“The View” Hit with Cease-and-Desist Order Over ‘Defamatory Statements’

Conservate group Turning Point USA has issued a ‘scathing cease and desist’ letter to ABC News in relation to alleged ‘defamatory statements’ made on the show this week.

The letter said: “The false statements of fact intentionally made during The View’s July 25th segment were unquestionably harmful to TPUSA’s reputation and brought the organisation and its student affiliates into disrepute with the public, potential donors, and current and future business partners, posing a significant financial loss to the organisation.”

ABC News, which aired the programme, has reportedly been set a deadline of 27 July for an apology and retraction to be made.

The comments are believed to be in relation to the recent Student Action Summit, in which The View discussed the events from the weekend in Tampa, Florida. The co-hosts discussed the event on air and inaccurately portrayed the group as being officially tied to the GOP – the nickname for the Republican Party – and host Joy Behar criticised the group for having ‘neo-Nazi’ protesters outside the venue. 

She said: “Neo-Nazis were out there in the front of the conference with anti-Semitic slurs and, you know, the Nazi swastika and a picture of a so-called Jewish person with exaggerated features, just like Goebbels did during the Third Reich. It’s the same thing, right out of that same playbook.”

She then added that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ‘did nothing’, but didn’t mention the politician had attended the event the day before. 

Later during the daytime TV show, The View read an on-air legal disclaimer to viewers. The show informed viewers that Turning Point USA condemned the neo-Nazis protesters who had ‘nothing to do’ with the organisation. 

However, Whoopi Goldberg was quick to chime in: “But you let them in, and you knew what they were.”

The show was then forced to read an additional disclaimer and explain the neo-Nazis were ‘outside protesters’ and not let in. “My point was metaphorical,” Goldberg replied.

However, the on-air disclaimers didn’t satisfy Turning Point USA, who has now issued a cease and desist letter warning of further legal action if not rectified.

The letter stated: “The View hosts intentionally and falsely associated TPUSA with neo-Nazi protesters outside the event placing TPUSA in denigrating and false light and negatively impacting its public perception. Such action will not be tolerated.

“Specifically, The View hosts insidiously and cavalierly stated that TPUSA ‘let [neo-Nazis] in’ to its SAS event, metaphorically ’embrase[d] them’ and that neo-Nazis were ‘in the mix of people.’ The assertion that TPUSA is complicit or affiliated in any way with the neo-Nazi protesters outside the event is outlandish, false, defamatory, and disgraceful.”

It added: “Even after Ms. Haines reluctantly read the TPUSA statement that it condemns the group of neo-Nazis and that the group had nothing to do with TPUSA, its event, or its student attendees, Ms. Goldberg continues the false tirade against TPUSA, asserting that somehow the organisation and its attendees were ‘complicit’ and/or associated with the outside protest.”

The letter also explained that TPUSA is a ‘tax-exempt public charity under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)’ that is not affiliated with the GOP.

The letter continued, adding that ‘special damages are presumed’.

“Therefore, TPUSA demands that ABC immediately cease and desist from further unlawfully defaming TPUSA, retract the defamatory statements identified above, and issue a public statement apologising for and correcting the above defamatory and false statements.”

If the news station does not comply by the deadline set out, Turning Point USA has stated it will ‘take all steps necessary’ to recover legal costs and damages.

“Should ABC decide not to comply with the demands above, TPUSA is prepared to promptly take all steps necessary to protect its rights, including pursuing all available legal remedies, seeking monetary and non-monetary damages, injunctive relief, and attorneys’ fees and costs,” it said.

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  1. The View always has it out for Republicans, every which way they can! I Do not and Will Not watch the show and their lame degrading remarks, except to see them grovel today!! Also, why haven’t you moved to Canada Whoopie?!

    1. If you have not, and do not, watch the show how are you able to comment on it? Also remember, they are voicing THEIR opinion, not yours or (necessarily) mine.

  2. Goldberg and Behar are two of the most ignorantly stupid women to walk this earth. They think they have thousands of followers when in actuality they have thousands only because people think they’re the biggest joke on earth and they are! I watched the view when it first came out and probably for six months until Whoopi open her mouth over and over and over again and had no clue what she was talking about! Then they get joy Behar in there and now the stupidity has doubled! These two women as you can tell, have no enjoyment in their lives. So they’re out to make everybody else’s life just as miserable as their own! Not this woman! I have way better things to do or to watch then this joke of a program and ABC should be ashamed to produce it! As a matter fact I watch NOTHING on ABC anymore!

    1. Exhibits A & B why it took women so long to be awarded the right to vote.

  3. I won’t be happy until both of those ugly witches are removed from the air and put out to pasture. All they do is inflame a group of people who are too stupid to recognize that they are listening to individuals who hate this country and would prefer anarchy and chaos instead of peaceful and productive co-existence. Frankly, if I had the opportunity I would give both of them the back of my hand.

  4. I have only watched this program a few times. My thiught each time, this trash needs to come off the air. Goldbeery and Behar are both very unhappy people and need to get a life other than hatred..
    There is very little on TV fit to watch these days, so I don’t watch TV.

  5. “It added: ‘Even after Ms. Haines reluctantly read the TPUSA statement that it condemns the group of neo-Nazis and that the group had nothing to do with TPUSA,…'” I am not taking a side on regard to this matter, I simply would like to know how TPUSA knew that Ms. Haines was reluctant. Did she say that she was reluctant? Or, does TPUSA presume to know Ms. Haines feelings?

  6. SUE THEM!!!
    They willfully slandered Turning Point!!
    Justice can only be served by suing them.

  7. The View should be removed from TV . They tell Lies, make up things that are not true, Slander people . One can only hope they Pay thru thru the nose.

  8. Let’s start suing trump FOR ALL HIS LIES FOR JUSTICE but you Republican will back him up for his lies because you are no better then him and you want to go after the people on the View.

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