Megyn Kelly was a vision of patriotic support for the Million Veteran March demonstration held last weekend – and a scold for that biased media (by which she meant everyone but Fox News) that focused on the extremist elements that Kelly insisted were not representative of the crowd. But Kelly's choice of guests, anti-immigrant extremist Dennis Michael Lynch - there to provide the supposedly unvarnished truth - was no assurance at all.
It’s hilariously hypocritical of Kelly (or anyone else on Fox) to complain about cherry-picked footage considering Fox was the home of the now-discredited ACORN videos. Even after the videos were debunked, Kelly slobbered so much over one of the videographers, I’m surprised she didn’t demand a Pulitzer Prize be awarded on the spot. And then there’s Steven Crowder’s selectively edited video at a Michigan union protest that was hyped on Fox. Let me know when you find Kelly’s report on the actual protest rather than Crowder’s highly dubious account of getting punched in an altercation there.
But even more hilarious was Kelly’s choice of guests for last night's segment, the aforementioned Lynch. He was billed as a “documentary filmmaker” but anti-immigrant crackpot is more apt. Our Priscilla recently posted Jon Stewart’s terrific evisceration of Lynch. Whatever else you might say about Lynch, he might well have a career ahead of him as an actor. Because with a straight face and an earnest expression, he told Kelly, “The other channels upset me. And they upset me because they’re feeding into the divisive behavior that the White House has created. I watched men and women come together at that memorial. It was beautiful. There were men there with no legs, with no arms, crying – like you just saw. How dare anybody, how dare anybody use them as a political pawn or a way of trying to boost up their own ratings. If it weren’t for these men and women, there would be no television. I’m appalled by it. I’m appalled by it. And here’s the biggest thing we have. We have a blemish. Because the government shutdown is going to go away sooner or later, Megyn. But the blemish that is on that memorial will stay with us forever. We will never be able to look at that memorial the same way again. And that is wrong.”
I’m surprised Lynch didn’t pull out a hanky and start sobbing. Because otherwise, it’s laughable to hear him complaining about divisive behavior from anyone. Just last week, Lynch was upset, as he told Kelly on a previous show, because “Nancy Pelosi and her bunch right across the yard have hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens over there that they’re glad-handing.” Previously, Lynch has told Fox News viewers that he “has a problem with the president” and anyone else supporting the immigration reform bill because “they’re putting American lives in jeopardy.”
And could there be any more divisive network than Fox News?
Kelly did play clips of a man bearing a Confederate Flag and Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman demanding President Obama “leave town,” “put the Koran down” and “to figuratively come up with his hands out.” Just to let you know what the other networks were unfairly looping (as if Fox wouldn’t have, had the protesters been liberal). But she didn’t mention that the “millions” of vets were more like in the hundreds.
But then it was back to Lynch and his choked-up rendition of the vets’ patriotism. “There are no Tea Party wackos there!” he said. “Until this country comes back together, we don’t have a chance. And the only way that this country’s coming back together? Is through the American people. …And I will not accept this weekend … as a failure. This was a spark. There is a movement taking place, a non-violent, American movement.” He predicted he’ll be back on Kelly’s show a hundred more times to report on it.
“Thank you for documenting the message,” Kelly said in a voice hushed with somber awe. “All the best.”
I don't know about his movement but I have no doubt Lynch will be back regardless.