Things I Learned Watching The Joy Behar Show

by Ed Driscoll | February 28, 2010 4:23 am

Well, actually reading about it on sites such as Hot Air and Newsbusters, since like 99.5 percent of America I’ve never actually watched it (except for possibly a few minutes while trapped in an airport). But still, the good work and ingratiating tone of this breakthrough in television programming is getting out, even through osmosis:

From guest Donny Deutsch, a lesson in racial tolerance: “You almost need that blank piece of paper. That’s the new model. Like, you know, this coconut Rubio down in Florida.”[1]

From guest Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues who evidently moonlights at the University of East Anglia, I learned that global warming causes earthquakes[2] and tsunamis:

ENSLER: Well, I just think the idea that she doesn’t believe in global warming is bizarre.
BEHAR: Every scientist at every note believes in it but Sarah Palin doesn’t believe in it.
ENSLER: And I think we just kind of have to walk around the world at this point and look at what is happening to nature and earthquakes and tsunamis.
BEHAR: Right.

From Joy herself, during her day job, back in November: “Isn’t it a little racist to call it Black Friday?”[3]

From fellow Time-Warner stablemate George Lopez[4], the importance of tolerating diversity in the American family model:

After introducing Lopez on her CNN Headline News program last night, Behar played a clip of Lopez’s HBO special in which he said, “There are a lot of politicians that would be Latinos and a lot now who are Latino. Sarah Palin, Latina. Believe me. She’s got all the signs. She works and her husband don’t.” [sic — Ed] Later in the segment, after commenting about Palin’s lack of experience, Lopez stated, “I mean, the concept of Todd Palin being a stay-at-home dad-listen Joy, when I was a kid, those guys were called bums.”

“Uh-huh. They’re still called bums,” agreed Behar.

Finally, from early guest Ted Danson, who never met a customer he didn’t like as Sam Malone: “[5]Ted Danson: Rush Limbaugh, Religious Right ‘Really Piss Me Off’.”[6]

Back in 2008, Frank Rich of the New York Times wrote, with presumably unintended camp irony, “??In our news culture, Behar, a stand-up comic by profession, looms as the new Edward R. Murrow.”[7]

Two years later, we can easily say that Behar has delivered on that promise precisely as well as this generation’s other new Edward R. Murrow[8].

And finally, Joy on the importance of providing medical care to everyone in America[9]:

You know, Bill, Dick Cheney is having, he`s had his fifth heart attack today. And it`s a funny thing — it`s a funny thing about him. I mean, the most reasonable people are like, really? They don`t even care. Or I just find it interesting that he doesn’t get any sympathy from people around — around me any way.

Glad to see that Joy’s cocoon of friends, family and coworkers at CNN/Headline News and ABC are as tolerant and compassionate as the aptly named Joy herself.

Endnotes:
  1. Like, you know, this coconut Rubio down in Florida.”: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/scott-whitlock/2010/02/23/cnbcs-donny-deutsch-slams-marco-rubio-racially-charged-attack-hes-co
  2. global warming causes earthquakes: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeff-poor/2010/02/09/brilliant-vagina-monologues-creator-tells-palin-look-earthquakes-and-tsun
  3. “Isn’t it a little racist to call it Black Friday?”: http://pajamasmedia.com/eddriscoll/2009/11/27/im-gonna-stake-my-claim-ill-guess-ill-change-my-name/
  4. George Lopez: http://pajamasmedia.com/eddriscoll/2009/11/20/it-was-a-dark-and-stormy-night-in-chicago/
  5. “: http://eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=Gd6U6Uuz4z
  6. Ted Danson: Rush Limbaugh, Religious Right ‘Really Piss Me Off’.”: http://eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=Gd6U6Uuz4z
  7. looms as the new Edward R. Murrow.”: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/21/opinion/21rich.html?_r=1
  8. this generation’s other new Edward R. Murrow: http://theothermccain.com/2010/02/23/why-keith-olbermann-is-failing/
  9. providing medical care to everyone in America: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2010/02/24/joy-behar-and-bill-maher-laugh-about-dick-cheneys-heart-attack

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