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Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar Blew It on O'Reilly Faceoff

Joan Walsh: They should have out-argued, not stormed off
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2010 7:20 PM CDT
Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar Blew It on O'Reilly Faceoff
Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar in a file photo.   (AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman, file)

(Newser) – Joan Walsh really, really doesn't like Bill O'Reilly, so she couldn't wait to catch up with the much-ballyhooed confrontation between him and Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar today on the View. What a disappointment, she writes at Salon. Instead of refuting O'Reilly's arrogant all-Muslims-are-terrorists insinuation with the facts (he later apologized for it) or reminding him of the discrimination his own Irish Catholic forebears faced in this country, they simply stormed off set.

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"There were so many ways to own Bill O'Reilly in that debate," writes Walsh. "I wish Behar and Goldberg had hit him with passionate counter-argument, not mute outrage. I thought I'd be thrilled to see them rebuke O'Reilly by walking off. Instead I was sad to see them stop talking, since as I learned personally, that's what O'Reilly wants all liberal women to do." Click here for the full column. (Read more Whoopi Goldberg stories.)

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