montel asks fox why they cover heath ledger and not the war dead

Montel Williams isn’t a saint. His show chases ratings just like any other, and, I suspect, all too often turns a blind eye to the political crisis we’re all living through right now in America. But, I have to hand it to him for the way he took on Fox News this morning. They’d brought him on to talk about Heath Ledger’s fatal overdose, and, instead of doing that, he asked them why they weren’t talking about the 28 American soldiers killed in Iraq since January 1.

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13 Comments

  1. Chelsea
    Posted January 27, 2008 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    Cool!

  2. egpenet
    Posted January 27, 2008 at 7:51 pm | Permalink

    Who’s Heath Ledger?

  3. Cat
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 11:12 am | Permalink

    You know – that guy killed by the Olsen Twins.

  4. Posted January 28, 2008 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Yeah, well…

    http://news.google.com/news?q=heath+ledger+site:nytimes.com

  5. Posted January 28, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I KNEW the Olsen Twins were evil.

  6. egpenet
    Posted January 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm | Permalink

    Oh … THAT’s Heath Ledger. Hmmm.

    And who’s Montel Williams, then?

  7. elviscostello
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Montel just got fired today. The Fox affiliates who carried his show all decided to drop him. Coincidence?

  8. egpenet
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I rest my case.

  9. mark
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Are you serious, EC?

    I suppose he could have known that he was getting dropped, and did this to preempt them… But it’s probably much more likely that he was canned due to a combination of weak ratings and his recent comments… Let that be a lesson to everyone not to fuck with Fox…

  10. mark
    Posted January 31, 2008 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s true, his show is gone after 17 years on the air. It was distributed by CBS, but word is that they dropped him after FOX declined to renew the series.

  11. thirdcity
    Posted February 1, 2008 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for posting the Montel clip, Mark.

    I don’t know how many in our fair city have loved ones over there fighting, but we all know someone who is and the fear of losing that individual never rests.

    While Heath Ledger may have been a tragedy, certainly each and every loss sustained in the tremendous efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan affect us more personally. And whether we agree with the war or not, these are our kids, our neighbors, and people we personally know and love willing to give their lives to protect us.

    Kudos to Montel.

  12. Barry L.
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    Actually, the fox stations made the decision not to pick up the Montel show for the 2008-09 season weeks before his appearance on Fox and Friends. The announcement from CBS that it was cancelling distribution was issued 3 days after his appearance. Montel did not mean for his appearance as a hit job against Fox, but some claim that was his Motive. The distortions that have been fabricated both here, and on other websites seem to be the workings of a few left wingnuts, who cannot stand that fact that Fox successfully delivers a balanced approach to its programing. In any case, now you have the truth, so do with it what you will.

  13. egpenet
    Posted February 23, 2008 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Fox delivers what!?!

    Balance … not!

    Truth … not!

    Next thing we’ll hear is that the Al Jazeera/BBC version has a Vatican imprimatur. Cripes!

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