Barbara Walters: The Closeted Liberal

May 3, 2007 at 5:27 pm 9 comments

Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie O’Donnell, Rosie O’Donnell can be heard on almost every conservative radio and television talk show. Her daily tirades against conservative America, the President, Catholics, Republicans and anyone who does not embrace homosexuality as an equal and wholesome lifestyle elicit constant criticism from moderate to extreme conservatives. The fact is, Rosie O’Donnell is just exercising her freedom of speech and is saying nothing illegal. Irresponsible and asinine, but hardly illegal. It is our right to criticize the president and spout any conspiracy theory that comes to mind even when it is based upon minimal factual evidence. Rosie has a right to be a lesbian and can tell us all about it ad nauseam all within the bounds of her constitutional rights. The problem with the program “The View” is not Rosie O’Donnell but the producers and, in particular, Barbara Walters.

Ms. Walters is quick to remind the audience that she has created a program where a multitude of views can be freely expressed and the views of Ms. O’Donnell do not mirror her own. She is very defensive when others criticize her for having Rosie on the show and allowing her to make her outrageous accusations and endless loud-spoken rants. While it is true that Barbara is not responsible for Rosie’s views, Barbara is responsible for the overall representation of the show and its political tilt. There is one conservative co-host on the show, Elisabeth Hasselback, who is a soft-spoken 29 year old Republican Catholic who is pro-life and pro-Bush. She also comes across as shrill, very young, not-so-well informed and most of all, non-confrontational. Add to this the fact that the studio audience is filled with loud New York City lefties who applaud O’Donnell when she makes statements such as admitting she sometimes swears at her kids, Bush is a liar and should be impeached, partial-birth abortions should remain legal and that Catholics are biased and should not be on the Supreme Court. If Elisabeth does make a well thought out and intellectual argument for Middle-America and those to the right, Rosie is often yelling over the top of her and Elizabeth soon finds herself under the foot of both Rosie and Joy Behar. I mentioned that Elisabeth is slightly under-informed on the issues of the day. Compared to Joy Behar she is Albert Einstein. Joy is a genius of comedy and timing but has an admitted grudge against the Republicans and anyone to the right of George Soras. She scoffs at traditional marriage in theory and in her own life by refusing to marry her boyfriend of 20+ years Steve and belittling those who still hold marriage to be a sacred institution. She often makes comments claiming no one will vote for Rudy Giuliani because he is Pro-Life or accusing Republicans of flip-flopping on issues then in the same sentence claiming Democrats never do. The celebrity co-hosts they hire for the days Barbara is not hosting are all decidedly left of center and can often be seen jumping on top of the Elisabeth tackle and getting in their kicks while she is down. Elisabeth is also quick to be pushed from her conservative mark and has gone so far as to say she thinks there is nothing wrong with gay marriage.

The point is that the show does not reflect an accurate view of America’s idealism. We are a nation ideologically split 50/50. This year, the nation resoundingly voted down state propositions allowing gay marriage and supports bans on partial-birth abortions. Despite what Hollywood may say, we are still a very traditional nation not wanting the progressive agenda forced down our throats. Case in point: “The O’Reilly Factor” is the number one rated cable news show on the air right now. Barbara Walters claims to want to present a balanced view on American issues yet puts a young and under-informed Elisabeth Hasselback against two pit-bulls and sometimes three, depending on the co-host. Present the show as it is…a liberal talk show representing the liberal views of the Hollywood elite.

The infuriating part of Barbara Walter’s performance is her constant insistence she is neutral and does not share her views one way or another. She continually lets Rosie rant on the craziest of subjects yet if Elisabeth starts talking about anti-abortion, religious or moral issues, Barbara tells her to calm down and presents evidence to refute her in her calm “This is 20/20” voice. Barbara selectively presents factual evidence to back the left while leaving Elisabeth to flounder on the shore without a leg to stand on if it is a pro moral or religious issue. Elisabeth once was trying to defend her view that people who cheat on their spouses are not as good of parents as people who stay faithful. Barbara, Joy and Rosie all pounced on her telling her that fidelity choices have nothing to do with what type of parent you are. Elisabeth was trying to say that a person’s moral fiber can be seen and judged by their children but Barbara would have none of it. She said that the majority of people cheat in marriages and that is the way life goes and cheating does not make someone a “bad person”. The audience continued to wildly applaud this notion while booing Elisabeth.

