The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

04 February 2011

Rosie O'Donnell Attacks 'Arrogance' Of Western Reporters In Egypt


Shockingly Accurate Assessment Of Media's Role In Egypt

This has got to be a first: a Rosie O'Donnell rant that makes perfect sense! Better than that, she's truly nailed this one.

During yesterday's Rosie Radio, O'Donnell questioned the "arrogance" of pampered American media personalities who expect red carpet treatment in a war zone and are shocked with the locals fail to oblige.

Given the sad sight of CNN's Anderson Cooper holed up in a hotel room for fear of physical attack, let's hope some tough lessons have been learned.

From the program:

ROSIE O'DONNELL (18:42): I think there's some kind of arrogance about American reporters or even I'm considering Christiane Amanpour American even though she's British, correct? To go as an American-looking white Anglo-Saxon person in the middle of this mob in the Mideast and expect that you're going to get the kind of protection that your celebrity affords you in America, when America is mildly despised in the region. So, I think it's sort of surprising to me.

JANETTE BARBER (executive producer): That they're there, or--?

O'DONNELL: Well, that they're surprised that they're getting beat up or harassed.

Isn't it time for networks to re-think their desire to send ill-prepared prima donnas into violent hot spots?

As for Rosie, could this sort of common sense potentially become a habit? If so, count us in.


  • broken calendar is right once in a while.

    By Blogger United Citizens Council, at 04 February, 2011 21:47  

  • Ok, she is right...for once. But I still don't like the fact that as an XM/Sirius subscriber, I help pay her salary.

    By Anonymous danybhoy, at 06 February, 2011 17:40  

  • I definitely agree with her on this, too. It seems that network anchors think that all they have to do is take along their hairspray to dangerous spots and the star-power/intimidation factor they enjoy in the U.S. will work for them there.


    It's a dose of reality for most of them.

    By Anonymous Roland Jensen, at 08 February, 2011 12:45  

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