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Cavuto: Now the real Ebola battle is on

Reaction to new Ebola czar

 

The czar is in.

And now the real Ebola battle is on.

And the guy Republican critics have been calling a hack before he even started his job, is now on the job.

Ron Klain's assignment?

Coordinate a far-flung government's response to Ebola.

We'll soon see if Klain is up to that task.

But I'm still getting deluged with emails and tweets for taking Republicans to task for not even giving him a shot.

Remember this?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

Neil Cavuto: So the president's Ebola coordinator doesn't have any medical experience. Neither do a lot of you guys. But that hasn't stopped you from pontificating just the same.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

My point was and is focus on the things that matter not the cheap political shots that do not.

But that didn't spare some of you from throwing some cheap shots of your own.

Ellie in NYC.

"You're the hack, Cavuto! Get off the air, you sanctimonious twit!"

Andy, LA.

"Spare us the speech, Ebola-head. Damn, are you ever full of yourself."

Johnny T. via sbcglobal.

"Take your meds, then take a hike."

Tamara in Washington, D.C.

"Klain's not up to the task, and frankly, neither are you, "Crap-uto"!

So witty.

P.L. in Huntsville, Ala.

"You mentioned Bush's bird flu guy didn't have any medical experience, but you left out he did work for the health and Human Services administration."

No, I didn't leave that out. In fact, I pointed to that government agency experience as being quite valuable, as is Mr. Klain's working knowledge of the levers of government today. It can only help in coordinating our government response to Ebola today.

Lisa got that.

"You're right, Neil all the best medical minds in the country screwed up our initial Ebola response...nothing wrong with going outside that petri dish with a guy who at least knows his way around Washington."

Then there's this from Paula, who writes.

"Obama's a communist, and all around him are idiots, and you hoisting any of them up only shows me you are clueless..."

But at least Stan via AOL tries to step back a bit.

Stan via AOL

"I just think you had an off night. You're usually reasoned and likable...so I'll give you a mulligan for being briefly idiotic. How's that?"

Then there's this from self-proclaimed liberal and proud of it, dottie in New Rochelle, N.Y.

"Finally a voice of reason from the land of the unreasonable, but you're still an imbecile, Cavuto. Just wanted you to know. Nothing changes that."

Zan via AOL.

"I admire your call for reason, Neil, but these are unreasonable times. Maybe it would have been better if you simply resigned in protest to pound your point, instead of reading the next line in the prompter and throwing to commercial."

Obviously, my remarks didn't sit well with some of you. But my shout-outS on cheap shots still stands. Because it's gotta' stop.

It's bad when Republicans do it.

It's bad when Democrats do it.

And it's really bad when the media does it.

Right, or left, it's just wrong.

Yet it just keeps happening.

Case and point-- this item from no less than the New York Daily News this week, ripping New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for saying this:

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Chris Christie, New Jersey Governor: I'm tired of hearing about the minimum wage. I really am. I don't think there's a mother or father sitting around a kitchen table in America who are saying if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage all our dreams would be realized. Is that what parents aspire to for their children? They aspire to a greater growing America where their children where their children have the ability to make much more money and have much greater success than they have. And that's not about a higher minimum wage everybody.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

Now you can disagree with the governor's minimum wage views, but here's what I find really disagreeable the Daily News, and others choosing to get personal and nasty when they do.

Let me quote for this new story in the Daily News' lead paragraph on this item.

"His own bank account is well-padded - as is his rear end - but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is "tired" of minimum-wage earners who plead for a bump in pay."

Oh, wow, a fat dig. How, clever.

But that was just the appetizer.

A little later in the same story, expounding on Christie's comments that he doesn't think there's a mother or father sitting around the kitchen table saying if only their son or daughter could make a higher minimum wage.

The writer adds.

"Christie, a guy who knows his way around a kitchen table, vetoed a bill in January 2013 that would have given New Jersey's lowest paid workers a $1.25-an-hour pay hike."

That's true, but why the, "knows his way around a kitchen table" thing?

What purpose did that serve?

It's wrong. It's stupid. It's demeaning.

And how is that any different than republicans calling the new Ebola czar a hack because he doesn't have any medical experience.

But not a one of 'em saying that about President Bush's bird flu czar, who also didn't have any medical experience.

It's cheap. It's phony. And left or right, it's just wrong. Whether it's taking potshots at a guy over the breadth of his background or another over the size of his belt. Stop it.

By all means, argue the merits of hiking or not hiking the minimum wage.

Go ahead and quote lots of Christie-haters who say he's dead wrong.

But you couldn't find a "single" expert not "one" who said the governor might have a point? That this might be a job-killer? That hiking the minimum wage might not be such a magic bullet?

Go ahead and debate him.

But don't demean him. Or resurrect old cover stories playing off his size to debase him.

For one thing, he's lost a lot of weight. But not nearly as many in the media have lost their senses.

Chris Christie deserves better.

Ron Klain deserves better.

Because one guy's dealing with a virus. But they're both dealing with a mutating mean-ness that's gone viral.

I'm not hear to preach.

I just want us all to step back and think.

Argue issues that matter.

Weighty issues. Not weight issues.

Take it from someone calorically challenged, after a while, the fat jokes wear thin.

But fat chance such personal shots will stop.

Or belittling a guy as a hack before he's even had a chance to prove himself will stop.

Because here's what happens when you keep saying nasty things about people.

People pretty soon start wondering what you're saying about them.