Talking Points: A Twofold Tragedy

Thousands of you wrote to us after our interview with Lynda Fiori, the young woman who said that the firm of Cantor Fitzgerald, where her late husband had been working when he was murdered by the terrorists, had not provided her and her two babies any assistance. That's the subject of this evening's Talking Points memo.

William Hudson from Portland, Oregon, sent us this note:

"Bill, I have been in law enforcement my entire adult life and thought I'd seen it all, but the callousness of Howard Lutnick, the CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, made by blood boil. Please tell me where I can send a check to help Ms. Fiori."

Thousands of Factor viewers wrote the same kind of generous sentiments, demonstrating a lot more class and concern than Howard Lutnick, who exploited the media after the terror attack and is now running for cover.

But, to answer your question, Mr. Hudson, The Factor is going to make sure Lynda's family gets the support it needs from the proper authorities. We'll watch the situation very closely.

The tragedy here is twofold.

First, Mr. Lutnick's conduct has been troubling, to say the least. He couldn't wait to cry in front of Larry King and Connie Chung after the attack that killed 700 of his employees. Lutnick promised that all the families would be taken care of financially and even has a foundation set up that has accepted millions in donations.

But, so far, little money has been given to the families in need, although Lutnick does have enough cash to pay a high-powered PR agency.

Now, if the The Factor has Lutnick all wrong, he can easily come in here and explain himself. We've been barraged by his underlings saying the money is now going out. Well, fine. But Lutnick owes the country an explanation, and until he shows up and gives it, he is questionable, in my opinion.

The second part of this story is the media that allowed Lutnick to cry and appear sympathetic but then didn't follow up on the story. Talking Points was suspicious from the very beginning because this Lutnick guy could not get in front of the cameras fast enough. Well, where is he now?

The media has a responsibility to make sure what they present is honest and not to be hoodwinked. We broke the Cantor Fitzgerald story after talking with many of the families who are broken hearted. The company has not helped them in their time of need.

Now things might change because Lutnick is under intense pressure, but that doesn't excuse his behavior and the behavior of the media, which allowed itself to be used.

And that's the memo.

Most Ridiculous Item of the Day

Another acute embarrassment for the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

The thug who knifed the Greyhound bus driver in Tennessee, resulting in the deaths of six people, including the thug, was from Croatia. He was unemployed. He had a criminal record in Croatia. And he arrived in the U.S.A. in 1999 on a 30-day visa.

Of course, he just stayed, and the INS did nothing. The bus driver is in stable condition. The immigration situation in this country is beyond ridiculous.

Can you believe that?

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