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On Wednesday, the outspoken Michael Moore brought his baseball-capped self to The View to promote his new memoir, Here Comes Trouble: Stories From My Life. Waiting for him at the table was, of course, the equally outspoken Elisabeth Hasselbeck. A very combustible mixture, you might say.
The spirited exchange began after mother hen Barbara Walters asked Moore about comments he had made saying that Osama bin Laden shouldn't have been executed, and that people shouldn't have been celebrating his death. Moore responded by saying, "I think we did a very smart thing putting the Nazis on trial," referencing the post-World War II Nuremberg trials. Hasselbeck interjected with "That was after the war was over." Moore came back with "The war is over," and they were off and running.
Moore, who was physically attacked several times after denouncing the Iraq War during his 2003 Oscar acceptance speech, believes that bin Laden should have been brought to trial rather than killed, which is easy to say when you're not one of the Navy Seals carrying out a dangerous, undercover-of-night raid in a hostile land. Moore said, "My point is that the way we show the world that we're different is that we give even the most heinous person their day in court." Rosie O'Donnell's old nemesis was flabbergasted. She sarcastically retorted, "Why, because Casey Anthony's trial went so well we should put Osama bin Laden on the stand?" as if there was a chance that bin Laden would have pulled off an O.J.
The winner here, regardless of who you agree with, would have to be Hasselbeck, who generated free publicity for her new CMT series, Angels Among Us, which premieres tonight. The show... let's see here... tells the stories of real-life men and women who claim that angels saved them from tragedy. Yup.