before you defend it?
Badinage, I think your open mind slipped in this case.
You're being totally pedantic. What Gibson said was:

"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?"

After the London attacks had happened he reiterated:

"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."

I really don't think that Deputy Dawg's comment "One Fox correspondent wishes they'd blown up Paris instead" misrepresents Gibsons comments to any significant degree.
 

watch-this-drive

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I really don't think that Deputy Dawg's comment "One Fox correspondent wishes they'd blown up Paris instead" misrepresents Gibsons comments to any significant degree.
I disagree, he left out the context that the of the bulk of the comment was made the day before and it was not a one off comment after the explosion
 

Deputy Dawg

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Havent checked this thread for a few days.

Actually watch-this-drive is right about the third one -on closer inspection I did blow it out of proportion from what the guy actually meant, and I didn't realise that the "blow up Paris" quote was from the day before the bombings. Apologies, I should have been more careful.

But I did put the links there in my post, so your insinuation that I "felt the need to misrepresent" something is uncalled for, w-t-d.
 

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Interesting to reflect on this thread and another related one started on the same day ten years on.
One thing hasn't changed though, in that Fox News presenters are still behaving like obnoxious trolls ten years on, albeit not wishing bomb atrocities on Parisians anymore - it is rather more mundane nowadays.
http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/golf-devil-ball-golf/fox-news-anchor-calls-rory-mcilroy-a--leprechaun---says-she--can-t-stand-him-181254191-golf.html
The poster who started the thread linked below seemed to believe that George W Bush was responsible. I wonder what became of him? The poster not Dubya!
http://www.politics.ie/forum/current-affairs/1877-london-bombs-cia.html
Did George Bush order the bombing of London yesterday to take the flack away from him over climate change?
Those bombs obviously had a meaning for anyone with family in London at the time as I did. My son, who was a student at UCL then, had stayed on over the summer. The Tavistock Square bus bomb was very close to the UCL library he used in those days and was a route he regularly took but thankfully I didn't know it at the time.
I was on holiday with my wife in Florence then and learned of the attacks in a cafe sometime between around 11am and 12 noon. There was a tv on showing footage from Sky Italia and though the sound was turned down the captions and the images made clear that it was central London.
Needless to say I couldn't get through to my son by phone to confirm that he was OK. I seem to recall that mobile phone services were suspended in order to hamper further terrorist communications. I found an internet cafe later on (no wifi in those days obviously) and received the reassuring email from my son that he was OK.
To be honest, I wasn't that worried because London is a big place with such a large population that the chances of someone you knew being involved were slim. However I watched the sister of a young man killed that day, on BBC breakfast tv this morning say just the same thing.
 

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London Bombings 7th July 2005 > 7th 7th (2+0+0+5 =7) = 777

The number "7" that represents perfection triplicated on that date.
 

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The New York City Fire Department had lost 777 firemen in the line of duty in the entire history of the NYC Fire Department up until 9/11. On September 11th New York Fire dept lost 343 firemen….343 =7x7x7.

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# That Sacred Number "777"
So let's just imagine for a microsecond that you're not absolutely insane and off your meds again....

New York Fire Dept. Commissioner: Get me the Mayor on the phone immediately!

Mayor: Hello, Mr. Commissioner, what can I do for you?

Fire Commissioner: We just had our 777th death on duty... You know what this means!

Mayor: Yes, of course. I will call the President as soon as you're off the line.

Fire Commissioner: Great, but just be quick about it, we have to get this thing done before we lose our 778th man.

Mayor: Of course. There'd be no point in staging a false flag terrorist attack if the Fire Department had lost 778 men, that's obvious. It would be completely crazy.
 
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