First came the blog post in which Rosie floated the insane conspiracy theory that World Trade Center 7 was blown up by the government. Then came her meltdown on The View when co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck confronted her about it. Finally, today, we find this follow-up on her blog (emphasis added):
9/11 affected me deeply, as I know it did many Americans. The falling of the twin towers served to remind me that many of the assumptions Americans have about their lives are rooted in false feelings of security. In light of this reminder, I have begun doing exactly what this country, at its best, allows for me to do: inquire. Investigate. America is great in so many ways, one of which is the freedom to speak, and indeed think, freely. I have, of late, begun exercising the rights bestowed upon me by the democratic system I value, and the exercising of these rights has taken the form of an inquiry into what happened five years ago, an inquiry that resists the dominant explanations and that dares to entertain ideas that push me to the edge of what is bearable. I have come to no conclusions and, given the scope of the subject, will not for some time.
If the very act of asking is so destabilizing for people, than I have to wonder whether the fabric of our democracy is indeed so raveled it is beyond salvage. My own belief is that the act of asking is itself reparative, because it brings to life the values on which our constitution rests. I am, therefore, pledging my allegiance, hand over heart, trying, as always, for a rigorous truth.
Re-read Popular Mechanics’ thorough debunking of all flavors of 9/11 conspiracy theories if you need a reminder of how truly insane this is (and read its response to Rosie here).
Instead of going to therapy every day, this clearly unwell person is hosting a television show on a major American network. Someone at ABC has a very cruel sense of humor.
– Greg Pollowitz and Stephen Spruiell