On his Monday morning radio show simultcasted on Current TV, Bill Press welcomed Joy Behar, co-host of “The View” and formerly a host on HLN, to his network. Behar is filling in for Current TV regular Eliot Spitzer this week, but has a show set to debut on the network sometime in September.
Behar talked of her time at New York City’s 50,000-watt powerhouse WABC-AM station in the early 1990s, when she had a show that aired just before Rush Limbaugh’s during the week. She said that Limbaugh’s career took off after former President Bill Clinton was elected.
“Rush Limbaugh was there and Clinton won when I was there,” she said. “You know, I was just gleeful. I just kept playing this song, ‘there’s a rainbow around,’ just to aggravate all these right-wingers. Anyway, so Limbaugh, I said to him, ‘Haha, we won.’ And he said, ‘I am going to have the best time now for the next four years.’ And he did. All he did was attack Clinton. His numbers went through the roof.”
Behar said that if former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney defeats President Barack Obama in November, it would give left-wing media hosts a target to rail against for at least four years.
“I’m saying God forbid — if Romney wins we will do just fine,” Behar said. “You and I will, people like us, because we will have a target of someone to make fun of. But I don’t want him to win for that reason. I am not so selfish I only consider my own career.”
Press said he had a similar experience, describing when he started in TV in 1980 after working in then-Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration.
“When I started in television, Ronald Reagan had just been elected and those were the best eight years of my life in the sense of the material that I had like every day,” Press said.