Monday, March 23, 2009

Just let it die

So I've been watching the slow and steady build of fury towards Greg Gutfeld, the host of a late late night show on Fox News. Gutfeld, as most Canadians now know, said some disparaging things about the Canadian military. Even his "apology" was designed to be mock and generate more attention. While it's nice to see Canadians rallying around their soldiers, this is a tempest in a teapot.

Allow me to make two points that should be really obvious to most people:

1. This is Fox News. If there is a more disreputable, dishonourable and genuinely useless waste of airways then I'm hard pressed to think of one.

2. This is a guy who, on a network filled with some genuinely crazy and despicable "personalities", was considered talented enough to be put on the air at 2 a.m.

So, to sum up, a "satirist" who goes on air at 2 a.m. on one of the worst networks known to mankind says mean about Canada's military and we freak out. Dear God, are we that insecure as a country that we need to worry about whack jobs on whack job networks?

Furthermore, and here's the depressing point, we're giving the idiot publicity. And judging by the fact he's on air at 2 a.m., he clearly needs all the help and publicity he can get because 99.99999% of Americans don't know he even exists. I'd never even heard of him until this racket. So can we just please drop this and move on?


Last Five
1. Just a Tuesday - Amelia Curran
2. Waiting around - Drive
3. Stuck in a moment you can't get out of - U2
4. Born to run (live) - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band*
5. Ancestor's song - Robbie Robertson


KOTN said...

I actually saw them make fun of Fox News on Sesame Street, during the Grouch News Network bit (Anderson Cooper looked fabolous in Oscar's garbage can).

Gordon found the GNN to be more balanced than Fox.

Of course, the Children's Television Workshop is run by the same "homo-loning commies" that Sean Penn was referring to on Oscar night....

I tied it back to Oscar, I'll leave it there.

MKM said...

Thanks! Really well said.

Adam Snider said...

My thoughts exactly. This should be a non-story.

Although, the Rick Mercer quote from the Globe & Mail article is spot on. I'm not sure exactly how what Gutfeld does qualifies as satire.

towniebastard said...

To call him a minor personality is to exaggerate both his importance and depth of his character. And yes, Mercer was pretty much spot on. I almost wish Jon Stewart wasn't in repeats this week to see what he might have done with the situation.

As it is, it seems to be finally over. It's 15 minutes of fury are disappating.