On Friday, The Kelly File devoted the full hour to #BlackLivesMatter. And while the show was not as big an attack as you might have expected, there was still plenty of time to avoid the concerns of #BlackLivesMatter and scold them instead. Host Megyn Kelly joined in by offering her observations about the "thug mentality."
There was time in the show for #BlackLivesMatter supporters to express their views. But Kelly clearly gave her stamp of approval to the scolds.
As did Fox News:
In the beginning of the clip below, host Kelly sounds favorably impressed as her guest whitesplains that African Americans should be starting “at home” instead of "blaming" the police. “It has to start at home. …Why are there so many single parents? …Why are they selling drugs?” he said.
“What about that?” Megyn Kelly asked, picking up on the thought. “It’s 74% now, of black families, being raised in fatherless homes.” As if drug dealing and having children out of wedlock justify getting shot and killed by police.
Democrat Jessica Tarlov rightly pointed out that President Obama has a fatherhood initiative. But she did nothing to call out Kelly’s (and Fox News’) obvious ploy of turning #BlackLivesMatter into Blacks Behaving Badly. More importantly, Tarlov did not question why, if Kelly and Fox News cares so much about this subject (as their endless obsession indicates), Kelly had not mentioned Obama's initiative, herself, much less highlighted it.
Instead, Tarlov helped validate the Fox meme by taking her own gratuitous swipe at Obama and African Americans. “I’m not saying he’s been perfect on the issue. I will call him out on that,” Tarlov said about Obama. “But this is something that he has spoken to explicitly and put programs in place for that.” However, Tarlov got in her own whitesplaining: “I think you’re completely correct, it starts at home. …We should be championing that.”
Well, that will get Tarlov invited back on Fox. Doing anything to stem the tide of hate against what’s supposed to be her own side? Doubtful.
Meanwhile, Kelly went on a whitesplaining roll about Blacks Behaving Badly:
KELLY: You know, the experts say you need three things to stay out of poverty: You need to finish high school, you need to not have a child out of wedlock, and you need to get a job. Any job—job at McDonald’s, job, working in the sewers—whatever it is, get a job. Is that understood? Is that valued in the black communities, in the inner cities, do you think?
…And there’s also culture, there’s also culture that develops, where it’s anti—it’s them versus us, it’s anti-cop. It’s sort of—people have called it the “thug mentality,” and that’s a controversial term. But that it’s cool to sort of hate the cops, and hang out - and be somebody who doesn’t necessarily prize being there for your family, and so on. And how do you reverse that?
You mean, just like it’s cool on Fox to hate any and all things Democratic and people of color? One thing we know for sure, there will be no attempts to reverse that any time soon.
Watch the racial animosity below, from the September 4 The Kelly File, via Media Matters.