Megyn Kelly and Lauren Ashburn engaged in some jaw-dropping whitesplaining about the Washington Redskins team name tonight. First, Ashburn insisted that Native Americans are not really offended by the term "Redskins," it’s all a (biased, liberal) media snow job. Then after Kelly suggested the Native American community should be focused on more important things, Ashburn announced that it would be better to take “Washington” out of the team name instead.
The pretext for this segment was a recent letter from two U.S. lawmakers, Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell and Republican Congressman Tom Cole, asking the NFL to change the name of the Redskins football team.
Kelly didn’t give a lot of time to Cantwell and Cole’s letter but she did quote liberally from the team’s condescending response:
Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans.
“Why does this keep coming up?” Kelly asked peevishly. “I know they haven’t changed it but they said they’re not changing it, period, end of report. And yet, it’s not going away. …Is it a public generated controversy or is it a media-generated controversy?"
Sure enough, Ashburn pronounced it “a media-generated controversy.” She said that 10 years ago, 90% of Native Americans said they don’t care about the name.
I hate to break it to Ashburn but since then quite a few Native Americans have said they do. The National Congress of American Indians recently made a video of leaders from seven different tribes objecting to the name. But maybe she thinks they were just duped and lacking her special insight into the situation. Or maybe she’s just stretching the truth. Again.
“It’s not an issue that people are caring about. The media is enabling a very few people here to make big news,” Ashburn continued.
“Why?” Kelly asked. She then sneered about some Washington Post and other newspapers refusing to use the name. “Why do they take a stand when the vast majority of people don’t think it’s an issue?”
“It’s a good question, you should ask them,” Ashburn said. Then she answered the question for them. “Because they’re obviously letting their bias get into their reporting and their writing.” Yes, if only the rest of the media were as objective and fair and balanced as Fox!
Even Kelly seemed to think Ashburn had gone a bit too far. Kelly said, “There was a time in this country when the majority thought the way we treated blacks was just fine and it took the voice of a vocal few to start a sea change.”
But Ashburn stuck to her (white) guns.
Sure, but this voice has been going on since the ‘70s and the public opinion isn’t changing. And so when you see articles that are put in the New York Times…they put the whole letter (from Cantwell and Cole) in and they wrote a full piece about it… but they don’t say, “Oh, look, but not a lot of people are really, really this upset about it.”
…Washington itself is a city and all the horrible stuff that’s going on in Washington is more offensive to many people than Redskins. They should just take out the ‘Washington’ and not the Redskins.
By the way, I wonder just how many Native Americans the Washington-based Ashburn has ever talked to, much less knows at all well.
“I’ve plenty of black friends and sure I’ve used the words black skin.”
The 1,037th version of, “some of my best friends are black.”
“If you are worried so much about inappropriate words and racial slurs, then I urge you to paint your sign and kick rocks against the Blacks for using the N word towards one another you self righteous piece of shit.”
From wagging your finger at someone over “inappropriate words”, to calling them a “self righteous piece of shit” — in one paragraph.
David, please report to your nearest burn treatment center for that self-immolation (don’t worry, its covered under Obamacare)
Apparently you have no friends in other races other than your own. How is the word black skin inappropriate? It’s not you ignorant liberal. As any other word, it’s not the word, itself, It’s the way you use it. I’ve plenty of black friends and sure I’ve used the words black skin. If you are worried so much about inappropriate words and racial slurs, then I urge you to paint your sign and kick rocks against the Blacks for using the N word towards one another you self righteous piece of shit.
Point being…do you hear any members of the Washington Redskins’ Franchise (or anyone in the NFL for that matter) pointing their finger and calling anyone a redskin? The Natives are the ones who branded their self with the name to begin with. Though I’m sure you knew that, as well.
I commend these two ladies for labeling this witch hunt for what it actually is.
And you my friend, again, are simply nothing short of a lonely mark trying to find a purpose for your self-loathing and your denial of being anything close to someone who matters in this world should be too much to live with. So make the world a better place and find the highest peak/pinnacle near you.
Chala, Chala — you’re mistaking both Meg for an investigative journalist, and Fox for an actual news organization.
Why should the Fauxites break a sweat doing any actual investigative journalism, when its much more fun to make sh*t up — not to mention much easier for their sheeple viewers to digest . . .
Doesn’t it just warm your heart when an Aryan blonde like Meg tells the Native American community what they should and shouldn’t be concerned about?
I’ll tell you, I find it almost as heartwarming as whenever Bull OhReally and Rush Limpballs purports to speak for the African American community.
Plus, you gotta love Fox declaring this a “fake controversy”, when they can’t let go of a REAL fake controversy (BENGHAZI)