There’s always one

Scoble points to Loic LeMeur:.John Gibson (Fox News) wishes the French would have suffered from the bombings

I usually find it helpful to separate a person’s identity from his behaviour. This would guide me to criticise Gibson’s comments rather than labelling him in an offensive way (for example calling him a slimy blustering irresponsible bigot). So I won’t do that.

Instead, I’ll say that I would not wish this tragedy on anyone. As a Londoner, I find it highly offensive for Gibson to use these events as mere material for ill-considered attacks on the French.

As I said in a comment on Loic’s blog, “I know that the Brits and the French quite enjoy teasing each other but we also know when to show solidarity. As do most Americans. But not, it seems, this man.”

UPDATE: There may be two. Media Matters reports Fox News Washington Editor Brit Hume’s response to the bombings:

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”

UPDATE 2: Neil Turner points to News Hounds, a site which maintains a critical watch on Fox News and its eccentric world view.

7 thoughts on “There’s always one

  1. Alex Schleifer

    Angry. Dissapointed. Sad. Like you said, I don’t understand why a network would let someone like that have a show. This isn’t “hard hitting” or “controversial”, it’s just bloody stupidity. Ah well.

  2. Jack Yan

    There are a lot of good Fox journalists, and oftentimes the network does live up to being fair and balanced. But there are some lousy, biased journalists, too, whose behaviour deserves to be highlighted. I will not attack Mr Gibson personally but I say his comments fall somewhere between the two groups.
       His statements are narrow-minded at best: does he not remember the M

  3. Jerome

    Thanks for addressing the issue.

    There’s no doubt in my mind that American, English and French are all on the same page on this. I will remember the wrods of Colombani on the day after 9/11 : “we are all american”.

    I was so with him, and I still think the same way as well as for Londoners who suffer from this last terrorist bombings. As well for any people under such attacks. Those terrorists ought to be tracked down.

    But there’s this faction of neocon in the US that we have to be aware of. They are undermining the collaboration between all the countries to fight terrorism under cover. Because this is how it should be fought, under cover.

    The worst thing is that this man doesn’t deserve that much coverage, I hope English and French won’t think less of American because of such a lousy man. Sadly, I’m afraid is not alone with this kind of thinking, right now, in the US : a lot of american blogs are saying the same things all day long.

  4. Keith Clarke

    .. true Jack and I hadn’t realised that when I first posted.

    And the next day, Gibson wrote“The bombings in London: This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics” So I stand by my response.


    Colin Morley, whose empowerment web site you link to in your Blogroll, was killed by the bomb at Edgware Road. He would not have wished the bomb to have gone off in Paris, or even Chicago, and killed some other poor bastard.

  5. Johnnie Moore

    Keith: It’s shocking news about Colin. I never met him but I intended to and we had swapped various emails. It is awful that a man so committed to creating peaceful change should be killed this way.


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