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It is hard to believe that "On the Record" had its third anniversary on Friday night. Time flies... too fast. I am lucky to have this job, lucky to work with the people I work with and very happy to be at FOX News. It has been a great three years and I look forward to the next few years. I am not sure how long I will stay in TV — but I guess the answer is that I will stay as long as it is still fun, interesting and challenging and some network will put me on the air.
Most importantly, I appreciate all the loyal viewers. Our staff, which deserves 99 percent of the credit for the success of the show, is also grateful to the loyal viewers. Many of you have written e-mails over the years and some have silently watched the show. Bottom line is that your interest in the show is what keeps us highly motivated to try and do better each night. It is also what keeps us No. 1 in the 10 p.m. ET timeslot. So... thanks!
The tape that was shown at the end of the show on Friday was a "surprise" to me. I had not seen it before the show and only heard that there would be a tape a few hours before it aired. The tape was fun. It brought back lots of memories. If you missed it, click on the link in the video box above.
Now to some e-mails from you. Last week we had a poll question about the U.S. Marine Corps general (search) who made, in short, a remark about it being fun to kill. Most viewers wrote supporting the general. However, I did try and pick a cross section of e-mails from you so that you can get an idea of the different comments and views. So here are some:
E-mail No. 1
He should get his 4th star.
E-mail No. 2
We pay the general to shoot people. He happens to like his work. No problem.
E-mail No. 3
I am sure the General will only receive a slap on the hand for his comments, which were probably said in a different way than what the media comes across with. But being a retired Marine, I feel he over stepped himself, but had that been an enlisted man, well lets just say there would have been a courts martial.
E-mail No. 4
In regard to the comments of Lt. Gen. Mattis: As shocking as his comments might be to some people, you have to love a man who loves his job... and isn’t killing people what the U.S. is paying him to do?
E-mail No. 5
Greta's polls are useless because they limit choices in answers and are aimed to get the answer FOX wants it to be. I think a choice in the above poll should be:
"Nothing, because he is only mimicking our commander in chief."
E-mail No. 6
I took your poll and I saw the results and I am again reminded how really disappointing the human race can be. This is not a good example and it is really a sad reflection on the American ideal.
E-mail No. 7
Don't you sometimes wonder about some of the loonies who watch FOX News and respond to your polls? At the point in time when I looked at the results of the latest poll, 67% of those responding said nothing should be done about the Marine general who made the flippant remark that it is fun to shoot people. He shouldn't be tarred and feathered, but some reprimand should be in order. What kind of message does that remark send to those young men and women who are contemplating entering the Marine Corps? A general, of all people, should be a role model. To have such a flippant disregard for anyone's life is not indicative of the servicemen and women that I know.
E-mail No. 8
Give the general a medal for being honest. Hell, if I wasn’t an overweight grandma I’d volunteer to shoot some of the sons a bitches myself.
E-mail No. 9
I have served with Gen. Mattis and I can tell you that no matter how his comments may have affected some people, he is the man America wants leading it's combat Marines. It is time for Americans to quit being so sensitive and realize that political correctness is not the most attribute of a combat leader.
Curtis Maj Robert D
E-mail No. 10
Once again I am amazed by your and your readers density and stupidity. It astounds me that you et al would be proud of a General who is such a clod that he acts out his "virility"? By bragging about killing people. Such military people have to be scrapped off the bottom of the barrel to be found.
E-mail No. 11
This general should not be a spokesman for the military. What a general would say to his men is one thing; the words he conveys as a spokesman for the U.S. military is quite another.
E-mail No. 12
Privately, the general should be admonished and told not to continue making stupid statements, and he should be congratulated for having such great job satisfaction.
E-mail No. 13
It is hard for me to understand why our troops would fight for people that exploit America's women.
E-mail No. 14
Greta, I have written you several times and you have responded, for which I thank you. Some one wrote in about you being 99% correct and etc. Now I will comment on that as well. According to my age, you are a child and maybe a good attorney and all that BUT as a commentator, well you leave a lot to be desired. In plain English, you are rude, you shout and if this were in a courtroom, you would gaveled out. Now don't take this as a mean spirited comment as I and many others at this condo really do like you and your program. Just don't be so hard boiled about yourself...
E-mail No. 15
You say your news is "fair and balanced". You had Amber Frey on your show telling her side. Why don't you have the father of her daughter on your show to tell his side?
ANSWER: First, I would love to interview him but he is a hard guy to book. Second, fair and balanced does not necessarily mean two people on one topic — sometimes it just means an opportunity for people talk, to fully answer, to be probed and questioned, etc. Fair and balanced is not a math formula.
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