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Friday, June 30, 2006

The Horse's Mouth


OK, let's see what MSNBC says about this. As I noted below, this morning's
San Francisco Chronicle quoted conservative talk show host Melanie Morgan of
KSFO-FM saying she'd have no problem if Bill Keller were executed for
publishing the big Times piece on the U.S.'s secret financial surveillance
program. As per the Chronicle, Morgan said: "If he were to be tried and convicted of treason, yes, I would have no problem with him being sent to the gas
Morgan is a sometime guest on MSNBC's Hardball. So I contacted Hardball
spokesperson Leslie Schwartz to ask Morgan would still be welcome on the
show despite having said she'd countenance the slow and agonizing execution
(which gas chambers specialize in) of a fellow journalist. Schwartz, who was
very polite and professional, said she'd get back to me.___to read on "Print Article and/or Read More"

For those who don't have a full grasp of the implications of the use of the
term "gas chamber," here's a helpful primer from Wikipedia:
Many claim that the gas chamber is inhumane. Reports of gas chamber
executions include:
September 2, 1983: Jimmy Lee Gray, Mississippi. Officials had to clear the
room eight minutes after the gas was released when Gray's desperate gasps
for air repulsed witnesses. His attorney criticized state officials for
clearing the room when the inmate was still alive. Says David Bruck, an
attorney specializing in death penalty cases, "Jimmy Lee Gray died banging
his head against a steel pole in the gas chamber while reporters counted his
More notoriously, gas chambers were used in the Nazi Third Reich during the
1930s as part of the so-called "public euthanasia program" aimed at
eliminating physically and intellectually disabled people, and later the
mentally ill. ...Later, during the Holocaust, gas chambers were modified and
enhanced to accept even larger groups as part of the Nazi policy of genocide
against Jews, and others...A journal read that when the doors to the chamber
were opened, the bodies of the dead had been clawed at and looked as though
they had bitten at each other in pain and horror. You get the idea. Melanie Morgan wouldn't simply countenance the execution of Keller. She'd countenance him dying a horrible, agonizing death. Is this who MSNBC really wants on its programs? The reason I emailed MSNBC is that its execs have in the past shown guts and
pulled the plug on such hateful nonsense. Some years back they fired Ann
Coulter after she sneered to a Vietnam Vet: "No wonder you guys lost." In
this case, Morgan didn't make the remark on MSNBC, but still, it's a more
hateful and vicious remark by far than the one that got Coulter canned. Again, Morgan said she'd happily accept the slow and agonizing execution of
a fellow journalist. Is this the sort of person MSNBC wants on its shows?
--Greg Sargent
UPDATE: MSNBC spokesperson Schwartz just got back to me. The answer: No
comment. So apparently Melanie Morgan won't pay any kind of price for this.
After all, what's another hateful, vicious diatribe among friends?

source...The Horse's Mouth


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