Megyn Kelly has been a vision of scripted outrage over Rolling Stone’s bad reporting over an alleged gang rape. And while there’s genuine reason to criticize and revile Rolling Stone, Kelly has yet to hold herself accountable for her series of false, racial smears about Attorney General Eric Holder and his decision not to prosecute some members of the New Black Panther Party.
In the first video below, one of several discussions Kelly held about Rolling Stone last night, Kelly complained, “Their reporter never interviewed any of the alleged victims friends who were reportedly with her on the night of her alleged attack.”
Kelly also appeared to be a crusader for independent truth and fact checking: “These cases are not an opportunity to bend over backwards to stand up for perceived victims. They’re an opportunity for reporters to determine who is and is not a victim, according to the facts.”
But in July 2010, Kelly happily hyped a series of unverified racial allegations against Holder by “whistle blower” J. Christian Adams.
Here’s what I wrote about it back then:
The so-called whistle blower, J. Christian Adams, is a GOP activist who contends that the DOJ dropped its voter intimidation case against a few members of the New Black Panther Party, who behaved thuggishly at a polling place on Election Day 2008, because African American Holder – and by extension, Obama – has decided not to enforce whites’ voter rights.
The DOJ has an entirely different point of view, one that was barelyexplored on “fair and balanced” Fox News, even though Kelly’s 1 PM show is supposed to be part of its “objective news” line up. The DOJ has said that the case against the Black Panthers was shaky and that this one incident didn’t constitute an orchestrated campaign or pattern to deny voting rights, the usual criteria for deploying federal resources in litigation. In fact, as Main Justice has reported, 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.
Kelly spent more than 3.5 hours during 45 segments promoting – without fact checking - Adams. Other Fox shows picked up on the story for a total of 8+ hours of airtime over 95 segments. It wasn’t until she was confronted on the air by Democrat Kirsten Powers that Kelly suddenly lost interest in the “controversy.” Kelly spent a mere 64 seconds reporting that the allegations had been officially debunked. If Kelly ever apologized, I missed it.
In another Rolling Stone segment last night, this time with Fox’s media critic Howard Kurtz (the second video below), Kelly was oh-so disturbed about how “this plays into a narrative about young men on college campuses and how they need to be feared that is not always true! In the vast majority of cases, it’s not true.”
So where was Kelly’s concern for playing into a false narrative when she deliberately – and wrongly - suggested that scary black men across the country had just gotten a nod from the DOJ to descend on polling stations across the country? Kelly told Laura Ingraham in 2010, “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.”
“How is the reporter not fired? Kelly indignantly asked Kurtz.
“I can’t understand,” he said. “I don’t think Rolling Stone understands what a message that sends, that the damage done …to have nobody suffer any penalty at all says to me, they still don’t get it.”
But not only did Fox News do exactly that with the New Black Panther Party issue, they did the same thing with the bogus ACORN story. Rather than call out one of the videographers when she appeared on Kelly’s show, Kelly was full of spin and praise for her.
Watch Kelly’s shamelessness below, from the April 6 The Kelly File.
CORRECTIONS: This post originally misidentified the videos below as having come from the April 7 The Kelly File show. I also had neglected to include a link to Kelly's 2010 incendiary and baseless remark that Holder had just emboldened black thugs to intimidate voters anywhere they wished.
I’d say you’re doing “Gods” work, if I believed in that!
It’s a bit ironic that you complain about lack of proof when you provided none for your own accusation about black voting in one black precinct in 2012. But even assuming you are correct, you offered no indication that the stats are due to voter intimidation, which the NBPP case was supposedly about (even though not a single case voter was reportedly intimidated).
Kelly, on the other hand, is the media equivalent of those stereotype movie mobsters that’ll decide who’s fault it was, and how severely to punish them, but ask for what happened anyways- Just so she can get started while they tell her. From her phony NBPP voter intimidation story to this, tell me I’m wrong.
“But it would be nice if she would show a little consistency and pretend to be fair and balanced.”
Dear Dave: That will NEVER, EVER happen as long as Jabba the Ailes is signing Megyn KKKelly’s HUMONGOUS paychecks. Like you just said, KKKelly was NOT hired by Ailes for her “journalism skills”. Mark my words Dave: KKKelly KNOWS DAMN WELL that the instant she starts acting like a REAL journalist by utilizing her CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS, Jabba the Ailes will SHOW HER THE DOOR IN LESS THAN 48 HOURS!
In the 2012 election, one inner-city black precinct reported 138% of registered voters voting and 100% votes cast were for Obama. That’s right, not a single person voted in error for Mitt Romney, Gary Johnson who some other candidate listed. 100% of the 138% people voting voted Obama.
Where’s your reporting on that?