Megyn Kelly turned defensive Friday night about the firestorm that erupted in the wake of her “assurances” that both Santa Claus and Jesus are white. But this is just one of many instances in which she exploited and promoted racial and ethnic resentment. I long ago gave Kelly the motto “I love to hate people of color.” Here's why.
Kelly has repeatedly validated my assessment, especially with regard to President Obama and his administration.
Kelly’s most notable (until now) foray into race baiting was her sudden fascination with the accusations of a Republican activist she dubbed a “whistleblower.” She many times promoted his claim that African American Attorney General Eric Holder had failed to prosecute a member of the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation because of some kind of (radical) racial solidarity. Even though the facts didn’t comport with the theory. As Main Justice, a website that covers the Department Of Justice wrote:
The Obama DOJ dismissed the case… citing a lack of a pattern of intimidation and the fact that one of the Black Panthers was a registered Democratic poll watcher. The DOJ obtained an injunction against the Black Panther who carried the nightstick.
…In fact, no voters at all in the Philadelphia precinct have come forward to allege intimidation. The complaints have come from white Republican poll watchers, who have given no evidence they were registered to vote in the majority black precinct.
Yet, Kelly explicitly suggested that the DOJ had given license to black thugs to intimidate whites at voting precincts all over. On July 1, 2010, she said on The O’Reilly Factor:
“The evidence was pretty clear… But the bottom line was, according to this guy, this whistleblower, the Department of Justice under Eric Holder now has a policy that it’s not going to pursue these cases where it’s a black defendant and a white victim. And that’s really the headline out of this interview.
…Think about that… Now you’re going to have instances like this where Black Panthers and others can go to the polling stations and do this if they so choose. And they just basically are gonna get a pass because while it’s not an official thing, it’s been made very clear to all the rank and file voting rights attorneys in the DOJ those cases are not to be pursued.”
Kelly’s interest in the matter disappeared after she was confronted on the air over her “scary black man” meme by Democrat Kirsten Powers. To my knowledge, Kelly has never apologized for promoting the baseless accusations that were even denounced by other Republicans. As recently as last week, she defended her record by saying she was just covering a story.
In a June, 2012, discussion on African American accusations that racism is part of the animosity against AG Holder, Kelly interrupted liberal Alan Colmes in order to race bait against Al Sharpton. Colmes had been arguing that antagonism against Holder was more political than racial and he was using the Fast and Furious controversy as an example. I wrote:
“Let’s not get too deep into the weeds of Fast and Furious,” she said and brought up more of Sharpton’s racial remarks. “Why is he doing this?” she asked. It would be almost impossible to miss the condemnation in her voice.
Kelly was also contemptuous – albeit more subtly – toward Oprah Winfrey for saying that she thought President Obama’s race was a factor in some of the attacks and disrespect toward him. Kelly suggested that Winfrey had some kind of racial chip on her shoulder:
It’s amazing to see someone as successful as Oprah Winfrey, I mean a billionaire, thanks in large part to American viewers loving her - white, black, brown, you name it, loving her - talking about racist Americans.
In April, 2010, Kelly complained about an Obama internet video appealing to minorities, youth and women to get involved in the 2010 midterm elections. Kelly said Obama spoke “specifically to certain groups – African Americans and those who put him in office – but he doesn’t speak to, specifically, other voters, like white voters, seniors and… men.” Later, when guest and Fox News contributor Brit Hume failed to take the race bait, she pushed a little harder. She asked, “But is he getting a pass on this by some, do you think, Brit, because what folks on the opposite side are saying is, can you imagine if President Bush, in trying to rally support for Republicans… went out there and said, ‘What we really need is to get the white voters to the polls’ - what the reaction would be?”
Kelly asked in a mocking tone, “What is (Harris-Perry) talking about, (the ‘ObamaCare’ term) was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men?’” When that guest didn’t take the race bait, Kelly asked her next guest:
“Does this work anymore? I mean, this person in particular sees racism everywhere. I mean, everywhere! Remember that movie Boomerang? …It was a joke about how some people see racism everywhere and it totally diminishes actual claims of racism.”
Last winter, Ben Shapiro (who had previously promoted the widely-ridiculed “Obama race tape”) smeared Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in a now-discredited and lambasted Breitbart.com post with the salacious title, “SECRET HAGEL DONOR?: WHITE HOUSE SPOX DUCKS QUESTION ON ‘FRIENDS OF HAMAS.’ Not only is there no such group as “Friends of Hamas,” but the name was probably dreamt up by a Daily News reporter who figured it was so over the top that nobody would miss that it was a joke. But not only did Kelly treat Shapiro as a credible critic of the Obama administration – twice, she also called on Shapiro to criticize Muslim and African American Congressman Keith Ellison. As she complained about Ellison not being truthful.
In May, 2010, Kelly suggested New York’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg was being too sympathetic to Pakistanis and Muslims in the wake of the Times Square bomber arrest.Bloomberg had said the culprit could have been a home grown terrorist who didn’t like “the health care bill or something. It could be anything!” First, she complained that Bloomberg was trying to blame conservatives. Later, Kelly played a clip of Bloomberg saying, “I want to make clear that we will not tolerate any bias or backlash against Pakistani or Muslim New Yorkers.”
Kelly sneered, “The mayor, very, very concerned about being politically correct yesterday. Not so much on Monday (when he made the first statement).” However, Bloomberg’s second statement was made AFTER a Pakistani American had been arrested.
Regardless of how Kelly tries to explain away her assurances to her audience that “Santa is white” and “Jesus was white,'' some things can’t be unsaid or unheard. Especially when there’s a history of racial hostility to match. instead of writing off the criticism against her as unfair and unwarranted, Kelly could use this as an opportunity to turn the page on her record.
You may find this hard to believe but I think she's got it in her. Whether she wants to or not is a different matter.