Mayor Bill de Blasio has reached out to the New York police unions in an effort to resolve the hideous tensions that have arisen in the wake of de Blasio’s support for the Black Lives Matter protesters. But Megyn Kelly seems to want to keep those tensions going.
In a post last week on The Daily Beast, columnist Michael Tomasky wrote that despite 15 years of covering New York politics, he has never seen “anything remotely like the war the cops are waging right now against Mayor Bill de Blasio.”
It’s abundantly clear which side of that war “straight news anchor” Megyn Kelly is on.
She described the upcoming summit as de Blasio’s attempt to “tamp down the mess we’re seeing here.” Then she asked her sole guest for the discussion, one of the union heads, “What did the trick?” As if the police had just won a victory.
Kelly didn’t mention that guest Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, has a history of animosity toward de Blasio that predates the protests sparked by a grand jury decision not to indict a white police officer for the death of unarmed African American Eric Garner.
Mullins paid lip service to the need to “find a solution,” but he also seemed to think that all the solution-finding should be on the part of de Blasio. “I think that the mayor needs to humble himself,” Mullins said. “He needs to change his philosophical views to policing and to the way protests have occurred within this city on the backs of police officers."
The protesters, too. Mullins said "the public" needs to be educated “as to how the criminal justice system works.” He cited a case of a judge releasing some people who had threatened police officers. “We have to live with the decision of the courts and we didn’t go out and tie up bridges,” Mullins sneered.
It sounded like Mullins could use a little educating about how African Americans feel like they’re targets for the police. But Kelly validated Mullins’ perspective:
KELLY: Do you think you’re going to get through to this mayor? It’s not like nobody said that to him before. And yet he continued to go out there and talk about how his biracial son needed to be wary of this police force.
That’s a nice, police-union-friendly way for Kelly to spin de Blasio's words. In reality, de Blasio talked about the “painful sense of contradiction” of both honoring the police and the need for his son, Dante, to take “special care” when dealing with them:
We’ve had to literally train him—as families have all over this city for decades—in how to take special care in any encounter he has with the police officers who are there to protect him.
And that painful sense of contradiction that our young people see first, that our police are here to protect us, and we honor that, and at the same time, there’s a history we have to overcome, because for so many of our young people, there’s a fear. And for so many of our families, there’s a fear. So I’ve had to worry over the years. Chirlane’s had to worry. Is Dante safe each night?
Mullins replied, “If the mayor is held accountable through the people, then we’ll see changes. …There has not been one single leader in six months to set the stage, to educate the public…"
Kelly interrupted – not to question Mullins’ lack of empathy for the African American community – but to promote Rudy “blame blacks for the tensions” Giuliani. “No one in office now,” Kelly corrected. “I mean, Mayor Giuliani has been out there as a forceful advocate of the NYPD.”
Later, Kelly “just asked,” about de Blasio, “Do you think he’s endangered police?”
“I think that his actions may have enabled this city to become a lawless city in a lot of ways,” Mullins answered. But as Newsweek noted when Mullins made a similar claim in August, citywide crime “has dropped 3.6 percent this year, and homicide rates have fallen 12 percent, according to NYPD statistics.”
Kelly didn’t mention it, of course.
Watch it below, from the December 29 The Kelly File.
Is it my mistake or are the foxies focusing on the union in order not to have to talk much about the individuals involved?
I’d say that that’s because both men were from minority backgrounds and Patrick Lynch is chalking up brownie points by attacking DeBlasio. His first interview in the street was very disturbing to me.