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A Time For Compassion Not Politics

Reported by Deborah - December 28, 2004

It was just a matter of time before Fox would turn the devastating natural disaster in the Pacific into a political vehicle to pit the right against the left.Tonight on Hannity&Colmes, Mike Gallagher and Steve Malzberg after expressing doubt that the UN would distribute the aid instead of stealing it, accused the "loyal left" of politicizing the tragedy.12/28/04

Adam Housley, on location, reported that the death toll was now quickly approaching 60,000 adding that the UN referred to the U.S and rich nations as stingy.

Nancy Skinner representing the left (I guess) made a good point that this country has spent 250 billion to alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people and we are spending over 35 million on the inaugaration.
This is a chance, Skinner claimed, for the U.S. to show the world that we care about moral values.

Gallagher didn't like that at all accusing the "loyal left" and liberal democrats of politicizing the event.Malzberg chimed in with the claim that we didn't go to war to aleviate the suffering of the Iraqi's.Then he backtracked claiming that it was an added benefit.

Then Gallagher started getting really nasty about environmentalists banging that old drum about global warming. When he tried to bait Skinner she reminded him that this was an earthquake but warning him that the ice caps are melting. Gallagher jeered. Malzberg jumped in accusing everyone of hysteria. "What do you want us to do?", he asked Skinner all exasperated. "We can't go there and revive the dead,"Malzberg declared later.

comment: This segment was ugly and totally inappropriate.I don't understand how this human disaster can be put into a right/left context. However, since they chose to do that tonight, it is very revealing that the right position was full of anger, resentment and suspicion while the left was full of generosity and compassion.

It's inexcusable for Fox to turn some meaningless criticism into an indication that America is the victim of an ungrateful outside world.
This belief that we are perfect and above criticism is unbelievably arrogant and embarrassing. This is not a time to take offense or even acknowledge petty differences. This is a time to join together as a planet forgetting national interests.

Also, I think Fox should hire commentators that are moderately informed. Gallagher's jeers about global warming were absurd showing him to be a man of narrow interests and certainly not well read. He's fine for the corner bar but that's his limit.

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