TV Celebrity Grand-Standing For Charity. - Updated: September 24, 2007

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My most recent missive to the FOX Newschannel in exposing the duplicity of celebrity politicians and TV news people and the ways in which they manage to bilk a public which, for unknown reasons, continues to misplace it's trust in them. Will update this posting with whatever written or E-mailed response I may receive from Hannity et al, in the future.

----- Original Message -----
From: EDWARD BRADLEY
To: FOX Sean Hannity
Cc: FOX Alan Colmes ; FOX Bill O'Reilly ; FOX Greta VanSusteren
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 7:52 PM
Subject: Your Summer 2007 Freedom Concerts - Fund-Raiser


Sean Hannity:

For the past several months, you have been using some of your air-time on the FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes TV news program to promote a charity fund-raiser you called the 2007 Freedom Concerts. The stated purpose was to provide college scholarships to the surviving children of American military servicemen who lost their lives in the War-On-Terror. If these concerts were a financial success, what will be the charitable focus in subsequent years? One may wonder!

To promote thess concerts, you used many prominent politicians, patriotic supporters of the War-On-Terror and well-known entertainers, some of whom would be performing at these concerts as well.

Now is the time for you to engage in full financial disclosure. Your public needs to be informed of the following:

1. How many full 4 year scholarships have been funded?

2. How many children would meet the eligibility requirements of being the surviving children of deceased American military personnel who lost their lives in the War-On-Terror? The total number.

3. If a sufficient number of these 4 year scholarships could not be funded, this year, to reach all eligible children in need of them now: How then do you intend to see a sufficient number are funded? Both now and in the future, when needed?

4. What were the total revenues of these concerts?

5. What costs were incurred in the production of these concerts?

6. Of these costs, how much, on an individual basis, was paid to each of the performers?

7. As the producer these concerts, how much were you paid or did you pay yourself?

8. If you did not receive financial compensation, then how much did you contribute from your own considerable wealth to this cause?

The public has a right to know all of this as you did a great deal to publicize these concert events. On your TV and radio programs. Under the auspices of and by using the far-reaching media resources of the FOX News Channel. Also: Are you registered with the N.Y.S. Board of Charities? Since you continually, on world-wide cable TV and radio, referred to these concerts as charitable or charity fund raisers.

Fully expect you to respond to all of these questions. Even if the law does not require you to do so. This will not be the last you will hear from me on this topic. Most especially if you do not respond or if your response is not adequate.

Happy trails,

Ed Bradley.

Edward J. Bradley, Sr.

PS - If there is one thing I cannot stand: It is anyone, even yourself perhaps, of Irish-American ancestry who, in their lives, accomplish little more than "giving a bad name" to the Irish.

PPS- In case you may be wondering: Like every other American, I am still paying for these same benefits, by way of paying my U.S. Income Taxes and Social Security taxes. Benefits which were cut, in the 1980's, by then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the Democrats controlling the U.S. Congress. As part of a so-called "tax reform" which raised taxes on the working middle class and an increase in Social Security taxes. Why Ronald Reagan's so-called "tax cut" was able to produce increased revenues into the U.S. Treasury.

Submitted: May 26, 2007

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----- Original Message -----
From: EDWARD BRADLEY
To: FOX Sean Hannity
Cc: FOX Alan Colmes ; FOX Bill O'Reilly ; FOX Greta VanSusteren
Sent: Sunday, September 23, 2007 7:52 PM
Subject: Your Summer 2007 Freedom Concerts - Fund-Raiser

