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Here is a question for you: If you could catch Mel Gibson alone — in an off the record conversation — what would you say to him? Please e-mail me — I may post your e-mail.
I thought I would give all of you the blog real estate today and post a bunch of e-mails. As usual I randomly grabbed the ones posted — so read away:
E-mail No. 1
Regarding an e-mail that suggested that the media (I'm sure the writer meant to say "liberal media") is creating a "big uproar" because Mel Gibson is a "person of faith" made me laugh out loud! Give me a break! A man who accuses Jews of causing all wars is NOT a person of faith. He is a person of intolerance and prejudice. I feel bad that Mr. Gibson has a drinking problem, but his biggest problem might be his LACK of humanity.
E-mail No. 2
I do not have much pity for Katie Couric holding up a plane to get her producer onboard. I really think that if you can't be on time for a flight then you take the next one. Think of all those on the plane who got there two hours early and waited and got on the plane on time. Those people are being smart (and respectful), not jealous. So what if Katie gave up her seat — there are thousands of us doing that everyday. The aisle seat offers you plenty of chances of getting hit by bags, carts with drinks and stepped on by someone with big feet. Face it — no matter where you sit on a plane there are drawbacks.
Hasn't Katie Couric done lots of reports and dragged stories and people on and on in the past? So what's wrong with the rest of the media doing it to her?
ANSWER: I am not suggesting "pity" for Katie Couric — and I am sure she does not want any — but rather to suggest we cut her some slack and to also think about the many good things she has done, rather than just jump on something we might not like. It seems to me — from all that I have seen lately in the press — that some people are almost waiting for her to fail instead of being excited for her with this new job. It should be fun for people to see a woman succeed (it's about time a woman solo anchored network news!) Yes, she is getting paid a fortune, but no one seems to have a stroke about it when a man gets paid a fortune. Yes, the old double standard….
You raise good points about those who arrive early at the airport and it is indeed true that there are flights to New York City from D.C. every half hour. I do disagree with you about aisle seats —you will never convince me that a middle seat is better than an aisle seat.
E-mail No. 3
You were in a montage on Limbaugh today where all the reporters referred to Castro handing over the "presidency" to his brother instead of saying he handed over the "dictatorship" to his brother. Now I know most of the other reporters are not that perceptive, but I expected you would have not fallen for that mantra.
E-mail No. 4
Not taking up for Mel, but sometimes when we are under the influence of drugs we say things we don't mean. I know, being sober now for 35 years. When I drank back in my early years, I would get so drunk that if I felt you had did or said something to me I would call you up and cuss you out, but then naturally when confronted with what I said the next day I was put to shame. So give the man a break, he apologized. He really does need help, me for one I will continue to look forward to any movie he is associated with.
E-mail No. 5
Do you not find this strangely interesting that the prime minister of Israel and the United States president has very little previous military experience and both are locked in a war in the Middle East? Does this mean their relative inexperience in warfare becomes a burden to them or is it possibly an advantage in being able to think outside of the box in this type of warfare?
E-mail No. 6
I'm responding to Pat Engel's remark that Mel Gibson's apology is a little too late. This really angered me as I come from a family of alcoholics. 95 percent of my family have died because of this horrible addiction. But there are a few of my family members who sought a good long-term treatment program (30 days or less is a joke) and are doing absolutely fabulous. One of the steps in the 12-step program is to go and fess up your wrong doings and to ask for forgiveness. Of course, they tell you, that you won't always get it. But I have forgiven these family members many times with open arms full of love. We have great relationships now. They are so happy that I stood by their side through each and every fall and they have stated repeatedly that this is what kept them trying. One took 10 years and one took 30 years to finally conquer their demons. Mel even has stated that the love he gets from his wife is also what keeps him going. It is never ever too late to say you're sorry. I feel sorry for Pat, for this person obviously hangs on to many bad feelings.
E-mail No. 7
Initially, I wasn't going to comment on the Mel Gibson affair, but today I have read several e-mails you posted. In several of them, people are saying that the media is making a big deal out of his diatribe because he is a man of faith. I am not really that familiar with his version of the Catholic religion, but I can't imagine that any faith of God would harbor such hatred. Does the possibility exist that Mr. Gibson is being chastised in the media because he deserves to be? Many view him with high regard and also a role model. As for his apology, stating he said things he didn't believe because he was under the influence of alcohol, well I only have one thing to say about that... in vino veritas.
