May 26, 2008

Liz Trotta Apology





Trotta: "I am so sorry about what happened yesterday. In a lame attempt at humor I really just fell all over myself in making it appear that I wished Barack Obama harm or any other candidate for that matter. I sincerely regret it and apologize to anybody I’ve offended. It’s a very colorful political season and many of us are making mistakes and saying things we wish we hadn’t said".

Villagers, her apology is not enough. Her comments and behaviour went beyond the line. Fox News needs to step up and fire her. Period. Until these types of mean-spirited comments are followed up with consequences ... they will continue to happen.

And if these comments about Obama being assassinated continue to be given public viewing on our television sets ... how long before some lunatic tries to bring the act to fruition?

MSNBC reporter was suspended for two-weeks for similiar slip earlier in the campaign season. Golf Channel reporter was suspended for joking about 'lynching' Tiger Woods. How can Liz Trotta get away with this weak-a$$ apology?

I think she should be fired. What say u?

14 comments:

Los Angelista said...

What a condescending "apology". It's not accepted. She should be fired.

I filed a complaint with both the FCC and with Fox this morning. I am grateful that I haven't watched anything on Fox in years. And for everyone who just loves their American Idol, guess what? It's the SAME network. You are supporting a show produced by the same media conglomerate that thinks assassinating a black man is just part of a "colorful" presidential campaign.

Jose said...

You know, the deeper the year gets, the more asinine the comments have gotten, and I don't think it's because we've gotten more politically correct either. Of course things are getting uglier; seems that people are getting braver because they can hide behind a sham of an apology that everyone's heard before.

Symphony said...

I hate when people say they "apologize to anyone they offended" or "if anyone was offended". Apologize for being offensive.

SjP said...

I am so sick an tired of hearing the "sorry if I offended anyone" apology! Excuse me! If you offended anyone! H*ll this woman called for an American Citizen who may very well be the next President of the United States to be assassinated. That's not offensive, (w)itch! That's criminal!

I say she should be fired and told FOX News of this via the phone and email! If she's not then that offends me...who's going to apologize for that offense?

SjP

msladydeborah said...

Villager,

There is a petition on line demanding that this crazy bat be fired.

There is also an email campaign to contact all of the corporate sponsors of Fox News.

Information is also available on how to contact the FCC.

The information is available on my blogsite
http://msladydeborah.blogspot.com

Justlike Clinton~NO PASS FOR TROTTA ON THIS ONE!

Villager said...

All - Here is online petition supporting movement to have Fox News fire Liz Trotta for her comments. Please consider signing it ... and sharing the link with your blog readers or colleagues...

Villager said...

LosAngelesita - Her apology is the weakest that I have ever seen. There is no sincerity in her voice at all. I notice that she apologizes to 'other candidates', when it was only Barack Obama that she referenced in her original remarks...

Jose - Your comments remind me of more reasons that Team Clinton should simply go away so that we can all focus on McCain...

Symphony - My general rule is that the word, "If" included in an apology disqualifies the statement as an apology...

Sojourner - I recall that the Golf Channel initially let their reporter 'apologize'. I even recall that Tiger Woods accepted her apology. However, the continued firestorm resulted in her being suspended. Hopefully, we will see a similiar dynamic in this effort with Liz Trotta...

Lady D - Thanks for the top on the online petition. Are your blog readers equally pissed off at Liz Trotta and Fox News?

Janet Shan said...

This election has brought the worst out in so many people on both sides of the aisle. Just today, in Little Five Points, Atlanta, a mural of Barack Obama was defaced with a swastika and his eyes blackened out. I have the picture on my blog. This is a real shame and what is going on in the media seems to be a catalyst for this racist pattern of behavior we are now seeing. I doubt that Fox News will fire her. After all Dick Morris continues to be a regular on Hannity & Colmes and he has made some hurtful statements about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. So, if we are going to call for Liz Trotta's termination, we must also call on Fox News to stop having Ann Coulter on its shows as well as MSNBC needs to let Pat Buchanan go for all the insulting and racist comments he recently made about blacks in "whitey's" America. What is going on is a real shame and it shows us that it is okay for a black man to dare to dream of being a president and a travesty in the eyes of many racists when we actually have one who is a serious contender for the presidency. It is okay to have a bumbling idiot in the White House, just as long as he is white.

Afroamericawriter said...

First time on your blog by way of News and Views. Sick of the apologies. She knew what she was saying . . . there was absolutely no contrition the moment after she made the statement. Actually, there was giggling.

Malik said...

The FCC has no jurisdiction over paid cable programming, only programming broadcast over public airwaves. There's no point writing them.

ShAé - ShAé said...

The media has really gotten free with the lips lately. I really shouldn't be shocked at the things they say, but I can say that I still am. Whatever happened to factual news instead of newscasters spewing their hatred? I wish they'd hold every last one of them, including Hillary accountable.

Villager said...

Janet - I saw the photo of the defaced Obama mural. Swastikas are making a comeback? Anyhow, I think that the election cycle has been relatively decent with the exception of the kitchen sink strategy used by Team Clinton. I also think that Fox News will suspend or fire Liz Trotta...

AfroAmericaWriter - Thank you for sharing your village voice. I agree that the giggling from Liz Trotta as she joked about Obama was beyond the pale...

Malik - How do you suggest we respond to Liz Trotta outrage?

Shae-Shae - Amen. Hold 'em all accountable for their words & deeds...

Iya said...

A comment suggesting the assassination of a public figure should be punished immediately. A
presecdent for this type of thing should not be tolerated by any of us. One thing we can do is to flood the source with our disapproval....phone, email, letters, postcards. Publish the addresses and share with our individual networks.

Villager said...

Iya - On the left-hand sidebar of this blog you will find a widget for ONLINE PETITIONS. Click on the one that sez, "Fire Liz Trotta". That should provide you with further 'next steps'.

On another topic ... I have your new Presbyterian leader listed as our current 'Village Hero'. I thought of you as I made that selection today...