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Does ABC’s ‘The View’ Have The Guts To Take Up the Anti-Defamation League’s Gauntlet?

ABC has suspended Whoopi Goldberg from “The View” for a scant two weeks for her ignorant, outrageous contention that Nazism wasn’t about race.

It would have demanded little more from Whoopi than scanning the CliffsNotes version of “Mein Kampf” before dropping out of Washington Irving High School in Lower Manhattan to have disabused herself of the notion.

The future fuhrer’s obscene manifesto mentions race more than 100 times, including his declaration that “The world is not there to be possessed by the faint-hearted races.” Here is another distasteful sample, not very far into the racist tome’s text:

The parliamentary institution attracts people of the badger type, who do not like the open light. No upright man, who is ready to accept personal responsibility for his acts, will be attracted to such an institution. That is the reason why this brand of democracy has become a tool in the hand of that race which, because of the inner purposes it wishes to attain, must shun the open light, as it has always done and always will do. Only a Jew can praise an institution which is as corrupt and false as himself.

ABC News President Kim Godwin asked the left-wing comedienne “to take time to reflect and learn” and the Anti-Defamation League has called on ABC to hire a permanent Jewish panelist for the “conservative” seat once held by Meghan McCain, “The View” having only had two Jewish co-hosts in its 25-year history, and none since 2016.

Will ABC agree to this? It’s actually an easy call to find a female Jewish conservative panelist, with ageism the only obstacle ABC could encounter. Mona Charen is an experienced TV pundit who served a long stint as commentator on CNN, and who boasts two New York Times bestsellers. Is the fact she is over 60 going to stop ABC from tapping her? She has criticized Donald Trump, although not to the extent of, say, Bill Kristol, even being booed at the Conservative Political Action Conference several years ago for her attacks.

Independent Women’s Forum senior fellow Lisa Schiffren, in her early 60s, is famed for writing former Vice President Dan Quayle’s Murphy Brown speech, and handled counterterrorism policy at the Pentagon, as well as working as war correspondent in Afghanistan, riding on horseback with the Mujahedeen, which should certainly make Schiffren qualify as a “strong woman” under the feminist definition. She’s done lots of TV and is aggressive and articulate before the cameras.

Finally, Danielle Crittenden, convert to Judaism and still in her 50s, is author of “What Our Mothers Didn’t Tell Us: Why Happiness Eludes the Modern Woman,” a great read that managed to be pro-family while strongly making the case for the career woman. She is co-host of the Femsplainers podcast, has always been great on TV, and is the wife of the ultimate Never Trumper and MSNBC fixture, David Frum, someone who has become a hate figure on the right.

ABC could hire any of these three experienced Jewish conservative women tomorrow to show that the network does not adhere to Whoopi’s blindness to the persecution of Jews in the 20th century. How long will take before ABC actually does this? That brings to mind Henny Youngman’s quip about the doctor who gave a man six months to live – but when the man couldn’t pay his bill, gave him another six months.

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Thomas McArdle

Tom McArdle @MacArdghail, longtime Senior Writer for Investor's Business Daily, was a White House Speechwriter for President George W. Bush, National Political Reporter for Washington political columnists Rowland Evans and Robert Novak, Managing Editor of Human Events, and has worked as a writer for CNN and the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. His work has appeared in National Review, the American Spectator, The Hill, the Washington Examiner, Newsmax, and the National Catholic Register. He has appeared on Fox News and numerous talk radio programs. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, M. Stanton Evans' National Journalism Center in Washington, Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, and at 17 was one of Curtis Sliwa's original "Magnificent 13" Guardian Angels.

5 comments

  • Don’t forget Abigail Shrier. She would give the other View ladies heartburn and a half. Not to mention run rings around them effortlessly.

    • Thanks Bob, I definitely should have thought of Abigail, who is brilliant. And she has written eloquently about her religious convictions.

  • OK-Whoopi is not the brightest bulb and her politics are insane. I can barely stand to hear her voice. However, I have often wondered about this point of contention. There are black Jews, Asian Jews etc. Does that not indicate that Judaism is a Religion-not a race? There are Jews who are Catholics and Baptists, for instance. Hitler wanted to eradicate anyone who was a Jew. Did he/they not kill those who were not born into the Jewish faith, but married into it? Couldn’t Whoopi be correct? Not trying to be a jackass-really curious.

  • The Left seizes every opportunity to affirm a chance to ruin someone who’s CULTURALY MISAPPRORIATED Race, e.g. straights or whites acting as gays or asians, and now this? Her real name is Caryn Elaine Johnson, misappropriating GOLDBERG for funny-money. Way over the line where she’ll get canned but will be rewarded with another plum gig. Obama Center Ambassador.

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