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Playing The Blame Game at FOXNews
Using the Virginia Tech Tragedy for Ratings
As a graduate of Virginia Tech, my reaction to the senseless act of violence by a single deranged individual is one of deep sorrow for the terrible toll this event has taken on everyone associated with the school. Those affected include the families of those who were brutally murdered or injured, the student body, faculty, administrative and support personnel at Virginia Tech, the Blacksburg, Virginia community, and all alumni and members of organizations who have dealt with Virginia Tech over the years. Virginia Tech has a very large family and they’ve all been stunned by this terrible tragedy.
Unfortunately, in the wake of such unthinkable tragedies as that which occurred at Virginia Tech, we can sadly be assured that the cable news organizations will not miss an opportunity to hype ratings by trying to further sensationalize. What I refer to is the blatant attempt to stir the emotions and anger over the affair by finding fault with the procedures followed by police and the administration.
In this tragic event, FOXNews’ Bill O’Reilly and Geraldo Rivera are distinguished by the depths to which they’ve descended in their shabby attempts to further sensationalize this horrific event.
Less than 13 hours after the initial shooting, Bill O’Reilly condemns the police and University president for failure to prevent the further bloodshed. Within 24 hours of the event, Geraldo Rivera is incensed that he was unable to ask accusatory questions of officials – questions that would have clearly been designed to “expose” their failure to take measures that might have prevented the second shootings from unfolding.
Yet, is it realistic to take the position that O’Reilly and Rivera champion?
Think about these factors:
That is the greater tragedy of the actions of these FOXNews personalities. They are deliberately taking a position that is not sustainable by rational thought and, in doing so, they are making the tragedy even worse for the families and friends of all who are affected.
Shame on you, Bill O’Reilly! Shame on you Geraldo Rivera!
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Biography - Bob Webster
Bob Webster, a 12th-generation descendent of both the Darte family (Connecticut, 1630s) and the Webster family (Massachusetts, 1630s) is a descendant of Daniel Webster's father, Revolutionary War patriot Ebenezer Webster, who served with General Washington. Bob has always had a strong interest in early American history, our Constitution, U.S. politics, and law. Politically he is a constitutional republican with objectivist and libertarian roots. He has faith in the ultimate triumph of truth and reason over deception and emotion. He is a strong believer in our Constitution as written and views the abandonment of constitutional restraint by the regressive Progressive movement as a great danger to our Republic. His favorite novel is Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and believes it should be required reading for all high school students so they can appreciate the cost of tolerating the growth of unconstitutional crushingly powerful central government. He strongly believes, as our Constitution enshrines, that the interests of the individual should be held superior to the interests of the state.
A lifelong interest in meteorology and climatology spurred his strong interest in science. Bob earned his degree in Mathematics at Virginia Tech, graduating in 1964.