On Fox & Friends, guest Kevin Jackson declared that Baltimore needs a “white Republican” mayor to combat a spike in crime. Rather than ban him from the “fair and balanced” network, Fox had him back to comment on the same subject on The Kelly File.
As I posted on Monday, Jackson made this jaw-dropping comment to Kimberly Guilfoyle (whom he erroneously called “Stephanie”) on Fox & Friends:
JACKSON: Well, Stephanie (sic), I wrote a piece a while back called, “Why America Needs A white, Republican President.” And I will tell you, if Baltimore had a white, Republican mayor, you wouldn’t be talking about cops right now. You’d be talking about the accountability and where it lies. The idea that Baltimore and the Justice Department are looking at police is ridiculous. And you’re seeing the outcome. I predicted this when Ferguson erupted.
I also noted that Jackson has no apparent credentials in criminology, policing or sociology.
But Megyn Kelly didn’t seem to think either Jackson’s comments or his lack of professional qualifications were any impediment to his ability to revisit the subject. This time, Kelly gratuitously suggested President Obama has somehow disrespected police because he has made so many pro Black Lives Matter-type comments while praising law enforcers. She even had a neat little montage that seems to have come right from Sean Hannity. In it, Obama said the Cambridge police acted “stupidly” (for arresting professor Henry Louis Gates when he broke into his own home) and said that if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon Martin.
Of course, Kelly didn’t play a clip of Obama telling police officers, “You embody America at its best and at its bravest.” Nor did she mention Obama’s unqualified support for fallen police officers.
Fox News' promotion of rancher Cliven Bundy's armed insurrection against law enforcers was also forgotten.
So it’s hard not to think that Jackson’s views were exactly what Kelly and her Fox News producer thought made him a perfect guest.
In fact, Kelly opened the discussion by all but jabbing an elbow into Jackson’s ribs to get him to attack Obama. But she did not reveal Jackson’s racism to the “we report, you decide” network’s viewers.
KELLY: The White House comes out today, when pressed on these growing crime statistics – and they are DEVASTATING across the country, if you look at the number of cities where the murder rate is skyrocketing. And they go…”If the police are feeling low in morale, it’s not because of anything the president has said or done.”
Jackson was grinning with glee over his latest opportunity to play the African American black attacker on Fox.
JACKSON: Barack Obama keeps using this term, “communities of color.” He acts as if black people got dropped in from outer space and cops don’t know what to do with ‘em.
Kelly laughed appreciatively.
Jackson continued, “It’s the communities of color who are committing overwhelming crime.”
The other guest was liberal Richard Fowler. He either didn’t know how outrageous it was to have booked Jackson as a credible guest or he deliberately didn’t call it out. And, of course, he didn't bring up Fox's support for Bundy. But guess which guest Kelly repeatedly interrupted and peppered with questions designed to delegitimize him?
It was Fowler, not Kelly, who challenged Jackson when he said Obama has “created a climate where black people snitches get stitches and you’ve got cops being surrounded when they go, just to do a call.”
Watch it below, from last night’s The Kelly File.