Megyn Kelly didn’t just slobber over African American Dr. Ben Carson’s admonitions about playing the victim card yesterday, she actually read one of his favorite poems called, “Yourself to Blame” to drive the point home. And then, after he left, she brought up one of her own favorite sayings: “winners take responsibility, losers blame others.” She didn't single out any particular group but there was no doubt from the rest of the discussion that she was directing her lecture to African Americans – even though it was almost certain none were watching.
Kelly perfectly exemplified just what Touré criticized in the Fox News/GOP love fest with Dr. Benjamin Carson even as Fox bashes him so hard over it. You may recall that Touré complained about Carson being “exoticized” as the “black friend” and that he’s “enjoying the GOP’s version of affirmative action where black faces that can spit conservative game get raced to the front of the line because then people get to put a bumper sticker on their cars saying, ‘How can I be racist? I would have voted for Carson!’”
Kelly all but waved that bumper sticker in the air as she simultaneously buddied up to Carson and sneered at other African Americans. “Do you think that the people who dismiss you as a ‘token’ have a prejudice of their own?” she “asked” condemningly.
I will say this: I do not think the Carson infatuation is just about race. It’s probably at least as much about his embarrassing President Obama at the National Prayer Breakfast. As I wrote in a post about a Hannity special designed to promote Carson’s presidential candidacy, he’s the “moderate” Fox’s 2016 version of Donald Trump. Good-bye birth certificate, hello medical savings accounts and personal responsibility.
Or Joe The Plumber. Only smarter. And, of course, black.
Kelly didn’t want to use the “b” word during most of her “personal responsibility” talk with Carson yesterday, but we knew whom she meant and it was clear she wanted us to know. As a graphic on the screen read, “Family Crisis in America,” she said approvingly to Carson, “You believe we have to some extent, in some of our towns, a culture of victimization.”
Carson said, “If anybody thinks that we’re moving upward through all of this victimization and division, they really need to examine their ability to analyze things.”
Memo to Carson, you might want to examine your own ability to analyze Fox. You could start with Jon Stewart’s devastating GOP – Special Victims Unit takedown of Fox'x championship-level victim-card playing. As for the division, well, if you can’t see Fox’s divisiveness, maybe you need some brain surgery of your own. Even Michael Reagan is complaining that Fox is about food fights, not solutions.
Leave it to Kelly to know which side of her bread is buttered to bring in President Obama. She "asked," “Do we need our president to focus on this, to try to inspire folks to make different choices?” Predictably, Carson thought we do.
Kelly, whose America Live program airs during what is supposed to be part of Fox’s “objective” programming, looked adoringly at Carson during the segment. And she took the time to read the entire “Yourself to Blame” poem about personal responsibility that’s one of his favorites:
If things go bad for you
And make you a bit ashamed
Often you will find out that
You have yourself to blame
Swiftly we ran to mischief
And then the bad luck came
Why do we fault others?
We have ourselves to blame
Whatever happens to us,
Here is what we say
“Had it not been for so-and-so
Things wouldn’t have gone that way.”
And if you are short of friends,
I’ll tell you what to do
Make an examination,
You’ll find the faults in you.
You’re the captain of your ship,
So agree with the same
If you travel downward
You have yourself to blame
The poem, by Mayme White Miller, was also posted on FoxNews.com.
After Carson left the discussion, Kelly looked in the camera and offered these words of wisdom:
On that front, I’m fond of quoting one of my mentors, Brit Hume, who has a saying, which I really believe in, which is ‘winners take responsibility, losers blame others.’ And if you live your life by that mantra, it only produces success, just to keep challenging yourself. Challenge yourself to do better. Look inside. And see if you can fix the problem.
Probably, Kelly thinks that’s good advice for everybody. But there was no mistaking whom she was thinking of as she spoke. Nor the implied criticism behind her words.