Watch all of this, if you can stand it…
As I watched this horror show—I would normally say “jaw-dropping”—all I could think of was how my Dad would have reacted, other than being furious to see a fellow World War II veteran betrayed by his son and humiliated on national television. If I ever get to that stage, he would say, “shoot me.” He was only half-kidding when he would say that, but I’m pretty sure this video would obliterate the facetious half.
This vulnerable man, now dependent on the good will and judgment of his caregivers and his fellow citizens, s being exploited by his son as a prop, nothing more, as he is hauled around the country, half-aware, to promote his son’s project. Kant had this kind of unethical conduct pegged: he said it was always wrong to use a human being as a means to an end. I don’t have to guess what the philosopher would say about a son using his barely conscious veteran father as his ventriloquist dummy to advance his own agenda.[Credit goes to Arthur in Maine, who flagged this video, for the ventriloquist analogy]
It is disgusting that Martha MacCallum and Fox would be complicit in such mistreatment of a veteran in their studios.The elder Watson didn’t consent to this appearance: it is obvious that he isn’t capable of consent. This was like a particularly cruel Saturday Night Live skit. The least, the very least, that elderly veterans have earned in their long, brave lives is their dignity, and Fox News, MacCallum, and Watson’s son robbed him of that before the nation.
There is a special place in Hell for Paul Watson. As for Fox News, this is why we cannot trust these people. They lack judgment, common sense, and decency.
Thank you for your service, Mr. Watson. I’m so sorry they treated you this way.
[Notice of correction: I misspelled Martha’s name two different ways in the original post. GOOD. But I fixed it. Thanks for the readers who flagged the error. It’s hard to spell when one is gagging…]