What is wrong with ABC and Disney? How can George Stephanopoulos on GMA allow America’s Weenie and Family Values Guy to get away with stating all domestic terrorist attacks since 9-11 took place “on Obama’s watch. What has happened to the news on the networks? I can understand cable ‘news’ getting it wrong, they only have 24 hours of non-stop time to mess up the news. But network TV? come on. Give me a small wee break here.
We all know that both MSNBC and FOX are not news channels, but opinion channels that are on cable. I still believe that to get real news we go local or NBC for the facts and go to cable to find out how we feel about it so we can be manipulated into forming opinions based on the amount of hero worship we have for the pundit.
With the short-attention-span-theatre approach that we, as a collective body, are cursed with something like Giuliani’s statement as well as those of Dana Perino, and the undisclosed-located-Dick can be repeated over and over again, until people think it’s true. That’s not good.
We need honest reporters who actually LISTEN to responses from the people they interview not reading ahead to what the next question might be. Follow-up is the key to any good journalism. What we have now, especially on cable ‘news’ are talking heads or as they say in England, news readers.
In our free society, it is the responsibility of journalists to get to the truth, not just agreement on a preconceived position that the interviewer has. So George, here is a list of items you could have read to Giuliani as follow ups if you weren’t so lazy. This is a list of incidents during the Bush administration regarding terrorism, domestic terrorism.
Several domestic attacks took place under Bush, including 9-11 attacks
September 11, 2001 attacks
2001 anthrax attacks. Then Attorney General John Ashcroft saying of the letters containing anthrax mailed to various targets: “When people send anthrax through the mail to hurt people and invoke terror, it’s a terrorist act.” Five people were killed as a result of those letters in the autumn of 2001.
2001 shoe bomber attempted attack.Richard Reid’s December 2001 attempt “to blow up a trans-Atlantic plane with a shoe bomb” as an attempt to “carry out terrorist operations for Al-Qaeda.”
2002 attack against El Al ticket counter at LAX.A 2004 Justice Department report stated that Hadayet’s case had been “officially designated as an act of international terrorism.”
2002 DC-area sniper.“an act of terrorism” for one of the murders he committed during a three-week shooting spree across Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Muhammad was convicted, sentenced to death, and subsequently executed for the crime.
2006 UNC SUV attack.Taheri-azar said he acted because he wanted to “avenge the deaths or murders of Muslims around the world.” Taheri-azar also reportedly stated in a letter: “I was aiming to follow in the footsteps of one of my role models, Mohammad Atta, one of the 9/11/01 hijackers, who obtained a doctorate degree.”
We have only to blame ourselves for not actively seeking out the truth and buying into stuff that is patently not. When we give over our thinking abilities to news readers with a preconceived agenda, we have no one to blame but ourselves. So when George lets Rudy get away with stuff, don’t nod in agreement but yell at your TV and demand the truth…be mad as hell and don’t take it anymore.