In addition to Jesus and Ayn Rand, Fox News worships the USA which is seen as a pristine entity that has never and would never do anything wrong because of its divinely bestowed "exceptionalism." As we saw with the Fox & Friends, "Trouble with Schools" series, school textbooks which don't teach this view of our history are tantamount to treason. Gretchen Carlson's reaction to a CO student protest over a proposal to teach a whitewashed version of history and inculcate patriotic values dramatically underscored Fox's position on those who challenge the gospel of the right wing. Friday, Megyn Kelly did her bit to advance the agitprop. In typical fashion she provided a "fair & balanced" discussion in which her position was clearly evident and proof, despite Kelly's claims to the contrary, that she does let us know what she thinks!
Given that some conservatives think that the College Board Advanced Placement Curriculum has an "anti-American bias," it's not surprising that Kelly would be squarely on board with this claim. She accepted, without question, the assertions made by Julie Williams, the member of the Jefferson County, CO school board who is the brains (?!) behind the new, improved, America loving curriculum proposal. For instance when Williams claimed that the bad AP curriculum doesn't include important figures in history, Kelly asked, rhetorically, why they would be left out instead of pointing out that, according to a local Fox affiliate, "all of the names and events Williams claims are omitted are found in every single one. They most often appear on multiple pages."
In speaking with the "counterpoint" person, Shawna Fritzler, a member of the Jefferson County PTA, Kelly was more hard hitting. In responding to Kelly's question, about Williams' assertion that the curriculum about the atomic bomb encourages students to OMG "question the values of America," Fritzler responded that "a lot of American history isn't wonderful." Them was fighting words for Kelly who interrupted with "but that's a conclusion, that's a value judgment [patriotism isn't?] that you could argue." Historian Kelly lectured that "a lot of people thought we needed to drop the bomb..." She noted that "you could argue it both ways and when you can argue it both ways, should you include a conclusion like that in the text." (Kelly is being very disingenuous because the curriculum doesn't involve a conclusion but merely the facts which are then discussed for students to come to their own conclusions. Williams is claiming that the bombing of Hiroshima "casts" America "in a bad light.") When Fritzler said that this wasn't a conclusion, Kelly asserted that Williams had quotes around what Williams is claiming is a line from the curriculum. (So that proves it!)
Kelly zeroed in for the validation: "I see her point. She thinks that not only have they excluded historical figures or downplayed or diminished them but that they've increased certain things and in particular some on the left need more attention." Kelly, in echoing concerns of the white, right, cited Williams claim that too much attention is being paid to the plight of Native Americans and slavery "without offering the other side." She continued "we fought a war to end slavery." (Hey Megyn, what about Jim Crow and the civil rights struggle? Oh, right, that doesn't encourage patriotism) After Fritzler said that the current material is being presented by qualified teachers, Kelly brought home the propaganda bacon:
"Let me tell you something, having interviews over the past couple of weeks, Bill Ayers and Ward Churchill and done a lot of stories about these college professors, I think this AP is gonna prepare the students for [she made a zero with her hand] perfectly for their college education [She laughed] where the texts are gonna look a lot like the one that you guys are kicking around."
Classic Kelly propaganda. Rather than having her two guests go back and forth, she gave a soft ball interview to the conservative and then took the side of the conservative in arguing with the opposition - and in so doing validated the conservative talking point which included mockery of the opposition. But hey, Fox News is based on alternate reality news, so why should we be surprised that they are encouraging alternate reality history!