Monday, May 26, 2008

Trotta's tasteless joke

By Libby Spencer

As I said at my own blog, I'm willing to give Hillary a pass on the Kennedy assassination remark, but I'm not willing to do the same for this hatemongering by Liz Trotta on Fox News. She's allegedly a professional journalist and doesn't have any reasonable excuse. In the midst of a rant about Hillary, she said this:

Trotta: …and now we have what some are reading—as a suggestion that somebody knock off Osama , umm, ah… Obama, well both if we could…haha. ...

She actually giggled, quite taken with her own cleverness and the moderator totally glossed over it. "Talk about how you really feel," is all he said.

Trotta has since sort of apologized.

Oh yes, I am so sorry about what happened yesterday and the lame attempt at humor. I fell all over myself, making it appear that I wished Barack Obama harm or any other candidate, for that matter, and I sincerely regret it and apologize to anybody I have offended. It is a very colorful political season, and many of us are making mistakes and saying things we wish we had not said.

This said after ranting on and on about Hillary's dark soul and how you just don't talk about assassination. Considering her bizarre 'joke,' Trotta should look in a mirror. She's unfit to offer any serious analysis on politics. In a sane world, Fox would be reprimanded by the FCC and Trotta would be out of a job. Not that it will happen. It's okay if it's not about a Republican.

It's exactly this sort of irresponsible 'humor' that has turned our political discourse into a bad joke. TMV has the video and Steve Benen has, as always, some excellent commentary and contact info should you care to register your opinion to Fox and the FCC directly.

(Cross-posted at The Impolitic.)


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