Megyn Kelly didn’t just exploit the murder of Kathryn Steinle to smear President Obama’s immigration policies, she used it to suggest that he’s “too black” to care about her death. Almost as bad, the liberal guest did not call out Kelly's behavior.
The gist of Kelly’s racial beef this time was that Obama was not sufficiently engaged over Steinle’s death. OK, fair enough. But Kelly deliberately drew a contrast between the innocent white Steinle (whom Kelly familiarly called “Kate”) and the African Americans Kelly painted as thugs that Obama expressed sympathy for.
KELLY: Kate’s murder has since exploded into a national debate on illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities and crime - with the White House ducking the issue of its own acquiescence in these cities’ decision to flout the federal immigration laws which were duly enacted. When asked repeatedly this week to speak to this case, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest declined to weigh in other than to refer folks to the Department of Homeland Security.
A stark contrast to what we saw after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Missouri. A man we now know was attacking a police officer at the time of his death. His funeral saw three Obama officials in attendance, his death drew comments from President Obama, personally. And the administration also sent in the DOJ and 40 FBI agents dispatched to Missouri after Michael Brown was killed. Where is the swarm of agents in San Francisco?
Um, maybe it was because the suspect was caught in San Francisco whereas there was an open question as to a police officer’s culpability in the Michael Brown case? Surely, as a former attorney, Kelly would know that.
But Kelly wasn’t done with her specious race baiting.
KELLY: Then there was Freddie Gray in Baltimore, a repeat drug offender who was killed in police custody. Here again his funeral was attended by three Obama administration officials and again the President spoke personally to Freddie Gray’s death. And again, sent the DOJ in to investigate. When Trayvon Martin was killed in Florida, the President spoke to his death, which was later ruled to be in self-defense. But Kate Steinle? Nothing. No comments, no swarm of FBI agents, no DOJ investigation, nothing. Why?
Conservative guest Marc Thiessen sneered, “In all those other cases, he (Obama) had liberal policy points that he wanted to make… In this case, he has no policy points he wants to make because the policies he supports are the ones that got this woman killed. …He doesn’t want to highlight this because there’s no political gain to be made from it.”
Kelly asked her other guest, liberal African American Richard Fowler, “Richard, do you disagree with any word Marc just said?” Her tone was that of a mother who had just caught a child being naughty. It was, to borrow Kelly's phrase, a stark contrast to her attitude toward Thiessen.
Kelly had listened quietly and respectfully to Thiessen but she didn’t let Fowler, finish a thought before impatiently and disrespectfully interrupting him.
FOWLER: I disagree with about 90% of it. I think this president is outraged that we haven’t passed comprehensive immigration reform. Since this president has come into the White House, he’s argued…
KELLY (interrupting): Where is the comment on Kate Steinle’s death?
Fowler should have, in my view, challenged the race-baiting premise of this revolting discussion right off the bat. But failing that, he should have at least called out Kelly’s rude, condescending behavior that was the very antithesis of fairness and balance.
Instead, there even worse hideousness:
KELLY (her voice dripping with hostility): Where is his comment on her murder?
FOWLER: Her murder wouldn’t have happened, Megyn –
KELLY (interrupting): Stop that! Stop that! Stop that! Answer my question, please! Give an answer! You can’t because there isn’t one! Marc, there’s no excuse for it. He picks and chooses the victims he wants to highlight and apparently, this victim wasn’t deemed worthy.
Fowler smiled, perhaps to signal that it was all just laughable. But he was the one being played for a fool here, and not for the first time. And that was not the only time Kelly interrupted him with a scolding, “Stop, stop, stop! No, Stop it!”
Watch the jaw-dropping segment that The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple rightly said crossed a line (in quoting Bernard Goldberg’s critique of Jesse Watters), below. And don't forget that Megyn Kelly insists she’s a “straight news anchor” and “not one of the opinion hosts at Fox."
Where was Megyn Kelly (or any of Fox News, for that matter?) on the rash of black church arsons? Where are they now on the black pastors that are being told them and their congregations will be killed if they try to meet during the rebuilding? Where are they now on hate group leaders like Howard Covington saying that it’s open season on black Christians, and that the KKK’s recruitment drives outright admit they’re going after the churches first?
Sounds an awful like like that “religious persecution” I keep hearing about from them- Yet, you know the full extent of what I saw out of Fox? A three minute clip saying the seventh fire was a lightning strike, framed to make it look like the fires were a media hoax. Funny how the Charleston shooting was an attack on Christians because they didn’t wanna talk about race, but they couldn’t talk about this from the angle of them targeting religious black people over secular black people.
Oh, but let’s keep hearing about how Steinle’s the new Trayvon/Brown/Gray/McKinney. Even though, as mentioned before, he’s being handled, and what leniency he is getting is being met with massive outrage by both sides.
Speaking of which, here’s something for them to Google: At the peak of coverage for the shooting, I noticed and pointed out that Roof entered processing from his arrest re-cuffed in front, and in a different shirt. As in, he was arrested, put in the car, and came out in a different shirt, cuffed in front. It looked like a pic of him boarding the plane, except he was wearing jeans.The arresting officers have since then admitted that they took him to a Burger King drive-thru and bought him lunch, making the excuse that “he wasn’t problematic.” Anyone see Fox’s outrage on that? Could you imagine what that coverage would have looked like if Roof was a black man who shot up a white church, and the cops uncuffed him, so he could eat lunch they bought him during the taxpayer-funded proceedings, then let him change his clothes in the vehicle?!
But, hey… It’s a white woman who was killed by a brown skinned man. Fox Doesn’t need to listen to that part, even though you know they heard it because their complaint then was that Obama wasn’t saying it to the black people in his best iron fist impression.