Meghan McCain, conservative host on "The View," called out the media for its apparent bias against Trump voters, Republicans, and all of middle America.
What did she say?
In her blistering diatribe — which was not at all well-received by the rest of the show's co-hosts — McCain zeroed in on the problem by saying that much of America believes that the media reports sensationalist fake news and hate "people in the middle of the country."
McCain began by noting that comedienne Michelle Wolf's off-color jokes and comments at the White House Correspondents' Dinner only served as a "gift" to those who support President Donald Trump.
"I will say, this is a big gift to Trump supporters," McCain began. "Seventy-seven percent of Americans — 77 — believe that the national television and newspaper media outlets report fake news, [and] 89 percent of Republicans believe that."
Calling out CNN's Jim Acosta by name, McCain said, "There’s already this implication when you hear people like Jim Acosta saying Trump supporters, their brains don’t, whatever the quote is, their 'elevators don’t go to the top floor.'"
Wait, so what did Acosta say?
Last week, Acosta told Variety during a panel discussion with fellow White House correspondents April Ryan and Ashley Parker that "the problem is that people around the country don’t know [Trump's behavior is] an act."
"They’re not in on the act and they take what he says very seriously," Acosta added. "They take attacks from Sean Spicer and Sarah Sanders, and what they do to us on a daily basis, very seriously. They don’t have all their faculties and in some cases their elevator might not hit all floors."
Acosta later backtracked on his comments, and, on Twitter, said that his remarks were taken out of context.
"Regarding my interview with Variety, my comments have been twisted by some outlets. As you can plainly see, I'm not referring to Trump supporters. I am talking about people who threaten journalists. Links to transcript and video below."
Regarding my interview with Variety, my comments have been twisted by some outlets. As you can plainly see, I'm not referring to Trump supporters. I am talking about people who threaten journalists. Links to transcript and video below. https://t.co/SpEBiyVyQd pic.twitter.com/KZ7tkllEHQ
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 25, 2018
What else did McCain have to say on "The View?"
"There’s an idea that the media — especially people in D.C. — hate the Trump administration, hate Republicans, hate the people in the middle of the country," she added. "And when you’re sitting there — and by the way, Jonathan Karl, Andrea Mitchell, Mika Brzezinski, these are not people I would certainly not call conservatives, or people in my vein — came out and criticized the [White House Correspondents' Dinner] as well."
McCain explained that she used to attend the festivities alongside her father, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), but once it "started turning into this sort of like celebrity Oscar red carpet event," she decided to forgo the annual event, because it "isn't something I really want to be a part of."
Co-host Sunny Hostin — who attended the festivities — defended the dinner, and said that it was a "celebration of journalism and the First Amendment."
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg took exception to McCain's comments and quipped, "I take issue with you saying that we hate the middle of the country."
"That’s not true," Goldberg fired back.