What FOX showed rather than inspiring speech by Muslim parents of American GI lost in Iraq

Good catch by Ben Mathis-Lilley at SLATE:

One of the most effective pieces of oratory at the Democratic National Convention was delivered Thursday night by Khizr Khan, a Pakistan-born immigrant whose son Humayun was killed in Iraq in 2004. (Humayun Khan, an Army captain, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.) Khan’s speech—which directly condemned Republican nominee Donald Trump—took place just after 9 p.m. and was aired in its entirety on CNN and MSNBC. As you can see above, Fox News made a different programming choice.

Watch it below. The Pravda-like mission of FOX news continues to impress.

Author: Harold Pollack

Harold Pollack is Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. He has served on three expert committees of the National Academies of Science. His recent research appears in such journals as Addiction, Journal of the American Medical Association, and American Journal of Public Health. He writes regularly on HIV prevention, crime and drug policy, health reform, and disability policy for American Prospect, tnr.com, and other news outlets. His essay, "Lessons from an Emergency Room Nightmare" was selected for the collection The Best American Medical Writing, 2009. He recently participated, with zero critical acclaim, in the University of Chicago's annual Latke-Hamentaschen debate.

3 thoughts on “What FOX showed rather than inspiring speech by Muslim parents of American GI lost in Iraq”

  1. Oh, give them a break. This is the kind of thing that could happen to anyone so blinded by hate and prejudice they can't see straight.

  2. The Trump campaign came to Colorado today, where he made a new pledge which kind of cracked me up. He said that from now on it was going to be, "No more Mr. Nice Guy." He had his crowds chanting "Lock her up" like the authoritarians they are. But the counter-protesters were chanting "Love trumps hate."

    What a bunch of weenies.

    That is totally inadequate for the requirements of the day. Time to bring back the chant from Goldwater-era 1964, whose campaign tried out the slogan, "In your heart you know he's right." This was met with something much more a propos for this year's campaign. Some oldsters may remember this one:

    IN YOUR GUTS YOU KNOW HE'S NUTS!! IN YOUR GUTS YOU KNOW HE'S NUTS!!

    Repeat as needed.

  3. "The British are coming!," the shot heard 'round the world, "all men are created equal," "government of the people, by the people and for the people, shall not perish from the earth," "with malice toward none, and charity for all," "we have nothing to fear but fear itself," raising the flag on Mount Suribachi, "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character," "the Eagle has landed" and "a shining city on a hill," are American stories, not Democrat or Republican stories. Only three of those happened when I was alive, but the rest have thrilled me, and will continue to thrill me, for the rest of my life. I occasionally reread the Gettysburg address, or Lincoln's Second Inaugural or "I Have a Dream" (among others) and will continue to do so to remind myself why America is exceptional. (I know, Jarndyce, I know.)

    But there are other parts of what I think is the American story that seem not to resonate as strongly with some people as they do with me. "In no other country on earth is my story even possible." "What greater expression of faith in the American experiment than this, what greater form of patriotism is there than the belief that America is not yet finished, that we are strong enough to be self-critical, that each successive generation can look upon our imperfections and decide that it is in our power to remake this nation to more closely align with our highest ideals?" "I wake up every day in a house built by slaves." "Our son, Humayun, had dreams of being a military lawyer. But he put those dreams aside the day he sacrificed his life to save his fellow soldiers."

    Still, you know what? When the words and events in the first paragraph occurred (except for Mt. Suribachi and the Eagle), they weren't unifying stories either. Loyalists wanted to stay British, confederates wanted their own country (and the right to continued malice), Republicans hated and feared Roosevelt, conservatives (Dem and Republican, ftr) hated and feared MLK, Jr., and I, yes I, voted against Reagan twice. It took a while, but these once divisive sentiments are now part of our common heritage. I don't know when the words in the second paragraph will be something all Americans can claim with equal pride and joy, but I do know they will be. And I also know that Trump's words and actions will be viewed in the future as tragedy or farce. It could even be both, but I'm sure hoping it's farce.

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