It took approximately thirty-seconds for Ann Coulter’s appearance on ABC’s ever popular daytime talk show “The View” to degenerate into a free for all. Coulter, who was there to promote her new book, “Mugged: Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama” was repeatedly given the verbal equivalent of a body slam for her conservative point of reference by virtually everyone of “The View’s” spirited co-hostesses except Elizabeth Hasselbeck; herself a Republican supporter on an otherwise biased panel of die hard democrats so obviously out for blood and proving (as though any further proof were needed) that the days of bipartisan journalism are sadly a thing of the past.
Perhaps there still exists a faint fondness for the days when pop culture journalists like Phil Donohue kept their party line politics to themselves or at the very least, chose to challenge and engaged their guests with some thought-provoking media inquiries designed to elicit hard won discussion. Sadly, what occurred on yesterday’s episode of “The View” utterly failed to simulate intellectual communication. Instead, we were treated to repugnant interrogation of a ‘guest’ for pure ratings and as a political blood sport.
Whoopi Goldberg began the tirade after Coulter suggested that “race-mongering is bad for America” and that “liberals use it to promote causes that have absolutely nothing to do with blacks and in fact harm blacks”. Goldberg responded by accusing Coulter of knowing absolutely nothing about how black people feel – a claim never made by Coulter, who quickly realized she had stepped in it and was about to go through her own trial by fire.
The verbal caning of Ann Coulter continued after she reiterated that her book was not about black people or indeed written from an attempted black perspective, but was, in fact, a book “… about white liberals…and Republican policies on crime and welfare (being) called racist.” Coulter went on briefly to clarify that she believed liberals have never cared about blacks, adding “Five minutes after the civil rights act of ’64, they (Democrats) start calling everything that doesn’t have to do with black people a ‘civil rights issue’.”
It really did not matter that Coulter’s allegations were born from detailed research, the fundamentals readily available to any four year old to unearth from an American history textbook, because she was already in the lion’s den and up to her eyeballs in cat-clawing fur.
Goldberg swore at Coulter’s research – calling it “bullsh_t”, thereupon opening the floodgates for what quickly devolved into a garish spectacle of overlapping criticism rather than thoughtful critique designed merely to drown out anything else of merit that Coulter might have to say. At one point, even co-host Barbara Walters chimed in with her bit of lisping smite, accusing Coulter of writing her books simply to incite public outrage in order to handsomely profit from the ignorance of her audience.
Coulter, whose uninhibited glib nature has often been enough to mislabel her as a conservative provocateur, valiantly disagreed with Walter’s snap assessment of her journalistic integrity. At least she attempted to hold her own before being cut off by Joy Behr who smugly (cough) ‘thanked’ Coulter for coming on the show. But if Thursday’s episode of “The View” proves anything it’s that TV journalism of the talk show ilk has about as much intellectual relevancy as Nicki Minaj.
Berated rather than debated, and belittled instead of being questioned, “The View’s” co-hostesses have absolutely nothing to be proud of in the aftermath of Coulter’s latest appearance on their show. They behaved badly and showed a genuine unwillingness to treat Ann Coulter with all the incoming respect of a highly acclaimed and thoroughly respected journalist and author that she so obvious is.
In the final analysis, Coulter came across the real winner in this dead heat that sought to personalize, discredit and then make veritable mincemeat from her point of view. But it’s very much to Coulter’s credit that she refused to yield to either her hosts’ arrogance or their ignorance. Instead, Ann Coulter took it all in stride – anticipating the grunt even before her piglets had their chance to squeal.
@Nick Zegarac 2012