Sean Hannity:
For the past several months, you have been using some of your air-time on the FOX News Channel's Hannity & Colmes TV news program to promote a charity fund-raiser you called the 2007 Freedom Concerts. The stated purpose was to provide college scholarships to the surviving children of American military servicemen who lost their lives in the War-On-Terror. If these concerts were a financial success, what will be the charitable focus in subsequent years? One may wonder!
To promote thess concerts, you used many prominent politicians, patriotic supporters of the War-On-Terror and well-known entertainers, some of whom would be performing at these concerts as well.
Now is the time for you to engage in full financial disclosure. Your public needs to be informed of the following:
1. How many full 4 year scholarships have been funded?
2. How many childrenwould meet the eligibility requirements of being the surviving children of deceased American military personnel who lost their lives in the War-On-Terror? The total number.
3. If a sufficient number of these 4 year scholarships could not be funded, this year, to reach all eligible children in need of them now: How then do you intend to seea sufficient numberare funded? Both now and in the future, when needed?
4. What were the total revenues of these concerts?
5. What costs were incurred in the production of these concerts?
6. Of these costs, how much, on an individual basis, was paid to each of the performers?
7. As theproducer these concerts, how much were you paid or did you pay yourself?
8. If you did not receive financial compensation, then how much did you contribute from your own considerable wealth to this cause?
The public has a right to know all of this as you did a great deal to publicize these concert events. On your TV andradio programs. Under the auspices of and by using the far-reaching mediaresources of the FOX News Channel. Also: Are you registered with the N.Y.S. Board of Charities? Since you continually, on world-wide cable TV and radio,referred to these concerts as charitable or charity fund raisers.
Fully expect you to respond to all of these questions. Even if the law does not require you to do so. This will not be the last you will hear from me on this topic. Most especially if you do not respond or if your response is not adequate.
Happy trails,
Ed Bradley.
Edward J. Bradley, Sr.
PS - If there is one thing I cannot stand: It is anyone,even yourself perhaps, of Irish-American ancestry who, in their lives, accomplish little more than"giving a bad name" to the Irish.
PPS- In case you may be wondering: Like every other American, I am still paying for these same benefits, by way of payingmy U.S. Income Taxes and Social Security taxes. Benefits which were cut, in the 1980's, by then U.S. President Ronald Reagan and the Democrats controlling the U.S. Congress. As part of a so-called "tax reform" which raised taxes on the working middle class and an increase in Social Security taxes. Why Ronald Reagan's so-called "tax cut" was able to produce increased revenues into the U.S. Treasury.

----- Original Message -----

From: EDWARD BRADLEY

To: FOX Alan Colmes ; FOX Sean Hannity

Cc: FOX Bill O'Reilly

Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2007 12:10 AM

Subject: Broadcast Of Friday, May 25, 2007 with guests Newt Gingrich and Oliver North. Disingenuous Charity Drive.

Alan Colmes, Sean Hannity and to whomever else it may concern:

Prior to 1985, the college educational benefits for which Newt Gingrich and Oliver North are now conducting a charitable fund raising drive (and with your help) were provided to the children of all Americans by the U. S. Social Security System and/or, as in the case of war-time/service-connected deaths of U.S. military veterans, by the U.S. Veteran's Administration.

Newt Gingrich is a depraved individual because, he was serving in the U. S. Congress when these benefits were cut. Supposed super-patriot Ronald Reagan occupied the White House.

This was all part of his so-called "reform" of the U.S. Income Tax Code and his so-called "saving" of the U.S. Social Security System.

In both cases, there was an increase in income taxes and Social Security taxes paid by middle income working Americans. High income Americans, like all of you FOX headliners who are over-paid by $-millions annually, received a tax rate cut to compensate for the loss of deductions also being used by middle income Americans.

With the U.S. Social Security System, this was all a ruse to increase the size of the Social Security tax "surplus" so that the true size of the resulting annual budget deficit and the national debt would be artificially reduced and disguised. It also created the illusion of producing higher income tax revenues from an economy, allegedly. stimulated to become more robust and productive. The true result was a tax increase along with a loss of income and a lower living standard for working middle income Americans.

At the time, the size of the Marriage Penalty may have increased as well. Thereby, discrediting the rhetoric of the, so-called, "family values" Republicans. In all of this, since 1970 and before, the national leadership of the Republican Party (this would include Congressman Newt Gingrich) has been just as depraved as the national leadership of the Democrat Party. With the Republicans being more stupid in their incredulousness. Just as the Democrats were being more sly in their disingenuousness. The Marriage Penalty only became an "issue" and part of the Republican Party's "Contract With America" after it was increased, precipitously, by the 1993 "Clinton" increase in the U.S. Income Tax Code. Why wouldn't the national Republican leadership readily recognize a campaign issue they also helped create? The Marriage Penalty actually increased under President Bush (#43) but a larger (and temporary) deduction was used to make appear as though it was lessened. Most clever.

