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Dr. Anthony Fauci’s latest congressional testimony sparked a heated debate on “The View” as co-hosts sparred over his credibility and slammed Fox News for “misinformation” and allegedly downplaying the virus.
Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain got into a heated debate after co-host Joy Behar predictably slammed Republicans for following President Donald Trump’s lead in combating the coronavirus pandemic, and co-host Sunny Hostin took a shot at “conservative media,” specifically Fox News.
“They have aided and abetted this president down the road to destruction, and we are all in this sinking boat with them until this country gets it together and says, ‘We need leadership.’ I say vote them all out. All of them. Every Republican running,” Behar said on the show Wednesday.
Hostin chimed in to say that “studies that have determined that conservative media misinformation may have intensified the severity of the pandemic,” citing an article in The Washington Post over the weekend, spreading the theory that “the infection and mortality rates are higher in places where Fox News’ Sean Hannity reaches the largest audience.”
She also called out Fox News host Laura Ingraham for calling Fauci “Dr. Doom” and suggesting he was “working for [Joe] Biden’s campaign.”
“People are listening to these news personalities, they’re reading and they’re consuming this type of conservative media that’s still going to be downplaying wearing masks, still downplaying the numbers, I don’t think we’re going to see this huge cultural shift,” Hostin declared, admitting that “this has become political.”
McCain spoke up about Senator Rand Paul confronting Fauci during testimony on the coronavirus before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. The Kentucky Republican went off on the medical expert Tuesday, saying, “it’s a fatal conceit to believe any one person or small group of people has the knowledge necessary to direct an economy or dictate public health behavior.”
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“I have a lot of questions for Dr. Fauci. I’m 100 percent willing to say I don’t have faith and trust in Dr. Fauci in the way that I did,” McCain announced to her “View” co-hosts, noting the complete lack of social distancing amid the marches and protests that have erupted across the nation in recent weeks.
“The narrative continues to confuse me. Republicans are the devil. Fox News is the devil, but protesters for pride and protesters for Black Lives Matter, it’s fine and the pandemic doesn’t exist,” McCain said, adding in her defense of Fox News.
“As much as you want to trash Fox News, Tucker Carlson has the highest approval ratings and numbers in Fox News history right now, partly because he’s saying in a much more eloquent way what I am saying right now,” McCain contended.
But Goldberg interjected to pounce on her remarks.
“This is not about politics. People who are conservative, people who are Republican, people who are Democrat, they’re all getting hit the same way. People are dying, and so for me, I don’t see where the question is,” she declared.
“It’s not about your rights. It’s about — there’s a thing in the country. There’s a poison in the country, and all we need to try to do, and we’ve said it to everybody,” she began
“We said it about the beaches in Florida, and, you know, sort of shamed people into making changes. We have talked about the fact that everybody has to get on board to stop the spread of this thing. We said it to the marchers. We said it to everybody. Nobody is making a distinction – we got to put the masks on,” Goldberg argued.
“Dr. Fauci did not, in the way I would have liked,” McCain shot back.
“Leaders in place, like Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci, should have been screaming bloody murder when all the protesting and rioting started,” she added, noting that there were some views that ignored the coronavirus guidelines amid the protests because they claimed the narrative about police brutality was more important.
“But the idea that it is just Republicans not wearing masks is just intellectually dishonest,” McCain declared.
But Goldberg continued to press the argument that “so many folks on Fox News poo-pooed” wearing masks, alleging it created more of an outbreak.
“And the protesting and the rioting did not?” McCain demanded. “No impact whatsoever? Protesting and the rioting, no impact? It’s just Fox News?”
The two co-hosts continued to lock horns until the segment ran out of time and they show cut to commercial break.
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