Roy Green’s resume is outstanding. He is a three time consecutive winner of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters national Gold Ribbon award, Canada’s most prestigious broadcast award.
Listeners need not read his resume to know that Roy is a passionate advocate for the average Canadian, with an unshakable desire for justice and a deep and abiding love for his country. No wonder Roy’s show has been cited by Canada’s parliamentary newspaper as required listening for federal politicians.
“Roy, your Facebook posting about your wife’s cancer battle reads like you think she needs your protection. We fought to overcome this stereotype. Women, including your wife, don’t need a man to stand guard over them. I respect your love for your wife, but you are devaluing independent women everywhere.”
A personal email from a casual acquaintance referencing my March 24 posting both here at RoyGreenShow.com and on Facebook (The Roy Green Show), titled My wife’s battle with cancer.
A question to you reading here. Do you discern, anywhere in that posting a suggestion I’m demeaning “independent women everywhere?”
I read the comments on that posting on Facebook, as well as the one here on the web page and not one even remotely approached my acquaintance’s point of view. And thank you again for the very supportive thoughts and wishes.
I’m returning to my show on the Corus radio network this weekend and it is my wife who convinced me, saying “you need to get back on air doing your show because you love it so much.”
As much as I love broadcasting, it’s been my professional life’s focus, returning to the show this weekend wasn’t an easy decision.
It really is my belief that my most significant responsibility is to protect and take care of my wife. I love her and have witnessed how her battle with cancer has left this strong woman for whom compassion for those in need is second nature, vulnerable, as anyone fighting for health and in need of assistance becomes vulnerable.
If you’ve found yourself hospitalized you know what I’m getting at.
Your daily needs, things you would under normal circumstance deal with yourself without a thought of asking for help can become too challenging to address. A task as personal and second nature as bathing may require assistance from a stranger, a nurse perhaps and most certainly a qualified and ethical member of the medical profession, but a stranger nevertheless.
Feeding yourself and/or dressing can similarly become projects to not easily, or at all, be addressed solo.
My instinct is to be my wife’s protector, if and when necessary. Her present health reality makes this doubly important.
There is at least one person (and there may be others) who will try to make the case that in my March 24 posting I promoted the view a woman is frail and in need of a man’s support and protection. Utter nonsense.
What I expressed in this post, that “my instinct is to be my wife’s protector, if and when necessary” may be disturbing to some.
We’ll talk about it on the weekend.
I want to share with you the reason I’ve been absent from my show occasionally in recent weeks and will be again this weekend.
I spoke some months ago on air about my wife’s battle with a particularly aggressive cancer. At the time she had been declared to be in remission. Now the battle has taken a turn we prayed it would not.
My wife had been feeling increasingly unwell recently, resulting in a series of tests. We know now the cancer has returned and in a very serious manner.
There have been many kind thoughts and good wishes expressed over the past months on air, by social media and particularly email.
In recent weeks I have received email wondering if my on air absences may be related to my wife’s cancer battle.
I had intended to wait until I was back on the show before publicly addressing what has developed, but ultimately don’t want to appear to be ignoring the very thoughtful messages we have received.
To everyone fighting a personal health battle, or if you’re a family member, caregiver or friend to someone who is, our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
My wife and I thank you so very much for your concern and support.
I will be away for possibly a few weeks, but the show will be in good hands and I’ll be back as soon as I can. We’ll talk then.
Best to everyone.
Let me back up a bit. Yesterday we aired a very energized hour on the issue of the niqab being worn during a citizenship oath ceremony. In fact, that was the starting point. It was what federal politicians have said and accused each other of since which caused this issue to air this weekend.
we had excellent guests with strong opinions, callers too. That was part 1.
One of the questions we dealt with was whether a national commission on reasonable accommodation of newcomers to Canada is advisable. That’s what the Quebec lieutenant of the NDP caucus told Quebec media.
So that, partly, brought us to the issue of official multiculturalism and it reminded me that former Liberal MP John Bryden attended a dinner in 1995, for former Liberal MPs and hosted by former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau. Each MP got to ask Mr. Trudeau one question.
