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Bill O'Reilly VS Matt Lauer: Was Whitney Houston's Addiction Beyond Her Control??

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Bill O'Reilly in an argument?? SHOCKING!!

After expressing his opinion that Whitney Houston wanted to kill herself, Matt Lauer interviewed him about it on the Today show.

And that's where things got ugly!! Their disagreement quickly heated and before U knew it, the two were sparring over the science of addiction.

Their epic battle of words went like this:

Matt: Addiction is a disease.

Bill: It's a mental disease. You have free will when it comes to addiction. You don't have free will when it comes to lung cancer.

Matt: Bill, I have seen dozens of stories over the years detailing the addiction.

Bill: They were sensationalized to exploit the woman's condition, not try to help her. You know what we in the media do, Lauer? We wink-wink it. We Snoop Dogg it. We Willie Nelson it. 'Hey, oh yeah, they're stoned, that's fine.

Matt: I think it's apples and oranges that you're comparing. I think on the one hand, the media did detail her troubles. But at the same time I would agree that they celebrated her talent or her stardom. [Are journalists] supposed to be in the position of conducting interventions?

Bill: They're supposed to be in the business of telling the truth.

Matt: You and I could argue for hours.

Bill: Of course, and I'd always be right!

Matt: Well I know you'd always think you were right!

LOL! Oooh, Bill!! Such a character!!

But he brings up some valid points for discussion.

DO we have free will when it comes to addiction?? And why does it seem to be considered a lesser mental disease than something like schizophrenia??

What do U think??

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29 comments to “Bill O'Reilly VS Matt Lauer: Was Whitney Houston's Addiction Beyond Her Control??”

  1. 1

    I agree with Bill. I do not believe that addiction is a disease. And I think that telling people it is a disease gives them an excuse to believe that it is not their fault and it is beyond their control. Yes, it is incredibly difficult to quit, but a lot of people do it - on their own. Whitney had access to so many resources, instead she chose to surround herself with sycophants and enablers. If she had ever fully committed to change, she could have done it.

  2. Ouch! says – reply to this


    Re: rosebud99 – Amen.

  3. 3

    Just Say No!

  4. buck says – reply to this


    and there you have it..the diffence between political correct liberals who wants to victimize, appease and manipulate versus a conservatives who tells the truth regardless of feelings and actuall attacks the problem head on. i'll take the conservative viewpoint every time

  5. 5

    Re: buck – This is not a political issue. There are liberals (like me) who agree with Bill, and I'm sure there are plenty of conservatives who agree with Matt.

  6. 6

    The first drink is your choice - the rest come because of the addiction. The secret is not to have the first, knowing what it will lead to.

  7. buck says – reply to this


    Re: rosebud99 – absolutely agree, its not a political issue but it is a mindset that liberals hold vs. a mindset that consevatives live by

  8. 8

    Once alcohol and drugs moves to the disease you do not have free will anymore. You cannot drink or drug anymore. You cannot control the substances anymore. You have to not drink or drug. There is no social drinking anymore. If you choose to drink or drug, that is the only choice left. It is the persons responsibility to not drink or drug.

  9. 9

    when did bill tell his pal el fatso to just cut it out? not before he lost his hearing

    and conservatives have addiction issues just as much as libs

    whitney was a troubled soul…nothing the media couldve done wouldve changed that

  10. 10

    Look at people like Eminem, he hit rick bottom; practically on his death bed. Were their is will their is power, I do believe some people are stronger than others, and their are those who need support to overcome addiction. It a tough situation, and we can't go on pointing the finger.

  11. 11

    Simmah down perezita. I saw the interview this morning on the today show and they did not argue or fight.

    That is part of their stichk , show business as usual and I agree with Reilly on this one.

    She was a drug addict for 20 yrs even before Bobby and the flag should not fly half staff for her, Fly it for our tropps who die everyday doing something worth it.

  12. 12

    I am not a Bill fan however he makes a good point. He is saying no one stepped up to help save Whitney. Everyone know of her problems, well documented and reported on in the media. Bill says all the reporting was to sensationalize he problems, rather than to help her. No one close to her stepped it up to publicly confront her addictions. Even old dear Oprah fed off of her in life and in death.
    The weeks before her death she was completely out of control with her drinking, her friends and loved ones enabled her. Where were all the fucking people that loved her so much when she was very publicly reeling the weeks before her death.
    The only person I have ever heard really say what had to be said was Natalie Cole. She went public with her concerns long ago.

  13. 13

    neither of them and MANY of you know ANYTHING about addiction. both spewing their opinions which bare no resemblance to the truth. My CV for this subject,, X drunk/drug addict sober/clean 30 years.

  14. 14

    Re: buck – Of course there are no conservatives who are drop down drunks and junkies. Yeah right, live in your righteous bubble. Plenty of liberals believe that it's not an addiction. Again, thank you for lumping everyone into categories.

  15. 15

    Re: raypearson – I would like to know whether you think addiction is a disease. Yes or no?

