- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Glenn Beck’s The Blaze has temporarily suspended production of Tomi Lahren’s TV show amid controversy over her comments about abortion on ABC’s “The View” last week.

“All I can say is that Tomi’s show will not be in production this week,” The Blaze managing editor Leon Wolf told the Washington Examiner on Monday.

The Daily Caller, which originally broke the story, said the show “Tomi” was suspended for at least one week starting Monday. It’s unclear whether the suspension was tied to the conservative backlash against Ms. Lahren or the possible negotiation of her contract, which expires in September.

Ms. Lahren, an outspoken conservative and President Trump supporter, had suggested to the predominantly liberal panel of ABC’s “The View” on Friday that advocating for small government while opposing abortion are contradictory ideals.

“I can’t sit here and be a hypocrite and say I’m for limited government but I think that the government should decide what women do with their bodies,” Ms. Lahren said. “So stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well.”

The comment outraged many social conservatives, prompting the 24-year-old to clarify her position on Twitter.

“Listen, I am not glorifying abortion. I don’t personally advocate for it. I just don’t think it’s the government’s place to dictate,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “I have moderate, conservative, and libertarian views. I’m human. I will never apologize, to anyone, for being an independent thinker.

“I speak my truth. If you don’t like it, tough. I will always be honest and stand in my truth,” she wrote.

Soon after Ms. Lahren’s tweet, a reporter at The Blaze, Kate Scanlon, tweeted, “There is no ‘my truth.’ There is only the truth,” The Daily Caller reported.

Another reporter at The Blaze, Kaitlyn Schallhorn, tweeted soon after: “Even Hillary Clinton didn’t call pro-life conservatives hypocrites.”

On his radio show Monday, Mr. Beck criticized Ms. Lahren for suggesting pro-life conservatives are hypocrites.

“It takes intellectual honesty, and it takes a willingness to actually think these things through and to do more than just read Twitter or Facebook to get your news and your political opinions,” he said. “You actually have to study things — these things out in your mind. Especially at a time period like today.”

Meanwhile, the hosts of “The View” said Monday that they thought conservatives were treating Ms. Lahren unfairly.

“Maybe what we need to do is stay away from all these labels,” Sunny Hostin said. “They’ve been so terrible to her, and I think that’s one of the problems with conservatism. There’s so many faces to it.”

The Daily Caller reported that tensions were high between Ms. Lahren and her coworkers at The Blaze well before “The View” controversy. A source with direct knowledge of the situation told the outlet that the chances of Ms. Lahren staying at The Blaze past September were “pretty near zero.”

Ms. Lahren signaled on Twitter Monday night that she had some extra time on her hands.


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