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Gibson Apologizes?

Reported by Chrish - January 25, 2008

Note: Guest blogged by Priscilla

In the interests of being fair and balanced, I feel it is necessary to report that John Gibson has apologized for his tasteless and otherwise inappropriate remarks about the tragic death of Academy Award nominee Heath Ledger. In last night’s (January 24th) “My Word,” Gibson said he was sorry “that that some gay groups and others took my comments as anti-gay and insensitive.” He concluded his comment with “to anyone offended by my comments, I’m sorry.”

Here’s “My” impression of this apology. To say that “some gay groups and others” were upset is an understatement as many people, regardless of sexual orientation, were chagrined and appalled. One wonders if the homophobes in Gibson’s audience, after hearing this specific phrasing, were thinking that poor Gibson was being forced to apologize by the nefarious “gay agenda.” One imagines that the Phelps gang and the “family values” types like Dobson and company weren’t offended at all. Somehow, I don’t think that John Gibson has any problem with homophobia – his own or anybody else’s. Within the context of his commentary, there was nothing to show a transformative understanding of the damage done by course and offensive rhetoric. And Gibson does have a history of making offensive comments for which no apologies were ever forthcoming. I suspect that there would have been no apology for this had many people not protested. One wonders how much of the “apology” was corporate driven.

Last year, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi referred to “hate radio” which is “xenophobic and anti immigrant.” In discussing Gibson, an exemplar of hate media shills, the category is expanded to homophobia. But the days of hate media might be on the wane, as noted by conservative Michael Medved, who says that talk radio (dominated by the right wing) is “a medium that has unmistakably collapsed in terms of impact, influence and credibility.”

The divisions in this country are deep and are exacerbated by Fox News which reaps millions in sowing hatred. Senator Barack Obama, on Martin Luther King’s birthday, invoked the words of the great Civil Rights leader when he said: “Unity is the great need of the hour - the great need of this hour. Not because it sounds pleasant or because it makes us feel good, but because it's the only way we can overcome the essential deficit that exists in this country. I'm not talking about a budget deficit. I'm not talking about a trade deficit. I'm not talking about a deficit of good ideas or new plans. I'm talking about a moral deficit. I'm talking about an empathy deficit. I'm taking about an inability to recognize ourselves in one another; to understand that we are our brother's keeper; we are our sister's keeper; that, in the words of Dr. King, we are all tied together in a single garment of destiny.”

It’s unfortunate that hate radio, Fox News, and John Gibson can’t seem to embrace this concept. And that’s my word.

Note: Guest blogged by Priscilla

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