Joy Behar, one of the co-hosts of the popular television show “The View,” has made disparaging remarks about Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle. Her remarks came in response to a television ad she viewed as racist. She blasted the ad on live television, saying that Angle was “going to hell.” In response to Behar’s rant, Angle sent the host flowers, to which Behar responded that those flowers were probably picked by the illegal immigrants Angle has been campaigning against. Behar continued by saying that the money spent on flowers could have been better spent on sensitivity training or charity donations.
Especially in this current heated political divide, conflicts between television personalities and politicians are not uncommon. Take Florida Senate Candidate Marco Rubio, who over the summer mentioned MSNBC host Rachel Maddow negatively in his campaign ads. This spurred a war of words between the two: Rubio would refer to his policies as right simply because Maddow thought they were wrong. Maddow stated the rough economic times Florida is currently facing won’t be helped by Rubio’s proposed policies. Rubio countered by blaming President Obama and current Florida Governor Charlie Christ for the state’s harsh economic climate.
This past March, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann and former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura had a war of words. Ventura claimed his former employer, MSNBC, tried to refrain him from commentating on the Iraq War. Olbermann said that Ventura had “misremembered” his time on MSNBC, and that his shows on MSNBC were “dreadful.”
Last night, President Obama appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The appearance was more of a stated affair, rather than a comedic one. Stewart pointedly asked questions about the change Obama had promised in his candidacy. Obama replied that people can’t expect immediate change, especially such integral change to only happen in 18 months. Can a country as a whole expect such a dramatic financial upheaval in a much shorter time than it took to cause such a bad recession in the first place? Of course, there’s not much room for a heated debate on such a show like “The Daily Show,” but Stewart’s questions were more serious than funny.
Sharron Angle is a very polarizing political figure. She has her loyal base, and pretty much no one else. It’s interesting how she’s managed to get ahead in the polls from where she once was. She endorsed ads comparing illegal immigrants to street thugs, and suggested that people take “Second Amendment remedies” if the Republicans don’t win big next week. She’s against abortion to the point that she says rape and incest victims make “lemons out of lemonade.” Her image is pretty set already. Nothing anyone says is going to make a difference, unless someone comes forward with incredibly damaging information. People either like her or they don’t, and there’s not likely anything that could change their minds. Behar’s comments are only reminiscent of what plenty of other people are saying, and at this late stage in the campaign, that’s all they could be.
Danny Shea, “Joy Behar Calls Sharron Angle ‘Bitch’ Again”, HuffingtonPost.com
Elyse Siegel, “Marco Rubio Aims To Fundraise Off War Of Words With Rachel Maddow”, HuffingtonPost.com
Kevin Hoffman, “Keith Olbermann vs. Jesse Ventura”, CityPages.com
Jim Brogan, “Obama Vs Jon Stewart (VIDEO) Daily Show Obama Appearance ‘Tepid'”, PostChronicle.com