Tomi Lahren: Intellectual Lightweight

Unless you’ve been off the grid the past several days, you have probably seen stories about the fallout from Tomi Lahren’s comments on “The View,” especially describing herself as pro-choice.

Since the comments went viral at the end of last week, reports have come out that she has been suspended from The Blaze and her show on network has been pulled for the week.

Glenn Beck addressed her comments to start off the first hour of his radio show on Monday, his first show following the backlash from her comments.  However ,he would not publicly discuss her employment status or future with the company.

“We have a whole bunch of different kinds of people that work here. We started The Blaze with a show called “Real News”… and it was hosted by Amy Holmes, who was openly pro-choice,” Beck stated. “So if you are pro-choice, you can have a job at The Blaze. I don’t hire people who are sycophants or have my opinion. I try to hire people who have a different opinion, because I believe in being intellectually rigorous. I don’t want straw-men. I want people to make a real argument on the other side, so we can learn from each other and we can grow.”

He  continued to comment that the issue at hand is intellectually honesty, and not differing opinions.

Beck pointed out that she seemed to be very pro-life during a segment of her show on The Blaze, only a few months ago. He said, “For Tomi this seems to be a relatively recent change.”

This isn’t the first time Lahren has been at odds with leadership at The Blaze, as she was one of the few pro-Trump voices on the network leading up to the election. Even on election day, she continuously stood up to her fellow commentators believing they were condemning him before he even took office.

Also, last month rumors started that The Blaze was going to look for a way to boot her off the network, after Glenn Beck’s official Twitter account responded to a comment, “@glennbeck I really appreciate u leading the way for conservatives to stand up to Trump & Bannon but it has to start at home w/ @TomiLahren” by simply stating, “I know.”

To be honest, from my perspective this is long overdue.  In my opinion, someone like Tomi Lahren should never have had a platform in the first place. I greatly respect Beck’s sentiment to add in differing opinions to the voices at The Blaze. However, attributing the Lahren’s comments to a lack of intellectual honesty may not be entirely fair.

Watching her segments that gained her notoriety over social networks, it eventually became abundantly clear that Tomi Lahren had a complete lack of any philosophical foundation. Her emotionally charged rants served simply as fuel for the rage of those who disagreed with her opinions, and engaging in confirmation bias with those who agreed. Within these rants she would do what I call “speaking in bumper stickers” and appeared to have little depth to any of her opinions, portraying herself as a complete intellectual lightweight.

Although not every commentator needs to be (nor should be) a college professor or Rhode Scholar, speaking about quantitative easing, market interest rates, or Austrian business cycles. It would also be very dangerous if every commentator’s opinions were homogeneous. Diversity of opinions are what cause us to question our own beliefs in the search for truth.

It would also be wholly unfair to attribute someone’s opinion to what may have simply been a gaffe. However, it seems like a small task to consistently believe SOMETHING. And when you have a change of heart, that should be demonstrated, stated clearly and candidly, not just out of convenience when you are the guest on an antagonistic talk show.

The worst part are what I see in comments about Tomi Lahren’s age being the issue. At the age of 23, some think that it’s simply a result of the Millennial generation, all of whom will grow into their properly aligned opinions with time.

I couldn’t disagree with this more. There are plenty of Millennial’s who can be both entertaining and have depth to their beliefs. To fill Tomi’s role, I would like to see some of my favorite YouTube personalities: Julie Borowski, Steven Crowder, Ben Shapiro (perhaps less of a YouTube star), or Laura Meyers. Or maybe even someone from the staff of Red Millennial!

Recently, Glenn Beck acknowledged that it’s fair to say that hiring Tomi Lahren in the first place was a mistake. Beck Tweeted out a link to a piece at The Resurgent titled “This Tomi Lahren Experiment Was a Real Bad Idea” responding, “Peter Heck gives me no quarter and he shouldn’t.  This is how conservatives should behave. Bold & honest questions.”

Nobody is perfect, and certainly not every commentator. Hopefully, going forward this will serve as a lesson that sensational populist rants to and from susceptible people, is not the proper way to advance honest philosophical discourse.

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