Everyone is talking about this horrible battle. Sadly this battle is not in Iraq or Afghanistan, but on a morning talk show.
Last Wednesday I was ready to leave the house when my wife called me over to watch The View‘s “Hot Topics” segment. I saw a knock down, drag out, kitchen sink fight between Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I will not to attempt to divine what is in Rosie or Elisabeth’s heart or mind and my speculation is not going to help matters. All I want to do is comment on what I saw during and after the show.
We start with Joy Behar talking about Al Gore on Larry King Live and she presents a George W. Bush laundry list, her point being that people should have been watching the Al Gore interview instead of Dancing With The Stars (I’m Sure that went well with the ABC brass). One can agree or disagree with Joy. Elisabeth does present a valid point that in our technical age we can watch one show and TiVo another, but honestly, how many people watched one show and TiVo’d the other? Let’s get real — we are talking about two different shows with two very different demographics.
It’s sad that now everyone is talking about the cat fight instead of the subject of the cat fight. A cat fight seems to have more zing than talking about the wars or our president. Still, we saw on TV two professional communicators who chose to hit below the belt. Rosie should not make statements about who the terrorist are, statements that are open to misinterpretation, then get on the defensive when others misinterpret her. In other words, say what you mean. Elisabeth was hired because she has a specific point of view and should have expressed that view when asked if she believed that Rosie called our troops terrorists. Her silence was also open to misinterpretation. Finally, even if everyone did what Joy suggested and watched Al Gore instead of Dancing With The Stars, nothing would change. Those who like Al Gore would still like Al and those who don’t like Al Gore would still not like Al Gore. Just like now, after the cat fight, I am watching the political pundits on the cable news shows and seeing those in the Rosie camp support Rosie and those in the Elisabeth/anti-Rosie camp support Elisabeth. Finally to those of you who studied rhetoric or who were on the debate team in high school or college, don’t expect to see intelligent discourse with professionals seeking positive conflict resolution. That is not in the best interest of either show biz or politics.
To quote Rodney King, “Cant we all just get along?”