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ABC The View Barbara Walters was downright hostile to JFK mistress Mimi Alford

Over the last few days Mimi Alford has made the rounds on the talks shows promoting her memoir that details her relationship with President Kennedy. Walters took extreme umbrage to the salacious details that Alford shared in the book. She asked Alford why did she feel the need to share her story? Alford countered by saying she was outed in 2008 memoir by another Kennedy insider to which Walters replied no one even knew her name. Walters asked her did she think about Caroline which was interesting. Alford was also someone’s daughter did the president think about that before they became involved? It was obvious that Walters resented that this woman has chosen to tell her story. It was an interesting reaction and one I too could identify with. We all know that Kennedy was a womanizer, but it is something that is more upsetting to hear that he had sex with a 19 year old intern. He was in fact old enough to be her father. This took place in 1962 before the press reported every minute of the president’s schedule. People in the White House knew this was going on, but everyone chose to look the other way and now 50 years later we are forced to watch the last stones of the Camelot era fall apart before our eyes, and for people of a certain age it is easier to chastise the messenger than to deal with the fact that president took advantage of an intern. ABC message boards show opinions similar to mine.

I just watched Barbara Walters politely “grill” JFK’s mistress. You could tell that BW was strategically attacking this woman but in such a way to deny her actions. What is up with BW? It was very inappropriate for BW to behave in this manner. I don’t think she is in a place to throw stones. Besides, it took two (JFK and the mistress) to have an affair. Barbara, you should apologize for your unprofessional and childish behavior.

By REPEATEDLY implying that her guest is revealing lurid sexual details only to sell her book, she attempts to shame a woman who was victimized for revealing a man’s unethical sexual harrassment. The President of the Unites States could well be the world’s most intimidating authority figure, and having ANY kind of sexual relationship with his 19 year old employee is criminal. He did a BAD thing, MANY BAD THINGS, and yet Ms. Walters seems to believe the BAD thing is exposing him. If Ms. Walters cannot acknowledge that a man she admired was perhaps, not so admirable, that is HER problem. Making these dirty deeds public is the RIGHT thing to do, to educate everyone on the dangers of hero worship, and the evil of blaming the victim.

Jimmy Kimmel asks white people “who is your favorite black person”, is this funny?

Jimmy Kimmel said in honor of Black History Month he decided to send his cousin Sal out to ask white people who was their favorite black person. Is this funny or is this offensive? Tell me what you think.

Whoopi Goldberg is mad at Newt Gingrich, but she needs to get the facts straight

This is what Newt Gingrich said about poor children, “Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working, and have nobody around them who works. So they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. … They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash,’ unless it’s illegal.” Gingrich suggested that poor children could be “junior janitors.” He went on to say that these junior janitor positions would be reserved for children in really poor neighborhoods and public housing projects. He never said poor children should not go to school. He is suggesting that they work in their schools in positions that are currently performed by adults. This is bad anyway you look at it, but let’s be clear about what we are mad about. He has made some outrageous statements about child labor laws, but he has not said that poor children should not be educated.

Why is Sherri Shepherd offended by Barbara Walter’s use of the N-word, but not Whoopi Goldberg’s?

Today the hot topics got really hot on The View. While discussing the Rick Perry “Niggerhead Camp” Sherri Shepherd was offended when Barbara Walters said the word nigger, but she did not take offense when her co-host, Whoopi Goldberg said the same word. Walters said she was merely saying the word as part of the story she was not calling Shepherd a name, but Shepherd was still upset and she said she could not explain it to Walters. This is the problem with the word. It is either offensive or it is not. It can’t be fine for one group to say it and time to pull out protest signs when another groups says it. It is an ugly word and nobody should be saying it.

The View’s Whoopi Goldberg Says its Time to Play the Race Card

ABC The View’s Whoopi Goldberg said today what a lot of us are thinking. She said it is time to play the race card.  Watch the clip and tell me what you think.