If there is a lack of patriotism, in any of this, it is in conducting a deceptive fund-raiser by persons who helped to plunder those exact same benefits, in the 1st place. And to do so among persons whose income and Social Security taxes continued to pay for them after those same benefits have been cut. By the Democratic Congress and the Reagan White House in the 1980's.

Super patriot Oliver North, lost his U.S. Marine Corps career and pension, for his illegal, though publically popular, participation in the Iran-Contra scandal. He became popular as a "victim" of the U.S. Congress and not by the Reagan White House, which is closer to the truth. When he ran for the U.S. Senate, North was opposed by the same cohort of national Republicans for whom he "martyred" himself. Nancy Reagan even traveled to Virginia, during the U.S. Senate campaign, to speak against North and endorse John Warner, North's Republican primary opponent.

And what has North done since then but to promote his "celebrity" as a Super-Patriot by reading dialogue used to accompany his popular FOX Newschannel program "War Stories"? He may write his dialogue but it would not surprise me to discover he does not. Much like Bill Kurtis on the A&E Channel. In other words, he may be nothing more than a convincingly authorative and pleasing voice reciting dialogue written for him by others producing his documentary news/history TV program. And like the rest of you, is paid in excess of $-millions a year to do so. Oliver North, unlike the rest of you, may earn all of his income and, prior to this, was victimized by Newt Gingrich and the national Republican leadership he served during the 1980's and 1990's.

True patriotism is about true self-sacrifice of one's life, health and treasure in defending America and not about posing to do so by engaging in self-glorification, gratification and selfishness. As all of you are doing by being generous with the money of other people only.

Other people who must already bear an unfair burden of paying taxes on their entire incomes while all of you pay Social Security taxes on only the 1st $100,000 of your annual incomes.

Bill Clinton and Bob Dole "staged" the same publicity stunt in the aftermath of the terrorist attack of 9/11/2001. Allegedly for the children of those who lost their lives at the World Trade Center.? Bob Dole, also, was a Republican Pary leader of the U.S. Senate when all of these same benefits were cut.

In 2006, Bill Clinton and former President George Bush (# 41) headed a well publicized and most successful fund-raiser for the victims of the Christmas-Day, 2005 Indian Ocean tsunami.

My questions:

1. How much of their own wealth did they, as individuals, contribute?

2. Or was this, also, like their time in government service, to engender the generosity of others? Albeit, voluntarily and with full foreknowledge in this case.

3. Is it possible they were paid something from the funds they were able to raise?

4. Can these same questions be asked of each, any or all of you with respect to this fund-raising effort?

Similarly and again!

5. Just how much of your own wealth will any of you deploy in the interest of furthering the success of this fund-raising effort?

6. Including that portion of your own "tax-free" wealth you may have "stashed offshore" in secret bank accounts? Though most doubtful, the tax-paying public may also wonder! As do I.

My point is this:

Middle class working Americans have already paid for these benefits.

Gingrich, North and yourselves are conducting a highly publicized charitable fund-raiser to "trick them" into paying for these benefits, a second time (must be the "charm"!). And for a much more severely limited number of persons than who were able to benefit from them before 1985.

As all of you political, media and economic "fat-cat" celebrities bathing yourselves in the "false image" of being patriotic and charitable. Please be careful! Don't injure your most valuable hands and fingers (unaccustomed to real work and labor), shaking each other's hands and slapping yourselves on the back for a "job well done". Just continue in your highly successful efforts to make all decent Americans sick!

Happy trails,

Edward J. Bradley, Sr.

Albany, New York

PS - Please forward to Newt Gingrich, Oliver North and former, current & future Presidents Bush(41), Clinton(42), Bush(43) and Clinton(44). Since 1980, primary members of both of these 2 families have occupied the White House. If Hillary succeeds (as, I expect, she will), this will be an uninterrupted period of 36 consecutive years. 7. How much more pathetic can a political situation be? 8. In a democratic(!?) America? One may wonder!


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