Kyle Hence: An Open Letter to Chris Matthews & MSNBC regarding Rudy Giuliani
An Open Letter to Chris Matthews & MSNBC regarding Rudy Giuliani**
*(PLEASE FORWARD TO Chuck Todd, Chris Matthews)
Kyle F. Hence
Co-Producer, 9/11: Press for Truth
On February 5th, Chris Matthews of Hardball on MSNBC claimed that Giuliani "made you feel like you had a right to walk the street safely." He added, "I think the country wants a boss like that, you know? A little bit of fascism there. Just a little bit. Just a pinch of it." http://mediamatters.org/items/200702070011?src=other
Now Tonight (May 16th) on Hardball Chuck Todd claimed that "Giuliani owns 9/11".
Dear Mr. Matthews and Company:
I'm at a loss as to which internationally televised statement is more absurd and irresponsible; that America needs "a little bit of fascism" a' la Giuliani or that Rudy Giuliani "owns 9/11."
What is clear is MSNBC's total failure or refusal to bring forward the facts about Rudy Giuliani's record before, during and after 9/11. If Rudy and the much replayed images of him walking dust covered in downtown streets have you under a spell it's well past time to break it. The man is running for President on a false 9/11 image not on his actual record, which is damning, if only you'd honestly examine it and bring guests on your shows who can credibly speak to it.
Rudy was amongst the dust of the fallen buildings and burning dead because he chose to place his emergency management bunker in the World Trade Center complex (WTC 7), a target in 1993, despite advice to place it elsewhere. And some of those dead were fire and police first responders who could not be reached with the radioed message to evacuate because Rudy's failure to force Motorola to deliver on a deal to provide the city with radios that actually worked. No wonder so many of the 9/11 families screamed, "talk about the radios" and halted the 9/11 Commission hearing at which not a single Commissioner asked Rudy about the radios. See: Radio Silence: The Betrayal of New York's Bravest
When is your show and your network going to live up to its responsibility as a fourth estate pillar to accurately inform the American public of the facts, rather than ill-informed opinion about matters of the highest import?
If you were interested in facts rather than hyperbole about Rudy Giuliani you might invite Bill Bowen, co-author of Radio Silence, (AMAZON LINK) to discuss the dark questions swirling around Giuliani's deal with Motorola and how it was that the same radios that didn't allow the police and fire department to communicate in 1993 were in use on the morning of 9/11. You might invite 9/11 widow Kristen Breitweiser as well. Seems she would have something to say as well. See: Giulianis Deadly Impact
...Or John Solomon from The+Washington+Post could speak to how Giuliani parlayed his undeserved 9/11 'fame' into wealth? If indeed "he owns 9/11" as Chuck Todd suggested perhaps it is in the form of the $100 million in profits he parlayed via Giuliani Partners from clients with shady reputations with such partners such as Bernie Kerik who is now under investigation, who is suspected ties with the Mob and who used an apartment donated for first responders for trysts with Judith ("I Did It") Regan while workers toiled at a toxic Ground Zero without adequate protection.
By John Solomon and Matthew Mosk
Sunday, May 13, 2007; Page A01
...Or, back to the emergency management issue, you could simply challenge Rudy's lie that his emergency management team was up and running within a half an hour after determining that the bunker in WTC 7 was not usable. His own timeline in his own book shows it took three hours before the team was fully functioning in an alternate bunker.
...Or as The New York Times recently revealed take a look at how your 9/11 hero failed to set the example for all rescue workers by not wearing proper protection when he visited Ground Zero as mandated by Federal law, a dereliction of duty that is sending many more first responders and clean-up workers to an early grave or if not, to years of horrific suffering.
And what of all that steel and beams (each individually numbered) from the towers that was shipped off within days to Asia to be melted down and recycled before investigators could analyze it to help them determine how the towers collapsed? In so doing, Giuliani and the City interfered with a crime scene and compromised an important investigation.
Finally, for an encyclopedia of facts regarding Giuliani's real record you might read /Grand Illusion: The Untold Story of Rudy Giuliani and 9/11 /for a full accounting of what you have overlooked and continue to overlook even in the face of a growing damning and more accurate record.
Before, During and After 9/11, Giuliani's actual record is one of greed and profit capitalized on fear, abysmal failure and quite possibly criminal negligence and obstruction of justice. (in fact the city is being sued by first responders, etc.).
Kyle F. Hence Co-Producer,
9/11: Press for Truth