Saturday, September 03, 2005

aFOXalypse Now

Anyone know how I can get a transcript of last night's (Friday's) Hannity and Colmes? I can't find it on the Faux News website. On the advice of Mrs. Thrillhous I tuned in to watch Bill O'Reilly, but apparently I haven't memorized the primetime lineup since H&C comes on at 10.

So I watched the top of the hour there anyway, wondering how the people starving to death (or dying of thirst or disease etc.) have only themselves to blame. They started with a live report from Shepard Smith, who looked like Martin Sheen in the beginning of Apocalypse Now. He was standing on Interstate 10 with a few thousand people. He talked about old people and babies sleeping on the asphalt. He didn't even attempt to spin it in a positive direction. Hannity tried to get some kind of positive quotes coming out of Smith, but he didn't bite at all. "When's help coming? It's on its way, right?" Smith just stared blankly at the camera. "I don't know. I just don't know."

Then they cut to Geraldo Rivera at the NO Convention Center. He was holding up babies (one 10 month old and one 15 month old) and pleading to let people out. Rivera had tears in his eyes at one point. Both Rivera and Smith reported that the National Guard is not allowing people to leave New Orleans. Both pleaded to the powers that be to let these people get the frak out of the city. (New Orleans is sounding more and more like Escape From New York.)

It must have been quite a shock for them to see real live suffering outside of the snuggly confines of the Upper East Side.

Never get off the goddamn boat.

UPDATE: Crooks and Liars has the video. Unbelievable. I can't believe this came across on Fox. (otto)


Andrew said...

You gotta think about how annoying it must be for those anchors to walk around such a shitty scene and then have to report back to douchebag spinsters like Hannity, Colmes, Blitzer, etc. I don't know why, but the sight of all these normally vapid journalists/pretty faces (not so much Geraldo) has been one of the more upsetting things for me. To watch master bullshitters like Shep Smith and Anderson Cooper stare dead-eyed and slump-shouldered into the camera and just hopelessly shrug or say "I don't know" ... well I think it speaks a pantload about what is/was really going on down there.

Mrs_Thrillhous said...

I watched a Faux News show this morning. This guy went from talking to Richard Simmons (a native) about the level of destruction to some meatheads discussing drilling in ANWR. Jerks!

Most of the primetime coverage has been fluff at the Astrodome. O'Reilly allowed Geraldo a few minutes last night, but apparently got bored with the endless list of tragedies and depravities.

At least Greta took the time to interview the guy who stole (I think they say "commandeer" even though that's the word for the military stealing something) a school bus and got 70 people to Houston.

Normally cool and smirking Anderson Cooper was in tears the other night.

Mrs_Thrillhous said...

I"m with you, Steusch. Seeing the Nantucket crowd all but breaking down in NO has been really powerful.

The Fox coverage has really been bad. This morning their on-screen talking point was "Stop the Blame Game!", while the yappers were spending all their time blaming NO city officials and the city's residents for everything.

Thrillhous said...

D'oh! The above comment (agreeing w/ Steusch) was by me, not my terrorist-loving wife.

Otto Man said...

That video really is disturbing. Geraldo Rivera and Shepherd Smith both look like it's Lord of the Flies time down there.

ORF said...

Some of the footage and stories have reminded me of Escape from New York as well. Too bad the President's plane isn't there...