If Barbara wanted to present balanced views on her shows, why not book Laura Ingram, Mary Matalin, or Michelle Malkin? The ratings would soar and it would actually be a fair playing field. Correct me if I am wrong but have you ever seen one guest co-host on that show batting right of center?

I say we call a horse a horse and categorize “The View” as a liberal soapbox. Someone on Fox News, please offer Elisabeth Hasselback a job on your network so she can be done with these women and also so “The Right” in America no longer has to be represented by putting Chicken Little into the ring with The Wildebeests and calling it a fair fight.

Barbara obviously pulls for the left and has proven it by her choice of Rosie as co-host and her continual defense of her presence on the show. Barbara could redeem herself if in Year #11 of “The View” if she employs a sarcastic, loud-mouthed, far-righty to take over the platform…Ann Coulter anyone?

*Thanks to Louis from Wisconsin, a loyal IRF reader and “The View” critic, for this post. She has also guest-posted on Tales from the Crib concerning the evils of home sales.

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  • 1. lemare  |  May 3, 2007 at 6:13 pm

    I was listening to Laura Ingraham on the subject and she said, “I don’t know what they pay Elizabeth Hasselbach, but it isn’t enough.” I couldn’t agree more.

    I’ve also had the same thought that if you’re going to have a loud-mouthed comedian from the left, why not have an Ann Coulter on the other side? Louis, I fear we think the same!

    Barbara just uses the View as a vehicle to distribute liberal propoganda through her cohosts while trying to keep HERSELF looking like a respectable journalist.

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  • 2. Jdon  |  May 3, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Bravo! ~ Standing Ovation. I can’t believe anyone would want to watch such rubbish!

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  • 3. JL  |  May 3, 2007 at 8:25 pm

    A strong conservative viewpoint definitely would help the show. I can’t watch regularly because I cringe every time Elisabeth gets beat up and can’t back herself up. Yesterday, the three liberals jumped on her for saying it was nice of President and Mrs. Bush to thank Idol viewers for their donations to needy children. Rosie and Joy can twist anything around into a chance to sling mud at the Republicans. And what Rosie presents as fact is rarely true.

    On the radio today they said there were rumors that Roseanne Barr, Whoopi Goldberg and Dina Lohan (mother of Lindsay) have thrown their hats into the ring for Rosie’s spot. No, no and no!

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  • 4. lemare  |  May 3, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    How does being the mother of the biggest screw up since Brittney Spears get on a talk show? Well, at least Mrs. Hilton hasn’t offered.

    In researching my Celebrity Republicans post (https://inrareform.wordpress.com/2007/04/18/what-do-you-say-to-cal-ripken-jr/) I came across Roseann being rumored to be a republican, but that’s probably rubbish. What is their obsession with uncouth women north of 200lbs?

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  • 5. JL  |  May 3, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Now I’m almost certain this person isn’t into compassionate conservatism, but wouldn’t Nathan Lane be delightful company for the panel?

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  • 7. lemare  |  May 26, 2007 at 3:51 pm

    In light of recent events, I think we have more to say here…

    First of all, the fight between Rosie and Elizabeth Hasslebach on the View last Thursday was amazing. Elizabeth really came into her own. She stuck up for herself and while she held her head high and refused to reduce herself to name-calling and childish antics, she defended herself VIGOROUSLY against Rosie’s bullying. I was impressed. I knew I always liked her politics the best on the show, but she FINALLY made her voice REALLY heard on the show and held her own. Hats off to the the mother-to-be.

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