Thursday, June 21, 2007

Sort of like if Katie Couric called for killing John Boehner

MSNBC recently did a story on the political contributions of journalists. Makes this story out of Lebanon seem pretty timely:

During the live coverage of Walid Eido's assassination, Nabih Berri's news channel anchors accidentally slipped on the air, as they proceeded to laugh at the murder of Eido, and imply there was more coming.

NBN's technical director forgot to kill the anchorwoman's microphone, allowing viewers to hear her say "it took them long enough", in reference to Eido's murder. In between rounds of laughing and gloating with her colleagues, they speculated that March 14 minister Ahmad Fatafat could be next, and tried to determine how many more March 14 members need to die to get rid of the parliament's majority.

Beyond the divisive and damaging insults being cast in the aftermath of one of the most violent and tragic political assassinations in Lebanon's history which claimed the lives of 10 citizens, the sick comments open a can of worms for Lebanon's delinquent speaker of the parliament, Nabih Berri and his closest ally, Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

The NBN employees imply that there is in fact a plan to eliminate the anti-Syrian majority by killing off their members of parliament.

We expect to see gleeful gloating about the deaths of political opponents on looney-left blogs like DailyKos and the Huffington Post. In a country threatening to slide back into civil war, hearing those comments from a news anchor is more than disgusting, it's deadly.

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