The panel addressed the question of media bias and who makes up the media, with Bold host Carrie Sheffield pointing out that 80 to 90 percent of journalists identify as liberal, with Black responding, saying that media owners are often conservative.
“I look at the news and I feel like there’s such an overrepresentation of one kind of Trump supporter, which is it’s always: men, white men, in certain parts of the country, and who their primary motivator is race … There’s a lot of different ways to be a Trump supporter, and the media doesn’t represent them.”
Bold guest host Cathy Areu, known as “The Liberal Sherpa” on Fox News, said she is constantly defending “Full Frontal” on the air at Fox. Areu said Fox hosts will ask: why is Hollywood so liberal and anti-Trump? Sheffield also asked the ladies if they have a gut check in the writers’ room.
Harkin said, “Sam, she’s our gut check. And she’s one of the most centered people and most caring people that I know…she’s an incredible moral compass.”
But what about the controversial “Full Frontal” episode where Bee called Ivanka Trump the “c-word”? The women told us the writers’ team has since reevaluated the use of the “c-word,” and want to have an open conversation about it, since “a lot of women on both sides of the aisle have a problem with the use of that word.”
Sheffield asked: should Bee have been fired since Roseanne Barr was fired after her controversial statements? The correspondents said Bee and Barr are markedly different people, which is why the consequences weren’t parallel. Black said, it’s about context: “It was the first time [Bee] had crossed the line, so I think that already is very different.”
When Areu asked, “But isn’t [Trump] great for material?” both “Full Frontal” correspondents answered, “No!” Harkin said, “We don’t want that material.”
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