The View” may be the last place you’d look to find reasonable debate.
The long-running show remains cartoonishly tilted to the Left. Its coterie of hosts chase conspiracy theories like Pulitzer-worthy leaks. Worst of all, any remotely heated debate gets drowned out in a tide of cross talk.
You’d think after all these years they’d learn it’s best to speak one at a time.
Still, “The View” remains a staple of daytime television, surviving 20-plus years in a brutally competitive landscape.
That’s no small feat.
And, with the addition of conservative Meghan McCain, the show snared a broader audience eager to see her daily counter punches.
That fragile mask of respectability slipped this week. The results were so dramatic, so revealing, it’s hard to consider the show the same way again.
The first body blow came when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard dropped by “The View.” This wasn’t a courtesy call or yet another stop on the Hawaiian Democrat’s presidential campaign. Gabbard seethed over twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton implying she’s a Russian assetwithout evidence.
So did “View” co-host Joy Behar.
“She hasn’t denied it! She hasn’t said anything in her tweets [like] ‘How dare you! That’s outrageous, of course I’m not!’ She didn’t say that. She’s just going after Hillary … I don’t say that Tulsi is an agent. I just think that she could be a useful idiot the way that Trump is a useful idiot to the Russians.”
Gabbard, who served two tours of duty in the Middle East, came ready to fight.
“Some of you have accused me of being a traitor to my country, a Russian asset, a Trojan horse, or a useful idiot I think was the term that you used,” Gabbard said to Behar.
How low did Behar go during the conversation?
“Richard Spencer, the white nationalist leader, says he could vote for you,” Behar said at one point in a series of exchanges.
Gabbard thoroughly dismantled Behar, exposing her for all “View” audience members to see. Behar had no proof to back up her claims, just toxic innuendo against a military veteran and patriot.
That turned out to be minor compared to what came a few days later.
Donald Trump, Jr. and his girlfriend, former Fox News star Kimberly Guilfoyle, dropped by the show to promote the First Son’s new book, “Triggered.” The hosts didn’t attempt much book promotion, though. They seized on Trump’s father and his worst impulses. When the eldest Trump son fought back things took an interesting turn.