John Bryden’s question was “Mr. Trudeau, you were one of the key architects of multiculturalism and now we are in a situation where many newcomers to Canada consider ethnicity before being Canadian. Is this the outcome you wanted?” The room reportedly went silent. PET’s response was “no, this is not what I wanted.”
We’ll talk today. Politicians opened the door to national discussion and we’ll do exactly that.
Also joining us will be Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College, at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Mattson is the author of The Story of the Qur’an: It’s History and Place in Muslim Life.
Much more today, including whether domestic violence toward men is as prevalent as it is toward women …
and, it happened. What happened? The popular kids game Hide and Go Seek has been banned!! We’ll have the story and your views.
Lots more on today’s show.
Will the wearing of a niqab during the Citizenship Oath swearing ceremony become the issue which will eventually result in Canada nationally copying Quebec and putting in place a national commission to engage Canadians in discussions about ‘reasonable accommodations’ for newcomers to Canada?
That’s what a senior member of the federal NDP caucus suggested to Quebec media, appearing to contradict his party and its leader Thomas Mulcair. Alexandre Boulerice, according to media reports, told a Quebec television program the NDP is “totally uncomfortable” with women in public service wearing a niqab and in “society generally.”
Today and tomorrow we’ll talk about this issue and include your calls. With me will be Andre Drouin, the former councillor of Herouxville, Quebec, who introduced that community’s Charter for Newcomers and which resulted in international news coverage and eventually culminated with the Quebec Commission on Reasonable Accommodation (Bouchard-Taylor Commission).
Former Canadian Ambassador to Syria, Martin Collacott joins us, as does Richard Kurland, prominent national immigration lawyer who has advised the federal and Quebec governments on immigration matters.
Is it possible a national Commission on Reasonable Accommodation could result from the niqab controversy and the accusations political parties have directed at each other? Or, are we sufficiently comfortable with the Canadian national reality of diversity and official multiculturalism? Remember, Quebec and Quebec votes may be at stake. If this sounds to you like I’m suggesting politicians might be persuaded to promise such a Commission in order to possibly gain favour with Quebec voters, that’s exactly what I’m doing.
We’ll hear what you think. We have great guests today and tomorrow. I quite sure many of you will be surprised at what you hear tomorrow from one of my guests.
Very busy show today and I’m glad to be back.
Thanks to my friend and colleague Charles Adler for taking such great care of the show the past two weekends.
How badly were the parents of Cpl Stuart Langridge treated by the Canadian military’s National Investigation Service (the military’s version of police investigators) as they sought answers into how the suicide of their son was being dealt with?
Listen Saturday when you’ll hear me speak with Colonel Michel Drapeau, a 30+ year veteran of the CAF who represents Shaun and Sheila Fynes, Cpl Langridge’s parents.
Sloppy, hardly begins to describe the NIS investigations (Not one, but three). We can begin with the fact that for fourteen months Shaun and Sheila Fynes were denied access to their son’s suicide note. That Cpl Langridge requested a simple funeral in that suicide note was utterly ignored in favour of a full military funeral.
Better news coverage?
Canada’s new federal Minister of National Defence, Jason Kenney, has a responsibility to the Fynes and to the memory of their son. The incompetent performance of NIS, under the direction of its chain of command, stopping at the desk of the Provost Marshal Colonel Robert Delaney is unforgiveable.
Decide for yourself after you hear my conversation with Colonel Drapeau whether Colonel Delaney should stay or go.
I think it will prove to be an easy call.
I’m taking some personal time off from the show, as well as social media (mostly), but my plan is to be back on air next Saturday/Sunday (March 14/15).
In the meantime, my friend and colleague Charles Adler has agreed to not only host his Monday to Friday great show on Corus Winnipeg’s CJOB, but also my show. By next Friday that will be 19 straight days for Charles, I believe. Having pulled a few of those over the years, I can attest that nineteen-in-a-row is a long haul.
Thank you Charles.
Hope you have a great weekend everyone and I know you’re in for great radio!
“Thank you” to my great friend Charles Adler for hosting the show this weekend. I should be back next Saturday/Sunday.
