Can You Be the Giant-Killer Who Brings Down the Pharma Colussus?
By Kent Heckenlively, J.D.
Greg, sometimes it takes a funny man to be the right kind of hero.
Think of all the action heroes we love from the movies, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, John McClain (Bruce Willis in the Die Hard movies), or even my personal favorite, Daredevil.
You’ve got the humor. Now, do you have the kind of heart necessary for this fight? As Bill Nye might say (before he got old and creepy) “Consider the following!”
This is what Robert Kennedy, Jr. said at the Revolution for Truth Rally on March 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Kennedy said, “The press has been compromised, 5.4 billion dollars annually [from the pharmaceutical industry]. I talked to Roger Ailes, who I’ve known since I was seventeen years old. He was very sympathetic with this issue. He saw the film, Trace Amounts. I said to him, ‘I just want to go on one of your shows. Nobody will allow me to talk about this or debate me.’
He said to me, ‘I can’t allow you on any of them. I would have to fire any of my hosts who allowed you on my station. Because,’ he said, ‘my news division gets up to 70% of advertising revenues during non-election years from the pharmaceutical companies.’ And if you turn on the evening news, you will see it’s just a vehicle for selling pharmaceutical ads. So the press is gone.” (Kennedy speech at the Revolution for Truth Rally, Washington D.C., March 31, 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KEoMNxxJRc, 31:40-31:30)
Greg, you know that’s not journalism.
That’s corruption. That’s evil. That’s God, the devil and the fate of humanity hanging in the balance. Just the kind of fight for a guy like you. Save the world, give us a funny one-liner, then head out to the bar for a beer. You’ve seen it a thousand times in the movies. You know what you’re supposed to do.
I say this as a friend. I have generally liked Fox News. I believe that no other network has been as fearless in taking on the liberal narrative of the mainstream media. I consider myself a libertarian. If it’s big, it’s probably bad. If force has to be used to get people to do something, it probably means their liberty is being taken away. Show me a big government, and I will tell you it’s probably corrupt. Show me a big company, and I will say the same. I strongly believe in the idea that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.
If I have liked Fox News, I have LOVED your irreverent humor.
I must confess that when I watch your show, I often have fantasies of sitting with your fellow guests on the couch and when you get to me you say, “Kent Heckenlively, he’s so sharp that butcher knives live in fear of him!”
Like you, I don’t follow the pack. I was encouraged to read a statement from you recently in which you said, “I became a conservative by being around liberals and I became a libertarian by being around conservatives. You realize that there’s something distinctly in common between the two groups, the left and the right; the worst part of each of them is the moralizing.”
You will need such courage if you are to follow my advice.
But I think you are up to the challenge. You see, I think really funny people are usually the most courageous. Left to my own devices, and without an evil of unparalleled proportions bearing down on humanity, I’d probably strike most people as a lovable goof-ball like you.
However, given current conditions, I have no choice but to saddle up and go all Star-Lord like Chris Pratt in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It’s just the way I’m wired.
You know Fox News is in a time of upheaval. Roger Ailes is gone and the Murdoch kids are trying to figure out what to do with you, as if you are an island of misfit toys. I don’t believe that the rule quoted by Robert Ailes to Kennedy is applicable to you.
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