PolitiFact Freaks Out at Claims of Candace Owens Joining 'The View'

September 18th, 2023 12:36 PM

PolitiFact could hire a full-time fact checker just to monitor ABC's The View for incredibly inaccurate and silly liberal comments. But they're all liberals, so they won't. Instead, they posted a September 14 fact check of a satirical site that imagined the uproar if black conservative Candace Owens was invited to join the cast. That's about as likely as Joy Behar becoming a Bible-thumper. 

The claim was "FALSE," they ruled -- somehow not "Pants on Fire" -- as Sara Swann summarized: 

"Whoopi (Goldberg), Joy (Behar) and Sunny (Hostin) Threaten To Resign ‘Immediately’ If Candace Owens Joins The Panel," read a Sept. 10 Facebook post with photos of conservative commentator Owens and "The View" hosts.

This post was flagged as part of Meta’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.)

So what's really happening is PolitiFact is filling its Facebook-monitoring quota with preposterous ideas, much like their post on "Trump and Biden are not both deceased." 

They're urgently debunking a satirical site: 

Although the post suggests Owens could be joining the show, this is not real news. In the comments, the post’s author linked to a blog post that includes a disclaimer that "the following text is a satirical piece intended for humor and entertainment."

The Dunning-Kruger Times, another satirical website, also shared a blog post with this headline.

Lauri Hogan, a spokesperson for "The View," told PolitiFact "there is absolutely no truth to this."

Owens did not immediately respond to PolitiFact’s request for comment. In January 2022, Owens criticized "The View" for not having "a true conservative" as a host, the New York Post reported. Owens told the Post she doubted the show would consider her as a host.

Everyone knows that the Joy-and-Sunny show can't tolerate a conservative voice, as Meghan McCain found out. No one knows this more than Alyssa Farah Griffin, who is more often a liberal echo on ABC than she is when she appears on CNN. The only right-leaning Candace they hired was Candace Cameron Bure, and that didn't last, either.