Fox journalist says ‘Terrorism ok in Paris’

The London bombings yesterday are fresh in everyone’s minds. Now, 38 dead and over 700 seriously injured. The death toll will probably rise.

You wouldn’t wish that on any other city, would you? Paris, for example?

Yet that is a growing reaction to John Gibson, a Fox News journalist in the US, and what he talked about in a piece published on 6 July, the day before the London bombings. His peculiar story about London winning the 2012 Olympics includes this comment:

[…] It would have been a delight to have Parisians worried about security instead of New Yorkers. It would have been exquisite to watch. But, alas, they picked London. I like the Brits. I like London. I hate to see them going through all this garbage when it would have been just fine in Paris.

In an eye-opening and insensitive diatribe entitled "missed opportunity," Gibson actually writes gleefully about how the French would pay off terrorists and how terrorism would be ok if it happens in Paris.

Then, in another piece published yesterday, Gibson says this:

The bombings in London: This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics – let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while.

You are a sick man, Mr Gibson. You call yourself a commentator?

Loic Le Meur’s outrage at Gibson’s trash piece speaks for all decent people everywhere, whatever their nationality.

Fox News – your reputation is worth nothing if you continue to publish trash like this. How important is reputation to you?

There are some things, Mr Gibson, you cannot write about the way you have done and not expect revulsion as a reaction. You owe France an apology. London, too.

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11 thoughts on “Fox journalist says ‘Terrorism ok in Paris’

  1. Professional Fisking

    NevOn: Fox journalist says ‘Terrorism ok in Paris’
    Ok. I admit my previous post was a little over emotional and over-reactive. [Got to control my knee-jerk.]
    NevOn does a much better job at fisking someone who genuinely desrves it.
    Good on you…

  2. Werbung mit Terroranschlägen?

    Die Bildzeitung machte bereits am Abend der Anschläge gestern in London im Fernsehen Werbung. Auch die Netzeitung wirbt bereits so mit Google Adwords.
    Ich frage mich, was mich mehr ankotzt, der Mr Gibson vom Fox oder Bild?
    Weiterführende In…

  3. Gibson isn’t the only insensitive dolt working for Fox (oh, there are so many). Brit Hume, shortly after the attacks, said that his “first thought” upon learning of the attacks was that it’s “time to buy” in the futures market. I have more of the transcript on a recent “Below the Fold” post.
    Fox isn’t journalism – it’s cheap hackery masquerading as intelligent thought. Gibson should apologize, Hume should apologize, and Fox should get out of the news business.

  4. Bush II; Day 249: Values shine through, don’t they?

    In the aftermath of the London bombings, here are a couple of choice reactions: Like Fox News journalist John Gibson saying “if only it had happened to the French!” Souce NevOn. Or, again Fox News’, Brit Hume saying his first…

  5. “Fox isn’t journalism – it’s cheap hackery masquerading as intelligent thought.”
    You’re being too kind. It’s actually bigoted agitprop masquerading as cheap hackery.

  6. Most reactions I’ve seen about Gibson’s writing reflect what you all are saying.
    Much of those reactions also put Gibson in a political pigeon-hole. Maybe it’s me as a non-American but I’m having difficulty in seeing what the political leaning is here (notwithstanding Allan’s comment re the White House).
    To my mind, Gibson simply writes xenophobic crap and I don’t care what any political emphasis might be.
    In any event, I think The Tonic has got it right.

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