O’Donnell – Defending the Indefensible

Rosie O’Donnell is leaving The View ahead of her scheduled departure time following her spat with Elisabeth Hasselbeck. On the back of her regular efforts to discredit the US troops, denigrate the President, and propogate unsubstantiated falsehoods (9/11 conspiracy theories), this departure is long overdue.

While free speech and questioning of authority are to be encouraged in a democratic society, abuse of a public position to spread unproven, extremist theories and to undermine the country at a time of war should not be tolerated.

It is interesting that this blog has received a number of comments containing extreme vitriol as a result of its criticism of O’Donnell and yet these same people are quite happy to hear her compare the US forces to terrorists and President Bush to war criminals.

O’Donnell’s right to free speech is undeniable – she does not have the right to abuse the troops and spread groundless, extremist conspiracy theories on national television without being questioned.

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4 Responses to “O’Donnell – Defending the Indefensible”

  1. someone else Says:

    “public position to spread unproven, extemist theories . . . should not be tolerated.”

    So, I’m guessing you don’t watch FOX then, right?

    “abuse of a public position to . . . and to undermine the country at a time of war should not be tolerated.”

    When the war is illegal and unjustified, everyone has an obligation to question and undermine the WAR. That’s not always the same thing as undermining the country. I don’t think she was suggesting that the TROOPS are terrorists, but that the Bush administration are terrorists for creating an illegal and unjustified war. I don’t agree with it, but I’m tired of people twisting the words of liberal activists to make it sound like they all hate the troops. It’s simply not true.

  2. Jan Says:

    I am a Democrat and feel it is time to leave Iraq, however, blasting our troops and spouting wild conspiracy theories against Bush and our government is completely offensive. I am glad Rosie is leaving the view…surely they can do better than her. However, her nutty statements aside, I think some good comes from the extreme dialogue she stimulates. Regardless of one’s position on the war, we are all frustrated with its progression and voyeuristically indulging in Rosie’s chaotic exchanges allows us to vicariously vent and explore our own views.

  3. Shelley Schulz Says:

    Sorry to be just one more “vitriolic extremist” to comment on your blog (and feel free to just label me a liberal and ignore the content), BUT Rosie O’Donnell is not the first person in a public position to spread “unproven, extremist theories” at a time of war. Have you never heard of Jerry Fallwell, Rush Limbaugh, Elizabeth Hasselback??? Free speech is one of the tenets that this country is based on, and denigrating the people who have the fortune to be able to publicly share their views seems rather closed-minded and intolerant. Oh wait, you already DID say it should not be tolerated. I also find it rather unrefreshing to read that you think Ms. O’Donnell compared the US forces to terrorists and regularly denigrated the troops. If you have listened to many or even some of her rants on the show, she has repeatedly said she supports the troops and blames the leaders who put them in harm’s way for the wrong reasons. And I have to agree with her that I too would feel attacked and subjected to terrorism if troops from another country came to my town and killed many people and raped children and massacred families when they got mad at one of our people for hurting or killing their fellow soldiers. This kind of violence cannot end well and certainly does not make me proud of our leaders. Especially when we know our leaders lied about why we were sending the troops there in the first place.

  4. mpinkeyes Says:

    Well said.

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