Radio Host Alex Jones: Speaking with the ladies at "The View," the radio interviewer who catalyzed the race to nab the next Sheen exclusive seemed "hellbent" on defending his subject. Citing his "six and half" year friendship with Sheen, Jones asserted that "he's never drunk alcohol or used drugs in front of me." Later on, he tried help Sheen out by putting his latest rants in context: "He wasn't involved in taking down [World Trade Center] Building 7 in New York." Well, when you look at it that way. (Also, this is a good reason to mention that, prior to the latest outrage over whatever it is an outrage over, Sheen and Jones liked to discuss how they don't know who really brought down the World Trade Center.)
CNN Producer Jonathan Wald: In an interview with Yahoo's Joe Pompeo, "Piers Morgan Tonight" producer Jonathan Wald explained that Sheen hasn't been unhinged in interviews -- he's been "coherent" and "lucid," never more than when talking to Piers Morgan on CNN. "I think people confuse an interview with an intervention," observed Wald. "This was an opportunity for Charlie Sheen to tell his story." And if that story involves mummies, B-2 bombers and stories about how tough it was to make 'Platoon,' so be it.
Novelist Walter Kirn (Sort of): In a blog post titled "The Uses of Charlie Sheen," the novelist writes that although Sheen was "authentically unstable" in his first interviews, TV ubiquity has made him "enough of a performer to realize now what the audience expects from him and to deliver it with all his might, meaning he's now both unstable and feigning unstable." Kirn also takes the time to consider Charlie Sheen as "a Secret Superhero of the Id." We won't unpack that one.
Author Jeff Jarvis (Sort of): On his personal blog, author and pundit Jarvis boils down the media's recent enabling of Sheen's antics to one obvious question: "Is what Sheen says in his haze of insanity or drugs newsworthy?" The answer, of course, is no. "They want him to act nutty. Ratings, man, ratings," Jarvis writes before concluding, "One way or another, by one definition and diagnosis or another, Charlie Sheen is a sick man. He doesn't need airtime. He needs couchtime. News people are ill-serving him and the issue of mental illness in this country by putting him on the air as if he were just another source, another celebrity. They are not informing the public. They are exploiting Charlie."