The women of “The View” broke out into an inteWhoopi Goldberg assumed that Meghan McCain might want to take a pass on talking about the resignation of Tucker Carlson

"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg assumed that co-host Meghan McCain might want to take a pass on talking about the resignation of Tucker Carlson’s top writer because she used to work for Fox News. She was wrong.

“I’m happy to speak on this,” McCain said, setting herself up for a rant against “cancel culture.”

“I think about cancel culture a lot,” she said. “I think every person who’s in mainstream media that has a platform, probably at one time or another thinks about it. Every woman on this show, at one point or another, cancel culture has tried to remove one of us from this show, for one reason or another. And by some miracle we’re all still here. And I think the greatest miracle is still me somehow being here.” She pointed to a New York Times op-ed about The View’s “Meghan McCain problem” as evidence.

“I am against cancel culture,” McCain continued. “I think one of the reasons why I’m always a proponent of Tucker Carlson is because I believe in diversity of opinion. I believe in the reason why Fox News exists, because that kind of opinion doesn’t exist on any other network.”

But she was able to separate Carlson from his writer Blake Neff, who was fired for what Fox News itself described as “horrific racist, misogynistic and homophobic behavior.”

After taking a moment to mention that her latest fight with co-host Joy Behar was trending on Twitter the day before, McCain said, “The View is the last place this happens in mainstream media.”
And yet while McCain was extolling the virtues of civilized “debate,” her co-hosts were quick to remind her that this was a discussion about blatant racism and bigotry.

“Debating is great,” said Whoopi Goldberg. “What you want to stay away from is you want to get away from the racist aspect of it. The racist aspect of it is thrown out there to keep you from making your points.”

“Well, I don’t think there’s any racist aspect of having to do with this show,” said McCain, but Goldberg explained she was talking about Tucker Carlson’s racism.

“The writer is known for his racist writings. I don’t want to hear that when I want to go listen to Tucker Carlson talk about what’s wrong with the left,” said Goldberg. “I don’t want to hear about it being challenging to me as a person of color because you don’t like my color. Tell me what you don’t like about my politics. Leave my color out of it. That’s what I want Tucker Carlson to do. When he doesn’t — there’s plenty to show he’s one that has spoken the words almost directly as this boy has written them, I have a problem with that.”

McCain demanded to know if Carlson should be held accountable for the actions of his writer, but co-host Sunny Hostin explained that it should be about Carlson’s own racism. She Hostin explained that it isn’t about “cancel culture,” it’s about holding people accountable for their behavior. Carlson, she said, is now going off on a “long-planned vacation,” amid the controversy.

“Tucker Carlson has a long history of making racially insensitive comments, of making culturally insensitive comments,” Hostin explained. “He said white supremacy was a hoax. He said that Black Lives Matter wasn’t about Black lives at all. He also has a history of making these kinds of comments. I think what was most surprising to me is that he sort of tried to change the narrative and said that people were thumping their chests in glee over the destruction of a man. Well, what about accountability? What about responsibility? You know, this is a person who took it upon himself — Blake Neff — to make these horrific vile comments. I urge our viewers to look them up. They’re so horrific and vile. He chose to do that himself. These are long-standing comments over years. The fact that his career was destroyed is of his own doing. The fact that he is now being held accountable for it, again, is his own doing. For Tucker Carlson to try to blame-shift here I think is really despicable. I wonder about this long-planned vacation. He seems to take a lot of long-planned vacations when it gets hot in the kitchen for Tucker Carlson.”

She went on to say that Carlson has been held accountable with a forced vacation and advertisers pulling out of his show.

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