ABC’s ‘The View’ addresses COVID testing snafu that cut Harris interview short

Those watching ABC’s The View last week were undoubtedly shocked when a planned appearance by Vice President Kamala Harris was dramatically postponed and then abbreviated by the announcement that two of the show’s co-hosts had tested positive for COVID-19, but news emerged this week that the whole thing was all an “awkward” false alarm, according to Fox News.

During Monday’s episode of the long-running daytime talk show, executive producer Brian Teta addressed the wild scenes that unfolded the preceding Friday when panel stalwarts Sunny Hostin and Ana Navarro were quickly shuffled off the set in the middle of the program for reportedly testing positive for the coronavirus.

Once those disturbing test results were revealed, the show was thrown into disarray, causing a scheduled, wide-ranging interview with the vice president to be delayed and ultimately shortened by quite a bit.

As Fox News noted, Teta apologized for exposing the co-hosts’ test results on live television and acknowledged that “mistakes were made” and “some really awkward television” ensued, particularly in light of the fact that the testing was ultimately shown to be inaccurate in that it produced false positives for both Navarro and Hostin.

According to Teta, “We found out moments before we came back on the air, and in that moment all I could think of was that we had to keep the hosts safe and we had to keep the vice president safe. She could not walk out no matter what,” referring to the extended delay in Harris’ appearance that morning.

In recounting the array of emotions she felt that day, Navarro said that even though she – along with Harris – is fully vaccinated, she was concerned that she could “wipe out the entire Harris family” by transmitting COVID-19 to several members of the vice president’s family, with whom she had interacted earlier in the morning.

Though the coronavirus testing kerfuffle did truncate Harris’ airtime on Friday’s episode of The View, she did not miss the opportunity to quickly double down on the debunked narrative in which Border Patrol agents on horseback were accused of using whips to control Haitian migrants who had amassed in Del Rio, Texas in recent weeks.

Cynically attempting to capitalize on the erroneous characterization of the agents’ conduct to further her own racial agenda, Harris declared, “Human beings should not be treated that way. It also invoked images of some of the worst moments of our history, where that kind of behavior has been used against the Indigenous people of our country, it has been used against African Americans during times of slavery.”

Though the less-skeptical media consumers among us might accept Teta’s incompetence defense at face value, those who are more familiar with the dogged determination of the mainstream press to protect Harris and Democrats like her from probing questions of any sort might harbor at least a hint of suspicion that the whole COVID debacle was a theatrical ruse to keep the vice president off the air for as long as possible.