I don’t usually post to blogs, but after watching Rep. James Fagan of Taunton on MSNBC’s Dan Abrams tonight, I felt compelled to do something.
Abrams, grandstanding patronizingly yells at Fagan to apologize for arguments he made before the legislature. Fagan, who was only trying to protect kids, may have gone far with his language, but he was at least well-intentioned.
It’s Abrams, who used the footage for ratings, that owes his viewers an apology. If the reality of the subject and the language Fagan used to portray it was too much for them, why did he take it out of the chambers and onto the air? Probably thousands of abuse victims needlessly relived horrible moments as a result.
If Fagan were running for national office, he probably would have do apologize, though he did nothing wrong. This is why, thanks to Dan Abrams and corporate programming provided by networks like MSNBC, many well-meaning citizens shy from public office.
I think Abrams’ abuse of Fagan is the story that needs to be told. Does anyone know how to bring more attention to it?