It’s a sleeper issue, which, if a case emerges in the proximity of this year’s federal election, could be impactful on the vote. The issue? The right to self and family defence as you see fit in your home. Listen to a few segments we’ve aired in recent weeks since the arrest and charges against 68 year old Michael Woodard who is alleged to have used a legal rifle to shoot an alleged home-invader in the leg. You’ll find the segments on this site in the podcast section.
The speculation on what the Toronto tunnel is about is as headline-grabbing as the tunnel itself. Sign of the times is the fear potential terrorist action may, authorities downplaying it notwithstanding, be in play.
Obama vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline. I was thinking about an exclamation mark to follow the word “pipeline”, but it’s difficult for me to place an exclamation mark beside any word which relates to activities of this U.S. President, except perhaps, ‘golf’! Is he any good, anyway? Michael Jordan has said he’d have no difficulty winning a straight-up match against Obama. Play one on TV for charity Mr. President. As for Keystone and Obama? We knew he would veto a major bill passed by Republicans who have majorities in the House and Senate. That means nothing to this President.
Parisians are concerned. They’ve witnessed drones flying over tourist attractions and historic sites in the city. Haven’t been able to catch the drone operators. That alone should be troubling.
And, hackers may be after your smartphone now. My gut tells me once a hacker threat is publicly identified such attacks have already taken place and perhaps in significant numbers.
I’m taking a few days off and won’t be on air this weekend.
Today we follow up on the question of the right to self-defence using a legal firearm during a home invasion in Canada. I’ll be speaking with Pennsylvania State Representative Jeff Pyle, who in 2011 was the driving force in getting the Castle Doctrine adopted by law in PA.
Listen in hour 3 and find out what the Castle Doctrine permits and how this differs from Canada where we know individuals who are under direct and violent threat in their homes, on their properties and use a legal firearm to defend themselves are usually criminally charged and face possible prison time longer than their attackers.
We’ll get at the issue child abandonment. It’s a big issue in Canada at the moment and from Winnipeg, lawyer Bob Sokalski joins me to speak about the case in which a mother was criminally charged with child abandonment for leaving her 6 year old son alone in their locked home, with food and access to television. On Friday a Manitoba judge dismissed the charge. She didn’t approve of the mother’s decision, but said it was not a criminal act. In Toronto the mother of a four year old is also charged after her little son was found wandering on the street this past week in -14 weather. The mother is on bail and not allowed to see her son at present.
Some cases are self-explanatory, other times its appears like state interference in parenting choices. We’ll talk.
The terror group al-Shabab has issued a threat against the West Edmonton Mall and other Western world shopping centres. Scott Newark, former security advisor to the federal and Ontario governments joins us to speak to this … and about kids leaving home to join ISIS, like the three teenage girls who left London for Turkey a few days ago. How concerned are you about terror attack in Canada?
Just some of what you’ll hear on today’s show.
Thursday it was the heart-breaking loss of 3 year old Elijah Marsh to the bitter cold of a February pre-dawn and yesterday a four year old boy was found unclothed, wandering on the street in Toronto. He was taken to safety by a neighbour and ‘just in time’ according to police. I’ll be speaking with international parenting expert Barbara Coloroso and taking your calls. When a child is found unattended in freezing weather is that the time for charges, or for it to be understood it’s a terrible accidental occurance?
Colonel Steve Day is the former Commanding Officer of Canada’s JTF2 special forces military unit. he joins me today to speak about terrorism, the threat of Putin and Russia, whether we need additional anti-terror legislation and when Canada’s special ops soldiers are called into action.
An RCMP officer was yesterday convicted of perjury in the death of Polish immigrant Robet Dziekanski. All four officers in the case were charged with offences. Is this a stain on the RCMP, or a case of four individual officers and not the entire force? I’ll ask you.
Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and author of Battle for the Soul of Islam will talk about the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. Dr. Jasser is no supporter of President Obama and has very strong views. He’s also an 11 year veteran officer of the U.S. Navy.
And it’s Saturday, so Beauties and the Beast, with Catherine, Linda and Michelle. They’re ready to deal with Ontario and Alberta stories which have implications for all of us.
