Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Sun-Times critic takes Rosie view

To some liberals in the news media, Fox News is an evil to be feared far more than those who believe their own government faked the worst attack on this country in history.

Put Chicago Sun-Times TV critic Doug Elfman in that category. His column this morning was an attack on Fox News for overreaching in attacking lunatic lefty Rosie O'Donnell, who is featured prominently on the MSM's weekday morning show called "The View."

His defense of O'Donnell was almost as lacking in logic as some of O'Donnell's pronouncements. What really was galling was Elfman's attempt to suggest that O'Donnell doesn't blame our government for the 9/11 attacks.

O'Donnell went on a tirade recently that World Trade Center Tower 7—a building near the Twin Towers—couldn't have collapsed because steel doesn't melt at the temperature of the fire that engulfed it. She concludes it was blown up deliberately.

As "proof" that O'Donnell doesn't believe the government engineered this detonation, O'Donnell said this, according to Elfman:

"No, I have no idea" who blew up Tower 7, O'Donnell said, and later added earnestly, "We're gonna take a break. We'll be right back in America, land of the free, home of the brave."
Maybe Elfman ought to do a little research before he launches his tirades against Fox News commentators who have criticized O'Donnell by characterizing her view on Tower 7 as America attacking itself.

Elfman benignly says Rosie shares her views with some conspiracy theorists around the country. Well, those conspiracy theorists all believe our government either knew in advance the 9/11 attacks were coming and purposely did nothing to stop them or engineered the attacks directly. The theory is that our government wanted to incite a global war on terror.

Rosie, who exhorted others to "google it" when comparing the Vietnam era Gulf of Tonkin incident to the Iran hostage seizure recently, apparently didn't follow her own advice. Popular Mechanics, hardly a right-wing bastion, thoroughly debunked the 9/11 conspiracy theories, one-by-one, in an exhaustive article that later was turned into a book.

If Rosie believes Tower 7 was purposely detonated, she is by definition a person who believes the government did it. It's too bad Elfman's dislike of Fox News causes his brain to short-circuit this simple logic path.

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