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Barbara Walters Claims Dog Spoke to Her: This is Journalism?

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To: The Mainstream News Media
From: A reporter-turned-educator who is still a news junkie
Re: Barbara Walters

Some people, myself among them, believe Barbara Walters should have had her journalist tag revoked long ago. Sure, she "interviews" people but she has become more famous for making celebrities cry and asking inane questions.

As with Larry King, Walters asks celebrities softball questions to which they respond with pre-scripted answers and they enjoy some happy times together.

This is why both of them should not be treated any more seriously than, say,
Brangelina. At least Team Brangelina in recent weeks have used their collective celebrity and media attention for good causes, such as saying they will not marry until gays also have the right to marry.

Before you protest, "Who in their right mind considers Walters a journalist anyway?" consider that she was the first female to co-anchor the evening network evening news.

And what does Walters do with her celebrity? She makes a fool of herself on a regular basis on The View.

Today she hit a new low as she suggested – with a straight face, mind you – that her dog spoke to her.

She claims that when she told her dog she loved her, the dog responded:  "I love you."

James Frey, memoirist/fictionwriter, and Jonathan Karr, who confessed to killings he did not actually do, are starting to look more credible in my mind than Walters.

You know, I read an excellent book about humans talking to their dogs. The book, Dogs of Babel, was by Carolyn Parkhurst. The premise was that a man wanted his dog, the only witness to his wife's death, to speak so he can find out what really happened.

Oh, wait, that was fiction. Methinks Walters' episode is also fictional.

Perhaps it is fitting that Parkhurst's new novel is called Lost and Found because it is looking increasingly like Walters has lost her mind.

Walters says that she is going to bring a corroborating witness onto The View. If that witness can't appear, I'm sure Walters can find some crazy old ladies who talk to their cats to appear and speak on her behalf.

Better, though, for Walters to admit she is just more desperate for attention than Paris Hilton, but without that whole slutty image, thank God.

So let me close with this thought: Who in their right mind still considers Walters a journalist? A person who should be paid to interview others?

ABC, that's who, and all the minions who watch Walters' show. 

ABC's biography of Walters begins this way: "Barbara Walters has arguably interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history. She is so well known that her name and a brief biography is listed in the American Heritage Dictionary."

It's time for the biography to be updated to change one word: Replace the word "journalist" with "joke."

Until then she, Larry King, Geraldo Rivera and others of their ilk are cheapening the word  "journalist" in the same way that people who overuse the word Nazi are lessening the meaning of that label.

I remain,

Your Constant Reader,

Scott Butki 

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About Scott Butki

Scott Butki was a newspaper reporter for more than 10 years before making a career change into education... then into special education. He has been doing special education work for about five years He lives in Austin. He reads at least 50 books a year and has about 15 author interviews each year and, yes, unlike tv hosts he actually reads each one. He is an in-house media critic, a recovering Tetris addict and a proud uncle. He has written articles on practically all topics from zoos to apples and almost everything in between.
  • http://theinsideofmybrain.com Matthew Milam

    Walters is looking worse considering she booted Star Jones (who I don’t like). I’m glad Anderson Cooper hasn’t gone wacko on us.

  • Ann Hedderich

    Perhaps Walters can take her talking dog to Australia and have it channel the spirit of Steve Irwin next week when she harrasses his poor widow and daughter. Since her claim to fame is making people cry, this should be like shooting fish in a bucket.

  • STM

    I just don’t understand what the problem is here in relation to Walters’ claim …

    My dog speaks to me, as well. I say to her: “Dinner time”, and she responds with “Woof, woof, growl, woof.”

    I say to her: “Get off the fu.king bed you $800 mongrel, you stink after being out in the yard in the rain.” She invariably replies with, “Growl, growl, woof, woof,” before slinking off.

    I have had these translated by a guy who also knows Klingon, and he says the first means “Stop farting around with the can opener, can’t you see I’m starving” and the second means, “You arseh.le … this is my spot. You might be here at night, but I sleep here all day and you’ve never known the difference. Sucker.”

    I don’t know why anyone would doubt Barabara’s integrity (or her sanity) on this one.

  • Scott Butki

    Very funny response.

    I wonder what my fish are saying to me.