July 10, 2005

Brit Hume is an Asshole

Here's Fox News anchor Hume's reaction to the London transit bombing.

I mean, my first thought when I heard -- just on a personal basis, when I heard there had been this attack and I saw the futures this morning, which were really in the tank, I thought, "Hmmm, time to buy."

I'm so glad to hear that Hume pulled from the wreckage not one of the many lifeless bodies of the victims of an awful attack, but a great opportunity to expand his fucking portfolio. Is this mother fucker inhuman? Discuss.

11 comments:

  1. The Corporation is a pretty well done documentary, although it does have its faults too. There's a scene in it which really clearly reminds me of this.
    They're interviewing a commodities trader (with a funny accent) who basically talks about how gleeful the prospect of war in the gulf made him and his colleagues, both in 1990 and in 2003, as they watched the price of oil climb up and up and up.

    Also, didn't Pointdexter (you know, one of the disgraced Reaganites that reappeared under Bush2) ended up resigning over something similar? As I recall, his Total Information Awareness program, which was his set of ideas for how to secure the nation by massive and comprehensive surveillance of all civilians, also included something about purchasing futures on the event of a terrorist attack occuring, or something. (I honestly don't understand exactly how futures work...)

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  2. here we go. taken from wikipedia.

    Poindexter also faced immense criticism from the media and politicians about the Policy Analysis Market project, a futures market that would have allowed trading in, and profiting from, such events as the assassination of heads of state and acts of terrorism. The controversy over the futures market led to a Congressional audit of the IAO, which revealed a fundamental lack of privacy protection for American citizens. Funding for the IAO was subsequently cut and Poindexter retired from DARPA on August 12, 2003.

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  3. Anonymous1:33 AM

    Well the futures market idea might be rather grotesque, it has its theoretical underpinnings. Tradespots (I think is the name) has these things for the jusices and for the elections, and they are usually correct. I think the problem is that terrorists wouldn't be interested in the money they could make by using their inside information - they just want to kill people - and then you have a market absent of inside info, which is really how these things are driven. For example, when they did one for who dies in the next Harry Potter novel, the bets from people in the town where the book is published all went to Dumbledore. Inside information indeed...

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  4. Do you have a convenient link that could explain futures a little more?
    It sounds pretty intriguing. As far as I understand it right now, its replacing a bookie with an exchange market so you can make bets, but, maybe I'm missing something.

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  5. My biggest problem with this sort of thing is just how violently it seeks to quantify life (or rather to perfect its quantification). I suppose that this is one of those issues where the secular intellectual left and the religious right can both object to the cold logic of capital's excess.

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  6. Anonymous5:40 PM

    Dumbledore?!!
    How dare you give that away.

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  7. Check out some more Fox News reactions to the bombings:

    And Big Story host John Gibson suggested that the real tragedy of the bombings wasn't that they happened at all, but that they didn't happen in Paris:

    "The bombings in London: This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics -- let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while."

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  8. Check out some more Fox News reactions to the bombings:

    And Big Story host John Gibson suggested that the real tragedy of the bombings wasn't that they happened at all, but that they didn't happen in Paris:

    "The bombings in London: This is why I thought the Brits should let the French have the Olympics -- let somebody else be worried about guys with backpack bombs for a while."

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  9. David Lee9:34 PM

    I agree that it is inhumane and sick that Hume stated that on live television but what happened, happened. Sorry to hear people died but how long do I have to mourn this event when no one that I know was effected. Frankly, America's wealth and power was built with this opportunistic, yet sadistic, mindset. Yes, it has gone a bit too far but sadly this sort of cutthroat thinking is needed to be successful today.

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  10. I don't fault Hume for responding to a current event by altering his investment strategy. I don't think this necessarily is even cut-throat. I just can't believe this is the "first" thing he thought of. He must be a truly warm and friendly human being, a great friend and family member.

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  11. Anonymous2:58 AM

    I worked at his country club and have spoke to him many a time. HE IS A COMPLETE ASSHOLE. Hes self centered, arrogant, and a complete jerk. The best thing about him is his wifes a milf, besides that i wouldn't mind seeing the guy get his ass beat.

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