HASSLING HASSLEBACK


Proof of conservatives’ ability to dish it out but not take it, Exhibit 6,000,0001 (the number of Nazis Mel Gibson thinks Jews killed in Germany between 1941-1945):

Walters Harshly Scolds Co-Host On ‘The View’

Veteran newswoman Barbara Walters hit out at co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck live on the air Wednesday after a disagreement over the morning-after pill.

The panel on the talk show “The View” were discussing the day’s “hot topics” — including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s plan to consider selling the morning-after pill over the counter — when the debate became heated.

The politically conservative Hasselbeck could barely contain herself as the topic was introduced saying, “My heart is almost out of my chest right now — I feel very strongly about this” before venting her fury.

Guest co-host Lisa Loeb tried to step in and disagree, calling Hasselbeck’s views “extreme.”
Walters desperately tried to rein Hasselbeck in as she went on her rant, but was repeatedly cut-off, as Hasselback offered such priceless ministrations as, “Life begins at penetration.” (Hers, or the baby’s? What if no fertilization occurs?)

A visibly annoyed Walters took control of the conversation scolding her co-host saying, “Elisabeth, calm down! Everybody has strong opinions on this and there are many other arguments other people could give you.” (Note: conservatives naturally think Walters’ statement is evidence of her liberal bias, even though she hired Ms. Hassleback, dated (titter) Roy Cohn and Alan Greenspan, and was seemingly enraptured with both, and fired Star Jones for what some might call socialy promiscuous (read: liberal) behavior. Could it just be possible that Hassleback was giving her a headache in Liz’ unrestrained act of cutting off anyone else from speaking, thereby implying, “I’m right, you’re wrong, shut up?”)

“I think the most important thing, which is what we see today, is to be able to have these discussions and listen to other people’s opinions and not go so crazy that you don’t listen to other people’s opinions. (Of course, to listen to other’s opinions, you first have to shut up for a few seconds. Hassleback couldn’t even do this, much less take the much harder and probably impossible step of making the bare attempt to try to understand the words coming out of someone’s mouth. Listening is not the absence of talking. It is an active exercise. When one’s rageometer’s batteries are in danger of threatening to break upon the mere threat of that person’s opening her mouth, that person would consider having to listen to someone the equivalent of being tossed upon a pile of plutonium).

“We have to have a way of discussing this without exploding, because people have to understand each other,” Walters said (naively).

When Hasselbeck tried to interrupt (demagogue) again, Walters said harshly (realizing that the dentist’s drill, unlike the rageometer, was not running out of batteries), “Can we stop now?” (May I ask, what is so wrong/”liberal” about that? Watching “The View” is an painul enough experience as it is. If Ms. Hassleback wasnts to augment this pain by acting like a baby, someone, the host I guess (“who are you to decide who gets punished,” a character once asked of Captain Kirk. “Who do I have to be,” He replied), can squelch the tantrum. Sure, M. Hassleback could have expressed her views, like a mture republican woman (NRR 33 earplugs required). Since she failed to do so, though, what was Ms. Walters to do? Effectively silence herself and her other co-stars so that the show could turn into a mouthpiece for the unchallenged (notice how I didn’t say “extreme”; that is a matter of opinion) views of one individual?

A visibly shaken Hasselbeck then ripped up her note cards as the show cut to commercial.
When the show returned, Walters was comforting her teary co-host, saying, “The wonderful thing about this show is we can have discussions that we feel very emotional about. We respect your opinion.” (A disingenuous statement perhaps, but only to a point. Her opinion was respected enough that she was allowed to make her scene for a sufficiently long time without having her diaper changed).

Hasselbeck appeared on the verge of tears and kissed her co-host saying, “I love being here with you guys” before crawling into Walter’s lap and being strangely cradled like a baby. (Passive-aggressive, of course; Ms. Hasselback must realize that she who lives to lap today learns to slap another day.”

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As long as conservatives believe (supposedly) in the infallibility of the God in whose name they shill for, their arguments, at the end of the day, are more shrill and vitriolic than the arguments of those who do not make such arguments on the faux-basis of religious infallibility. Granted, many on the left, many Democrats, and various sundry flotsam and jetsam haters all across the world who do not believe in a God have a supply of poisonous venom all their own, but that veom does not spring eternal from the well of filth known as religion. The non-conservatives have to make up their hate sometimes, an act which takes away from the actual act of hating. Hardly a consolation for non-haters, but a distinction, yes.


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