This morning, Rosie O'Donnell announced that she was leaving her hosting gig on ABC's The View. I don't know what's more distressing: that we still have two months of her irresponsible and hate-filled rants to endure or the fact that all of the cable television networks called this announcement "Breaking News."
"Breaking News" used to be reserved for presidential press conferences, natural disasters, and movie stars' deaths. The announcement that a talk show host won't be returning to her program next season really ranks up there in importance, doesn't it?!
I must say that I have mixed feelings about Rosie's departure. There is no doubt that she was wildly damaging to this country's efforts to fight a war against a ruthless enemy----an enemy that probably hung on her every word, just so they could mine what she said for their own propaganda and get a hearty chuckle. She was also intellectually dishonest, taking the president's comments and policies way out of context in order to bash him, or she was simply wrong about her facts. She never let the truth get in the way of what she wanted to say.
On top of it all, Rosie was a classic bully. She never let anyone with an opposing viewpoint speak for very long, because she wanted to shut them down before their arguments gained traction. She bulldozed everyone in her path, including her fellow co-hosts, none of whom dared to stand up to her.
But as offensive and dangerous as she was, she also served a purpose: she showed how vacuous and ridiculous the left in this country really is, how vapid its arguments, how ill-informed its viewpoints, how reckless its policies, how short-sighted and low-class its spokespeople. Rosie's daily irresponsibility exposed all of that. And although her departure doesn't mean the left won't still have its wackos out there, many of them will be just a little less obvious. (Senator Harry Reid excluded.)
Rosie may once again get her own daily talk show, where she can control everything without having to deal with co-hosts who may not toe her radical line. But for now, we bid her adieu from ABC, which indulged her insipid recklessness for far too long. The enemy has lost a great ally from network television today, and although they still have plenty of others helping their cause, for now at least, Rosie O'Donnell exits Stage Left.