By Ken Tucker
Updated February 02, 2009 at 09:37 PM EST

Elisabeth Hasselbeck lit into alleged-bong-hit-taking Michael Phelps on The View this morning, saying that the Olympic champ is “being paid millions to be an example [to youth],” and that if he’s willing to “take a drug that could impede his performance, would he be open to taking a drug that would enhance his performance?” Bam–in one sentence, Hasselbeck equated smoking marijuana with a willingness to take performance-enhancing drugs. She said flatly, “This is a question that’s going to be asked.” Naw, Elisabeth, just by you. Don’t you think?

In response to this, Whoopi Goldberg said, “I’m gonna make an admission, I hope you all are sitting down: I have smoked weed.” She then made the point that Phelps is being paid “millions” not to “be perfect,” but “to be a spokesperson for a company.”

Perhaps the best thing about this segment of “Hot Topics” is that it compelled Barbara Walters to say the phrase “smoke weed” a number of times. This was the funniest part of the show.

So, once again we must ask: Elisabeth Hasselbeck, defender of common sense or self-righteous prig?