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After Smearing Virginia Tech Students, FOX News Rewards Mark Steyn With Guest Host Position

Reported by Ellen - May 5, 2007 -

As Marie Therese posted, high school dropout turned disk jockey turned Islam-critic Mark Steyn smeared Virginia Tech and its students during a recent FOX News appearance for being too passive during the shooting spree at Virginia Tech last month. FOX News rewarded Steyn’s slimy remarks by offering him a prime time, co-host position substituting for Sean Hannity on Hannity & Colmes last night (5/4/07).

In a Media Matters transcript of Steyn’s April 19, 2007 appearance on Your World with Neil Cavuto, Steyn told Cavuto that the Viriginia Tech shootings represented a “systemic failure. So we need to understand what caused that failure. And I think part of the problem is a general culture of passivity, which Virginia Tech exemplifies.” Media Matters also noted that Steyn had written an April 18, 2007 article in National Review Online in which he said, "They're not 'children.' The students at Virginia Tech were grown women and -- if you'll forgive the expression -- men." Steyn further wrote that "this awful corrosive passivity is far more pervasive, and, unlike the psycho killer, is an existential threat to a functioning society."

How would drop-out/'disk jockey/pundit Steyn know such a thing? His record is suspect. In addition to his bad taste, Steyn also has a history of bad judgment. As Britain’s Guardian Unlimited reported,

Apart from predicting that George Bush would win the 2000 presidential election in a landslide, Steyn said at regular intervals that Osama bin Laden "will remain dead". Weeks after the invasion of Iraq he assured his readers that there would be "no widespread resentment at or resistance of the western military presence"; in December 2003 he wrote that "another six weeks of insurgency sounds about right, after which it will peter out"; and the following March he insisted that: "I don't think it's possible for anyone who looks at Iraq honestly to see it as anything other than a success story."

Earlier in the week, FOX News was bashing ABC for publicizing the names of the D.C. Madam’s clients. Then, Hannity and his conservative guest were up in arms that those on the list should receive "the benefit of the doubt" because "it’s possible someone from the (D.C. Madam's) service shows up at someone’s home and they’ve had a second thought and they say ‘go away’ and that will never get out.”

It's unconscionable that FOX News did not give the Virginia Tech students and faculty the same consideration.