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Gibson Whines: Looters Not Being Shot on Sight
August 31, 2005

The entire city of New Orleans may be abandoned for two or three months, thousands of people are feared dead, bodies are floating in streets, people remain trapped on rooftops without food or water in the stifling heat, and John Gibson is worried about people taking a few pairs of pants out of a ruined store.

What is wrong with him?

During "The Big Story" on Wednesday (August 31, 2005), (on Fox News) John Gibson spent a lot of time on looting, people fighting over gasoline (without documenting a single incident), and interviews with cops, but he never managed to squeeze in a single interview with an actual suffering human being.

Orlando Salinas, reporting from Gulfport, Mississippi, started off the drumbeat on looting in his report on devastation there. While talking about refrigerated trucks serving as extra storage room for funeral homes, Salinas suddenly segued into looting, "They are telling us that in some cases, they have found people actually walking inside people's homes, stepping over people's bodies, and looting the homes. We spoke with one officer who said he'd just as soon shoot 'em on sight, tag a sticker on them that says 'looter' and leave it that way. John."

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Sep. 1st, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you for posting this. I swear people get dumber and dumber each second.

I put in my journal what my mom and I talked about.

IF these stores ever rebuild, they aren't going to be able to sell the stuff anyway. These people have had their homes ruined, jobs lost, etc. If someone needs bread and food and clothes for their families, I say take it! Have the business write it off.

As for electronics and stuff, I could care less, I say, get what you can get, but SHOOT ON SITE?!?

What kind of hot buttered mess is that?!

Sep. 1st, 2005 12:42 pm (UTC)
I'm watching Faux News right now, and the fact that their mourning over Trent Lott's 150 year old house is ridiculous. This man probably has millions of dollars worth of insurance! I think its going to interesting to see how this continues to unfold since the majority of the "refugees" are poor and black.
Sep. 1st, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC)
Thank goodness I missed that program. Cant imagine sitting through that crap and being spoonfed rubbish news analysis. Speaking of insensitive bigots, I remember one FOX anchor, Brit Hume, who once said, "When I heard of the London bombings, my FIRST THOUGHT was an opportunity for PROFIT TAKING in the stock market" (paraphrasing him).
Sep. 1st, 2005 01:15 pm (UTC)
I would wonder why you guys are even watching Fox News but...it is important to see how "the other side" thinks. I've heard stories of Fox running the same footage of the same man with the same TV over and over again when talking about looting...as if that's the only thing happening. What people need to realize is that...if people are taking food, water, SOME clothes, and shoes...this is NOT looting. This is called SURVIVING!!! What do people want the refugees to do...leave some money on the counter??? AND...the fact that we are calling the survivors "REFUGEES" brings tears to my eyes. Usually, when I think of refugees, I think of people in the Darfur region of Sudan or something. This is just...amazing.
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Sep. 1st, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
I watch both, too. But I always chalked it up to some weird sense of masochism. :)
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:30 pm (UTC)
It's Fox News, what did you expect?

I would think that the reporters on the ground would have a different perspective on the situation. You'll see things a lot differently when you see the destruction and desperation firsthand, rather than when you're in a nice, comfy newsroom hundreds of miles away.

Actually, the goons are Fox seem to put looting above any other topic concerning the post Hurricane Gulf Coast. O'Reilly and Hannity are practically turning blue, they're so angry about it. But, it's funny that they never make the distinction between people taking supplies to survive, and people taking frivolous things, like TVs. They just want everyone shot or arrested.
Sep. 1st, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
Somebody needs to shoot to shoot that anchor on site: along with Pat Robertson

Sep. 1st, 2005 04:22 pm (UTC)
That's just inhumane! Shit......people will find any reason to kill.
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