The cancellation of All My Children and One Life to Live is a sad sign of the times

I was sad to hear that ABC is canceling All My Children and One Life to Live. I watched both of these shows from childhood through college. Once I got my first real job I gradually stopped watching, but I still would occasionally ask my aunt about the antics going on in Pine Valley and Llanview. “All My Children,” set in fictional Pine Valley, a town that closely resembles the Philadelphia Main Line, premiered on ABC on Jan. 5, 1970, as a half-hour show; seven years later it expanded to an hour. Star Susan Lucci was nominated for a Daytime Emmy 18 times before finally winning for Outstanding Lead Actress in 1999. “One Life to Live,” set in the fictional town of Llanview, which is modeled on a Philadelphia suburb, debuted July 15, 1968, as a half-hour show and became an hourlong in 1978.” One of the reasons they gave for the cancellation was there core audience had left the home and gone to work. The actors and actresses will probably not find profitable gigs like they had anytime soon. They like their primetime counterparts are also victims of reality television. The shows will be replaced with a cooking show and a talk show which will cost a fraction of what the two soap operas cost. Both of these shows had their heydey when there were less television options. During the pre-cable years you really had about four channels to choose from. We chose ABC, and even though I stopped watching years ago,  but I will still miss the residents of Pine Valley and Llanview.

Donald Trump appeared on The View and He is a Birther

While appearing on The View Donald Trump talked about rumors that he will run for president. He was asked if he was a birther. He said he wants to see the president’s birth certificate. He said “there is something on his birth certificate he does not like”. Whoopi Goldberg was agitated and she challenged Trump’s assertions, but Trump stood his ground. Goldberg pointed out that no white president had been asked to show his birth certificate why was this being asked of President Obama. Is this a black/ white issue of is Trump a serious contender? The idea of Trump being president seems laughable, but he seems to be polling well among the Republican field, and today he probably scored some points with members of the birther community. He might be their most famous spokesperson. Would you vote for Trump for president?

Was Robin Roberts out to get Chris Brown?

I have watched the video of the Chris Brown/Robin Roberts interview. Roberts comes across as a friend, but what she does to Brown could hardly be described as friendly. ABC contends Brown agreed to the questions in advance, but when you look at his body language it is hard to believe he would have agreed to the questions. Celebrities usually set the parameters for their interviews and it would seem that Brown would have requested that no questions about rihanna be asked. No one is trying to defend Brown’s behavior toward Rihanna, but did Roberts really have to persist with the questioning when it was plain to the viewing audience that the guest was uncomfortable? What was the motive? Pursuit of the truth or pursuit of high ratings. So Brown leaves the interview and explodes into a fit of rage and everyone is quick to say “I told you so”. Yes, it was unwise for Brown to respond the way he did, and I have to wonder who are his handlers, but I also wonder is Roberts proud of herself?

Charlie Sheen Defender Alex Jones on The View

This morning the ladies from The View attempted to interview Charlie Sheen confidante radio host Alex Jones. Sadly, they could not interview him because that is not what he was there for. He ranted and raved on a number of subjects unrelated to the Charlie Sheen situation. He talked about 9/11, George Bush, Wall Street and the Libyan dictator. They unsuccessfully tried to steer him back to Charlie Sheen but Jones was simply off the chain. This is the second time in two weeks that the guest has gone off the rails. The first one was Jessica Hahn when she brought up Barbara Walters’ affair with a married man. Today they had the unhinged and unruly radio host, Alex Jones. Somebody needs to really look at their booking criteria.

Bristol Palin is Not Afraid to Speak Up

Facebook has provided a means for people to speak up immediately about issues, and I have got to tip my hat to Bristol Palin. She has spoken out against  Keith Olbermann after he attacked her on his show and she has spoken out against one of her fellow Dancing With the Stars contestants, Margaret Cho. Cho said in a blog that Sarah Palin pressured her daughter into being in the show. Palin fired back on Facebook and said the following , “I was somewhat taken aback to read about me in a blog by my friend and fellow contestant, Margaret Cho.  In a post she called “Pistol Whipped” she wrote that “the only reason Bristol was on the show was because Sarah Palin forced her to do it. Sarah supposedly blames Bristol harshly and openly . . . for not winning the election,and so she told Bristol she “owed” it to her to do DWTS . . . .”  Let me shamelessly steal from Saturday Night Live: “Really, Margaret? Really? I will give my friend credit for creativity, and extra points for getting so many “facts” wrong in so few sentences.  Let me be blunt: my mom did not “force” me to go on DWTS.  She did not ask me either.  The show approached me.  I thought about it.  I made the decision.  After first worrying for me in terms of being exposed to those who hate us for what we believe in, both my mom and my dad became my number one supporters.  Anyone who watched the show could tell I performed better, and I felt better about myself, when they were in the audience.  I wanted to make them both proud, but politics had nothing to do with it. Loving my parents had everything to do with it.” I give Palin credit for calling Cho out. Some would say the high road would be to ignore the detractors, but that some does not include the Palins. If you come at them be prepared for a fight because they don’t retreat. They reload.