Thursday, July 07, 2005

Selflessish Celebs on Terrorism: Hume v Omarion

Wow, Faux News Washington Editor Brit Hume actually managed to make former boy-bando Omarion look good today.

According to Reuters, Omarion, a former member of the boy-band B2K, issued a statement through his publicist requesting his fans pray for him [emphasis added]
"Omarion was in London during the tragic bombings that struck this morning," a statement by the singer's publicist AR PR Marketing, released hours after the bombings, said.

Making no mention of the fatalities or casualties of the blasts, the singer's statement concluded, "He would like his fans to pray that he has a safe trip and a safe return home. He appreciates your support."
Publicist, Shana Gilmore, responded to a query as to why Omarion, who was in London for Saturday's Live 8 show, would need prayers when he was not injured or directly affected by attack by stating
"He wasn't hurt or anything, but just the fact that he was there and all that."
Expect an announcement of Gilmore's "for cause" firing on tomorrow's Access Hollywood; even if Omarion himself was stupid enough to allow his people to issue the statement, a competent publicist would have revised the statement appropriately to at least provide the appearance of concern and/or compassion.

On the other hand, Faux Fuckwit Hume had the audacity to admit on the air that his first thought upon hearing about this morning's attack was to buy low. Granted, the admission was spurred by Shepard Smith's statement regarding the (lack of) reaction of the US stock market during afternoon (1-2 pm) "breaking news coverage" [emphasis added]
SMITH: Some of the things you might expect to happen, for instance, a drop in the stock market and some degree of uncertainty across this country -- none of that really seen today, and I wonder if the timing of it -- that it happened in the middle of the night and we were able to get a sense of the grander scheme of things -- wasn't helpful in all this.

HUME: Well, maybe. The other thing is, of course, people have -- you know, the market was down. It was down yesterday, and you know, you may have had some bargain-hunting going on.
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." Others may have thought that as well. But you never know about the markets. But obviously, if the markets had behaved badly, that would obviously add to people's sense of alarm about it. But there has been a lot of reassurance coming, particularly in the way that -- partly in the way the Brits handled all this, but also in the way that officials here handled it. There seems to be no great fear that something like that is going to happen here, although there's no indication that we here had any advance warning.

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