  16. 16

    I think its a little bit of both. You have control to say no but onces in your system, you no longer have that control. Your body takes over and wants it and craves it. It's such a hard thing to get over. I don't know it personally, but I've had cousins who have had additction problems and I've seen how hard it is for them to really get passed all that! One thing that O'Reily is wrong about, it is not the job of a media's job to do interventions. That's the family's responbility. And yes they can tell the truth, which I think they do must of the time, but it comes to FOX, they don't the first thing about honesty!

  17. buck says – reply to this


    Re: MissKittyFantastico! – liberals are funny..i didn't say there arent any conservatives who are drug addicts. Its the way the problem is looked at by liberals vs conservatives. Liberals will state the addict is a victim while conservatives will put the blame on the addict and not make up excuses for them.

  18. 18

    Addiction is a very complex and multi faceted disorder. It is as unique to each person as their fingerprint. You can't put people in a vacuum with this. Is it a physical illness? Acute physical addiction certainly is. I was as bad an alcoholic for 15 years as a person could possibly get. And almost died several times for DT's. Acute physical alcohol addiction is enormously dangerous and serious. But that is easy to cure with the right medication. The real problem is the mental side of it. It is a mental illness, period. The medical profession likes to call it a disease because it alters your brain, your brain chemistry. But what they don't tell you is that it is curable. Usually, a person's brain will return to normal if they abstain long enough. I will occasionally have a couple of drinks, and I'm fine with it. I have no desire anymore to get drunk. I cured myself. But that is just me. Not all recoverED addicts can do that. Again, it is very unique to each person. But it most definitely is not an incurable disease. But is most definitely an illness.

  19. 19

    …read the free book from passages malibu…its very inneresting…..

  20. 20

    Bill just gives the hard TRUTH. Addiction is a disease but you do have free will to find help and get through it. I'm tired of the media sugar coating it. When you heard Whitney Houston passed away what was the first thing on your mind? That she died from drugs right?

  21. 21

    I hate to admit it, but I have to agree with Bill. A disease is something you can't control, like cancer or leukemia. If you're addicted to drugs, you can control it. I used to be addicted to cocaine. One day, I just didn't want to do it anymore. The thought of it made me sick to my stomach. I haven't touched the stuff in over 4 years. If it was a disease, I would still be doing it.

  22. 22

    Re: pradagirl7 – Addiction is not a disease.

  23. 23

    You are ridiculous, sometimes I agree with you but not today. An addiction is a disease any addict can tell you that, sure they might have had free will over the first drink they had or what ever the case may be but now they don't. In some cases people are addicted to the drug they are doing so bad that when they tried to go sober on their own they died from the withdrawl. You have to know addiction before you can talk like that. You have to see it everyday. I still don't speak to my father because he is a serious addict, who doesn't think what he is doing is hurting anyone and doesn't see the problem with his problem. He only see's how great the high is and wonder how he is going to get his next high. This is a mental illness, this is why you never hear recovering alcoholics say they use to be addicts they are still addicts and they know this, this is why they can never drink again because within an instant they could be hooked and back down that spirial. If it wasn't the crack that got whitney it would have been something else it probably was something else before crack, since the music industry is full of drugs. Please don't say things without knowing or experiencing it first hand I've been dealing with addicts my whole life and when it comes to the drugs or alcohol(hell there are even shopping addicts or food addicts) it's a mental illness.

  24. 24

    Re: rosebud99 – Most addicts don't see their problem or know where to go to get help until it's too late.

  25. 25

    Re: Christik – you are an idiot. It is a well known fact EVERYWHERE that addiction is a disease. Stop talking shit you know nothing about it.

  26. 26

    Hmmm it's hard to call. It is a choice to take that first hit but some people have addictive personalities and are slaves to their problem and it's all very well saying don't take drugs but with things like alcohol you're going to find out the hard way.

  27. 27

    I disagree with Bill on just about every point he made. Addiction is both a mental and physical disease. End of story. If you feel otherwise you have never seen someone struggle with addiction. If it was just about free will then the body wouldn't go through horrible withdraw symptoms. Also, how the hell does Bill O'Reilly know if anyone tried to help her with her addiction? He can't know.I seriously doubt he traveled in the same social circles. Also, it is not the media's job to tell us what we should and shouldn't do. They are supposed to be objective and provide information. I know this isn't what always happens, but it's the way journalism should be. Bill O'Reilly just wants to make a scene so you buy his ill-informed book about Lincoln and later buy his upcoming book about Kennedy. Period.

  28. 28

    I am a recovering alcoholic and addict and I believe addiction is a disease in a similar way that depression or being bi-polar is a disease; that some people are much more pre-disposed to the difficulties of it than others. Everyone has too much to drink now and then, and everyone gets depressed every now and then, but some people are just hard-wired to cycle in either of those things non-stop, no matter how much will power they have. This next thing I say may sound really far-out for some people, but I also very much believe it. From my study of mediums and what people say about addiction from beyond the grave; Addiction is one of the most challenging handicaps a person can be born with, and it will take many addicts multiple lifetimes in order to conquer it.

  29. 29

    So many people talking about addiction who don't really understand. No, it is not a disease.
    No, addicts do not have "free will". As a matter of fact, if you have "free will" why do you keep doing wrong when you don't want to? Could it be you are a slave of sin and have no free will at all? everything you need to know about addiction at : www.upfromdown.info