It’s one thing to honor Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s life and death but “straight news anchor” Megyn Kelly all but came out and admitted she worshipped the conservative icon.
In a fawning interview with Scalia’s son, Eugene, Kelly characterized Justice Scalia’s dissents as “always so biting and awesome and strong and fun to read.”
Then, near the end of the interview, Kelly made it clear that Justice Scalia was a rock star to her.
KELLY: I’ll tell you a funny story before I let you go. I was a young reporter covering the Supreme Court and I idealized him as a brilliant legal mind. We, of course, read all of his opinions and dissents when we were in law school. And I saw him at Chief Justice Rehnquist’s funeral that I was covering for Fox News and he was walking right over to me and I thought, “Oh, my God. This is it, I’m actually going to meet him! Maybe he’s seen my coverage. Maybe he knows me from Fox News. Maybe he’s gonna say that I get it, right?” And he comes right up to me and he says, “Miss, would you please take a picture of me and this man right here? Here’s my camera.”
It’s a cute story but it would have been just as funny had Kelly merely presented Scalia as an eminent legal figure. But instead, the woman who likes to call herself a “straight news anchor” deliberately signaled her admiration: first by saying she “idealized” Scalia (which sounds a lot like she meant to say “idolized”), then by describing her excitement at getting to meet him and her hope that he’ll recognize her as a kindred spirit.
But Kelly wasn’t done. She told Eugene Scalia that he was “the lucky one” for being his father’s son and being “a brilliant lawyer” in his own right.
“In fact, people say that Gene may even be smarter than Antonin Scalia was, which is saying something,” Kelly said, to close the interview.
Watch it below, from the February 16 The Kelly File.
It really doesn’t take a lot to get from “idolize” to “idealize” given those circumstances. (Liberals and progressives may have a tendency to “idolize” certain figures but they’re far more willing to accept those people’s flaws and human failings.)
Yes, he was smart and he was entertaining. He captivated Clarence Thomas who became a ditto mark for Tony’s opinions. What will Clarence do now that his judicial brain has died? Ditto mark Alito?
Tony was not a Supreme Court icon in the mold of William Douglas or Thurgood Marshall. And I won’t miss him in the least.
But I’m not trying to pass myself off as a journalist.