April 10, 2006


Does Everybody Love Patricia Heaton? (Roger Friedman, 4/10/06, Fox News)

The startling word last week was that in the Katie Couric move domino effect, actress Patricia Heaton — who played Debra on "Everyone Loves Raymond" — might replace Meredith Vieira at "The View."

First of all, Heaton's not a journalist. Vieira had been one for more than 20 years when she arrived at "The View," but let's not get into that.

Heaton is an outspoken leader in the anti-abortion movement and a devout Republican. [...]

It's not like Heaton's kept her political views to herself: She is honorary chairperson of the group Feminists for Life, which Katha Pollitt described in The Nation as a group of "fetalists." Jane Roberts, wife of newly appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, is a consultant. Their slogan is "Refuse to Choose."

Heaton also has a film production company with a mission statement on its Web site, which reads, in part: "FourBoys Films seeks to provoke and entertain audiences ... The evidence of Man's eternal struggle between his desire to do good and his capacity for evil is all around us. It is within this conflict that one finds tales of the majesty in the mundane, the honor in failure, and nobility in victory… FourBoys Films is committed to writers who can find both the humor and the drama in these subjects without resorting to either sentimentalism or nihilism."

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 10, 2006 8:47 PM

She "outed" herself in the middle of the run for "Everybody Loves Raymond" in roughly the same way Tom Selleck outed himself in the middle of the run for "Magnum PI", since by then it was too late for anyone to do anything about it. If she's hired and gives Barbara Walters the same battle in real life she gave Ray Romano and Doris Roberts on ELR, Ms. Walters' legendary huffiness when confronted with a non-controllable situation will be an entertaining thing to watch.

Posted by: John at April 10, 2006 10:26 PM

I might even tune in for the entertainment value.

Posted by: Sandy P at April 10, 2006 11:27 PM

I can't imagine ever tuning in--but fortunately between www.exposetheleft.com, YouTube, and other video-oriented sites, any on-camera pyrotechnics would be widely disseminated in the Blogosphere. Which, is yet another reason she should be on there, if network heads had any brains.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at April 11, 2006 12:38 AM

Didn't know that aboout Heaton, and still not sure exactly who she is, as I've never seen the show.

Katha Pollitt on the other hand just might be vilest woman in American public life today. She wrote some truly idiotic and execrable stuff after 9/11, including how she had chastized her daughter, then a student at my alma mater of Stuyvesant HS, for wanting to fly the American flag.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 11, 2006 1:37 AM

Journalist? What makes a journalist? A journalist degree? Then neither Rather, nor Peter Jenning was a journalist. Barbara Walter never has a journalist degree, Katie Couric has no journalist degree. The Chinese woman, one of the original View ladies, was a sales person in a dept. store, is now working for National Geographic. So Heaton is not qualified to chat on the View because she has no journalistic experience?

Posted by: ic at April 11, 2006 6:13 AM

I assume being a journalist means the person works in that field. Silly, I know.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at April 11, 2006 12:15 PM

What field?

Posted by: oj at April 11, 2006 12:19 PM

Mr. Durnell;

And once she's on the show, she'll be working in the field, right? No problem, then!

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at April 11, 2006 3:28 PM

Patricia Heaton! Mmmm, Me Likey

Posted by: California Job Case at April 29, 2006 5:45 PM