In an exclusive story published by Breitbart News Tuesday, columnist Tony Lee reported that Barbara Walters had personally offered Sarah Palin a guest host spot on “The View,” but the governor turned her down. Lee says this revelation makes Walters’ failure to hold late night gutter comic Bill Maher accountable for his “retarded” slur against Trig Palin “even more interesting.”
Breitbart News has learned that less than a month before Barbara Walters defended Bill Maher’s vicious attacks on Sarah Palin’s special-needs son, Walters personally called Palin’s camp to ask if the former Alaska governor could be a guest co-host on The View sometime during the months before the legendary anchor retires from TV journalism.
Maher mocked Palin’s special needs son by referring to him as “retarded” during a June 8 Las Vegas show.
When Palin’s schedule did not allow for her to guest host, Palin’s advisers left the invitation as an open question. This back story makes Walters’s refusal to defend Palin’s special needs son, Trig, from Bill Maher’s “retarded” attacks even more interesting.
Walters, who grew up with a special needs sister, said on June 17 on The View that she did not think Maher was “mean-spirited” when he referred to Palin’s son as “retarded.” Walters speculated that Maher did not know the word could be hurtful. Maher, it should be noted, has had a history of making degrading and malicious comments toward women and kids with special needs. And as Breitbart News’ John Nolte pointed out, even Walters’s in-studio audience was not buying this defense and was left silent.
Palin adviser Doug McMarlin told Breitbart News, “A few weeks ago, Barbara Walters invited Governor Palin to guest host The View, schedules didn’t work, and now she and Whoopi are defending this despicable behavior attacking Governor Palin’s young special needs son.”
“I don’t imagine the ladies of The View would stand by if Maher attacked Barbara’s special needs sister or write it off as if he just didn’t realize what he was doing,” McMarlin continued. “Bill Maher has made millions off of violent and hateful speech designed to keep him in the headlines; his behavior is indefensible.”
Did Walters defend the indefensible because Sarah Palin refused her offer to appear on the program? If such is the case, it would have the implication that the aging ABC television figure is petty and vindictive. But what other plausible explanation can there be for the free pass Walters gave Maher for his reprehensible slur against a defenseless child?