Megyn Kelly joined her Fox News colleagues Bret Baier and Laura Ingraham a few days ago (6/26/13) in doing her part to promote Texas’ anti-choice bill that was successfully filibustered by state senator Wendy Davis. Davis became a Democratic star this week for her efforts in defeating the bill – while Republicans tried to overcome her actions by improperly timestamping the bill to make it look as though it had passed before a midnight deadline. But Megyn Kelly and her two like-minded guests were so busy talking up the bill – and knocking President Obama for supporting Davis – that they “forgot” all about the Republicans’ misdeeds.
As Huffington Post noted, the Republicans may well have broken the law in their attempts to backdate the timestamp:
During the last few minutes of the Texas legislature’s special session, which ended at midnight on Tuesday, Republicans tried to rush a vote on S.B. 5, a bill that would severely restrict abortion access in the state. While the timestamp on the vote originally said it took place on Wednesday, June 26, several news organizations noticed that the timestamp was changed within hours to indicate that the vote took place on June 25 before midnight.
There was so much confusion after the special session ended Tuesday night that the Associated Press initially reported that the bill had passed. But on Wednesday morning, after an hours-long conference with some of his colleagues, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst ® conceded that the bill had not passed before the midnight deadline.
If someone did deliberately tamper with state documents, it could be ruled a misdemeanor or a felony, according to the Texas penal code.
One would think that Kelly, an attorney whose show airs during what Fox News says is during its “objective” block of programming, might have bothered to go into that part of the story. But no. This is how she introduced a discussion that featured two pro-choice guests supportive of the bill.
Now to the chaos at the Texas state capital last night over abortion, as Democrats and protestors went to extremes to try and head off tighter abortion rules in the Lone Star State.
What a spectacle! It all started just before noon yesterday, when Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis started a filibuster of a measure that would have, among other things, would have banned abortions after 20 weeks, and tightens restrictions on abortion clinics. But more than eleven hours later, she did not sit down. Republicans said that she had violated the filibuster rules three times, which they claim allowed them to move forward with a vote. They had to get the vote done by midnight, they claim they got it done. They were about to do it, and shutting her down, when loud protests and stalling tactics broke out among those who were there in support of this state senator who was doing the filibuster. It all came to a head around midnight. The lieutenant governor was supposed to sign the bill they claimed they had passed, despite the filibuster, but came out and said ‘I couldn’t do it because of all the chaos, in what they’re now calling a citizens filibuster.
Well, isn’t that just classy? For more imbalance, Kelly and each of her guests seemed to agree that the very restrictive bill is reasonable, responsible and necessary.
And in case that’s not enough bias for you, Kelly allowed guest Monica Crowley – who has a history of making outlandish claims on Fox – revive without challenge the completely debunked and discredited accusation that President Obama voted for “infanticide” when he was an Illinois state senator.
Video via Media Matters.
That said, Kelly hasn’t done anything to correct her facts or her behaviour since this. If anything, she’s gotten worse. But considering that she’s actually trying to be the most racist, self-hating sexist on the network, should we be surprised? Her rare defenses of minorities and women always catches me off-guard because she seems so proud of her bigotry.