As NewsBusters reported Monday, the ladies of ABC's The View were tremendously sympathetic to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke's tale of woe and misery having been called a "slut" by conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.
Yet as Laura Ingraham pointed out on Tuesday's Fox & Friends, her being called a "slut" by MSNBC's Ed Schultz last year was a source of great amusement on The View with Barbara Walters acknowledging to great laughter, "Joy Behar on this program has called me a slut" (videos follow with transcribed highlights and commentary):
As the Limbaugh-Fluke-Schultz discussion on Fox & Friends ensued, Ingraham commented, "When it was brought up on The View, Barbara Walters kind of laughed it off. She was like, 'Joy, you call me that word all the time.' And they kind of just laughed. But when Fluke goes on The View yesterday, it was 'Oh, isn't this a tragedy' and 'Oh, isn't this horrible' and 'Rush Limbaugh should be driven off the air.'"
Was she right?
NewsBusters reported on May 26, 2011:
Instead of focusing on the vileness of Ed Schultz twice calling conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham a "slut" on his radio show, ABC's The View co-hosts gabbed back and forth Thursday about co-host Joy Behar's catty use of the term for her colleagues.
Behar apparently calls her colleagues sluts on the ABC daytime show, and so the co-hosts chatted about the nature of her "insults" and compared them with Schultz's use of the term. [...]
BARBARA WALTERS: I would like to say that Joy Behar, on this program, has called me a slut.
GOLDBERG: Joy Behar has called many people a slut on this program. Did you hear from this woman's organization? Ever?
JOY BEHAR: Why Barbara, when I call her a slut, the truth is an ultimate defense. That's all I have to say.
So when liberal Schultz called conservative Ingraham a slut last year, the ladies of The View were chuckles and guffaws. After all, Joy says it all the time.
But when conservative Limbaugh called liberal Fluke a slut, it's the end of the world as we know it.