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America Live “Debates” Wisconsin Protests With Two Anti-Protester Guests

Reported by Ellen - February 22, 2011 -

America Live is supposed to be part of Fox News’ “objective news” lineup but you could have fooled me yesterday when anchor Megyn Kelly hosted a “debate” about the Wisconsin teacher protests she said she had been looking forward to – but with two guests with the same anti-protester outlook. One guest was Fox News contributor Dr. Marc Siegel, who spent most of the segment attacking doctors who had given out notes excusing protesting teachers’ absence from work on medical grounds. The other guest was introduced as a “labor attorney” named Michael Aldana. But a simple Google search revealed that his expertise and practice lies in representation of employers. Meanwhile, Kelly was outraged at what she and Siegel described as illegal and unethical behavior on the part of the doctors. Funny how that outrage was nowhere to be found about the ACORN videographers.

You may recall that in Feburary 2010, Kelly hosted videographer Hannah Giles for a discussion about her co-videographer, James O’Keefe, recently arrested for using “false and fraudulent pretense” to enter U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu’s office for the purpose of “willfully and maliciously interfering” with her telephone system. That could have been a federal felony. (O'Keefe later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor). In addition to that charge, O’Keefe and Giles quite possibly broke laws by recording people without their knowledge. Kelly not only showed no interest in those details, she gushed so hard over Giles (who had also been shown to have lied on Fox News about her so-called investigation into ACORN), that I wrote at the time I almost expected Kelly to call the Nobel Prize Committee to demand that Giles be given an award on the spot.

But now that Republicans were on the hot seat, Kelly had a whole new appreciation for ethics. She called the doctors’ actions “brazen” and “asked,” Siegel, “Have they disgraced the medical profession?” It’s probably not hard to guess how Siegel answered. But here’s a hint: He wants the medical examining board to consider suspending the doctors’ licenses. For good measure, at least one doctor was named on the air.

“It’s the deception! It’s the fraud!” Kelly said yesterday, though she had been pretty darned unconcerned about either when it was ACORN and a Democratic senator on the receiving end.

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