In a Wednesday edition of “The View,” the show’s liberal co-hosts placed blame for the recent spikes and persistence of the coronavirus pandemic on conservative media and even Republicans in general.
According to Life News, Meghan McCain was the only voice of dissent, arguing that the mainstream media and her co-hosts were conveniently ignoring the recent massive protests in order to blame conservatives alone.
Joy Behar argued that Republicans wearing masks was “politically motivated” and that the Trump campaign was “petrified” of the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump Republican PAC. Behar also called on their audience to vote all Republicans out of office because they were “destroying the country” by not following coronavirus guidelines.
Whoopi Goldberg then prompted Sunny Hostin to continue with her point blaming conservatives for the persistence of the coronavirus pandemic. Hostin went on:
I don’t think there’s going to be a cultural shift, and I think — I don’t think there’s going to be a cultural shift because it depends on where people are getting their information from. Will people get their information from Dr. Fauci or will they get their information from where they consume their media? There was a really interesting article in The Washington Post over the weekend on Saturday where there have been three separate studies that have determined that conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic, and what was most interesting to me according to one of the studies is the infection and mortality rates are higher in places where Fox News’ Sean Hannity reaches the largest audience.
What was also fascinating is that even Laura Ingraham just yesterday said in reaction to Dr. Fauci’s pronouncement that we are in dire straits right now. We could have 100,000 cases a day. She suggested without offering any evidence to back up her claim, that Fauci is working for Joe Biden, and she called Dr. Fauci ‘Dr. Doom’ and basically said, you know, for all we know, he could be Joe’s running mate. So when you look at that, and people are listening to these news personalities, they’re reading and they’re consuming this type of conservative media that’s still going to be downplaying wearing masks, still downplaying the numbers, I don’t think we’re going to see this huge cultural shift because as Joy just said, this has become political, this is not about public health anymore unfortunately.
“The narrative continues to confuse me. Republicans are the devil. Fox News is the devil, but protesters for ‘Pride’ and protesters for Black Lives Matter, it’s fine, and the pandemic doesn’t exist,” McCain retorted. Goldberg objected, but McCain continued to defend her point:
As much as you want to trash Fox News, Tucker Carlson has the highest approval ratings and numbers in Fox News history right now partly because he’s saying in a much more eloquent way what I am saying right now. There’s a lot of anger and frustration about the hypocrisy. And we can say forget it here and we can talk about the Lincoln project and say vote all Republicans out but it’s making the culture war divide even further, and maybe that’s what we want.
Goldberg denied ever giving protesters a pass on contributing to the spread of the virus, but McCain went on to call out public health officials for not being as strict with police brutality protestors as they have been with lockdown protestors.
“When someone like me is frustrated and when it feels like the people in places of power like Dr. Fauci are not going on TV and screaming bloody murder about the dangers of this, and we’re seeing spikes everywhere,” McCain argued, “I understand why there’s frustration.”
Watch the full dialogue here.
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