Retro illustration of the tv show ‘The View’

Retro illustration of the tv show ‘The View’

I don’t remember when I started watching “The View,” but what I remember was when I used to work out in YMCA, the TV show that was always on the screens was “The View.” At that time, I had a busy morning schedule, so I never got a chance to watch it regularly. However, when I enrolled in college and learned critical thinking exercises in ESL classes, I watched news shows along with “The View.” For the people who do not know about this show, I will write a brief introduction of this show.

It is an American talk show which Barbara Walters created in August 1997. The show’s format includes the “Hot Topics” from the current news and highlights a multi-generational team of women who discuss current topics, such as socioeconomic, political and entertainment topics. The women also interviewed prominent figures such as politicians and celebrities. It airs on ABC, New York City.

When I started watching the show, there were five co-hosts: Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, lawyer Sunny Hostin, Sara Haines and Jedediah Bila. Since most of the hosts are liberal, the only conservative host, Bila, had a lot of pressure. So she didn’t stay on long, along with Aby Huntsman and Meghan McCain. Presently there are four hosts, with the fifth one on rotational.

Among the hosts, I liked Meghan McCain. Though I disagreed with her point of view, she was always a very assertive, vocal and headstrong host. Once in the dressing room, she said, “The Trump years make everything more heated and more intense. I am not here to do the cooking segment.” It is essential to discuss the hot topics and analyze them through different lenses in the current political environment.

The beauty of a democratic system is to respect each other’s views even if we disagree. This show is the best example of how people’s different opinions do not affect their relationships when the camera turns off. As the show is based on right vs. left politics, there were heated debates over controversial topics, such as the border crisis, the Trump presidency, and many others.

The success of “The View” is self-evident as it is currently airing its 25th season. One of the prominent episodes was in 2010 when former President Barack Obama went on the show and made history as the first sitting president to appear on a daytime talk show. Most of the credit goes to these strong women who kept the audience’s attention for many years. Their witty style of conversation can convince people.

In the last few years, not only did the classes at Middlesex College help me reshape my thought process, but by watching “The View,” I was able to analyze different people’s points of view and establish my own. Part of the reason I started writing for the Opinions page was also to tell what I learned and how to convey and link thoughts.

In short, if someone wants to know the current political issues, “The View” is the best show to watch. 

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