P.L.I.H wrote: Never seen 'The View' before then Mike?
I dont see it as dumbing down of the news, or a 'celebretisation' of current news.
Its a chat show which has spawned the likes of 'Loose Women' but as the original, I would say its alot better.
Having followed it when in the States, there has always been a political theme and some great debates, especially when Rosie O'Donnell was on the panel. Her and Hasselback and then latterly Donald Trump, made some uncomfortable television. Furthermore the episode with Bill O'Reilly took the man to task on many of his comments regarding the Mosque debate near Ground Zero.
Yes, many of the woman have celebrity backgrounds, based in comedy, but Hasselback has some pedigree, and Whoopi Goldberg has a varied opinion, and talks sense. While Barbara Walters has been around long enough and interviewed enough people to make the show credible.
If anything, I think its great that the show offers variety to Middle America. That woman (and men) can watch about politics and bring it out there to a television audience that is constantly provided with dumbed down biased news like Fox News..
I dont deny it doesnt have a celebrity element, with many celebrities appearing on the show, but to put it down because it wants to tackle hard issues, I think it is unfair.
And politics obviously see's its worth, with the number of politicans having appeard on the show, including the President and the Secretary of State