Rosie O'Donnell and the Status of Thinking in America
9/11 Truth.org | April 4, 2007
The View, a talk show featuring four women with a variety of backgrounds and ideologies, is produced by and often features appearances by Barbara Walters. In May 2001, the co-hosts were awarded the Safe Horizon Champion Award for their continued efforts to raise awareness on issues of importance to girls and women. In March 2002, The View received the Linda Dano Heart Award from Heartshare Human Services of New York for its programming philosophy that brought enlightenment, entertainment and comfort to families throughout the nation and New York in the wake of September 11, 2001. As a result, the show boasts 30 million viewers, received the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for 'Outstanding Talk Show,' and other Daytime Emmy® Awards.
In her six-year history as host of The View, Rosie O'Donnell has brought important and difficult-to-discuss issues to the table, such as depression and autism. Long ago she established "Rosie's For All Kids Foundation," which has raised more than $56 million and awarded more than $22 million in grants to over 1,400 child-related non-profit organizations to benefit low income families across the country since its inception.
Addressing the need for truth and transparency in US government and media is thus in keeping with Rosie's long history of grappling with important issues on The View.
Rosie's recent comments, along with Bill O'Reilly's "outrage" were a topic of discussion on ABC's "Good Morning America" yesterday, followed with the article below, posted ABC.com ( a poll is also running there --please vote!). As is all too common with mainstream media (but rather odd for ABC since it's the network which airs The View), Rosie's "offensive" comments regarding the 15 sailors recently captured by Iran were included: "I have one thing to say--Gulf of Tonkin. Google it." ( or read about it here ). On the other hand, the outrageous comments of O'Reilly and Joe Scarborough's guest, Danny Bonaduce (who said Rosie should be hanged), were essentially omitted from the story.
In Scarborough Country's tirade against Rosie, ABC and Barbara Walters, Joe says, "It is just not worth it to have this type of hatred spewed on TV everyday in the morning..." and asks TV child-star Danny Bonaduce , "at what point does ABC and especially Barbara Walters have a responsibility to say, 'I'm just not going to let you spew hatred on my show anymore?'" Naturally, Bonaduce responds by calling Rosie a "raging lunatic" and follows up with the statement, "Personally, I think at this point if anybody had a rope thick enough, I think Rosie should be strung up for treason" for "offering aid and comfort to the enemy...". (Way to counter hatred, Danny).
When exactly did it become acceptable to call for someone's murder on network television? (Perhaps readers will recall O'Reilly hopefully opining last July that 9/11 truth activist Kevin Barrett, founder of MUJCA-NET , would be found "in the Charles River floating down toward the harbor." Or perhaps his fantasy of shooting Al Franken in the head ). Yet the outrage being expressed in mainstream media's commentary is not about "news personalities" normalizing murder, but over O'Donnell's perfectly legitimate questioning of events that continue to alter our very way of life. The misdirected venom is reminiscent of the Bush administration's outrage over the fact that someone leaked an administration-damaging story to the press, rather than about the illegal actions of government officials. (Think illegal Bush-ordered NSA spying on millions of Americans, think knowingly outing covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, think atrocious conditions and widespread lack of healthcare for our military...)
Right in goose-step, Hearst-owned Popular Mechanics came to the aid of their president with another thorough examination and refutation of the evidence, as reported in an Inside Edition article
INSIDE EDITION cameras caught the tragic last moments as the 47-story building came down on 9/11, about nine hours after the planes struck the twin towers.
The building is seen falling in on itself, and it seems to follow the classic pattern of a controlled demolition.
But Meigs (Popular Mechanics editor in chief) says that it's no conspiracy. "You don't need to go into fanciful explanations of bombs and mysterious things. That building fell because of the attacks if 9/11 ." (emphasis added. Ed.: Well then, that settles that...)
You can watch several of O'Reilly's attacks on Rosie via the links here . The transcript of his original blast is posted at NewsHounds , along with an excellent summary of FOX's 'Rosie' coverage . (Newshounds, where "we watch FOX so you don't have to." Thanks, Newshounds!)
For something more palatable, consider Rick Overton's blog at Huffington Post, calling Rosie " A Heroic Woman "
Yet another story about the O'Reilly Response is posted at "O'Reilly Mafia Threatens O'Donnell Over Sex Scandal" .
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