Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Fire Him, Please!

"I mean, my first thought when I heard, just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, 'Hmmm, time to buy.'"

- from an on-air transcript of Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor, FoxNews, 7/7/2005.

This is the same tool who once said on air:

“Two hundred seventy-seven U.S. soldiers have now died in Iraq, which means that statistically speaking U.S. soldiers have less of a chance of dying from all causes in Iraq than citizens have of being murdered in California, which is roughly the same geographical size. The most recent statistics indicate California has more than 2300 homicides each year, which means about 6.6 murders each day. Meanwhile, U.S. troops have been in Iraq for 160 days, which means they’re incurring about 1.7 deaths, including illness and accidents each day.”

Of course this is a ridiculous manipulation of numbers! As Howard Kurtz reported in the Washington Post, “California has 34 million people, but there are 145,000 U.S. soldiers in Iraq.” As calculated, this means that U.S. troops in Iraq at that time were 66 times more likely to die than Californians were likely to be murdered. When Kurtz asked him about his comment, Hume responded: "Admittedly it was a crude comparison, but it was illustrative of something."

This man is a jackass and needs to be exposed as so!

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