The following is a letter I recently sent to Barbara Walters, grande dame of Rosie's insipid "The View." (The flattering tone is an effort to be heard, rather than my true opinion of Baba Wawa.)
Dear Ms. Walters,
You might consider renaming your once fine show: Rosie's View.
I'm surprised that you, an icon of modern journalism, don't hold Ms. O'Donnell accountable for accuracy and truth in her political and cultural analyses as she daily "enlightens" (her word, oft-used) your audience. Ms. O'Donnell's defenders say, "She's a comic, theres a different standard." The line between comedy and solemn-faced punditry is distinct and it's very clear on which side of the line her sanctimonious lectures occur.
Most recently, Ms. ODonnell pronounced that President Bush denied Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others access to an attorney because of the Patriot Act. Not true. She also offered the four-year-old photo of the unkempt, just-roused-from-bed and captured Mohammed and suggested it was taken after the United States had tortured the poor man. Also, not true.
The First Amendment provides some of our most precious freedoms. These freedoms come with responsibilities. Its irresponsible to use the public airways in this manner and Im shocked that you and ABC not only condone but promote such chronically skewed misinformation without correction or accounting. On second thought, maybe your show could be renamed Rosies Skew.
I find it sad that a journalist of your caliber and accomplishment may be best known for such a lowbrow absurdity.
P.S. Ms. Hasselbeck deserves a public apology from a certain blathering boor.
What an excellent letter. Wish I'd written it. ;) Thank you!!
posted on 03/24/2007 11:24:48 AM PDT
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Write one! I feel strongly that Rosie is scum. That widely broadcast, five days-a-week bully pulpit show makes her dangerous, too.
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