Fox News: “Michael Vick Should Have Been Executed”
Just when you thought it was safe to hear a story on the potential NFL MVP Michael Vick without having to hear about dog fighting, along comes Tucker Carlson and Fox News. Because you know, if President Obama thinks Vick is an excellent example of a previously convicted criminal who has turned his life around for the better, then Fox will argue the opposite, facts or rationality be damned!
Filling in for Sean Hannity on Hannity Tonight, Carlson brought up Vick’s past indiscretions, mainly due to the fact that President Obama called Jeffrey Lurie, owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, to discuss the use of alternative energy. In the course of the conversation he also congratulated Lurie and the Eagles for giving Vick a second chance after his serving his sentence for being part of a dog-fighting ring.
While the main quote—“I think he should have been executed”—makes for a great, attention-grabbing headline, the full transcript is amazing when read in context, especially when Carlson (pictured above) brings religion into the equation, obviously thinking it will back up his stance, when in reality it exposes him as the hypocrite he is.
“President Obama, it has been confirmed by the White House, called the owner of the Philadelphia Eagles, and during the course of their conversation thanked him for giving Michael Vick a second chance. Now I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself, I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs, and he did in a heartless and cruel way, and I think, personally, he should have been executed for that.”
(Thankfully, Carlson’s guests—golfer Ben Crenshaw, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez and Fox News correspondent Doug Schoen—had much less extreme views.)
If you happen to be in the minority who thinks Vick shouldn’t have received a second chance to play in the NFL after he served his time (which would be punishment on top of punishment), please realize you’re advocating a minimum sentence of life without parole for animal cruelty—remember, while jail is meant to be there as a punishment, it is also there as a vehicle of rehabilitation. If an accountant is convicted for the same crime, serves his time and tries to get a job, will you protest the local business who tries to employ him?
While no one will ever defend the crimes Vick committed, he has paid his debt to society, was a model prisoner while doing so, and is now moving forward in a positive manner with his life. His story really should be celebrated, not torn down.