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Barbara Walters to host This Week on Sunday

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2010 3:02PM
Barbara WaltersGeorge Stephanopulous had planned to continue hosting This Week when he took over for Diane Sawyer on Good Morning, America (still haven't gotten used to him there), but he gave up the position a couple of weeks ago. So who is going to replace him on the Sunday morning new show? No one knows yet, though reporter Jake Tapper's name has often been mentioned. In the meantime, they're getting people to fill in for him, and this Sunday it will be Barbara Walters.

As a lot of you know, Walters was actually a newswoman before she started refereeing fights between Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck on The View, so it will be good to see her in that role again (no, her celebrity interview specials don't count and she's not on 20/20 much anymore). Her guests will be FOX News head Roger Ailes and Arianna Huffington, former Republican and head of The Huffington Post.

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Jewel

If BAHWA was the only person on TV, I'd throw mine in the dump. I have never understood how she has stayed on TV for so many years. But, again, some people will eat crow without any salt.

March 16 2010 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maureen

I think Barbara Walters did an excellent job hosting This Week and if chosen to be the new host I would watch it every week. This was my favorite Sunday show when George Stephanopulous hosted it but may be trumped by other Sunday shows depending on who becomes the new host. Barbara looked the part and fit in as though she had owned the show all of these years. She grilled Scott Brown but brought out the some things about his past that Democrats knew about and this put Scott in a position to explain these things and move on rather than having them constantly being written about him and staying in the news. Some may think she was bringing them out to make him look bad but she wasn't, she only put the info out there - let him respond and then she moved on. If anything I have a better view of Scott after her interview because I was already aware of his shoplifting as a teenager and his posing nude. All Barbara did was humanize him and I think that will make Democrats like him more.

Her Roundtable was fair and balanced and not liberal, both views were shown. You don't get any more republican than Fox News and as for their "Fair and Balanced" pleeeeeeeazzzze!

January 31 2010 at 11:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susan

I just got finished watching Barbara interview Scott Brown and then listen to her "liberal" panel review the interview. First of all, she made a fool of herself by focusing on the Cosmo article so much. Who CARES? We have bigger problems to deal with then focusing on tabloid journalism and that is exactly what she sounded like by trying to diminish his success based on something he did 20 years ago to put himself through college after a tough childhood. Good for him - she should be ashamed of herself for trying to embarass him and make it out to be a horrible thing he did.

Her liberal "panel" (with the exception of the Fox News President") went on to state so many inaccurate things about Scott Brown and his comments and she did nothing to challenge them, i.e. that the Federal Health Care plan Scott Brown does not support is EXACTLY the same as the one he voted for in Massachusetts. I'm from MA and that is a joke - it is NOT anywhere near the same. For one the Federal gov't proposed plan has all of the other states paying for Nebraska's medicare program as a "give away" to the Nebraska senator in exchange for his vote; the Federal plan will exempt union members from paying taxes on their cadillac health plan the rest of us will have to pay and subside the cost of; LA is going to receive 300M in pork barrel perks in exchange for their vote; the list goes on. The MA plan is a free and open enterprise system that enables MA citizens to CHOOSE which health care plan they want and the gov't provides subsidies to people who cannot pay - that is A LOT different than the one the Federal Government is proposing. The list goes on. Too bad Bab's didn't even challenge any of the political statements and continued to focus on the stupid details of Scott Brown's early years. She's an idiot and just as big of a liberal as Katie Couric and the rest of the media these days. I turned it off and turned to the history channel which is what a lot of people do these days and the networks are paying the price.

January 31 2010 at 9:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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