Crackpot 9/11 conspiracy theories are usually deemed beneath the dignity of network television. With Rosie O'Donnell now promoting the fringe, how embarrassed are ABC and Barbara Walters willing to be?
Since joining ABC's all-female talk show "The View" last year, comedienne and film star O'Donnell has exchanged insults with Donald Trump, and been labeled a bigot by Catholic League president William Donohue for what he called her "relentless and profoundly ignorant attacks on the Catholic Church and its teachings." According to O'Donnell "radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam."
Famed interviewer Walters, co-host and co-owner of "The View," and ABC might tolerate that kind of controversy. But will they accept her promotion of 9/11 conspiracy schemes? Last week, O'Donnell said the collapse of the 7 World Trade Center building "defies physics" because "it is impossible for a building to fall the way it fell without explosives being involved."
In a post on her Web site, she ranted last month about how 7 WTC "contained offices of the FBI, Department of Defense, IRS (which contained prodigious amounts of corporate tax fraud, including Enron's), U.S. Secret Service, Securities & Exchange Commission (with more stock fraud records), and Citibank's Salomon Smith Barney, the mayor's office of emergency management and many other financial institutions," not to mention "the U.S. Secret Service's largest field office with more than 200 employees."
In recent days, O'Donnell suggested on "The View" that Iran's capture of British seamen could be a plot by Britain and the U.S. to start a war with Iran. "Have governments ever faked incidents or incited incidents in order to get them into wars?" she asked.
O'Donnell smoothly transformed herself from history expert to a virtuoso in philosophy Thursday when a guest called the phrase "war on terror" propaganda. "Exactly," O'Donnell exclaimed, because the phrase "makes people into evil and good."
Reputable sources such as Popular Mechanics' "Debunking 9/11 Myths" report and last year's 10,000-page National Institute of Standards and Technology report have thoroughly debunked the 9/11 conspiracy crowd. While O'Donnell has a look at the facts they've assembled, she might also want to glance at her ABC contract — and get prepared to pull the cord on her golden parachute.
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