Nepotism, favoritism, both words refer to the practice among those with power or influence of favoring their relatives or other people of power, especially by giving them or their inner circle jobs.
During the Trump administration, the children of AG Bill Barr, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the President's own daughter and son-in-law were handed jobs in the administration, including the creation of positions for them.
The rampant nepotism in the Republican lead White House made the false calls of nepotism leveled against Hunter Biden by the GOP particularly hypocritical. Hunter Biden, the son of a powerful man, may have received preferential treatment in hiring by outside entities, but that's favoritism on the part of the employer, not nepotism by the relative.
Meghan McCain, the daughter of former Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, has been a morning anchor on The View for quite some time, as the "conservative" voice of the show.
But she doesn't believe her connection to a former Presidential candidate for the GOP has anything to do with how she got the job.
My dad died almost 3 years ago. I've been in this industry since I was 22 - at what point do I get any agency over… https://t.co/sjDg8Va6k7— Meghan McCain (@Meghan McCain) 1619357288.0
McCain even noted her last name "got her in the door" throughout her career.
That fits very neatly into the definition of the favoritism she is trying to deny.
@MeghanMcCain “My last name got me in the door” lol, that’s the definition of nepotism. https://t.co/9dvWOKfLAH— Timmy Hoover 🍶🤦🏻♂️ (@Timmy Hoover 🍶🤦🏻♂️) 1619357562.0
Although a case can be made nepotism is the wrong term since there's no indication Senator McCain was friends or relatives with anyone involved in hiring for The View.
I doubt a day goes by that you don't think of your dad. He was a good man BUT what you fail to see is how you have… https://t.co/0Cav9Yrb1x— 👑✊🏾#BlackAF🇳🇬🇨🇲🇧🇯🇹🇬🇬🇧👑 (@👑✊🏾#BlackAF🇳🇬🇨🇲🇧🇯🇹🇬🇬🇧👑) 1619631684.0
.@theview #TheView Yet ANOTHER discussion re "losing John McCain"? Haven’t we covered this topic ad nauseam? Gue… https://t.co/7rKe5hst1G— Kemu (@Kemu) 1619476332.0
The answer...never, especially with the way you carry on about him If not for your father you would have no media… https://t.co/KKhD6WniXH— Devin McRae (@Devin McRae) 1619446549.0
McCain repeatedly invokes her father's name or career during her commentary.
For someone who seeks to extract themselves from their father's shadow, it would help if she stopped shining a light on her father daily.
Except your work is subpar. You still host the view so you can shield the GOP by always bringing up your dad, becau… https://t.co/ABoRrxlgnV— Em Mousseau (@Em Mousseau) 1619397613.0
@MeghanMcCain If you’re happy with who you are, so be it. There are loads of people with good work ethic who are n… https://t.co/8T657mFqnF— Vela McClam Mitchell Thomas (@Vela McClam Mitchell Thomas) 1619374697.0
@MeghanMcCain Chris Wallace is respected and has flourished in his career. He also had a famous father. Difference… https://t.co/uJ9huIClzh— Marie J. (@Marie J.) 1619363002.0
@MeghanMcCain You spent decades using your father’s name, position & influence to advance your career, constantly r… https://t.co/rPehjreWdb— Sarahmanon19 (@Sarahmanon19) 1619357926.0
@MeghanMcCain When you stop using this then we can talk. https://t.co/JashU51wHm— Jennifer Kalhorn (@Jennifer Kalhorn) 1619363948.0
McCain has also left a bad taste in the mouths of her co-hosts repeatedly by invoking her father's name so often.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg outright told McCain to "stop talking" once as she went on a tangent that—you guessed it—invoked the name of John McCain.
When you stop mentioning him in every other sentence https://t.co/JU0Ec7rmWz— KC (@KC) 1619391602.0
This woman is delusional 👇 https://t.co/NeCQmPcYS6— Brittany (@Brittany) 1619389658.0
You got your job because of your last name. That’s nepotism. https://t.co/OLPgAheVph— Zack (@Zack) 1619378572.0
You don’t have anything interesting to say, have no curiosity or empathy, and are a generally loathsome person. It’… https://t.co/OIAySTPbHd— Shohei Ohtani appreciation account (@Shohei Ohtani appreciation account) 1619374942.0
Honestly? When you stop mentioning him every other day. You can’t have it both ways. If you don’t like the spotligh… https://t.co/xpOkGqi3AT— Lafayette Surfer (@Lafayette Surfer) 1619372022.0
Nepotism, favoritism or preferential treatment, McCain herself has largely defined her career by her father.
If he is her inspiration for continuing conversations surrounding politics, which encompasses a big part of her time on The View, then the sooner she owns it, the sooner people will stop calling her out for denying it.