In fact, if ABC would step away from their money-grubbing concerns about increasing viewership through controversy for a moment, then they would see that they should be down-right embarrassed by the negative image that their employee, Rosie O'Donnell, is giving the network.
On March 23, fifteen British Sailors assigned to the British frigate H.M.S. Cornwall, operating under United Nations mandate to patrol the waters between Iran and Iraq, were captured in Iranian waters, and are currently being held hostage, paraded around, and humiliated by the Iranian Government. These servicemen were not engaged in any acts of war or hostility, but rather were in the process of finishing up the inspection of an Indian-flagged cargo vessel thought have been illegally smuggling/ transporting automobiles. An accurate and fair run down of events can be found here.
The Iranians have a history of taking hostages; we all remember how Americans were taken hostage in November of 1979, and released upon the election of Ronald W. Reagan (who would have probably decimated Iran had the stand-off continued) in 1981, and more recently June 21, 2004, when Iranians took eight British serviceman hostage for three days.
Any normal person would recognize that taking 15 people hostage is an act of terror, if not an act of war. And any normal person would recognize the severity of the situation, and the fact that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a madman, hell-bent on developing Nuclear Weapons in order to dominate the Gulf region, and intimidate the world. Any intelligent person recognizes that if the situation continues to escalate that these 15 British service personnel might never see their families again. And among them is 26-year old mother of one, Faye (Topsy) Turney, who if you haven't noticed - is shamefully and under duress being used by Iran to write letters of apology, and letters implying British guilt. Any normal person that is... but not fat, pathetic Rosie.
O'Donnell, is co-host of the downward spiraling show The View, and is well known for her open homosexuality and liberal activism. ABC Television hired O'Donnell in order to increase ratings by allowing her to run her mouth unchecked, spewing her controversial (and vocally obnoxious) attacks on everything, including current events, and individual people . Over the past several months, she started feuds with Star Jones and Donald Trump, and she has been heard attacking American Idol, the Chinese Language, Kelly Ripa, President Bush, Carl Rove, and under false pretenses during an interview - even Pearl Harbored poor Tom Selleck (Magnum PI) - because he is a gun owner and a quiet conservative, and she's even gone so far as to use ABC as a platform to suggest an all-out U.S. conspiracy regarding the 9/11 attacks. All that's apparently fine and dandy with ABC execs who say nothing. Well all this criticism of others is expected particularly considering her low self-esteem, weight problem, career failure, and alternative lifestyle choice.
But this week, she went too far.
She blamed entire hostage crisis on the British Government, and implied that the British were instigating a war by staging the whole thing. Her quotes on her website go further, she writes "the British did it on purpose... ". Completely ridiculous charges which have been confirmed false. Just what the friends and families of the innocents being held, and viewers want to hear - another conspiracy against the Government. Another dotted line reason to hate Bush, etc, etc.
And yet ABC - and especially Barbara Walters (who has lost all respectability since she's allowed Rosie to regularly spout off unchecked) doesn't seem to have the courage to challenge her on the facts, or even provide an alternative viewpoint. And shame on you , Barbara. You used to be a reputable and fair-minded journalist - and yet, you just sit there. Wow. Afraid to say something, or do you agree with Rosie's rambling idiocy? Or does ABC, the network that prides itself on "World News Tonight" endorse Rosie's political agenda?
The following is a copy of the transcript from The View regarding the British hostage crisis:
O'DONNELL: But what's interesting with the British sailors, there were 15 British sailors and Marines who apparently went into Iranian waters and they were seized by the Iranians. And I have one thing to say: Gulf of Tonkin, Google it.
Then the following exchange occurred:
O'DONNELL: Yes, but it’s very interesting too that, you know, these guys, they went into the water by mistake right at a time when British and American, you know, they're two, they’re pretty much our biggest ally and we're considering whether or not we should go into war with Iran.
BEHAR: But the U.N. was about to sanction them, also have an embargo against Iran. And the, and the timing [unintelligible] so they distracted the whole world with this.
ELISABETH HASSELBECK: Right and they may be about to expel the inspectors right now, too, which could be considered [unintelligible]
O’DONNELL: Right or it could be just the Gulf of Tonkin, which you should all Google.
It's funny she says at the end of the segway, "I find it's important to Google 'cause you can find out things you wouldn't find out on national TV." Sure. I recommend Googling "Rosie O'Donnell", then you can find out all kinds of things about this fat traitor who ABC television has granted an unchallenged political platform in which to spew hate and lies.
It's true that Rosie know little, but she knows a lot about liberal activism, she once said on The View: "Radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam in a country like America," that the U.S. government "robbed" terrorists including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "of his humanity..." Yeah right. Now we are robbing terrorists of their humanity - like that makes sense. In Rosie's backwards world, the United States and the Christians are the terrorist, and the Islamic Fundamentalist and their villainous hordes who suicide bomb and murder innocent victims are simply misunderstood heroes. Enough! What kind of person says this stuff?
For months we've heard about the O'Donnell's battles with Donald Trump. Rosie attacked Trump for giving Miss USA Tara Conner a second chance after her public mistakes. Of all people, O'Donnell should be the last one to criticize anyone considering that she's one big public blunder. And her life is one big lie.
What's also interesting is that since January The View has lost about a half million viewers. If the American Broadcasting Company keeps it up, they may find themselves missing sponsors too.
ABC Television - Do the right thing, and Fire Rosie! Or face the fact that she's become ABC's (and ABC's sponsor's) mouthpiece.
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