Some of what’s on today’s show.
A smile which lit up hearts across Canada. The smile of a little three year old boy named Elijah. There aren’t many of us who wouldn’t have reached out to help Elijah had we known he needed our assistance at any time and yet we learned of him when Elijah’s life was imperiled. Most of us watched and listened helplessly, hoping, praying for success in the search for Elijah.
We know now Elijah was found about 300 meters from his grandmother’s home where he had been staying. A little boy who had wandered into the bitter cold of a February pre-dawn in Toronto was found too late.
Canadians are taking the loss of little Elijah personally. We grieve for his family. I’ve read postings online in which parents write about their own children wandering from view, or being lost for brief moments, before being reunited with them.
Elijah’s smile is imprinted on the minds of millions. The feeling of helplessness is, as one person wrote “personally painful.” Elijah’s family’s loss has become the loss of a nation.
So very sad.
The on-air reaction was non-stop and the opinion was uncompromising. Canadians who find themselves the victims of a home-invasion must have the right to defend themselves as they deem necessary at the moment they are under personal or family attack.
I know federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney wasn’t expecting my question about why it is that law-abiding Canadians who do defend their lives and/or those of their families with a firearm during a home-invasion often face potential prison sentences far longer than the incarceration time waiting for the individual(s) guilty of the crime. The question was in context with the subject of the interview (the federal government’s decision to do away with statutory release for repeat-convicted individuals with a minimum five year prison sentence).
The Minister’s response wasn’t satisfactory and I think he knew it.
If I entered your home and took something that was yours and was completely legal, wouldn’t you report me to police and wouldn’t they in turn, if they were satisfied that I had removed something from your home, charge me?
We’ll follow up on yesterday’s segment with the federal Minister for Public Safety on defending yourself and your family with a legal firearm during a home invasion, with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission’s report about RCMP action in private homes in High River, Alberta, during and following the devastating 2013 flood.
Police officers did remove firearms from residences without legal authority. I’ll be talking to Lorne Gunter of Sun Media who has a documentary on the issue titled Broken Trust.
High River resident Greg Kvisle joins me as well to share what happened to heirloom firearms in his home , as I understand it, and I’ll play back for you the interview I aired with the RCMP at the time of the flood and the concerns about firearms removal from private homes and you’ll hear the police explanation and assurances. Then we’ll take calls.
That’s just one issue today.
What is that would connect young people apparently on social media and have them allegedly plot a mass murder at a Halifax shopping centre? Psychologist and past president of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Frank Farley (he’s Canadian) will explain.
The terror attack in Copenhagen yesterday. Is it connected with the cartoons drawn of the Prophet Muhammad? I’ve said it all along and I’ll say it again today. It was wrong to print those cartoons. It was wrong in 2006 and it’s wrong today. I’ll again explain why I think this and take your calls.
That’s some of what’s on today’s show.
Minister of Defence Jason Kenney joins me today. I’ll ask about Canada’s commitment to fighting ISIS. Several times now our special forces JTF2 have engaged in firefights with ISIS in Iraq. I’ll ask the Minister for his views on the Ukraine crisis and the ceasefire as well. And for what he can share about the alleged plot to today attack and kill as many people as possible in a public place in Halifax. One 19 year old man is dead, reportedly suicide and another 19 year old male and a 23 year old woman are in custody.
Also…. “We live in a society that has rules and people have to live by those rules.” The words of federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney when I spoke with him Thursday in an interview you’ll hear today. The Minister was answering my question about why law-abiding Canadian citizens who use a legal firearm to protect themselves and/or their families during a violent home invasion often find themselves facing criminal charges.
68 year old Michael Woodard of New Brunswick found himself confronting three alleged home invaders just before midnight on December 19, last year. Two were 19 years of age, the third was 17. The 17 year old had a weapon which he allegedly used against Mr. Woodard. Woodard managed to get his hands on a gun and allegedly shot the 17 year old in the leg.
