This just in from my friend and fellow reformer Kevin Zeese.
Montel Williams, who has been an outspoken and effective advocate for
medical marijauna was fired for taking a discussion of the death of Heath
Ledger and focusing instead on deaths in Iraq. No doubt the conversation
would have been about a celebrity drug death if Williams had not taken
control of the conversation. Bravo for Montel for not playing the ratings
game by focusing on celebrity death and bringing the conversation back to
The video of Montel Williams expressing outrage over coverage of celebrity deaths vs. coverage of Iraq War deaths is here. Scroll down and click on Montel Williams.
Montel Williams Loses Job after Defending Troops on Fox News
by Brandon Friedman
Wed Jan 30, 2008 at 11:39:14 PM PST
For just over three minutes on Saturday morning, TV talk show host Montel Williams owned the hosts of Fox and Friends. A former Marine and Naval officer, Montel lectured the stunned hosts on the stupidity of spending air time on the death of Heath Ledger, rather than covering the war in Iraq. It was a spectacle rarely seen on live cable television, as Montel exposed and condemned both tabloid "news" shows and much of American culture for what they have each become: shallow and greedy.
Three minutes into this awkward segment on Fox, one host cut off Montel in order to go to a commercial. Montel did not return after the break. Four days later, after 17 years as a television host, Montel lost his job. Variety reported on Wednesday that the
Fate of "The Montel Williams Show" was sealed when key Fox-owned stations opted not to renew it for the 2008-09 season.