Along with the usual yelling, screaming, and arm waving that so makes “The View” an entertaining display, a new drama was inserted as Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg, the far left-wingers of the Ladies of “The View,” walked off the set.
Bill O’Reilly, the combative Fox News host, was trying to explain why people object to the 9/11 or Ground Zero Mosque, planned to be built within walking distance of where 3,000 people were murdered by Muslim fanatics on 9/11/2001. The talk was heated, with people screaming at each other, talking over each other, and making silly gestures.
Then O’Reilly said, “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”
Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg had enough. They got up and stomped off the set. It was left for Barbara Walters to try to be the voice of reason while the audience hooted and cheered.
O’Reilly owned that he perhaps should have added the word “extremists” or “fanatics” in front of “Muslims” to clarify that he did not mean “all” Muslims killed us on 9/11. At that point, a little bit mollified, Behar and Goldberg stomped back onto the stage, took their seats, and the arguing commenced again.
Mind, one wonders what the problem was. All 19 of the hijackers who seized airliners and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and that field in Pennsylvania were Muslim. There was no way one could have construed that O’Reilly meant that all Muslims did those things, though many approved when hearing of it.
For example, one would not get screaming and stomping off in a huff if one were to say, “Germans killed the Jews during World War II” or “Southerners oppressed African Americans during the Civil War.” There aren’t that many people who care that there were plenty of Germans who didn’t kill Jews or approved of doing so, and that there were Southern abolitionists, some of whom fought for the Union in the Civil War.
But of course we have to be very neat and precise when speaking of Muslims in the context of 9/11 and the War on Terror that followed. In fact, in some circles, it is considered somewhat not done to mention that Muslims can be terrorists at all. Certainly one is hard pressed to find Muslim terrorists, outside of “24,” on TV or at the movies.
It could be that Behar and Goldberg were just intimidated by O’Reilly and used the “Muslims killed us” as an excuse to retreat and calm down. In any case, the fault lies with Barbara Walters, who lost control of the conversation, as she often does. Bill O’Reilly rarely does that, much to his credit.
Source: ‘The View’ : Joy and Whoopi walk out on Bill O’Reilly, Annie Barrett, Entertainment Weekly, October 14th, 2010