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Now, I am not the biggest fan of Williams myself by any means. I do occasionally find his firebrand rants about war and poverty and stuff refreshing, if not consistently awkward for everyone at his show. But this is ridiculous.
Watch that click up there (if anyone has a link to another video of it with less God-awful sound compression please link to it). On a segment on FOX News, Montel - rightfully in my opinion, I'm giddy over some of what he said there - spoke up, and slightly out of turn, telling the hosts he was disgusted and repulsed at the news media system for covering the death of Heath Ledger so obsessively. He truthfully blurted out that the news was controlled by ratings and ignored important issues, etc, etc. (Don't come in with any "he's a socialist he would socialize news, etc, lolz" stuff either, this ain't about that.)
From WikipediaShortly before Fox-owned and operated television stations in major markets terminated Montel's talk-show contract, Montel appeared in an interview on Fox News Channel's Fox and Friends, and was asked to discuss Heath Ledger's death. He used the interview to point out that TV networks had continued to extensively cover Mr. Ledger's death while ignoring the deaths of 28 US soldiers in Iraq since the beginning of the year. Montel expressed sympathy for Mr. Ledger's family and remorse for his passing but also encouraged the three interviewers to recognize the absence of coverage for the US soldiers killed in Iraq. The interviewers sought to point out that their audience wanted celebrity news and it was more interesting than soldier deaths. Montel suggested that US news networks had the capacity to lead the country's attitudes by placing more importance on US deaths in Iraq than the deaths of celebrities. Montel noted that he had awoken that morning very saddened by the unknown names of those slain in Iraq and was further saddened when he could not find their names on the web. Three minutes into this awkward segment on Fox, one host cut off Montel in order to go to a commercial. Montel did not return after the break. Four days later, after 17 years as a television host, Montel lost his job.
1) Thoughts? Montel's show Montel has been a staple of daytime television for a long time. I guess I hope he gets back on TV. Maybe this unfortunate turn of events will make him even more radical :deal:.
2) Agree/Disagree with his statements about how the media and news are run in this country? Is the news media trying deliberately to keep the occupation of Iraq out of our minds (reports are getting kind of "stale"), etc, etc.
Just me but i have always liked Montel Williams. Back during my laid-off/unemployeed years I used to watch his show and found him intelligent and sensible.
Im sorry that he lost his job but good for him for speaking out.
Of course the reports are getting stale. Most people don't have the attention span or military knowledge to fully understand everything that's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. So all that's being reported are market bombings and IED attacks. Day after day...
I agree with him, though I doubt we have the same political leanings in this regard.
I have no idea who he is, but I disagree with him. The purpose of the news networks is to deliver news to viewers. The death of a prominent actor and celebrity at an early age is news. The deaths of yet more soldiers in a war is not really news so much. Sure, cover it when large numbers of people die in a short space of time (aircraft being shot down, helicopter collision, whatever). But it's a given fact that in war, soldiers are going to die. Perhaps the news stations cover Heath Ledger's death too much in America, I don't know. They don't over here. But his death is still more "news" than the deaths of soldiers is.
One could almost say that this Montel fellow is criticising the media for spinning out coverage of Heath Ledger's death, yet at the same time is telling them they should have spun out coverage of the war for nearly five years.
As that quote goes: "The death of one person is a tragedy, the deaths of millions is a statistic."
He hosts a softcore version of the Jerry Springer show, basically.
For the Emperor! Knights of Caliban!
16th March 2004
Yeah but the media is feasting apon Ledger's death, So Montel had the right to speak up, No matter what news station I go to it seem like there just pouring Ledger's death in to the airwaves. The man is dead let him rest in peace, go cover something else.
[color=#000000][size=2][b][i]Heralds of the coming doom, Like the cry of the Raven, we are drawn, This oath of war and vengeance, On a blade of exalted iron sworn, With blood anointed swords
There have been time I liked Montel and there have been other times...meany times when I found him overeager and a dogmatic marcher....That's just my opinion.
I don't know what to think about this. I'm not for war. I'm not for military ingeneral. I recognize the country needs protecting....yet this isn't defense, it's offense. I can't support the troops, the administration or the governement in general.
I'll say that all deaths are sad in this situation Ledger's included.
I agree, Saquist. Montel is/was often dogmatic and awkward. I don't particularly care for one of his questions: "How many people died in Iraq this month? ... ... 28". Well, no, hundreds and hundreds did - more people exist there than just American troops. I also am not for war, and his comment "defending democracy" is entirely stupid. And all that.
In any case, those few, harmless quips ended his huge career, that just seems odd.
Voice of joy and sunshine
26th May 2003
If you talk out against your employer you must know your standing on the wrong side of the line. Being employed by the media is not a blank ticket to say whatever you like on air, quite the contrary.
Heaven's gonna burn your eyes
16th April 2005
Locomotor (How do I embed YouTube videos into post? )
By taking the Youtube video address (looks like a string of letters NKDcgdgEo etc) and sticking it in [*Youtube*][*/Youtube*] boxes (without * of course)