Now this 68 year old man faces criminal charges which could net him more prison time than his assailants might receive if convicted. Mr. Woodard is charged with “discharging a firearm with intent and discharging a firearm in a reckless manner.”
Please think about those charges. “Discharging a firearm with intent” and “discharging a firearm in a reckless manner.”
Whose home was invaded in the middle of the night (allegedly)? Who was attacked (allegedly)? And what was Mr. Woodard supposed to do?
Well, I’ve given you part of the Public Safety Minister’s answer to my question. In fact, I asked that question twice of Minister Blaney during the interview and I’ll play back both questions and the answers I received. Then I’ll open the phone lines to you.
The Minister was speaking to me about the government’s initiative to end statutory release for repeat criminal offender, as in automatic parole after 2/3rds of sentence served if a sentence is longer than five years.
Michael Woodard, if convicted, could receive a prison sentence in excess of five years.
There’s much more on today’s program, including interviews with Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario about the murders of three young Muslims at the University of North Carolina.
I’ll be speaking with the Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera about bail granted their Canadian reporter Mohamed Fahmy in an Egyptian court.
and an unhappy former Liberal MP Michelle Simson on Justin Trudeau’s acceptance of now former Conservative MP Eve Adams into the Liberal caucus. Seems quite a few Liberals are disenchanted.
Be sure to join us.
Jason Kenney joins me Saturday to speak to the commitment Canada has made to fighting ISIS. The new federal Minister for National Defence is the best communicator in the Conservative government, the PM notwithstanding.
You’ll also hear the interview I recorded Thursday with the Minister for Public Safety Steven Blaney, concerning the government’s decision to end statutory release for repeat criminal offenders sentenced to at least five years in prison. Statutory release has for years meant that such offenders are by law required to spend only 2/3rds of their sentence in prison before being released under some forms of supervision.
I took advantage of the opportunity to ask the Minister about his views concerning Canadians who are the victims of home invasions using a legally owned firearm to defend themselves and families from attack during such a home invasion. I asked that question twice of the Minister. I’ll play back both questions and both of his answers and then go to the phones for your views.
I’ll be speaking as well Dr. Ingrid Mattson, London and Windsor Community Chair in Islamic Studies at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario. Dr. Mattson is the former president of the Islamic Society of North America and will speak to her thoughts concerning the murders of three young Muslims at the University of North Carolina. Was it a hate crime, which is what the FBI is investigating, or was it the violent culmination of a lengthy dispute over a condominium parking space as the alleged killer’s wife states and local police are investigating?
The Federal Court has ruled it is legal to wear a veil wile swearing allegiance to Canada during a citizenship ceremony, I’ll take your calls on this. Also since it’s Saturday it’s B&B with Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and former Liberal MP Michelle Simson. We’ll talk about Eve Adams crossing the parliamentary floor from the Conservative benches to those of the Liberals. Michelle isn’t happy at all, neither are other members of the Liberal Party, although Justin Trudeau looks very pleased at the new acquisition. Is it Eve Adams, or her fiancé Dimitri Soudas Mr. Trudeau considers the real prize? The former executive director of the Conservative Party is said to be only engaged in basic electioneering (planting lawn signs) for Ms. Adams, who still has to win the nomination of the Ontario riding she wants to contest for the Liberals.
The Washington Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera will be on the show to provide the network’s response to the bail granted its reporter Mohamed Fahmy by an Egyptian court. Mohamed Fahmy is a Canadian citizen who reportedly isn’t overwhelmed by the level of support provided him by Ottawa as Fahmy sought release from the Egyptian prison where he was being held.
I have other questions for my guest Abderrahim Foukara from Al Jazeera.
And it’s 40 years of Saturday Night Live. Almost everyone has a favourite ‘star’ from SNL, as well as skit. For me the ‘star’ is Eddie Murphy and the skit, Dana Carvey doing GWB. Professor Robert Thompson, pop culture expert from the University of Syracuse will talk to us about the significance of SNL on multiple generations of viewers.
Some of what you’ll hear Saturday.
Remember to follow me on Twitter @theroygreenshow.
