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Fox Photo Op - Ken Lay Carrying A Bible Leaving Church

Reported by Donna - January 30, 2006

Even Shepard Smith had had enough when he saw the film clip that Fox aired on Studio B today. The film clip showed Kenneth Lay coming out of a church with a bible in one hand. Then again, maybe no one would have noticed if Smith hadn't pointed it out. All I saw was Ken Lay walking out of a building with a black bound book in his hand, I didn't know he was coming out of a church and carrying a bible until Smith reported it.

For some background on the Enron scandal read this synopsis of a documentary entitled, 'Enron, The Smartest Guys In The Room.'

In a segment with Senior Judicial Analyst, Judge Andrew Napolitano, they spoke about the first day of jury selection in the Kenneth Lay and Jeff Shilling trial. The following is my partial transcript between Smith and Napolitano. (Paraphrased, but pretty much verbatim)

Smith called it the "Accounting Enron Scandal." I call it an horrific tragedy for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Shepard Smith: In this accounting Enron scandal it cost the average Enron employee $55,000 in retirement benefits and $135,000 in stock. That's the average employee.

Judge Andrew Napolitano said that it was going to be a very complicated case.

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Very, very complicated. This was bank robbery high tech style, Shep, with use of accounting schemes with which the average jury really wouldn't be familiar. (Comment: Is this the possible 'out' for Ken Lay?)

SS: I love this new picture (video of Ken Lay coming out of a church and carrying a bible in his right hand) here, walking. You can't see it, because of the banner, but he's carrying a bible there (the big banner dissappears and you can see Ken Lay walking out of a building and down the street with a black bound book in his right hand). So, anyway, go ahead.

AN: You know this worked in the case against Health South, Richard Scrushy case.......

SS: .....Yeah....

AN: ... Who, during the trial was seen preaching in Baptist Churches thoughout the south and ... (words overtalked by Smith)

SS:....Ahem? I don't think God was in on this scam, do you judge?

AN: I hope not.

Big Banner that says: 'Judge Tells Potential Enron Jurors They're Not Out To Seek Vengeance'

There was some discussion about jury selection and then they spoke some more about the scandal.

SS: In the end, all that there is here is the potential for these people to be locked up forever. There's no area of recourse for those thousands and thousands of Americans who lost everything?

AN: Oh no. No, the government has askd for huge amounts of money from Skilling and Lay but it's only a pittance compared to what was lost. This is just justice in the cosmic sense that the bad guys are off the streets. This is not going to pay back the little people who lost their life savings, no way.

SS: And, you look at this compounded with changes in pensions for so many companies across the land and the fact that we're saving so little now, which is going to be a part......we're saving at the rates that we saved in 1933, in the Great Depression.

AN: That's bad.

SS: Yeah, so when you combine these sorts of corporate scandals with those sort of economic signs there must be some reason for concern?

AN: There absolutely is concern. I don't know, the Cavuto people can tell us better why we're not saving now. (Comment: Oh, really? When was the last time you watched Cavuto, Judge? Here's what fellow News Hound, Melanie, had to report on what Cavuto had to say about Kenneth Lay just last Friday). But, you have hundreds of thousands people who lost not only their life's savings but their pensions. You have poeple in their 80's who have to work menial jobs because their pension wasn't there and these guys inflated the value of the stock and it collapsed.

Comment: I think Fox wanted to get the photo op out there with Ken Lay walking out of Church with a Bilble in his hand, but even Smith seemd to scoff at the idea. However, Napolitano brought up a good point on how it helped Health South CEO, Richard Scrushy get acquitted (Comment: And possibly presented an 'out' for Lay?). All I know is Church and the bible are the first thing these rich powerful guys go to when they've committed greivous crimes against people.

Yeah, yeah, I know, they're alleged crimes, but hundreds of thousands of people had their money taken away by someone. All in all a pretty fair picture of what happened in this horrific tragedy, except for the possible out that Napolitano gave Lay for walking out of a church with a bible (it worked for Scrushy!) and the other possible out about it being so complicated for juries to understand all of the high tech accounting schemes. I give kudos to Napolitano for speaking out for the poor elderly people who lost everything and are now barely getting by in their senior years, having to work menial jobs to make ends meet. However, I can't help thinking that some of these 'innocent' segments are aired during Studio B only to have them butchered in the later shows.

The Church and Bible angle may work on the radical, right-wing, but the buck stops here with the greediness of these CEO's and the gall that Kenneth Lay had to wear a power suit (yes, with red tie) and make sure he had a photo op of himself walking out of a church with a bible.

I can't think of a better way to finish up this report than by using this classic Bushism: "There's an old saying in Tennessee — I know it's in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again." —President George W. Bush, Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002

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