I hate having to devote a whole post to someone as trivial as Joy Behar, and I wish I didn’t have to start Easter morning by highlighting her idiocy, but as Linda Loman would say, “Attention must be paid.”
In an orgy of ignorant anti-gun hysteria on “The View” following last week’s subway shooter in New York City, Joy Behar predictably took the prize for Most Outrageous Statement, and there was tough competition. Are you ready? I don’t want brains and skull fragments to mess up your Easter baskets.
She actually said, and I wouldn’t kid you about this,
The Supreme Court is poised to pass a bill contradicting the New York City State laws. We have very strict gun laws here, and they would like it to be apparently somebody has put it on their desk that New York should be an open carry state, and an open carry city with all of the density in this city. They want people running around with guns. People – middle-class people will be leaving in droves if that happens.
Yes, Joy Behar thinks that the Supreme Court passes bills that “somebody has put on their desk.” She’s 79 years old, with a college degree and a Masters (so much for the benefits of higher education) , and still lacks the civic literacy of a 6th grader. She also said that New York City is a state, but that’s within her usual range of sloppiness. Later, Behar claimed that there had been “more than 130” mass shootings in the U.S. this year.As regular readers here know, I regard public figures making citizens dumber and more ignorant than they already are (thanks to our wretched public schools, our lowest common denominator public culture and social media rot) as a serious ethics breach that ought to have severe career consequences. Incompetent opinions are one thing, and disinformation is something else. Viewers reasonably assume that a regular co-host on a public affairs and news-driven show like “The View” is qualified to have that position, and that such an individual issues opinions because she is better informed and more astute than the average American. With that inexcusable statement, Behar proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that she isn’t more informed or astute than the average dung beetle.
It is beyond redemption that ABC continues to give someone with Behar’s demonstrated lazy work habits and crippled critical thinking skills a regular platform to spread stupidity far and wide. She is the Typhoid Mary of stupidly, and history teaches that stupidity and ignorance are far, far more deadly than any epidemic.
This isn’t a difficult principle: if you are going to discuss the Supreme Court to a TV audience, make sure you know what the Supreme Court does. In addition to being dumb as Silly Putty, Behar is a negligent human slug. Saying on the air that the President of the United States is Flip Wilson would be no more outrageous than saying bills are put on Supreme Court Justices’ desks to “pass.”
The producers of “The View” had an obligation to fire Behar during the first break after that statement. When they didn’t, ABC had an obligation to fire them. The producers can’t be trusted any more than Behar. Maybe she wasn’t fired because THEY don’t know that SCOTUS doesn’t pass bills.
Behar’s civics fantasy was never corrected during or after the show.