Megyn Kelly ignored a pile of evidence indicating there is no connection between Bill Ayers’ 60s-radical views and President Barack Obama in order to continue promoting her self-serving and Republican-friendly sensationalism that the two must be some kind of terroristic, extremist soul mates.
In Kelly’s first discussion following the conclusion of her three-day Ayers-a-thon last night, she played a clip from her own interview in which Ayers said that he and Obama share “zero” ideology and that he was one of 10,000 other of Obama’s acquaintances. “I wish I knew him much better and I wish he’d listen to me,” Ayers told her.
In the same clip, Kelly asked, “Did he ever contact you once you became the story in his presidential race?”
“Absolutely not,” Ayers said. “And I didn’t contact him.” Ayers added that they have never been in contact during Obama’s presidency, “though I wish I were because I have a lot of advice for him.”
Kelly never once indicated she had any information contradicting Ayers’ assertion. Or to counter the news reporting of the time that Obama and Ayers were never close. But she repeatedly suggested otherwise. It was a neat way to both promote Fox’s anti-Obama agenda and to sensationalize her own series of interviews and discussion that provided no real news.
In her introduction to the segment, Kelly said:
That was Professor Bill Ayers responding to questions about his relationship with President Obama. It was Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, also a domestic terrorist, who hosted an event at their Chicago home in 1995 where a young Barack Obama was first introduced as a candidate for the Illinois state senate. While Ayers said his relationship with the president was casual, and Mr. Obama has since condemned the violence of the Weather Underground, what does it tell us that our now president was friendly with a man who bombed this country repeatedly?
Do you think Obama’s decades-old “friendliness” tells us anything more than Kelly’s current associations with the likes of Oliver North, James O’Keefe and Rupert Murdoch? Or Kelly’s image-bolstering coverage of right-wing terrorist Cliven Bundy?
Nobody on Kelly’s handpicked panel raised that question, of course. She had right-winger Marc Thiessen and Fox News’ Kirsten Powers. However, Powers did point out:
(Obama) had a very vague relationship with this person. I really think it’s overstated when it’s said he “launched his career.” Holding a fundraiser is not launching anybody’s career. It’s just a fundraiser.
…I thought it was a very interesting interview that you had, Megyn. And I think he has some views that are clearly not the views that Barack Obama has. To try to compare him to Barack Obama and say that, as Marc’s saying, “This is the world that Barack Obama came out of, he’s some left-winger" - Barack Obama is assassinating people! I mean, he is not anything like Bill Ayers. …He is the farthest away from that. That’s why Bill Ayers says, “I want to get in touch with him so I can tell him to stop doing these things.”
And how did “non-opinion host” Kelly respond to that truth spoken right under her nose? By interrupting Powers and asking the more conservative Thiessen to speak up.
And do check out how “non-opinion” Kelly breathlessly promoted her next segment, which was little more than a McCarthy-esque witch hunt:
The left went on to welcome Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and so many other members of the Weather Underground into the academic circles of this country. And I don’t mean just any circles. I’m talking Bernardine Dohrn, Bernardine Dohrn, who wanted to overthrow the government – repeatedly said that! And who was on the FBI’s most wanted list, 10 most wanted – is now teaching at Northwestern Law School!
Oh, and by the way? The Ayers segment earlier in the show featured a debate between him and Dinesh D’Souza. D’Souza just pleaded guilty to federal charges of illegal campaign donations – after he alleged on The Kelly File and other Fox shows that the charges were trumped up by the Obama administration to go after its political foes. In the debate with Ayers, D’Souza was presented as a credible spokesman for “American values.”
Watch Kelly's game of make believe below.
Maybe, “SleezyChimp,” you might want to look at the GOP for a minute. Which party is it that loves to send young men and women to serve in countless wars but, when those people come back to their homeland, defund the very programs designed to serve the veterans? Which party is it that refuses to work with the President to form a workable policy to deal with immigration reform? And, um, if memory serves, the woman at the heart of the IRS “scandal” was put there by the PREVIOUS President. And, really, when you’re seeking TAX-EXEMPT status for a group that seeks TAX CUTS or fearmonger about taxes as your primary purpose, don’t you think you might just come in for a little more scrutiny? Especially when the nationwide number of such groups EXPLODED from a few dozen in 2009 to more than 1000 new groups by 2012? (Incidentally, remind us of exactly how many groups were denied the coveted tax-exempt status during this “scandlous” period. I’ll tell you—ONE. And it was a progressive group.)
But, I guess you and your fellow right-wingers would rather deflect on issues that require BIPARTISAN cooperation to solve than to have your lies without end exposed for the world to see. It’s just too bad you people weren’t as outraged when Dubya was lying his way to causing the deaths of thousands of American servicement (no—you people were hurling the word “traitor” at anyone and everyone who dared challenge Dubya and his cabal of evil on their wrongdoing).
Go back under your bridge.
What does it tell us when the onetime GOP VP candidate and half-term AK governor — while in office — addressed the Alaska Independence Party, a group that advocates secession from the union (and a group her husband is a member of)?