The Rosie O’Donnell-Elisabeth Hasselbeck battle is big news. In a modern female version of CNN’s old Crossfire show, these panelists on ABC’s “The View” let the rhetoric fly on issues like the Iraq War. But there is more at stake than a clash of media personalities. Whatever happened to the media’s responsibility to get the facts right?On May 17, Rosie implied that U.S. Government officials — and U.S. soldiers in Iraq — were terrorists, saying, “I just want to say something. 655,000 Iraqi civilians are dead. Who are the terrorists?” When Hasselbeck incredulously repeated Rosie’s statement, “Who are the terrorists?…Who are you calling terrorists?” Rosie attempted to clarify, saying, “I’m saying that if you are in Iraq and another country, the United States, the richest in the world, invaded your country and killed 655,000 of your citizens, what would you call us?” She later attempted to distinguish between supporting the troops while opposing the government that sent them to Iraq.
Do yourself a favor and read the entire article which explains where Rosie got this number and why it is incorrect.