Less than nine months after Meghan McCain signed on as conservative co-host of ‘The View,’ the left-leaning women’s panel has turned to offer its full endorsement of a fascist police state with no pushback to the antenna.
On Monday, ABC daytime political talk show hosts made headlines demanding that President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) probe Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson and former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard as Russian assets. Last fall, the same Justice Department targeted parents who oppose race-based curricula and the integration of radical gender theory into schools as “domestic terrorists.” .
“I think the DOJ, in the same way that they are setting up a task force to investigate oligarchs, should be looking at people who are Russian propagandists and shillings for Putin,” the alternate co-host said. longtime Ana Navarro replacing Sara Haines. “That is, if you are a foreign asset of – for a dictator, that should be investigated.”
The apparent crime of Carlson and Gabbard? Public dissent from the media-manufactured consensus that US intervention in Ukraine is in US interests.
Navarro’s radical suggestion went unchallenged on air, with no pushback even from former Trump White House communications director Alyssa Farah Griffin auditioning for the conservative chair vacated by McCain. . Griffin, however, now a CNN commentator, is not a conservative crusader who has capitalized on the media’s incitement to play the Republican who attacks other Republicans.
Absent any repudiation of the idea that political dissidents are prosecuted by state actors, Whoopi Goldberg supported the approach.
“They used to arrest people for doing things like that,” Goldberg said. “If they thought you were colluding with a Russian agent, if they thought you were leaking information or taking information and passing it to Russia, they were investigating things like this. And I guess now, you know, it looks like there are no more bars. (It’s unclear whether Goldberg was referring to the unjust US practice of rounding up Japanese Americans suspected of being foreign agents during World War II, or to some other historical event.)
Is there evidence that Carlson or Gabbard deliberately colluded with Russian agents to manipulate public opinion? If there were any, the co-hosts of the panel amplifying a conspiracy theory promoted by Hillary Clinton three years ago offered none. Griffin, whose job in the Conservative seat is to refute extreme ideas on air, did nothing to thwart the echo chamber played by the show’s more than two million viewers. Instead, the conservative essay remained silent after endorsing Utah Sen. Mitt Romney charge of Gabbard as guilty of “treason”.
Navarro spent the afternoon on Twitter doubling down on authoritarian demands that the Biden administration criminalize dissent on Ukraine.
Navarro, who identifies as a Republican but cannot explain why, argued that because Gabbard and Carlson’s talking points were adopted by Russian state television, the two men are required to register in as foreign agents.
In contrast, McCain offered a glimpse of what might have been said to the show’s massive audience had she or another bona fide free speech activist been present in Griffin’s place.
“I strongly support the most robust intervention possible to help Ukrainians. Putin is a thug and a monster, and this war must end now,” McCain wrote on Twitter. “I’m also friends with [Tulsi Gabbard] — and we have strong, respectful political arguments and differences.
For months, the network’s flagship daytime program struggled to recruit a permanent conservative co-host to replace McCain. The search parameters almost guarantee that the choice of network will not be someone who offers a substantial and consistent pushback to the hive mind playing out on screen.
Politico Playbook outlined the criteria producers and titular co-hosts were looking for in December:
Sources close to the show said the search had stalled as executives scrambled to find a conservative actor who ticked all the right boxes. They won’t consider a Republican who is a 2020 election results denier, who embraced the Jan. 6 riots, or who is seen as flirting too heavily with fringe conspiracy theories or the MAGA wing of the GOP. But at the same time, the host must have credibility with mainstream Republicans, many of whom still support Donald Trump.
Of course, such restraints point to broad definitions of what it means to be “a 2020 election results denier” or “to flirt too heavily” with the “MAGA wing of the GOP.” In other words, the co-hosts don’t want a new panelist representing the Republican base willing to offer a serious on-air challenge.
The end result is a rotating audition of panelists who are selective in what they counter, leading to the extremism airing Monday.
Tristan Justice is the Western correspondent for The Federalist. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and The Daily Signal. His work has also been featured in Real Clear Politics and Fox News. Tristan is a graduate of George Washington University where he majored in political science and minored in journalism. Follow him on Twitter at @JusticeTristan or contact him at [email protected]