This. Because of this, right here.
Look, is it valid to disagree with Bill O’Reilly? Yes. Of course it is. Personally, from what I’ve seen of his show, I think Bill O’Reilly is an patronizing ass. I think there are a lot of people who probably agree that Bill O’Reilly is an ass (let’s say 90% of people who watch The Daily Show). I think he makes himself sound like an ass when he says things like “listen to me, you might learn something” as though Joy Behar was his 11 year old granddaughter. And because of that, if you’re a thinking grown-up then it should be pretty easy to win an argument with him. And I would have been delighted to see that happen. But it didn’t. Because these women are monkeys.
How do you not win an argument? How is the only way you don’t win an argument, ever? By putting your fingers in bunny ears behind someone’s head and screaming “pinhead! Pinhead!” And then responding to statements about how 70% of people don’t want a mosque built near the World Trade Center site with “I’m an American! I’m an American too!” Joy, this is like screaming “I like pickles!” That may well be true, but it has nothing to do with the topic at hand.
Nor is yelling “show me the poll!” going to be all that effective. Odds are, someone isn’t just going to make up a statistic on air. I mean, I guess you could try it. You’d be found out immediately afterwards because the Internet exists, but you could try it. But Bill O’Reilly didn’t – it was a poll from CNN. From August, but okay. Actually, you know one way to have approached that argument? To maybe talk about how people’s opinions might have evolved in the past two months as we became better informed about aspects of the mosque and… whatever. I’m not going to try to win this argument for them. I’m not on my high school debate team anymore. And this really isn’t about the argument. It’s about how The View seems to be comprised of women who are perfectly happy to be seen as irrational harpies.
Look, Bill O’Reilly is not a specimen no one has encountered before. These women are presumably intelligent and well prepared. They should know exactly what to expect. Besides, his attitudes aren’t that uncommon. Back home I like to call men like him “all my dad’s friends.” Do they say things like “listen to me, you might learn something?” Yes. And when they do, you take a breath, and you think, “you do not mean to be an asshole, your golf game did not go well today, and your wife is very possibly cheating on you with your caddy.” And then you try to smile at them as you say “Huh. Well, gosh, I guess I hadn’t looked at it that way. That’s an interesting point. But have you considered that…” And then you bring up facts. Good, hard, solid facts. Facts that have nothing to do with how you feel about anything. Don’t be a human being in these discussions, Joy Behar, be a fact machine. Try to have some modicum of respect for the other person and you might actually have an interesting discussion, and maybe – maybe – get them to see things from your point of view. Or you might, legitimately, learn something.
But when you just get up and yell and walk off the stage, you look like a huffy infant whose convictions are so flimsy that they can`t even stand in opposition to someone like Bill O`Reilly’s. I’m sorry – I seriously don’t understand how any of these women get to host a talk show. They seem like everything that misogynistic males think women are like when it comes to talking about world issues (overly emotional, prone to screaming, inclined to name calling, incapable of restraint). Elizabeth Hasselback throws out some strange sort of nonsense-ball and she still comes off better just because she’s not screaming (and her hair is real, real pretty). This just makes me want to bury my head in my hands and weep.
Good Lord, why does this show exist? Why does it exist?