MATTHEWS: America would be a much better place if people just stopped watching ‘The View’

FILE - Whoopi Goldberg speaks during the Broadway at the White House event in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Every time I watch even the shortest clip of ABC’s “The View” show, I feel a little dumber. 

It doesn’t matter what the subject matter is, whether it’s about politics, entertainment, or something as mundane as food commentary, you just feel like America is a much worse place because of that program. 

That may sound a bit dramatic, and perhaps it is. But if you’re not a regular viewer of “The View” or not even someone who sees the random clip pop up on social media, you’ll probably know what I mean. 

It’s like the television version of leftist Twitter, where the dumbest, most inane things are said and the audience treats it like something profound and claps like seals approvingly. 

One recent example that comes to mind is a segment they did earlier this month essentially accusing popular Fox News host Tucker Carlson and former Democratic presidential candidate and ex-Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of being traitors to the country all for the apparent crime of raising questions about the level of America’s involvement in the Ukraine/Russia crisis and if we even should be at all. 

To the co-hosts of the show, especially Whoopi Goldberg and Republican-in-name-only Ana Navarro, Carlson’s and Gabbard’s comments were grounds for calling in President Biden’s Dept. of Justice to actually investigate both Carlson and Gabbard on alleged “propaganda” grounds. 

“I think the DOJ, in the same way that it is setting up a task force to investigate oligarchs, should look into people who are Russian propagandists and shilling for Putin,” Navarro proclaimed. “If you are a foreign asset to a dictator it should be investigated, and, in fact, I remember when Tulsi Gabbard, and I hate that we’re discussing it because I think to myself, who is this woman? She’s a, you know, she’s no longer in Congress. She’s a failed presidential candidate.” 

Goldberg went even further. 

“They used to arrest people for doing stuff like this,” Goldberg stated in response to Navarro. “If they thought you were colluding with a Russian agent or putting out information or taking information and handing over to Russia, they used to investigate stuff like this, and I guess now, you know, there seems to be no bars, and people are not being told to hate Putin. Putin doesn’t need a reason to be hated.” 

The discerning reader will note that both Navarro’s and Goldberg’s positions on the matter of what boils down to dissidents speaking out were ironically, in reality, very Putinesque. 

In another recent segment, Goldberg and guest co-host Eboni K. Williams whined about Republican Senators criticizing President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. 

Williams trotted out the race card, with Navarro advising Jackson to stay strong because she wouldn’t be able “to get away” with having a “crying meltdown” like Brett Kavanaugh did. Goldberg emphatically declared Jackson to be “outstanding,” especially in comparison to Republican nominees like Amy Coney Barrett and Kavanaugh. 

Left out of the conversation was the fact that then Sen. Joe Biden led the charge against two well-qualified black Republican nominees to higher courts, including Judge Janice Rogers Brown and more notably eventual Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Also left unsaid was that Jackson would be unlikely to cry during her hearings because, unlike Kavanaugh, Jackson won’t be accused of being a gang rapist. 

I could go on and on but I think the point has been made. People could do this country a world of good by simply doing one thing: stop watching “The View.” 

If I didn’t have to watch it occasionally because it was part of my job, I wouldn’t. Those ladies are poisonous to our nation’s discourse, adding nothing to it but more toxicity — oftentimes of the dangerous variety  —  that it doesn’t need. 

Media analyst Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.