“You’ve All Seen the News” – Deadline
Maybe some topics are right too much hot.
On today’s episode of ABC Viewco-host Joy Behar opened the show with a quick — very quick — reference to moderator Whoopi Goldberg’s two-week suspension for her Holocaust comments.
“You’ve all seen the news,” Behar said. “Whoopi will be back here in two weeks. The panel, including regulars Behar, Sunny Hostin and Sara Haines, plus guest conservative commentator Tara Setmayer, then moved on to the daily Hot Topics segment, beginning today with a discussion on abortion and the Supreme Court.
Goldberg’s suspension, announced last night by ABC News President Kim Godwin, followed View moderator statements on Monday’s show that the Holocaust was “not about race” but rather “man’s inhumanity to man.” His assertion was quickly sentenced by the ADL and a number of other important organizations. Goldberg later published a written apology.
In Tuesday’s episode, Goldberg said on air that the Holocaust “is indeed about race, because Hitler and the Nazis viewed the Jews as an inferior race. Now words matter – and mine are no exception. I regret my comments and correct myself. I also stand with the Jewish people.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, was on the talk show Tuesday morning. “There is no doubt that the Holocaust was about race,” he said. “This is how the Nazis saw it as they sought the systematic annihilation of the Jewish people across continents, across countries, with deliberate and ruthless cruelty.”
While View Today’s panel didn’t address the issue, former co-host Meghan McCain, the show’s often controversial conservative voice, wasn’t so hesitant. In his column for The daily mail yesterday, McCain wrote, in part, “I’ve been lectured a thousand times on View, there is a belief that the “cancellation culture” is really a “responsibility culture” among the woke left. Which seems like a belief quickly forgotten whenever Whoopi is held to account. I’m not calling for Whoopi Goldberg to be fired, if only because I don’t believe there’s a universe where she could do anything to get her fired – she’s the jewel in the crown of View and a pop culture icon. But I hope it can be used as a teaching moment to explain to millions of Americans why mistaking the Holocaust as something specific and limited to ‘whites’ is senseless, ahistorical and anti-Semitic.”
McCain tweeted his column last night, noting, “It was very hard to write that.”