Joy Behar calls Tucker Carlson “almost irrelevant” and gives his viewership numbers. But viewership for The View is hitting back.

The View co-host Joy Behar bizarrely called Fox News host Tucker Carlson Tuesday “almost irrelevant,” citing the size of his television audience.

Ironically, Carlson regularly has a larger audience than The View.

What did Behar say?

During a segment dealing with so-called “hate speech,” Behar cited notorious Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin.

Coughlin is known for sending anti-Semitic radio messages in the 1930s. Many of the controversial programs sympathized with Adolf Hitler and other fascist dictators of the time. His radio career ended after being essentially canceled by the federal government.

“In the time of World War II there was a guy called Father Coughlin and he was an anti-Semite and a racist – he was a priest in the Catholic Church – and he had that on the radio in a country of 127 million people, 127 million people in this country, he had 30 to 40 million listeners. That’s a lot, a lot,” Behar said.

“In a country of 326 million people, Tucker Carlson has — we’ve grown — he has 3 million listeners,” she continued. “So it’s 30 to 40 million versus 3 million – he’s almost irrelevant when you think about it. And I think maybe that’s the right way with him. Just ignore him. Every time we talk about him, every time the media gives him air, he gets bigger and bigger over time.”

It’s not clear why Behar asked Father Coughlin to “dunk” Carlson, nor how the two commentators or their audiences compare.

Father Coughlin spread his messages in the radio era, when families would gather around the sound box in the evenings to hear the news or sports. Almost 100 years later, the entire media landscape has changed beyond the dominance of television. Now most Americans get their news from social media.

So Behar’s comparison isn’t even comparing apples to oranges, it’s comparing apples to dairy cows.

What about reviews?

Carlson’s nightly show is one of the most-watched programs on cable news, and often the most-watched show.

For example, the week of May 2nd, Carlson averaged 3.16 million viewers, making his show the second most-watched cable news show. Fox News’ “The Five” was the most-watched show, averaging 100,000 more viewers than Carlson.

In contrast, “The View” averaged only 2.34 million viewers in the week of May 2nd.

In the meantime, for the week of May 9thCarlson averaged 3.06 million viewers (again second best to The Five) while The View averaged only 2.28 million viewers.

One also wonders how irrelevant Carlson is when politicians and the mainstream media consistently devote a great deal of attention to reporting the things Carlson says.

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Laura Coffey

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