It seems much longer than it has been for the awakening re: Barack to take place. I think that's in part due to how strong the obsession was. Surely, history will not look well on the Nobel Peace Prize being given to him for . . . winning an election.
I want to highlight something from the snapshot (I'll still have it in full at the end of my journal entry).
That's disturbing. The remarks the sergeant is making are disturbing. That is why I wanted to pull it out of the snapshot to be sure that everyone saw it.
Here's C.I.'s comments on the interview:
There is not much to add to that. Leo Dunson needs someone to steer him through some rough waters. His perceptions are faulty and will likely harm him if someone doesn't address the issues.
Community member KeShawn left a comment on an article at Neon Tommy that I want to share:
Esmerelda Del Rio needs to watch TV more closely if she's going to 'report' on it. EDR writes:
"That's why I was also deeply frustrated that Elizabeth Hasselbeck, another co-host of the show who was criticizing the Obama Administration for deciding to refer to extremist like Al Qaeda as "radical Islamist," instead of using the word terrorist like the previous administration did. It's important for the president to use that terminology because the distinction of what defines a terrorist in the 21st century needs to be made. This is particularly because terrorists use religion in order to gain a following. Later on in her argument, Hasselbeck says that there are terrorists in all religions; that is a yes and a no. It's not the religion that Americans should use to distinguish what a terrorist is, but instead what terrorist group uses religion for their own political agendas."
Later on? Elisabeth -- and it's E-l-i-s-a-b-e-t-h -- H. brought up the issue only once. When Whoopi and Joy were off the set, EH raised the issue and she stated that they should be called "terrorists" and specifically critizied Barack Obama for using other terms that conjure up Muslims. (I don't know if she's correct or not about what Obama's said. I'm only stating what she said on the show.)
Don't take just my word for it, the show's up at Hulu.
EDR not only misses what EH said, she misses the point. As Ava and C.I. of Third Estate Sunday Review point out
the issue really isn't Bill O'Reilly who behaved as he always does. The issue is why was he booked and, once he was booked, hosts participating in the interview are paid to be present for the interviews. It was embarrassing and shameful for Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar to walk out. Hosts don't do that. I notice that this 'report' at Neon Tommy also refuses to mention that ABC had to censor Whoopi's language because she began cursing at the guest. Also not host behavior.
I expect a little more facts from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and I also expect them to be aware of what a host's duties are. This article by EDR is an embarrassment. It misses every journalistic and communication issue to tell us Bill O'Reilly made a fool of himself which is not news nor even new.
"TV: Crazy Thursday" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
As the host, you do not walk out on an interview. Many, many years ago, Lily Tomlin walked out on a talk show. Chad Everett was referring to his wife as "my property." Lily found it offensive. She walked out. We applaud her for that. The difference isn't that Lily was protesting sexism. The difference is the show wasn't The Lily Tomlin Show. (It was The Dick Cavett Show.) She was a guest. A guest can walk out.
A host? ABC pays all five hosts to be present and do their jobs. You don't have the luxury of storming out. They're very lucky -- as one ABC exec noted to us -- that Barbara was present because if she hadn't been, this wouldn't have been one of those moments when Barbara can show up the next day and smooth things over. They need to learn their jobs.
There's no excuse of they found Bill vulgar. O'Reilly is no more and no less vulgar than he always is. They knew what they were getting into. They refused to allow him to answer questions and that's the point that's really not being discussed.
Is The View going to be used as a Democratic Party organ to attack? If there's a reason to ask any guest a question, there's a reason to hear their answer. Badgering a guest? That shouldn't be allowed. Sherri asked a question and it was too much for Whoopi to wait for that question to be answered before cutting and demanding attention.
Joy and Whoopi need to learn, as two ABC execs noted, to shut up.
Ava and C.I. have written an epic and it's an important one. Reading it, I was proud just to know them both.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):