Last week Bill O’Reilly paid a visit to the set of The View. In case you haven’t seen the clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25uyFwWPOZg.
Bill had a heated discussion with the ladies and said several very inflammatory comments. Now lets be clear here, Bill O’Reilly enjoys pushing buttons and was probably well aware that his comments were inappropriate, but any publicity is good publicity for a guy like Bill right?
Both Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off the set. They were unable to have an adult, logical discussion with Bill and were very upset by his comments.
Once they left Barbara Walters announced that we should be able to have discussions without washing our hands and walking away.
I completely disagree.
When you are dealing with a difficult person (as Bill O’Reillly was for Whoopie and Joy), and they are not willing to have an adult, logical discussion; why should you stay and keep trying? Will anything be accomplished?
The ladies were emotional, upset and an adult, fair, logical discussion was not going to happen. Walking away was smart on their part.
It would have been easy to say something that they would regret. It would have been easy to call him an unprofessional name. It would have been easy for them to destroy their own credibility.
It was smart to walk away in this situation.
I agree with Barbara that we “should” be able to have discussions without walking away in theory. In reality, sometimes walking away is the smartest thing you can do.
Know when to have a discussion, and know when to walk away.