Lisa Ling, the host of a documentary series on CNN, was abruptly shut down Tuesday after suggesting on “The View” that President Joe Biden should apologize to the American people for insulting Fox News reporter Peter Doocy.
What happened on 'The View'?
"The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg began a panel discussion about the Biden-Doocy dust-up by framing the incident as one Doocy caused because he "slipped in a final question at the end of the press conference."
Ling then noted that Biden's anti-Doocy outburst undermined his campaign promise of restoring civility to the White House. Co-host Sunny Hostin agreed the insult was "beneath the dignity" of the presidency, and she praised Biden for allegedly apologizing to Doocy. That is where the agreement ended.
"I think he should apologize to everyone, the American people," Ling said.
"No, I don't think he should apologize to the American people," Goldberg fired back.
"Did [former President Donald] Trump apologize?" co-host Joy Behar interjected, citing several examples of Trump insulting CNN journalists.
When Ling doubled down on her assertion, Goldberg said the only thing that Biden should acknowledge is that "he is human." In fact, Goldberg and Behar minimized Biden's insult by repeatedly invoking Trump.
"That happens sometimes when people ask you endless stupid questions from one particular place, and sometimes you just lose it for a second," Goldberg said. "The difference is he said, ‘Okay, let me call him and apologize because that happens,' and I think that, for me, is the representation of what a human being, as president, should be. Yeah, an adult."
"It points out the difference between Biden and Trump," Behar agreed. "Because Trump, let us not forget, said the press is the enemy of the people. Even Chris Wallace acknowledged that in 2019. He said ‘I believe that President Trump is engaged in the most direct, sustained assault on freedom of the press in our history.’ So, OK, so the 'stupid SOB,' [Biden] says. It’s nothing to what Trump said or did.”
“I agree with you, but we can’t keep comparing him to Trump," Ling tried to say before she was interrupted once again.
"Yes you can! And I will," Behar exclaimed, as Hostin voiced agreement with Ling's point.
After the tense back-and-forth between Ling and her fellow panelists, Ling noted the seriousness of Doocy's question, for Americans are indeed battling record inflation. But the other co-hosts again dismissed Ling.
Hostin called Doocy's question "sarcastic," while Goldberg claimed Doocy "got want he wanted," referring to Biden's reaction, because Doocy "asked a question that wasn't worthy of him asking."
Did Biden actually apologize?
While Biden did personally call Doocy Monday evening to address his insulting remark, Doocy said Tuesday that Biden did not actually use the word "sorry."