Saturday, December 18, 2010

Quote of the Day

"How do they sleep at night after this vote on Ground Zero first responders from 9/11? Are they going to get that done, or are we going to leave these American heroes out there to twist in the wind? ...Who’s going to hold these people’s feet to the fire? We’re able to put a 52 story building so far down there at Ground Zero, we’re able to pay for tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them and it’s not going to stimulate the economy. But we can’t give health care to Ground Zero first responders who ran right into the fire? Went down there to save people? Do people know what this city was like that day? People were walking over bridges they were covered in ash they were running for their lives they were crying their family members were dead. And these people ran to Ground Zero to save people’s lives. And we’re not going to even give them medicine for the illnesses they got down there? It’s disgusting, it’s a national disgrace, it’s a shame and everybody who voted against should have to stand up and account for himself or herself"

-- Shepard Smith, blasting Republican lawmakers for their unconscionable filibustering of the 9/11 First Responders health care bill

By now, Jon Stewart's attack on those cynically playing politics with this bill -- he did an entire show on the subject the other night -- is the stuff of legend. But for some reason, Shep's willingness to go on the offensive within the walls of the right's castle keep feels far more blistering and damaging.


Girl With Curious Hair said...

While I agree with you and think the more people talk about this the better, I think he's kind of riding on Stewart's coat tails on this one. This isn't breaking news and no one talked about it before Stewart brought it up. I may just be cynical, of course.

CNNfan said...

There is really no comparison between
Jon and Shepard.

Jon gets news anchors fired, as a joke.

Shepard is one of the best TV news anchors,
and that is no joke.

Full Disclosure: CNNfans haven't forgiven Jon for canceling CNN's Crossfire.

countryjoe said...

The only thing wrong I see with this is Shep or Chris Wallace never say this was blocked by the Republicans. But of course this being Fox news they wouldn't be allowed to. All you hear is " They" or "These People" which would of course leave the Fox viewer believing it was the Dems who were the bad boys.

Darek said...

But hey, at least the sick first responders won't have to see a mosque built nearby.

Jester said...

Total senators: 100
Senators who are motivated to get this passed: 4
Senators who would lose votes for voting on "socialist health care": 63
Senators who would lose votes for voting on "Federal entitlement program": 22
Senators who don't care: 11

Chances of this bill getting passed through the Senate: 0%

Web Dunce said...

Chez, I know he's your friend, but I'm not impressed. You will note that not once during the exchange was the word Republican mentioned. I can see the slack jawed FOX viewers on their couches commenting on how the "libruls" in congress can't get anything done. This 9/11 Health Care block was 100% Republican and I really think that they should have mentioned that. Instead, you get ambiguous "they" and "them" references and how it's all politics. Bull shit. It's all politics on the Republican side when it comes to this bill and Shep knows that and should have called them out by name.

Anonymous said...

Fucking right.

Shep Smith has brass balls. He has more integrity than all the anchors at Fox put together.

FUCKING right, Shep.

Anonymous said...

I'd have a lot more respect for this if Shep had called out the Republicans in the Senate for filibustering this bill.