Yesterday, the world watched in horror as Notre Dame cathedral burned. By the time the fires had died down most of the beloved structure had been reduced to ash despite the best efforts of the valiant Parisian firefighters.
The heartbreaking footage of the blaze received nonstop coverage on most of the major networks, and it should come as no surprise that the most offensive segments ran on Fox News. A cavalcade of conspiracy theorists and hatemongers spewed all manner of heinous speculation as Notre Dame burned, with some going so far as to flirt with the idea that Islamists were behind the disaster, a disgusting attempt to force Islamaphobic politics into an unrelated national tragedy.
Now, another disgraceful clip from Trump’s favorite show, Fox & Friends is going viral for all the wrong reasons. Brian Kilmeade, one of the show’s most painfully inane hosts, was discussing how very surreal moments like the Notre Dame fire are because the entire world stops to watch them together.
“And probably I imagine the ratings around the world went through the roof because everybody was talking about it,” observed Kilmeade, with all the sensitivity of a rock.
While Fox has never been a paragon of good taste or tact, the calloused comment about something as mundane as “ratings” while one of the world’s greatest structure burns is a new low even for these conservative hacks. Clearly, an unhealthy obsession with television ratings infects the Fox studio just as deeply as it does the Trump White House.
Kilmeade’s observation is exactly the kind of thing we’ve come to expect from our president. These hollow husks of people deserve each other, and America doesn’t deserve to be subjected to either.
Watch the clip below.
Brian Kilmeade on the Notre-Dame fire: "It's just amazing when you have one thing happen in one famous city and the whole world watches and has a stake in it. And probably, I imagine, the ratings around the world went through the roof because everyone was talking about it." pic.twitter.com/EBaxjEG0Zt
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 16, 2019