Last night on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart called on Fox News to address what needs to be done for the 9/11 responders who have a myriad of life-threatening diseases all caused by the environmental hazards of 9/11. Many are sick, have lost their health insurance, jobs, etc. The Zadroga Bill for 9/11 First Responders was to help with this situation.
Shep Smith of Fox News can always be counted on to stand up for what’s right, regardless of what political party is pushing what. Both Shep and Chris Wallace blasted Congress for their inaction yesterday:
For those without sound, from Mediaite:
Shep begins his rant:
How do they sleep at night after this vote on Ground Zero first responders from 9/11? Are they going to get that done, or are we going to leave these American heroes out there to twist in the wind?
Smith and Wallace never named names Friday afternoon, but did rip the “political” failure. Smith continued to skewer:
“Who’s going to hold these people’s feet to the fire? We’re able to put a 52 story building so far down there at Ground Zero, we’re able to pay for tax cuts for billionaires who don’t need them and it’s not going to stimulate the economy. But we can’t give health care to Ground Zero first responders who ran right into the fire? Went down there to save people? Do people know what this city was like that day? People were walking over bridges they were covered in ash they were running for their lives they were crying their family members were dead. And these people ran to Ground Zero to save people’s lives. And we’re not going to even give them medicine for the illnesses they got down there? It’s disgusting, it’s a national disgrace, it’s a shame and everybody who voted against should have to stand up and account for himself or herself.
It really was high theater. I wanted to get up and high-five both Smith and Wallace for saying what needed to be said.