E-mail No. 8
I am surprised that there has been no mention of the anti-Semitic sentiment of Mel Gibson's father in all of this. It is too coincidental that his father's professes that the holocaust was fabricated and that Gibson made his comments. The DUI is everyday so so from the alcoholic state of the nation, Wisconsin, [sic] but the running and commenting show a darker side to his personality. I would not say he is in the same category yet as off the wall Tom Cruise and adulterer Brad Pitt but he might be getting close.
Chippewa Falls, WI
E-mail No. 9
The only reason they are attacking Mel Gibson for his drunken driving is because he is a Christian. Nobody would give it much thought if he wasn't. He went out on the line when he produced "The Passion of the Christ", an extraordinary film, and he was attacked for that by the non-Christians. His arrest for drunken driving just shows that he is a sinner - the same as all the rest of us. What's so sad is that we all play "God" and judge him for his mistakes when we forget to look at our own.
E-mail No. 10
It's funny how America has a First Amendment but when it's something that the general populace doesn't want to hear we throw out terms (name calling) ourselves. Mel Gibson has his views as we all do and labeling him an anti-Semite is injustice. How easy it is for the general populace to pass judgment. When everyone on this planet becomes perfect I feel reserved judgment is called for.
E-mail No. 11
Two issues here; DUI and alcoholism. Not sure what Mel's problems are and don't really care. BUT if you are going to drink DON'T DRIVE! Take a cab, hire a driver but don't get behind the wheel. I am sure Mr. Gibson has the wherewith all to get from here to there without driving himself.
St. Louis, MO
E-mail No. 12
I'm a big fan of Mel Gibson, and I don't think he should be crucified for this incident. I know a few people who say outrageous things when they are NOT drunk! Sorry about his drinking problem, but I would think being a famous celebrity and putting up with all that it entails would drive anybody to drink. At least he apologized immediately, and that's more than some do. I think he will be a star long after some of the others have fizzled out.
I'm so pleased with the news of Catherine and Peter, and that the family can go home. God bless that little sweetheart, and Catherine as well!
E-mail No. 13
I admit I haven't watched the show lately, but something in today's blog peaked my curiosity... the first email about the Texas realtor that was murdered in a model home. I left my job because of a similar situation working in a model. I mainly work off referrals only, so as not to compromise my safety, but I have friends that in spite of knowing what happened to me, still work in that part of the industry. When I was faced with that guy you wouldn't believe the fear that came over me. The mentally clarity starts to go and you instantly go into a survivor mode. You can't let on that you know they are NOT there to buy a house or for decorating ideas. You have to stay professional and pretend that everything is o.k., for fear that when you let on that you know what's about to happen it changes the game and you've lost control of the situation. I googled to see what had happened and I was surprised at the death statistics for agents (murdered on the job). I have a code with a friend that works in a model close by, if somebody comes in that she's not sure about she'll call me and say, "I'm just returning your call," which means I need to get her some help. Its a little safety prevention but you can't be too careful. Such sad news.
E-mail No. 14
I think all the press regarding Mel Gibson is WAY overdone! In the great scheme of things what happens to/with Mr. Gibson will not make one bit of difference in our lives. People need to get a grip. All this garbage about "I'll never watch another one of his movies" is just ridiculous. If people never watched another movie made by someone who had made racists remarks and were drunk then there wouldn't be any need for movie theaters. People need to worry about REAL problems in the world. Watch your show most every night and read your blog daily. Thanks!
E-mail No. 15
I read your blog all the time and have never written you before. However, I have been reading a lot of viewers posts about Mel Gibson and I was completely disgusted. A lot of them seem to think this is something people should get over or think that those remarks are solely the result of his alcohol problem. I am Jewish and I find this extremely offensive! Everyone that I have spoken to about this (people who are and aren't Jewish) all said they plan to boycott anything affiliated with Mel Gibson — and I think everyone should — regardless of how many apologies he makes. I think that any apology he makes is to save his career and is not heartfelt. I have known a few people with drinking problems, and while they can say some terrible things, thoughts like that come from somewhere deep inside you, they aren't something you would just blurt out even if you were drunk. The problem isn't just that he said it, it is that he thought it to begin with.
New York, NY
E-mail No. 16
What in the world is wrong with America? There are wars going on all over the world, people being murdered and we are so ignorant that we actually care what some celebrity said.
E-mail No. 17
I liked you better as a middle-of-the-roader, you are becoming "FOXed."
Olongapo City, Philippines
Now for an update: You may recall that we did some segments on the murder of real estate agent Sarah Anne Walker in Texas. Many of you have e-mailed me asking about an update. Here is an article that brings you up to date on this murder. No, it is not solved:
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