Barba-wa-wa

@Ldyjarhead (10157)
United States
May 2, 2008 6:17am CST
NEW YORK - After three decades of keeping mum, Barbara Walters now says she had a past affair with married U.S. Senator Edward Brooke, whom she remembers as "exciting" and "brilliant." Appearing on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" scheduled to air Tuesday, Walters shares details of her relationship with Brooke that lasted several years in the 1970s, according to a transcript of the show provided to The Associated Press. A moderate Republican from Massachusetts who took office in 1967, Brooke was the first African-American to be popularly elected to the Senate. Both he and Walters knew that public knowledge of their affair could have ruined his career as well as hers, Walters says. The rest of the store here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080502/ap_on_en_tv/tv_walters_affair;_ylt=Ar1mYq9oeUoGJjyYsTkNXiZ34T0D Wow. I guess no one is exempt from this sort of thing anymore. Did you like Barbara Walters? If so, does this change your opinion about her, professionally or personally? Did you NOT like her? Does this confirm your dislike of her?
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
2 May 08
I've never liked her professionally. She's always been one of those women in the news that I just wonder every time I see her, "Why is she still on? I don't think she's all that good!". It doesn't change my opinion of her. By virtue of it being an "affair" (and he was married at the time is that correct?), it would have been kept quiet anyway. And after it was over, what was to gain saying it was so. Now, however, I'm sure there's a motive - a new book, to further her career, whatever.
@Ldyjarhead (10157)
• United States
2 May 08
I believe she was good at what she did, she's done some awesome interviews, etc, but her voice grated on my nerves for sure. As for why this is coming out now, I have to agree with you. Is she just coming clean to settle a conscience? I doubt it. Book? Money? A-ha ...
• United States
3 Jul 08
I read one of the books she wrote when she was a younger woman. The thing that sticks with me most was her take on the "feminine" experience. She said that often times, each month she felt terrible, cranky and bloated. There were times when she just didn't feel like going to work. During times like that she said that she would get up, take a shower put on clean clothes and go to work anyway and just suffer through it. Just like a man! And I guess back then during the 1970's there was no real allowance for feminine issues. Still isn't really. Maybe a person could get a sick day. But that stuck with me. Often a person has to do something they don't want to do, but they buck up and just do it! That's the sign of a true professional. I can respect her for that. Who she slept with is none of my business.
@koalatbs (2230)
• United States
9 May 08
It makes no difference to me, however I do not approve of affairs. But, we don't know all of the circumstances of her situation. Either way though, she is good at what she does for a living. Although I might disagree with how someone runs their personal life I try not to let it interfer with how I feel about how they handle their professional life. Take for instance, President Bill Clinton. Although I was very disappointed in the affair he had with Monica Lewinsky (sp?) during his presidency, I still thought and still do think he was a good President.
@winterose (39918)
• Canada
3 May 08
I have always like barbara walters and it doesn't change my opinion of her at all, people are people, they do what they do. She is just human like everyone else.