The ladies on ABC's The View probably wouldn't describe their show as a cesspool of shrill nonsense and liberal hackery, but that is precisely what it is. Why else would the New York Times describe it as "the most important political TV show in America"?
In 2022 alone, The View cohosts were forced to issue nearly 40 apologies, clarifications, and legal disclaimers for statements they made on the air. So much for the "intelligent debate" the journalist Barbara Walters envisioned when she created The View in 1997.
The list of statements for which Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, and their colleagues have apologized (or issued clarifications in response to threats of legal action) is nothing short of astonishing.
• Comparing Christianity to a "mental illness."
• Claiming Supreme Court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas have been "credibly accused" of sexual assault.
• Suggesting the Holocaust was "not about race."
• Asserting that neo-Nazi protesters outside a convention in Florida belonged to a conservative student organization.
• Repeatedly "misgendering" former male athlete Caitlyn Jenner.
• Using a racial slur—"gypped"—to criticize Donald Trump and his supporters.
• Offending nurses by suggesting nursing is "not a real talent."
• Falsely accusing Supreme Court justice Amy Coney Barrett of belonging to a "hate group."
• Defending accused rapist Bill Cosby by comparing him to the falsely accused members of the Duke lacrosse team in 2006.