|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
“An outrageous abdication of our responsibility to those who were most heroic on 9/11”
In Terrorists And Hostage Takers: The Sequel, I posted a clip by Jon Stewart that he titled Lame As F@#k Congress in which he excoriates the Rethugs for their hypocrisy in filibustering health care and other compensation for 9/11 first responders after nine years of exploiting them for their own political gain.
But as he noted last night, none of the three broadcast networks, CBS, NBC, or ABC has even bothered to mention the issue over the last two and a half months. In fact, Juan Cole reports that the only broadcast network to give the story a decent amount of coverage was Aljazeera.
Stewart also points out how Fux News, “the nation’s leading source of 9/11 based outrage”– witness its incendiary coverage of the proposed Cordoba House Muslim community center two blocks away from the WTC site– had only one brief segment on the Rethugs’ filibuster. And even then, failed to disclose that its affiliate, the GOP, were the ones doing the filibustering.
Fux couldn’t seem to find a single 9/11 responder to interview, though it did feature a guy who nearly teared up displaying the burnt remains of some money he had deposited at a bank destroyed at the WTC, prompting Stewart to observe: “Yeah, we lost a lot of good cash today.”
Meanwhile, back at The Dome:
Republican senators were so worried about meeting with 9/11 responders who came to Washington today [Thursday] that at least one called the cops on them, the Daily News has learned.
Even before the nine responders had a chance to start visiting senators’ offices – where they intended to stay until meeting with legislators – they were greeted by Capitol Police, who had been called by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine).
Collins apparently reacted to a story in the today’s News, which quoted a letter to senators from 9/11 advocate John Feal, warning that he and others planned to sit in offices until they got meetings – or the police made them leave…
The advocates – who all served at Ground Zero – are growing desperate with time running out in the Senate. The Zadroga Act either needs to be attached to other legislation or passed on its own before the year ends, and the calendar is crowded with other measures….
Lame As Fuck Congress: meet Lame As Fuck Media. A marriage made in hell.