Fox News correspondent Douglas Kennedy has been arrested after a scuffle with nurses in the maternity ward of the hospital where his wife recently gave birth. Apparently, Kennedy insisted on taking his newborn son “for a walk” despite being told the infant could not leave the ward. Kennedy has been charged with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Sworn testimony from one of the nurses says Kennedy kicked her in the pelvis and knocked her to the floor when she attempted to stop the baby's head from shaking during the confrontation - presumably because of the unsafe way in which Kennedy was holding the child. Although surveillance video does not show Kennedy kicking the nurse, she can be seen falling backward in a motion that seems to support her claim. So how is Fox News dealing with this? By referring to Kennedy in a FoxNews.com article merely as “Robert F. Kennedy’s son” in one instance. In another, Fox News chief Roger Ailes called Kennedy “the definition of a great father.”
You’d think such an injustice done to this “great father” would be grounds for major Fox News attention. But a search of FoxNews.com found only the one “RFK’s son” report.
WNBC in New York did a full report, as seen below. You can watch the surveillance video on its website.
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I still don’t have any confirmation on Haydock’s status, but the rumours about his potential fate are still going strong. he made the hospital look both corrupt and incompetent with his stunt to protect “Ol’ Dougie”, and it sparked a few debates about how hospitals are run. Even without confirmation, I find it really easy to believe they’d put him up for review, at the very least.
And regarding how Fox News is covering it- the coverage I’ve seen, most of them seem to be downplaying it. They want the nurses to be the bad guys, if they can’t do it, their back-up plan is apparently to throw him under the bus, hurling the word “Kennedy” as fast as they can and hope their viewers forget the part where he’s a Fox News employee.
Network rivals went straight to plan B- he’s getting plenty of Kennedy related Pot Shots.
This says so much about Kennedy that it’s unreal. The fact that Fox news is still planning to keep him around after he said it says even more about them.
The shortest possible version of the current version is that Kennedy and his friend Dr. Haydock have both met success with demonizing the nurses and the hospital.
Unconfirmed at the time of this post reports say that Haydock could be handed his walking papers this week for how bad he made the hospital look. If true, it’s because the board’s pretty much unanymous in wanting him gone.
I’ve also seen posts with the (*) disclaiming they’re still being validated saying some of the hospital staff wants to sue both men for defamation because of stories they told the press about the nurses and people who responded after it escelated.
And David: Any pity I had for him on your case went out the window when he tried to give a ward dressed 3 day-old prolonged exposure to 38 degrees. I would have taken the baby from him, too.