On The Kelly File last night, Megyn Kelly tried to use President Obama’s planned Vatican visit as yet another excuse to attack him. But thanks to the intemperate remarks of her Obama-hating guest, the segment is more likely to be remembered for his crude comments about sex education.
Kelly got the Obama bashing going in her introduction. She said that Obama’s visit is “raising some eyebrows with some of the folks following the story of the Little Sisters of the Poor and how the White House has gone to war with the nuns, not to mention several other religious groups, over the issue of making them offer birth control.”
Actually, Kelly, a lawyer, surely knows that the issue with the Little Sisters is their insistence that signing a certification saying they are entitled to a religious waiver is unduly burdensome. And nobody is being mandated to “offer” birth control. The mandate is for their health insurance to cover it.
Kelly’s sole guest for the segment was The Catholic League’s Bill Donohue. Kelly didn’t bother to tell the “we report, you decide” network’s audience that Donohue is a reactionary with a long history of religious antagonism toward the Obama administration.
And rather than balance her guest with challenge, Kelly prodded him with the “question,” “The president is going to sit down with Pope Francis. Is that awkward?”
Of course, it’s up to the Pope and President Obama to handle any awkwardness. But that didn’t stop Donohue from launching a diatribe against Obama. Kelly listened unquestioningly.
Too bad that the pope doesn’t have one of the Little Sisters of the Poor there, in the room with him and ask the president to look her in the eye and say, “I don’t think you’re a Catholic organization.” That’s what they’re (the Obama administration) saying.
As I explained above, that’s not what the Obama administration is saying. But Kelly, who promised not to be an opinion host but to work to “keep everybody honest” didn’t. Instead she “asked” if Obama’s trip wasn’t an attempt to win favor with Catholics who might be upset with him over the fight with the Little Sisters.
Donohue showed just what kind of Christian heart he has (not) by hoping the pope dresses down Obama rather than arrives at some kind of understanding:
I hope the pope looks him in the eye and says, “We have 50 million American people in poverty. 47 million on food stamps, the out-of-wedlock rate for the last five years is 41%. Things are getting worse under you, your tenure.”
Donohue continued by boasting about his work with the poor when he was younger. He said that “the greatest champions of the poor are the ones who punish the poor most of all.” Why? Because “They stand against (school) vouchers. If you are serious about inequality and poverty, you have to be in favor of vouchers,” Donohue said.
Then, apparently feeling free to say anything due to Kelly’s tacit approval, he continued:
If you’d send ‘em to Catholic school, not only would you get a good academic education, you might get a moral education. You might be able to tell the boys, …“Keep your fly up,” tell the girls to keep their knees together. Instead of learning how to put a condom on a cucumber – what they do in the public schools. That’s worked out real well.
Well, that was finally too much for Kelly. She groaned and then abruptly ended the interview. But, of course, she smiled sweetly and thanked Donohue.
Hey, Bill — you may wanna offer that same advice to some republican politicians (Mark Sanford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Larry Craig, David Vitter, Rudy Giuliani, etc.)
Yes, Timothy “Chuckles the inflatable Cardinal” Dolan…
…has toned it down ever since the election of Pope Francis. Dolan was probably born with an innate media radar — he can find a microphone in a pitch-black bat cave. Not long after his elevation to cardinal, he picked up his private phone to NYC’s “Catholic” TV station, WCBS-TV, and was soon seen in his pajamas in the middle of the night grousing about the NY Times and/or Maureen Dowd.
But though Pope Francis’s many statements have probably made Dolan’s skin crawl, he’s shown some deference in his public statements (apart from once trying to interpret the Pope’s position). Since Donahue is the top pit bull in Dolan’s kennel, look for more of this.
Also keep an eye on a “newcomer” on the ultra-right Catholic front: Ken Langone. Langone (one of the Home Depot founders) has put himself in the public eye in recent years by opening his wallet. Probably because there wasn’t an available stadium at the time, he donated a few bucks and now has his name plastered all over the vast Langone NYU Medical Center on the East Side.
Just look this face:
Reminds me of Frank Langella; not only will he scold you, but if you lapse, he’ll bite your neck!
Langone’s latest project is the re-building of St. Patrick’s. Maybe he hopes it will be named Langone Cathedral? He recently got his name and face in the media by complaining that the Pope was driving away other wealthy donors:
We’ve certainly not seen/heard the last of Langone. He just happens to be one original Christie-for-President lunatics. Guess he has an affinity for rotundness:
In fact, one of the main reasons Christie is going to Florida this weekend is for the fundraiser at Langone’s Palm Beach mansion. Langone claims donors are clamoring to be invited, though other reports have Christie backers jumping ship.
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Donohue should be ex-communicated-along with Ailes-from the Catholic church. He is nothing but a useless clown and a Ailes mouthpiece. That “league” of his is a complete joke.
NOTE TO DONOHUE
You are a disgrace and a disservice to the Catholic church. If we had one wish that wish would be to advocate your removal from the church, you idiot.