Joy Behar of "The View" blasted Fox News on Tuesday's program, saying Donald Trump is "the only president who has his own TV channel in history. [Former President Richard] Nixon didn't have it, so [Trump] has Fox News, and Fox will just back him up."
But two of her co-hosts on "The View" didn't like that characterization very much and let Behar know about it.
Abby Huntsman — who used to co-host "Fox & Friends Weekend" — put the kibosh on Behar's rant, telling her she should "be careful about" painting the cable news giant with such a broad brush. But Behar still forged ahead, saying Trump's "failure as a president means their failure as a station. So they have everything invested in propping him up and backing his lies."
Huntsman jumped back into the fray and asked Behar if she watched Trump's interview with "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace. Behar said she saw "some of it," and Huntsman asked Behar if she believed "hard-hitting questions" were offered — and Behar actually managed a "yeah."
"There are a number of folks [at Fox News] that very much push back on [Trump] and are not in his camp that are great journalists," Huntsman said.
Meghan McCain — who used to co-host Fox News' "Outnumbered" and was fresh off a headline-grabbing verbal throw-down with Behar the day before — rattled off a short list of Fox News journalists who don't back Trump's every move: "Bret Baier, Kennedy, Harris Faulkner, Shep Smith. I could go on and on and on. There are a lot of great people at Fox News."
Behar was undeterred, interjecting with "there are plenty who don't" push back on Trump and then offering an analytical doozie — that the "Fox base watches the ones that do not" push back on Trump. It's unclear if Behar headed up a survey or not.
No matter. To the rescue was a Behar ally, co-host Sunny Hostin, who propped up Behar's argument by saying, "I think that's why they get so much access to the president because he knows that it's a friendly place."