Wednesday, July 16, 2008

What's With The View???

I need somebody to tell me why women sit in front of "The View." I'm a woman and I just don't get it.

Watching a group of semi-informed women sit around a table and discuss current events is just not all that informative. Are women really so emotion driven that they want to hear about what people feel about everything? What good is that going to do? Consider the following exchange from The View:

Barbara Walters: Syria is an amazing country. It is not at all what I expected... I've never felt safer.
Whoopi Goldberg: So where does this misconception come from that Syria's an issue?
Barbara Walters: Well, first of all, the country is on our terrorist list. They are against the way in Iraq... And they are neighbors and friends of Iran... And they are friendly with both Hamas and Hezbollah who are two groups that we consider unfriendly groups in Israel... They have also been accused of allowing people and terrorists to cross the border into Iraq. They say they do not do that and they haven't and they've really cut down on it.

Yeeeeah. So Barbara Walters goes to Syria and feels very safe while she's there. (Never mind that she's a reporter and Syrian officials are hardly going to allow her to feel anything but safe in an effort to get some good press.) Because she has "never felt safer," it must be a misconception that Syria is an issue to America. (Never mind all the evidence to the contrary - it's all about how Barbara felt while she was there.) 

Hezbollah and Hamas are two groups that are unfriendly groups in Israel? Well, I would say that's a bit of an understatement. Compare it to this scenario:

For generations, the Jones family has owned thirty acres of land. It has not always been their land, but it has for a number of generations. Due to circumstances perhaps even beyond the Jones' control, events transpire and the court issues an order that the land no longer belongs to them, it belongs to me. I then get to go and live on that land. I let the Jones family know that in spite of the fact that the land now belongs to me legally, they are free to continue to reside on the property. I will be building a house for me and my family on the acre immediately next to theirs. The Jones family hates me. They hate my family. They want "their" land back, which is no longer theirs. (We can argue about the fairness of the situation or the lack thereof until we're blue -- it's still not theirs.) The Jones have tried to set fire to my home, have tried to sniper-fire at me from their windows as I'm leaving for work, have tried to poison my well, and have managed to get the local paper to continuously write nasty editorials about me and the plight of the Jones family. The Jones have started an organization that says my family is lower than scum (pigs, monkeys) and they will not rest until every last one of my family is wiped off the face of the earth. 

To say that the Jones are an "unfriendly" group to me and my family is a bit understated, wouldn't you agree? 

Such silliness...

It's a pity that this show is what passes for intelligent thought for women. I guess if we're going to compare it to other daytime TV... I'll call it a step above "The Days of Our Lives."

1 comment:

H.L.Washburn said...

I might have to disagree with you about “Days of Our Lives” being a step below “The View”. At least the soaps know what they are talking about. They write about sex, money, and power, and leave it at that usually. “The View” attempts to tackle every social issue possible, and has no real grasp of any of them, so they have to lean on the one thing all women are suppose to have in common, feelings.
Barbara Walters is a joke. She claims to be this serious journalist, but all she has ever really accomplished is interviewing Hollywood, the most uninformed group in the WORLD. She sounds like Barack Obama. He claims to know everything about everything, but when he opens his mouth on any issue, he sounds like he has been living in a glass bubble for the last 20 years. Baba WaWa, as she was called on Saturday Night Live, was more intelligently played Gilda Radner than she appears on “The View” each day.
“The View” qualifies as news for a generation of women whose higher priestess is Oprah Winfrey.