In an op-ed on Friday, writer Shamira Ibrahim, apparently having exhausted any decent ideas for a column, decided to devote her energies to telling as that “The View Has a Megan McCain Problem.” In Ibrahim’s world, it is a “problem” that the show invites a conservative woman like McCain on the program day after day for no other reason than to push back on the reliably liberal opinions of Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and guests like Elizabeth Warren.
Here’s a choice passage:
For some viewers, Ms. McCain is the privileged product of conservative nepotism, capitalism and the American military-industrial complex. That coalescence naturally renders her a villain to progressives, who envision her as the cathartic personification of a punching bag on social media. Conversely, each pile-on reinforces her self-written narrative of the long-suffering victim of censorship.
To quote Luke Skywalker: Amazing – every word of what you just said is wrong.
First of all, there’s no “some viewers.” There’s no “progressives.” Instead of just being upfront about it, Ibrahim is couching her own personal opinion, which isn’t worth a hill of beans, as some larger movement on social media. That wouldn’t be worth much more even if it were true, but we’re sure that people like Ibrahim think that there is wisdom in the madness of crowds. Second, in what way is McCain “privileged” that the other hosts of The View are not? Let’s compare her bank account to Whoopi Goldberg’s before making any rash judgments, shall we? Finally, if there is a common “pile-on” from social media, then in what way is McCain’s victimhood narrative “self-written”? That’s a lot of confusion in a single short paragraph.
But if confusion and personal dislike for Meghan McCain was all Ibrahim’s piece amounted to, it wouldn’t be worthy of further consideration. What’s disturbing about Ibrahim’s point is how neatly it interlocks with much of what the left is spewing these days.
“When she appeared on the late-night talk show ‘Watch What Happens Live’ in September, she informed the host, Andy Cohen, that every day she assumes she could get fired, because of ‘the tone of where we are culturally.’ It’s a deflecting refrain that has been employed by standup comedians and political commentators alike — anyone bemoaning the rise of so-called cancel culture when facing pushback for harmful rhetoric,” Ibrahim writes without irony…in a piece calling for Meghan McCain to be thrown off television.
But the worst part is when Ibrahim criticizes Goldberg and The View for insisting that friends can stay friends while disagreeing.
“This ‘agree to disagree’ stance is frustrating and lies in stark contrast with the current political moment, when many are skeptical of the idea of civil discourse and who it is meant to benefit,” she writes.
When “agree to disagree” is off the table, all that’s left is violence. And while we doubt that’s what Ibrahim meant to endorse in the pages of The New York Times, her blind spot illuminates everything that’s dangerously wrong with the left’s current “our way or the highway” mode of social justice activism. Meghan McCain isn’t the problem, THIS is.