On Friday’s episode of the ABC talk show “The View,” cohost Sunny Hostin unravelled as she claimed that it’s “despicable” that “right-wing truth assassins” are trying to hide America’s history of slavery.
“Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Price winning journalist for her work on the 1619 Project, The New York Times series that traces American history of Slavery,” said cohost Joy Behar. “She is also a professor at the University of North Carolina who was set to be granted tenure — which is for life, as you might know — but after pushback from conservatives, she was offered a five-year contract instead…UNC said their board of trustees had nothing to do with denying her tenure. Really? Are you buying that, Sunny?”
“No. It’s not true. This has been dug into and researched,” Hostin said. “What’s so interesting, Joy, is she’s the first night professor at UNC to be denied tenure. We know what this is about. This is about the right-wing truth assassins that don’t want people to know about the truthful history, the uncomfortable truthful history about this country. I think it’s shameful. You hear so much about cancel culture from people on the right, from these conservatives, what more kind of canceling exists than squashing freedom of expression in academia?”
“Tenure is supposed to be there to protect professors, to protect their academic work from politicization,” she added. “This is exactly what has happened here. I think it’s so despicable that people want to hide the truth about this country’s history in this way. I’m saddened by what happened here.”
NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES’ DENIED TENURE: The University of North Carolina withheld a tenure position from the Pulitzer Prize-winner and creator of “The 1619 Project,” instead offering a fixed five-year contract – the co-hosts question if politics are at play. https://t.co/cVclFZQmjA pic.twitter.com/uiPp5GRLZ9
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On this same episode, Hostin defended CNN host Chris Cuomo after it was revealed that he had been advising his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), in his sexual misconduct scandal.
“I don’t actually think he should be punished. He’s been transparent,” she declared, according to Daily Beast. “There are so many people in the media that are hired because of their access. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that Chris Cuomo had his brother on, the governor, repeatedly during the COVID crisis because he had that access.”
“I think this is faux outrage coming from the right because if, like you said, Joy, think about Fox News,” Hostin added. “Sean Hannity was the unofficial adviser to the White House. Fox News Channel became the White House news channel and then you also have Governor DeSantis who signs a voter suppression bill, but only invites Fox News to cover it.”