When a judge in Texas issued an injunction against President Obama’s immigration action, “straight news anchor” Megyn Kelly conducted two interviews: one with former Texas governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry, and the other with Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL). I’ll give you three guesses which guest got the friendly treatment and which one was treated with hostility.
Kelly’s first interview was a softball with Rick Perry. Kelly didn’t ask questions so much as she prattled off stock praise ending with an opening for Perry's talking points
“So this is a victory for Texas, under your successor… And yet President Obama seems undeterred. He maintains he has the authority to do this. What say you?” Kelly began.
Perry took the bait. He said, “Well it’s a victory for the rule of law, and that’s what this is really about. So, uh, you got 26 states that are standing up and saying that this country is based on the rule of law. You can’t have presidents just willy-nilly going around, and using their executive fiat whenever they feel it’s in their best interest, or what they want to see.”
Ironically, Perry is currently under indictment for abusing his executive powers, a first-degree felony punishable by five to 99 years in jail.
Kelly didn’t mention it, of course. Instead, she heaped more praise on him – followed by another opening to attack President Obama.
KELLY: You - unlike a lot of other governors in this country, have done an effective job at sort of walking the line on immigration. The Washington Post paid you that compliment not long ago, and they said that you’ve been tough on illegal immigration, but you’ve managed not to alienate Hispanics in your state, pointing out that you won nearly forty percent of the Latino vote, back in 2010. You’ve done that by policing the border, national guard, and so on, yet in the state, you’ve been a little kinder and gentler when it comes to immigration policy. However, do you agree with Barack Obama when he says, with respect to the illegal immigrants who are now here, “We’re not just gonna ship them off. It’s not who we are?”
After Perry had a chance to say what a “President Perry” would do about immigration, it was Gutierrez’s turn.
Kelly started with a scolding tone about Gutierrez supposedly saying that the injunction will escalate “militancy and anger” at Republicans. Gutierrez replied that what he actually said was that the ruling could create a growing militancy among the people seeking comprehensive reform and that this would be seen in voter registration and participation, people becoming citizens, and new activists.
However, Kelly really turned testy after Gutierrez opined that the Texas judge should have recused himself because he had previously said, when discussing the flood of child immigrants last summer, that President Obama was basically “inviting criminals into the United States of America.” Gutierrez added, “When you use that terminology about children fleeing violence? They’re not all criminals.”
Then, out of the blue, Kelly interrupted, to shoot out in full indignation, “You seem to be talking about Republicans, because you said that this speaks volumes in how mean and xenophobic you can be, to risk and to put into jeopardy the political future you have as a national party. So you seem to be speaking about Republicans as mean and xenophobic, and my question to you is, on what do you base that?”
After that, Gutierrez never had the chance to finish a single thought without hostile interruptions from Kelly.
So the next time Kelly brags, “We give you both sides” on Fox, don’t forget that one side gets treated with a lot more respect and courtesy than another.
Watch it below, from The Kelly File, on February 18.