The hypocrisy of the Christian right, and its mouthpiece Fox News, is truly amazing. After gay rights groups called for a boycott of Chick Fil-A, the right wing and Fox News went ballistic. Fox & Friends suggested that a boycott would be "un-American. A Chick Fil-A "appreciation day" was organized by Mike Huckabee who also organized a Facebook campaign to get the homophobic (it's biblical so it's OK) Duck Dynasty patriarch back on the show after First Amendment hating gays objected to Phil Roberston's comments. But now that a TX anti-choice organization is calling for a boycott of Girl Scout cookies, over a tweet in which they linked to a Huffington Post story naming Wendy Davis as one of several possible contenders for "woman of the year," Fox, so far, (it just broke) is mum - except for Megyn Kelly's denigration of the tweet (and Wendy Davis) before the boycott was announced. Fox has targeted the Scouts before, but now we have Wendy Davis as part of the meme. You just can't make this stuff up!
Strangely enough, the Girl Scouts have been identified, by the anti-choice movement, as aiders and abetters to rampant baby killing due to the Scout's alleged support for those who support choice - an accusation promoted by Fox News. In 2010, Bill O'Reilly advanced the bogus anti-choice lie that the Girl Scouts had distributed sexually explicit materials written by Planned Parenthood. In 2011 and 2012, Fox & Friends hosted former Girl Scouts who claimed that the Scouts the Girl Scouts of creating "boot-stomping, sexualized radicals" thanks, in part, to Planned Parenthood. And because of the near hysteria about these young, sexualized radicals, anti-choice groups have recently suggested that folks not purchase the slut cookies sold by the Scouts. The suggestion has now been formalized, as reported in a Breitbart article, into an actual boycott.
Megyn Kelly seems to have gotten the ball rolling earlier this month when she hosted a panel discussion on the aforementioned Girls Scout tweet. As is typical with a Kelly discussion panel, the guests represent a spectrum of thought while the supposed "fair & balanced" Kelly works in the propaganda and frames the message such as her lead in about how her topic was about the Girl Scouts and Wendy Davis. Kelly provided the patented Fox "controversy" with her description of Davis' "controversial effort to block a bill that would provide new guidelines for abortion access, it would have stopped abortion after 20 weeks." Propaganda Alert - the bill was far more than just "stopping abortion after 20 weeks in that it included mandatory hospital admitting privileges for abortion doctors and unreasonable physical standards for abortion clinics. As she spoke, a visual of Girl Scouts, with cookie boxes, was shown.
She cited "the surprise, of some, when the Girls Scouts of America endorsed her as their candidate for the person of the year." She added "not exactly but I'll tell you what they did." In tossing to her first guest, Kelly continued to misrepresent Davis in claiming that Davis argues that "healthy fetuses ought to be allowed to be aborted...past 26 weeks..." Propaganda Alert - notice the use of "healthy fetuses" when the reality is that late term abortions are rare and done for medical reasons. But "healthy fetuses" abets the "baby killing meme." She then explained that the Scouts retweeted a "discussion" about how Davis should be a woman of the year. The discussion followed from there about whether this was an endorsement of Davis and sexual issues. At one point, Kelly softly asked if "the Girl Scouts of America should be going anywhere near Wendy Davis or abortion." Thankfully, one of her guests clarified that there was no official Girl Scout "discussion," but rather a retweet of an article that also mentioned Malala Yousafza as another candidate for woman of the year.
It seems like more than coincidence that Megyn Kelly provided a national platform and Fox support to what was a somewhat obscure anti-choice complaint that is now actualized in the form of a boycott. But her piece did dovetail nicely with Fox's anti-Girl Scout bias and their hatred of Wendy Davis. But what is really striking is that when it comes to boycotts, not all boycotts are created equal! And then there's that whole free speech thing that seems to be selectively applied...
Until then, they’re not as interested in “life” as much as they are in controlling women’s bodies.