Thursday, April 30, 2009

In Which, Oh No, That Bitch DID NOT Say That!

I was willing to forgo the politics tonight, but not when I saw Olbermann's "Worst Person in the World" for tonight, Virginia Foxx, Congresswoman from North Carolina. Foxx "speeched" that Shepard's murder wasn't a hate crime, but a simple robbery, a hoax, even.

Seriously? Seriously? She said that in front of his mother? If I were Judy Shepard I wouldn't have been able to keep myself from committing my own "hoax."

From The Greensboro News Record:
A staffer for Foxx pointed to a report by the ABC program “20/20” that quoted a police detective as saying that drugs and money motivated the robbery-murder, not the fact that Shepard was gay.

News reports after the slaying indicated Shepard made a pass at one of the defendants. That man, Aaron McKinney, raised a “gay panic” defense at trial, saying he was so enraged because of traumatic boyhood experiences.

Foxx acknowledged using the word “hoax” might have been insensitive.

Really? You think so?

“The term 'hoax’ was a poor choice of words used in the discussion of the hate-crimes bill,” Foxx said in a statement Wednesday. “Mr. Shepard’s death was nothing less than a tragedy, and those responsible for his death certainly deserved the punishment they received.”

The News Record also suggests that in Foxx's conservative district there will be "no blowback for her."


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