On Thursday, The New York Times published an op-ed titled “‘The View’ Has a Meghan McCain Problem,” which in the words of the immortal bard: uh, no shit. Except I’m saying that as someone who covers Meghan way, way, way too frequently. I’m talking when I close my eyes, I can see her looking off-camera for her Ghost Dad to say, “Now, Meghan. Now is the time you make them all pay with blood.” So, to be clear, it’s absolutely a good thing that the Times published a piece that does an excellent job informing a ginormous readership that Meghan is not just a destructive force on The View, but on The Discourse at large. This excerpt alone is practically a work of art in its scathing accuracy.
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 base with a narrative of the long-suffering victim of censorship.
This dynamic is a high-wire act that Ms. McCain takes pains to use to her advantage as often as possible.
Earlier this week, CNN ran a report that accused Meghan of creating a toxic work environment that forced her best friend Abby Huntsman to quit The View, and it flew by without John McCain’s daughter making a peep. Like a moron, I assumed she’d give the Times piece the same treatment, and NOPE. She is making a meal out of it.
Fortunately, in a delicious breath of fresh air, the author of the piece wasn’t here for Meghan’s bullshit.
Well I’m not a NYTimes employee to be clear….but….yes????? pic.twitter.com/wIW2Z13x9M— Comorienne 🇰🇲 (@_ShamGod) January 16, 2020
This is also…not my argument in the piece. Criticism is separate from personal opinion but I can’t expect certain actors who are constantly using their hair trigger emotions (and proving the point made in my story) to get that so no use in explaining, nor do I care to.— Comorienne 🇰🇲 (@_ShamGod) January 16, 2020
To the surprise of no one, Ibrahim is correct that Meghan missed the point. The problem isn’t that she’s a Republican. The problem is that she’s a spoiled brat with a persecution complex. Although, that is the current theme of the party right now.
I JUST GOT IMPEACHED FOR MAKING A PERFECT PHONE CALL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 16, 2020
Anyway, with Ibrahim defending herself, Meghan now had more than enough ammo for a pity party and immediately got to work portraying herself as the unfairly censored beer heiress who can barely make it in this cold, cruel word — if you don’t count the supportive tweets from her filthy rich, white friends in the media.
If the @nytimes wants to understand the country, maybe they should try having one woman in the room who doesn't accept their groupthink on guns, abortion, and religion. Apparently that's too much for them.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) January 16, 2020
The hatred for conservative women by the “woke” is ever apparent and totally undermining to their demands that ppl take them seriously. So empathetic … unless you don’t think exactly as they do. https://t.co/gByX9GDoFa— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 16, 2020
The Left owns most of American popular culture. And yet the existence of one moderately conservative woman poses a threat to civil discourse. Good Lord. What a joke.— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 16, 2020
The Left kissed up to John McCain every time he spoke truth to Trump but can’t handle his daughter speaking her own mind when it doesn’t fit neatly into a progressive world view?— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) January 16, 2020
Open your mind.
Another blatant attempt to “cancel” conservative views. An op-ed in the New York Times demanding Meghan McCain be replaced on “The View.” Vince Vaughn should give her a call. We are seeing Stalinism right before our eyes. Hang tough Meghan. Protect her, Disney.— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) January 16, 2020
True story that’s a callback to earlier in the piece where I said I’m a moron: I honestly never put two and two together that Meghan McCain basically works for Disney until this exact moment, so it looks like I have a whole lot of Star Wars boxer shorts to burn. If you’ll excuse me…
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