On Fox News, it’s OK for Ann Coulter to joke about killing people she disagrees with. But oh, The Kelly File outrage when the AP publishes photographs of Republican Senator Ted Cruz in front of a poster with a handgun that looks like it’s pointed at him – at a “Celebrate the 2nd Amendment” event.
Host Megyn Kelly announced in the opening of the discussion that the AP has now taken down the photos - but that was no reason not to gin up conservative victimhood and fury anyway. “Critics are asking what the fallout would have been if this were the president standing there instead of Senator Cruz?” she asked.
For analysis, “independent” Kelly turned to one of FNC’s favorite conservative hate mongers, Ann Coulter, “the author of ‘Adios, America, the left’s plan to turn our country into a third world hellhole!’” Kelly announced theatrically. “It’s always fun to read the titles of your books,” Kelly told her guest. Even though every one of Coulter’s titles is an inflammatory insult toward liberals.
For extra conservative victimhood, Kelly said, “If that had been Hillary Clinton, if that had been President Obama, the left would have been losing their minds over this. …The AP would they have done it?”
Let’s be real here. Obama and Clinton would not have been at any “Celebrate the 2nd Amendment” event as Cruz was, so it’s doubtful there would be any legitimate photo ops of them in front of a gun poster.
But Kelly and Coulter continued to suggest that the AP had somehow snapped the photo out of liberal vengeance. “That is so outrageous. Don’t insult our intelligence by saying, ‘Oh we didn’t even notice,’” Coulter complained. Kelly said mockingly, “It was a mistake.”
Coulter then went on a jag of racial accusations that included, “Everything reminds liberals that this is a racist country. It could be a warm summer’s breeze.”
Unlike Kelly’s rude treatment of African American Congressman Al Green (D-TX) who politely tried to explain why he joined a “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” protest in Congress, Kelly allowed Coulter to continue her diatribe unimpeded. In fact, Kelly chimed in when Coulter attacked the Southern Poverty Law Center as “America’s leading hate group.”
Kelly added, “They try to stand up, they say, against racism and so on, however this is the same group that once deemed Ben Carson, I think, some sort of major threat to the United States.” Actually, the SPLC labeled him as an “extremist” based on his rhetoric.
Back to the Cruz photo, Kelly said, “God forbid anything were to happen to Senator Ted Cruz, you know, as a result of this threatening photo. …Shouldn’t everyone be more careful if they’re going to apply that kind of a standard to messaging?“ This, from the woman who defended Pamela Geller’s Draw the Prophet event that actually did incite violence?
What’s even worse is that Coulter has a long history of advocating murder as a “joke.”
In 2009, on Fox News, Coulter said about Ezekiel Emanuel, one of the ObamaCare architects, “Zeke Emanuel is on my death list. Hold the applause. I’m going to be on the death panel.”
In 2011, Coulter wrote about riots in London: "A few well-placed rifle rounds, and the rioting would end in an instant. A more sustained attack on the rampaging mob might save England from itself..."
In 2013, Coulter responded to a comment by MSNBC host Martin Bashir wondering if having a family member killed is “what it takes” to get a Republican to support gun control bill. “Let’s start with Meghan McCain!” Coulter quipped.
In 2002, Coulter was quoted as saying about the Oklahoma City bomber, “My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times Building.”
Media Matters has more of Coulter’s murder fantasies.
But isn’t it funny how Coulter got a pass on actually calling for murder while “independent” Kelly obsessed about AP’s now-removed photo?
Watch it below, from the June 22 The Kelly File.
I mean, going to the trouble of registering with the site in order to then post a comment about how there’s “no need to read further.” Why do right-wingers always go through so much trouble—oh, right. It’s hard to play “the victim” if you just walk away.
But MJ forgot Sarah Palin’s infamous crosshairs map- The one that had Gabby Giffords on it, and both Fox and Palin mocked Giffords for condemning that kinda thing. Then Giffords got shot in the head, and Sarah Palin was the victim because we had the nerve to ask her how she’d feel if it turned out the shooter was inspired by what Giffords was trying to stop.
I mean, JESUS CHRIST.
Oh — you mean like this 2012 Ron Paul Gun Campaign photo that had a rifle pointed at President Obama’s head?
Or this photo FoxNation.com ran of a rifle pointed at President Obama’s head in 2009 — and the next month ran a photo of a handgun pointed at AG Eric Holder?
Or this 2008 cover of the Roswell (GA) Beacon that placed the then-candidate Obama in literal crosshairs?
As I recall, there wasn’t much fallout at all — not from Fox, at least (especially since FoKKKsNotion.com ran two of those pics) . . .