Bill O’Reilly–who really sounds completely nuts sometimes–got his due on “The View” today.
Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar got up and walked off the set during an interview that all the ladies were having with O’Reilly. He said that Muslims caused 9-11.
He didn’t say extremists. And he stuck to his guns. “Muslims killed us on 9-11.”
Whoopi said, “Bullshit.” And left. Joy went with her.
Barbara Walters then chastised O’Reilly and told him to apologize to the Muslim community. He did, but he didn’t mean it. He’s really an oaf and a boor. When I made occasional appearances on his show, he used to just yell questions that he didn’t really want the answers to. Roger Ailes has empowered him, despite all his scandals. Yikes.
One more thing, Bill: your assertion about “70 percent of Americans don’t want the Mosque”–is a tired, pointless, divisive argument. I live two miles from the Ground Zero and watched the events of 9-11 from my living room. Two of my friends were missing all day. The husband of a friend died in the collapse of the towers. Hundreds of grieving people wandered this neighborhood for two weeks passing out fliers and hoping to see their loved ones. This is not a national referendum. It’s up to New Yorkers, if anyone, to voice an opinion about the Mosque. All these other opinions are nice but they are irrelevant.
Anyway, Whoopi and Joy returned. But good for them. It’s enough already. Peace.