Hasselbeck: Penitence Follows Attack on Erin Andrews

In AOL.com’s Pop Eater section, a detailed written (as well as video) account is divulged regarding the disparaging comments ‘The View‘ host, Elizabeth Hasselbeck, said about ESPN reporter, Erin Andrews, who is now a (minimally clad, according to Hasselbeck) contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars.‘ In attempting to josh about the sentence Erin Andrews’s stalker (who posted nude footage of Andrews in a hotel room after having followed her for 18 months) is now facing, Hasselbeck said on Tuesday, May 4, “In light of what happened and as a legal [matter] — and as inexcusable as it was for that horrific guy to go in and try to peep on her in her hotel room … I mean, in some way if I’m him, I’m like, ‘Man! I just could’ve waited 12 weeks and seen this — a little bit less — without the prison time!'” After being admonished and advised by her “wise” 5-year-old daughter, Hasselbeck called Andrews to apologize for attacking her character; she also came on the show and publicly admitted to being in error. The story also provides readers with background information on Michael David Barrett, 49, who must endure a two-and-a-half-year term in federal prison, as well as pay Andrews $7,366 in restitution.

‘The View,’ a diurnal talk show that features a panel of outspoken, independent women, is not new to shocking the cultural dialogue. On May 23, 2007, Rosie O’Donell and Hasselbeck vociferously wrangle over whether America is fighting Iraq or Al-Qaeda, a dispute which materialized in the blogosphere. On another occasion, Barbara Walters and Hasselbeck tango with Whoopi Goldberg over the appropriate use of the N-word. The public loves controversy, primarily the type that laymen and women have regularly. When ‘The View’ — or any show or public figure for that matter — converses on such issues, as well as introduces fresh ones, it’s relevant, albeit sometimes crude and nonsensical. The structure of the online news piece is ideal, as it includes the actual footage of Hasselbeck’s criticism and her apology. Not only can consumers read of the matter, they can hear and see what reporters are reporting–which, in my view, only enhances the coverage.

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