COMMENTARY | Another example of a liberal behaving badly is Joy Behar, one of the so-called ladies of "The View," a morning chat show where a gang of women gang up on a guest to talk about issues of the day. She is also the latest star of "Current," Al Gore's cable network.
Newsbusters has found an interview Behar recently did for Mediaite in which she expressed the wish Mitt Romney's house burn down. Evidently she objected to Romney's recent comment about the alleged need for more firefighters, police officers and teachers in which he suggested the need to shrink government. Later, according to ABC News, Romney clarified his remarks by asserting he was not against hiring these people, which in any case is done on the local level.
Behar said, "I mean, I'd like to see his house burn, one of his millions of houses burning down. Who's he going to call, the Mormon fire patrol?"
Behar managed to be absurd about the effect of government cutbacks and to make a sly reference to Romney's religion. Sadly, with the campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama increasingly developing as an attack against Romney, we're likely to hear the word "Mormon" used as a slur, sort of like calling someone a "communist" in the 1950s.
Behar is another example of how a media liberal is essentially allowed to go berserk on the air without any consequences. Along with media ranters such as Bill Maher and Ed Schultz, Behar has adopted the shtick of being outrageous to the right. Apparently some media outlets value this sort of thing.
The same license is not given to conservatives who tend to be more decorous anyway. No one on the right would say about someone in favor of military cutbacks or who opposes the war on terror, "I hope so and so gets his/her head cut off by al-Qaida. Who is he/her going to call, the liberal Marines?" Such would be rightly considered unacceptable.
Her show on "Current" is going to focus on "latest headlines, pop culture, political events and social issues," according to the New York Daily News. One can just imagine what her approach to these topics will be. Fortunately, no one really watches Gore's network. So if Behar says something outrageous and no one hears it, has she actually said it?