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Behar & Goldberg: Sleeping Air Traffic Controllers are the Fault of… Ronald Reagan

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By Doug Powers  •  April 14, 2011 11:31 PM

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Joy Behar’s had a good day… first Elizabeth Hasselbeck completely silenced her on the subject of presidential brainpower, and then Hasselbeck reminded her (along with Whoopi Goldberg) that maybe they’re stretching the truth just a little too far concerning the recent spate of air traffic controllers doing an impression of Joe Biden listening to an Obama speech and falling asleep.

Joy & Whoopi (that’s got to be the title of an Alex Comfort book) didn’t blame Bush? That’s hard to believe. However, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association already blamed Bush last month, so maybe Behar and Goldberg wanted to stake their own claim with this:

The left-wing comic bizarrely compared, “[Reagan] busted the union, the air controllers’ union. And they probably would have been strict about having two people there, because the main thing about the unions is they want more people to work.”

Fellow co-host Whoopi Goldberg joined in, complaining, “It sort of started with the- Ronald Reagan saying, you know, you guys asking for too much money. He fired everybody. He cleaned them all out.”

Which of course caused a controller to drift off to sleep in the tower at Paducah International in the middle of the night three decades later.

The union “would have been strict about having two people there”? That’s the point — in 1981 they were unionized (as they still are) and they weren’t there at all. The controllers were on strike and air travel was crippled as a result. Nobody was sleeping in the tower at the time in question in 1981 because nobody was in the tower, Joy.

Cue the brilliance:

(h/t Newsbusters)

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