“The View” Co-Host Joy Behar Slams Media for Failing to Challenge Republicans, Warns of Country’s Demise

New York, NY – “The View” co-host Joy Behar criticized NBC host Kristen Welker and the media on Tuesday over an interview on “Meet the Press” with Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y. Behar expressed concern that not being tough enough on Republicans could have serious consequences for the country.

During the interview, Behar took issue with Welker’s handling of the discussion, particularly when Stefanik referred to the individuals involved in the January 6 insurrection as “hostages.” Behar believed this characterization was inaccurate and expressed disappointment that Welker did not challenge Stefanik’s claims.

Behar emphasized the importance of the media in holding politicians accountable and stated that failure to confront Republicans on their lies could contribute to the erosion of democracy.

This is not the first time the hosts of “The View” have criticized Welker for her interviews with political figures. In a previous instance, co-host Ana Navarro expressed regret that Welker’s first interview as moderator of “Meet the Press” was with former President Trump, describing interviewing him as “like interviewing an insane person.”

The conversation on “The View” also touched on other journalists who have interviewed Trump, with co-host Sunny Hostin criticizing CNN’s Kaitlan Collins for what she perceived as a lack of preparedness during a CNN town hall with Trump.

The concern raised by Behar and the other hosts of “The View” highlights the ongoing debate over how the media should approach interviews with influential political figures. The role of journalists in fact-checking and challenging statements made by politicians is seen by many as crucial in maintaining a strong and informed democracy.

Stefanik’s characterization of the January 6 individuals as “hostages” aligns with former President Trump’s own language when he called for their release. Behar’s criticism of Welker and the media reflects a broader concern about the potential consequences of not holding politicians accountable for their actions and statements.

As media professionals continue to grapple with the challenge of interviewing political figures, the discussion on “The View” serves as a reminder of the importance of rigorous, fact-based journalism in a democratic society.