If one wanted to draw up an apt portrait of what the rabid pits of the Democratic fever swamp actually look like at their absolute worst, they would be hard-pressed to find a more fitting example to work with than to flip their televisions on and turn the channel to ABC for another mind-numbing episode of “The View,” where self-loathing so-called progressives open their mouths on a daily basis and let the inevitable ignorance, stupidity, and hate-filled intolerance for differing viewpoints spew forth.
But this week on the show where willful ignorance and empty virtual signaling reign supreme, an unintentionally hilarious moment happened when the subject turned to Tucker Carlson, a frequent target of the far-left’s ire including the co-hosts of “The View.”
Carlson is, of course, being blamed for the horrific mass shooting that took place in a Buffalo grocery store Saturday that left ten dead and three more injured. The shooter’s manifesto confirms his murder spree was racially motivated, and though Tucker Carlson was not mentioned anywhere in it, that’s all it took for Joy Behar and the gang to go nuclear on Carlson over the last two days.
On the Tuesday program, Behar revealed her supposed insights on Carlson’s “relevancy.”
“Back in [the] World War II period, there was a guy named Father Coughlin, and he was an anti-Semite and a racist, he was a priest from the Catholic Church,” she stated. “He had, in a country of 127 million people, he was on the radio, he had 30 to 40 million listeners. That’s a lot.”
But when you contrasted Carlson’s viewership with population numbers for the U.S., Behar proclaimed, his viewer/listener base being at 3 million people in comparison with the actual population of America (326 million) meant that he was “almost irrelevant.”
“Tucker Carlson has, in a country of 326 million people – we have grown, he has 3 million listeners. So it’s 30 to 40 million versus 3 million. He’s almost irrelevant if you think about it,” Behar alleged. “And I think maybe that’s the way to go with him. Just ignore him. Every time we talk about him, every time the media gives him air time, he gets bigger and bigger.”
Joy Behar: “Tucker Carlson has, in a country of 326 million people, he has 3 million listeners … he’s almost irrelevant.” pic.twitter.com/SYPQp633d4
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) May 17, 2022
The problem with Behar’s rant is that it ignores/overlooks a couple of things, the primary one being that his critics can’t have it both ways. He’s either the cause of all the hate in America and needs to be canceled or he’s “almost irrelevant.” Pick one and stick with it:
Tucker is so irrelevant there’s a systematic daily smear campaign to get him de-platformed and thrown off the air.
— Julia G. (@JuliaGulia80920) May 17, 2022
Secondly, if Carlson’s nightly numbers make him “almost irrelevant,” what does that make “The View,” whose numbers are about 1 million lower on any given day of the week?
For the year 2021, Carlson averaged 3.214 million viewers each night. Not everybody has cable, but Carlson also has more than five million followers on Twitter.
During that same time period in April, on the other hand, The View had an average of 2.214 million viewers per day. Data indicates that The View has had similar numbers measured at other times over the past year as well. As for social media, The View does not even have one million followers on Twitter. Its official Twitter account has 887,843 followers. Behar has slightly more than one million followers.
Not bad for a guy who is “almost irrelevant,” is it?
Where Behar is right is in how repeatedly talking about a public figure helps boost that person’s popularity – but only to a point. The message has to be there, too, or it all falls apart, and Carlson has shown over his time on Fox News that he’s been able to cut through the bull and even pull in impressive viewership numbers among Democrats as well as Republicans despite his critics rantings and ravings.
How so? Because sometimes in repeatedly dunking on people, you have TV watchers or radio listeners who will tune in for what they think is going to be a clown show but who then turn around and say, “Hey, this person might be on to something.” On the other hand, if in watching or listening to the supposedly offending program, if in their minds the hosts “confirm” what their critics say, the viewers/listeners are unlikely to tune in again.
The especially funny thing here is that Joy Behar and her cast of carnival barkers have absolutely no intentions of following through and not giving Carlson any more airtime on their show. Like MSNBC’s Joy Reid, CNN’s Brian Stelter, online liberal hack Aaron Rupar, and the clowns at Media Matters, Carlson is like a drug and they simply can’t quit him – and don’t want to, primarily because rather than looking in a mirror they need a right-wing “boogeyman” to blame for everything, and Carlson being the effective messenger he is makes him Public Enemy Number One as far as they are concerned.
$10 says Tucker Carlson gets more than just a brief mention later this week as Behar and Co. will be unable to resist the temptation. I’m not a betting woman, but this is a pretty easy call to make because if there’s anything “The View” co-hosts have demonstrated over the years in addition to having a knack for dumbing down America little by little each day it’s their propensity to be boringly predictable, bless their hearts.
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