Barbara Walters Hails 'Fearless', Intelligent 'View' Co-host Joy Behar

<p>&quot;She is fearless. There's an intelligence there as well as the humor,&quot; insists Barbara Walters about none other than, wait for it, &quot;The View&quot; co-host Joy Behar. </p><p>Washington Post's Howard Kurtz relayed that gem in his Style section front-pager, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/22/AR200909... target="_blank">&quot;Oh, Joy! Gift of Gab Gives Host New Gig,&quot; </a>about Behar's new primetime gig on HLN (formerly known as CNN Headline News).</p><p>Yes, this is the same <a href="/people/television/joy-behar" target="_blank">Joy Behar</a> who:</p><!--break--><ul><li>wondered if Sen. Tim Johnson's (D-S.D.) stroke was <a href="/node/9659" target="_blank">a Republican conspiracy</a> </li><li>equated immersion <a href="/blogs/sarah-knoploh/2009/06/03/behar-baptism-waterboarding" target="_blank">baptism with waterboarding</a> </li><li>dismissed homeschooled children as <a href="/blogs/tom-blumer/2008/11/19/behar-lot-homeschooled-kids-are-demented" target="_blank">&quot;demented&quot;</a></li><li>lectured Bill O'Reilly to stop <a href="/blogs/justin-mccarthy/2008/10/22/joy-behar-bill-oreilly-stop-name-calling" target="_blank">&quot;namecalling&quot;</a> although she herself had proudly called Rush Limbaugh a <a href="/blogs/justin-mccarthy/2008/10/22/joy-behar-rush-limbaugh-terrorist" target="_blank">&quot;terrorist&quot;</a></li><li>mocked Joe &quot;The Plumber&quot; Wurzelbacher's dream of owning his own plumbing company as a <a href="/blogs/ken-shepherd/2008/10/16/joy-behar-joe-plumbers-fantasy-owning-business-being-rich" target="_blank">&quot;fantasy&quot; </a></li></ul>For a comprehensive archive of Behar nuttiness, <a href="/people/television/joy-behar" target="_blank">click here</a>.<br /><br />To his credit, Kurtz did detail Behar's liberal views -- she complains President Obama is sometimes not liberal enough -- and noted how the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has complained about her anti-Catholic bigotry, something NewsBusters Publisher and Media Research Center President Brent Bozell<a href="/blogs/nb-staff/2009/05/08/mrc-tv-brent-bozell-blasts-anti-catholic-bigot-joy-behar" target="_blank"> has also addressed</a>.

Ken Shepherd
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