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Fox News apologizes, US vets unimpressed

Greg Gutfeld, the host of Fox News's Red Eye, has reportedly apologized for dissing Canadian troops in Afghanistan. You wouldn't know it from the show's website.

The US right blogosphere wasn't too contrite either. Bigtime blogger Allahpundit runs the video and tells his readers: "Your call."

Kathy Shaidle at five feet of fury isn't sorry; she's annoyed: "Greg Gutfeld is that rare thing: a talented conservative humorist. That the Canadian Conservative government demanded an apology for this is pathetic."

Another big right-wing blog, Blackfive, says the whole problem was timing:

"I went back and watched the segment again and I think in retrospect it was the added factor of the Canadians losing 4 KIA after the segment aired more than the actual joking that pissed me off. It was mostly ripping on the government, but since the Canadians are about the only country that sends combat effective troops to war with us they need encouragement not abuse. Plus I heard from many sources that Gutfeld is a good guy and a troop supporter. Next slide."

VetVoice, a US veterans' website, was less forgiving. After showing a video clip of Canadians in action, Brandon Friedman wrote:

"As you can see, Rob's colleagues are in what we in the military call 'the shit.' And they've been putting their lives on the line there since 2001--after the United States was attacked. They even decided to continue helping after the first four Canadian troops killed in Afghanistan were killed at the hands of an American pilot in 2002. And they're still there now, even after four more Canadians were killed last week, bringing their total number of killed to 116.

"...At this point, Greg Gutfeld and his handlers at Fox News have embarrassed the United States. And when I say that, I'm not exaggerating. As the video clip featuring Fox's unabashed chickenhawks spread across the country, Canada's Defence Minister called for a Fox News apology--which he and the rest of the country received this afternoon."

Crawford Kilian is a contributing editor of The Tyee.

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