I don’t feel sorry for Brian Williams. I take no joy in his Humpty Dumpty tumble. The $10 million man has forfeited $5 million immediately through his 6 month suspension from the network news anchor desk. It’s a lot of money, but Williams should be set for life by now with or without that five mill.
What will hurt most is the abrupt change in public attention and the way he’s perceived. Whether it’s at the country club with golfing buddies, his favourite restaurant(s), or the snickering, real or imagined behind his back, life has changed for Brian Williams, perhaps forever.
Ultimately, it was so completely unnecessary. Williams foray into Iraq during the fighting was journalistic courage which required no Rambo-like presence to complete the picture.
Was it Iraq and the claims to have been aboard the Chinook forced down by RPG and AK47 fire alone which caused NBC’s corporate leadership to suspend Brian Williams? Rumours persist the answer is no. You’ve likely heard of suspicions Williams may have embellished his hurricane Katrina experiences in New Orleans.
Brian Williams reported the news and tonight he is the news. I can only try to imagine how awful he must feel personally. The humiliation must feel overwhelming.
We were told last Saturday by a reporter who was on the scene of the downed helicopter within minutes of the crash that the pilot of the chopper forced down by the RPG fire sent an email to one of Brian Williams producers requesting a retraction from Williams to the claim he was on the helicopter.
That was in 2003, immediately following the incident.
Even last week when Williams apologized for ‘misremembering’ the actual trail of events he spoke of having been on a ‘following aircraft.” That too appears to not have been the case. We were told and it has been reported elsewhere that Brian Williams arrived on the scene of the forced landing up to an hour after the Chinook was hit.
Maureen Dowd reported last Sunday in the New York Times that Williams penchant for exaggeration became the source of jokes within NBC news.
Is it likely Brian Williams will return to the anchor desk in six months?
Six months is a long time, but I doubt it.
Maureen Dowd writes in today’s New York Times that Brian Williams “puffing himself up” at times became “a joke in the news division” of NBC. Now Brian Williams has taken himself off the air. Could it wind up being for good? I think that’s a distinct possibility. I’m going to speak to media ethics and the law Professor Jane Kirtley from the University of Minnesota, as well as playing back some of our interview with Omaha World-Herald reporter Steve Liewer from yesterday’s show. Steve was on the ground with the helicopter crew from the chopper which crashed after being hit with RPG fire before Brian Williams arrived on another aircraft up to perhaps an hour later.
I have a question for you about your level of trust in media and people who deliver news and opinion broadcasting. Me included.
There’s the great story from Detroit about James Robertson who for 10 years walked 33km daily to and from work, five days a week, regardless of weather. He couldn’t afford a new car, or the insurance. Now because of a crowdfunding effort started by a 19 year old Wayne State University student, some $344,000 has been raised for James Robertson and he’s been given a new car by a Ford dealer in Detroit. What a great story. Has anyone stepped up for you at a time of need in your life? Have you done so for others? I’ve been fortunate to have had people do that for me and at a time when things were very bleak. And how about doing something for someone in need? Have you done that? If so, “thank you”. We’ll talk about this.
Should all teenagers be required to do a crummy job during their teen years? Of course, I’m going say “yes’. You knew that was coming. I’ve done crummy jobs. Are the character building? Dunno. Maybe. We’ll talk today about the crummy jobs you’ve done. It was a Time magazine story which persuaded me to do this segment today
and Karen Cumming is the former producer of my show when I was broadcasting in Hamilton and Toronto (still am on the network). Karen remains in the running for an astronaut position on the Mars One Mission. She has had quite the year and will join us today to talk about that and why she remains committed to her goal of being selected as an astronaut and leaving earth on a one-way trip out. Never to come home. Karen will take your calls as she did last year when we spoke with her about this. She had much support and admiration.
The serious story of the day? Russia and Ukraine. Is war with Russia possible? Historian and author of the banned in Russia book Blowing Up Russia, Yuri Felshtinsky will be on with us.
