For Tough Election Coverage, Tune In During the Day

Tune into Ellen and The View for TV's most penetrating look at politics
By Michael Roston,  Newser User
Posted Oct 13, 2008 6:07 PM CDT
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., center, listens as host Barbara Walters speaks with Cindy McCain during a broadcast of "The View," Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, in New York.    (AP Photo/ABC, Steve Fenn)
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(Newser) – The days when politicians could take refuge on daytime TV, hiding behind softball interviews and happy talk about favorite recipes, are over, Rebecca Traister writes for Salon. Tracing the trend from soaps through Phil Donohue to Oprah and Ellen to the unrivaled supremacy of The View, she observes, "It has recently become more common to see politicians, especially John McCain, made uncomfortable by the directness of the conversation on daytime television."

Cindy McCain famously complained that the cast of The View "picked our bones clean"—surprising only in that it surprised her, given the way Ellen DeGeneres treed John McCain on the subject of gay marriage—but co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck hasn't let up on Barack Obama. "These ladies are a regular McNeil-Lehrer News Hour for the late-morning set," Traister writes, "with Hasselbeck as the benighted Republican bugaboo."