A new feud erupted on Thursday’s edition of the Today Show when host Matt Lauer and Bill O’Reilly got in a heated discussion over the media coverage on the death of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Whitney Houston[/lastfm].
After O’ Reilly caused a controversy on his show when he stated, “Whitney Houston wanted to kill herself … the hard truth is that some people will always want to destroy themselves, and there’s nothing society can do about it,” Lauer had him on Today to explain what he meant and that’s when things got heated between the two journalists.
Bill explained his controversial statement saying, “You don’t have free will when you have lung cancer. You do have free will when you’re a crack addict. We the media looked the other way in the death of Whitney Houston. Everyone knew she was a drug addict for two decades.”
Lauer took issue with Bill’s explanation and said back, “Bill, I have seen dozens of stories over the years detailing the addiction.”
Bill then shot back, “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.’”
The two later moved on from the subject, saying they could argue for hours on the issue. Tomorrow, Houston will be laid to rest in her hometown of Newark, New Jersey as the investigation of her death continues.
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