Some of what you’ll hear today. follow me on Twitter: @theroygreenshow.
with respect to those who strongly and passionately disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision to enshrine as constitutionally supported, the right of a Canadian experiencing massive health distress to expect a physician-assisted death, I applaud the court’s decision. We’ll talk about this with a Montreal doctor who is adamantly opposed to the SCC’s ruling. Dr. Catherine Ferrier will join me. Quebec’s doctor-assisted death law takes effect at the end of this year, by the way.
I’ll also be speaking with Chris Consodine, lawyer to Sue Rodriguez who in the early 90′s pled with the then Supreme Court for the right to a doctor-assisted death. The vote was 5-4 against Sue Rodriguez who was suffering from ALS which was incrementally destroying her body, while leaving her mind completely intact.
We’ll hear your thoughts.
NBC’s Brian Williams appears on the way out at NBC. The network has announced it is investigating Williams’ claims about being in a helicopter which was shot down. I can’t see how the career of the network news anchor can survive an internal scrutiny like this. Even if he’s found to have “misremembered”, Mr. Williams credibility has just been questioned by his own network.
I’ll be speaking with reporter Steve Liewer who was embedded with the helicopter crews in Iraq at the time of Brian Williams’ supposed experience of being shot down by RPG fire. Steve Liewer was reporting for Stars and Stripes at the time. It’s what the pilots and crews of the choppers involved said to Mr. Liewer that you’ll find particularly interesting. Also on the show will be media ethics professor Robert Drechsel from the University of Wisconsin and we’ll include your calls.
I’ve been shot (a more detailed version is on my Facebook page The Roy Green Show). It was a very small caliber gun and a very small bullet and the damage ultimately was minor, although it could have been much worse. I was hit in the left hadn between the little and ring fingers (there’s an artery thereabouts) and it bled profusely. I was just 12 years old and it was an adult who shot me, claiming he was shooting at birds. I was riding my bicycle. The point is, I’ve never forgotten a moment of that incident and find it difficult to accept Brian Williams “misremembered” twelve years later, particularly since he’s been telling story since 2003…and quite recently.
I’ll have a question for you to call in and speak to.
Following the ISIS brutal burning to death of the Jordanian air force pilot, we’ll be joined by Colonel Peter Mansoor, former executive officer to General David Petraeus during the 2007 Surge in Iraq. Colonel Mansoor’s book is titled Surge.
Also Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and author of A Battle for the Soul of Islam will be with us. The question, what to do about ISIS? The focus has been on the King of Jordan who committed his troops to an all-out war, while U.S. President Obama has been slow to commit with real weapons-supply support and lectured publicly about the violence perpetrated in he name of Christianity just a few days ago during a prayer breakfast.
and politicians will be saying “middle class” in almost each sentence leading up to the 2015 federal election. But what is the middle class and who is in this middle class and other than wanting the votes of the so-called middle class, what are federal politicians going to promise to do for the middle class with the middle class’s tax dollars?
We’ll get at this with Catherine Swift, Linda Leatherdale and Michelle Simson during our weekly Beauties and the Beast segment, including your calls.
Some of what’s on today’s show.
So, Brian Williams, please! You conflated riding in a helicopter flying into Iraq which was not forced down by RPG fire in 2003, with one that was?
We in media have one thing fundamentally to sustain us and that is reputation coupled with our commitment to speaking, about ourselves, the truth.
We’re not obliged to share our personal experiences unless they directly impact on the work we do. We have the right to privacy and even a skeleton or two in our closets.
It’s when we decide to relate and subsequently repeat a personal experience of significance that it becomes incumbent on us to truthfully speak to that event or moment in our lives.
You say, Brian, that the fog of 12 years affected you.
Sure, I can understand the basics of that argument. I’m not certain I remember exactly everything I was engaged in, in 2003. However, the major events of the year are imprinted on memory banks and if being shot out of the sky were one such event, it would seem a difficult experience to, well, conflate.
Either you were, or you weren’t.
Today you admit you weren’t. For 12 years you convinced yourself you were.
I’ll relate the story of how and when I was shot on this weekend’s show. The injury was minor, the calibre of the gun also. However, it had the potential to result in serious and life-altering injury.
This happened decades ago, but the moment is today as clear as it was the instant I saw the blood, then felt the pain.