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cboy4 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-26-08 02:04 AM
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Should Fox News fire John Gibson?
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The Fox News talk-show host mocked Heath Ledger's death on his radio show. That's unacceptable, and he should be shunned.

By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
January 26, 2008

Why exactly is John Gibson still on the air?

Three days ago, the Fox News talk-show host opened his radio show with hate-filled, and prepared, mockery of actor Heath Ledger's death. Auditory clips of Ledger's most famous film, "Brokeback Mountain," played with a background of funeral music, ending with his character's lover, Jack Twist, saying, "I wish I knew how to quit you."

"Well, he found out how to quit you," Gibson chortled before launching into a show that repeatedly referenced the 28-year-old actor's death as if it were some sort of joke. Among other things, Gibson suggested, laughing the whole time, that the actor had killed himself because of the stock market downturn, the stalled John Edwards campaign or because he was just a "weirdo" with "a serious drug problem."

Never mind that the cause of death has yet to be established. Never mind that even if it were a drug overdose or a suicide, it would still be a tragedy, and not because he was a movie star but because he was a 28-year-old human being.


What is Fox News' policy about the language of hate?
And more important, what is our policy?

Gibson is despicable.

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