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Imagine if Walter Cronkite had said on CBS after Bernie Madoff was arrested, "Well, you know, Madoff is going to have a hard time redeeming himself if he keeps up with that Judaism thing. Jews just don't have the same access to God as we, as Christians, do. If Madoff really wants to make amends for the evil he's done, he'll convert."
That's why the exasperation. Hume's remark was ignorant and unseemly for a major media figure. It's one thing to say "My life is better since I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal savior." It's another to criticize other people's religious lives, particularly when you don't know what you're talking about.
Am I exasperated at Hume? Not so much, though it would be nice if he took this opportunity to, say, crack open a single book about Buddhism before he utters another word about it in public.
But Hume's relentless promotion of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth (sic!!!) did much more damage to this country than his comments about Tiger Woods.
Hume's son committed suicide.
That said, I think that Hume's employer, Fox, has done more than any other big media organization in history to increase the amount of suffering, delusion, aversion, violence, rage, and just plain ignorance on the planet. Fox is not a news organization; it's a propaganda machine for the American equivalent of the Taliban. That fact shows itself in incidents like this. Not sure what to do about it, though; I don't believe this country has ever faced anything like it.
"As President, I will pursue a tough, smart and principled national security strategy - one that recognizes that we have interests not just in Baghdad, but in Kandahar and Karachi, in Tokyo and London, in Beijing and Berlin. I will focus this strategy on five goals essential to making America safer: ending the war in Iraq responsibly; finishing the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban; securing all nuclear weapons and materials from terrorists and rogue states; achieving true energy security; and rebuilding our alliances to meet the challenges of the 21st century...
Now is the time for a responsible redeployment of our combat troops that pushes Iraq's leaders toward a political solution, rebuilds our military, and refocuses on Afghanistan and our broader security interests."