Producers Look To Goldberg For Ratings

Goldberg showed that like O’Donnell, she will bring an alternative view to the cast, arguing early on that suspended NFL star Vick should be judged in the context of his upbringing in the rural South, where dogfighting is a part of the underground culture.

“Instead of saying he’s a beast or a monster, this is a kid who comes from a culture where this is not questioned,” Goldberg said.

Whereas last year the same sort of cultural relativism would no doubt have triggered a TV catfight between O’Donnell and resident conservative Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Goldberg placed a calming hand on Hasselbeck’s tensing shoulder as she made the point. Variety


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