Home Store In Memoriam Deborah Newsletter Forum Topics Blogfeed Blogroll Facebook MySpace Contact Us About

Megyn Kelly Baselessly Validates Ben Quayle’s Inflammatory Campaign Ad, Ignores "Dirty Scottsdale" Revelations

Reported by Ellen - August 13, 2010 -

On Wednesday (8/11/10), “objective news” anchor Megyn Kelly hosted a discussion about Republican Congressional candidate – and son of the former Vice President - Ben Quayle’s inflammatory campaign ad calling President Obama “the worst president in history.” While purporting to hold a “fair and balanced” debate, not only did Kelly baselessly suggest that Americans agree with Quayle but she somehow overlooked the less-than-flattering news that has come out about his role in what Politico described as, "a raunchy, sex-themed website."

Even before she played a clip from Quayle's attack ad, Kelly gave it a boost of credibility by saying it “could be a harbinger of things to come.”

“Wow! The worst president ever!” Kelly said, coincidentally highlighting the accusation after she played the clip.

To her conservative guest, Hugh Hewitt, Kelly said, “The thing that the Democrats need to worry about Hugh, is apparently more and more people either agree with that sentiment expressed by Ben Quayle or agree somewhat because the president’s approval ratings are hovering in the low 40’s now. The same Rasmussen poll (referred to earlier in the segment) puts it at 43% overall. 56% disapprove of the job he is doing and that could affect not only these midterm elections but also – many people are saying now, Hugh, could genuinely make him a one-term president.”

News flash for Kelly: Disapproval does not equal “the worst president ever.” Even if 90% of Americans disapproved of Obama’s job performance, that does not mean they would consider him “the worst.” But if you’re looking to measure by favorability ratings alone, Obama would have a long way before he overtook George W. Bush, for example. Unfortunately, it was a point that was not only lost on Kelly but on her liberal guest, Leslie Marshall, whom I’ve always liked.

But Marshall, a previous News Hounds top dog, also failed to point out that Quayle had a bit more to answer for besides his ad.

As Politico reported,

Quayle, 33, has had to confront a much bigger credibility issue this week after a blogger revealed that he had once been a contributing writer for Dirty Scottsdale, a raunchy, sex-themed website that covered the club scene in his adopted hometown before morphing into the national gossip site TheDirty.com. At first, Quayle denied the claim, telling POLITICO on Tuesday that he “was not involved in the site.” But hours later, after blogs, news websites and other media picked up the story, Quayle told several Phoenix TV stations that he had posted on the site “to try to drive some traffic.”

He continued to maintain, however, that he did not post under the pseudonym “Brock Landers,” the name of a porn star in the 1997 flick “Boogie Nights.”
… Quayle’s connection to the site has undercut the carefully honed image of a conservative with strong family values, and his inept handling of its disclosure brings up a different association with the Quayle name — his father’s gaffe-prone history.

None of that came up in Kelly's "objective" segment.

Petitions by Change.org|Start a Petition »