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Kasich Interviews – Vague, Unbalanced, and Bizarre

Reported by Chrish - July 2, 2006 -

Just when you think that Fox News can’t get any worse than John Gibson’s Big Story, you watch Heartland and your realize that it truly can. After discussing the new OBL audiotape yesterday 7/1/06 (comment: be very afraid) host John Kasich interviewed Steve Emerson, author of American Jihad, the Terrorists Living Among Us. This book received rave reviews on Amazon but the author, a so-called “terrorism expert,” has questionable credentials (and a little paranoia) according to Wikepedia.

Emerson talked about how domestic jihadists are “recruiting, training, and engaging in acts of conspiracy.” Kasich then spoke on the phone with “former jihadist” Walid Shoebat, who is described on the Google description of his website as a former PLO terrorist who “who speaks out for Israel.” Ironically, while Shoebat was speaking, Kasich went to a Fox correspondent who was “somewhere in the Middle East;” but was specifically in Palestine and who described the deteriorating situation. That was the end of the Be Scared interview.

Comment: Once again, Fox interviews only those who support the Bush administration’s “war on terror” despite their lack of objectivity.

The second interview worth noting was on the topic of “cheating on tests.” Kasich asserted that there have been “accusations” that teachers are assisting students to cheat on standardized exams so that they can have higher scores which meet the requirements of No Child Left Behind and which would result in continued financial aid.

Kasich’s guests were Mike Feinberg, a former teacher, and co-founder of Knowledge is Power, which is a “network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory public schools in under-resourced communities throughout the United States,” and Joe Turtel, the author of Public Schools, Public Menace. To Kasich’s question about these cheating “accusations,” Turtel babbled about how he “heard” that 30 teachers in NY City had been accused of helping students on tests. Kasich then asked Mr. Feinberg if he was aware of any cheating in the schools that he was affiliated with and Feinberg replied that there was very strict oversight of testing. Kasich then asked Turtel if he had any hard evidence to which Turtel said no. Kasich then concluded the segment by saying that “we have to get to the bottom of this because there are goofy things going on.”

Comment: Turtel is very big in the home schooling community. On the Small Press Bookwatch website there is a small book review which references Turtel's feeling that “public schools routinely indoctrinate children with anti-parent, anti-American, and anti-Judeo/Christian values.” Any surprise that he would be a Fox guest?

The perfunctory religion interview was done with pro wrestler Sting (no, not of the “Police”) – Steve Borden who embraced Jesus and gave up a life of “bad choices.”

There was one interview that was focused, fun, yet a little strange. Kasich interviewed Joey Chestnut, a “competive eater” who is training for the Nathan’s Coney Island hot dog eating contest. Chestnut is going for the record of 54 hotdogs in 12 minutes and is training by gradually moving up from 40 hotdogs in one sitting to the requisite 54. Amazingly, he is 6”1’ and weighs 220 llbs – go figure

Comment. You just can’t make this stuff up. After an hour of Kasich, even Tucker Carlson looks good – maybe…