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NBC Loses It

Now we've seen everything.

By 4.19.07

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What am I missing here?

Just minutes ago, as I write this afternoon, it was announced that NBC received a package from Cho Sueng-Li. Apparently he taped his own cd, a myface/youtube style documentary of himself waving his weapons and propounding on his socio-economic "reasons" for embarking on a mass slaughter rampage.

And NBC is going to air it, at least in part. Possibly different parts on different days. So we'll stay tuned and NBC's ratings will increase.

I refuse to watch it, so I'll report what NBC News President Steven Capus said. The material is "hard-to-follow...disturbing, very disturbing, very angry, profanity-laced." Other reports describe Cho's murderous verbal insanities as a "manifesto."

Let's see. Don Imus calls some young women "nappy headed hos" and we're all supposed be to shocked, shocked I tell you. Cho blows away 32 human lives and not only do we hear no condemnation of the vile person from the big media, but NBC is going to oblige the piece of human debris by airing his "manifesto." Democrat presidential contenders refuse to appear on a Fox Network debate, citing bias, but I guess it's okay for NBC is going to realize Cho's dreams of celebrity status at the expense of 32 lives.

Cho may have been a deranged psycho, but he was sharp as a scalpel when it came to playing NBC News for his personal patsy. Anything for a point in the ratings. I'm sure the families of the deceased will appreciate the Cho Show as much as they appreciate Capus's inevitable defense of freedom of speech and the public's right to know. Though I don't NBC will delete any of Cho's possible references to "nappy headed hos."

And no doubt dozens of newscasters were cautioned about passing judgment on the lad. Though I haven't watched the hundreds of hours of coverage, I have watched 2 or 3. Not once has a commentator said "What an awful person," or "How could a human do such a despicable thing?" Not once. (Though I imagine conservative radio hosts have done so.)

No, the commentators are searching for "explanations." The Democrats are trying to blame Bush. No one's blaming popular music (or reporting on Cho's listening habits), which relishes in violence and violent language.

And have you read the editorials from around the world? It's all America's fault, same as always. But do you ever read an editorial blaming Saudi Arabia for the Islamofascist suicide bombers who hail from there? No.

Nor does our media view the terrorists (murderers of innocent civilians) as psycho nut jobs. No, the terrorists have reasons. The terrorists have "manifestos." Just as our media believes Cho has a "manifesto."

Give me a hundred Imuses for one Steven Capus. To run the Cho video is a vile act. It doesn't take a genius to know other whack jobs are out there watching. Maybe even a terrorist or two. They'll see how easy it is to spit in the face of America. Just make a nice little video, mail it off, whip out a few guns and start pulling the trigger.

Thanks to Steven Capus, the terrorists (and others) won't have to waste a year or so learning to fly jumbo jets to do their dark deeds.

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