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Jon Stewart’s Reaction To Megyn Kelly’s ‘White Santa’ Statement Is All We Need

By the way, has anyone noticed my new avatar ?  It’s a gesture against Megan Kelly’s “statement” about “Santa”…

The Huffington Post

Fox News has certainly made their fair share of problematic gaffes on air, but on Thursday, they marched forward with out-and-out racism when Megyn Kelly clarified to kids that Santa is white, despite what the liberal media has been telling them.

Yes.

Jon Stewart hit back: “Who are you actually talking to?”

He tried to imagine the kid Kelly was addressing: “Sophisticated enough to be watching a news channel at 10 o’clock at night, yet innocent enough to still believe Santa Claus is real, yet racist enough to be freaked out if he isn’t white.”

Even more troublesome was her statement that the black Slate writer she was addressing need not have concerned herself with such issues: “Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change.” As Stewart pointed out, that’s literally the dictionary definition of oppression.

Check out the full clip above.

 

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Megyn Kelly Really Wants The Kids To Know Santa And Jesus Are White

 

Oh my.  Despite her playing by the rules of Fox News, Megan Kelly is probably the smartest person there.  What have they done to her?  In terms of the debate,  at least one of her points is inaccurate.  The Historical Jesus was a Middle Eastern Jew.   No contest on the “Santa Clause” part.

The Huffington Post

This is how Megyn Kelly handled a story by a black woman who wrote that maybe, just maybe, Santa doesn’t have to be white all the time (because—spoiler alert—Santa can be all things to all people!):

For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.

For good measure, she also assured the children that Jesus was white too—something that is far from a settled question.

(h/t The Wire)

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School officials threatened to be ‘lined up and shot’ after Fox News ‘misreporting’

Fox News reporter Trace Gallagher

Fox News reporter Trace Gallagher

The Raw Story

A school board member in South Dakota is calling on Fox News to apologize because he says an erroneous report led to threats that officials be “lined up and shot” over the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sioux Falls School Board member Kent Alberty told KSFY that Fox News picked up the story after a local television station reported that the board had defied a group of veterans and dropped the pledge at high schools.

“A school board there has decided there’s just no time in the day to recite the Pledge of Allegiance despite a desperate request from a local vets group to keep the pledge,” Fox News host Megyn Kelly told viewers on Nov. 14.

“The veterans, by the way, say they are not giving up,” reporter Trace Gallagher noted. “They say they will continue fighting to see if they can get the pledge reinstated.”

In fact, the board had sided with the veterans and voted unanimously to expand the use of the pledge for middle school students, elementary school students and at high school assemblies.

But because of the way Kelly and Gallagher framed their reporting, Alberty said that it left the mistaken impression that the board was against the pledge.

Sioux Fall high school students had not been required to say the pledge since 1970, and Alberty wants an apology from Fox News for suggesting that it had been dropped.

“It wasn’t dropped. That wasn’t true at all,” Alberty said. “And that is what people were reacting to was the headline – not what we actually did. And then Fox picked that story up — and again — it was the headline they used, not the actual facts of what we did at the School Board meeting.”

“The person that they gave the byline to wasn’t at the School Board meeting, didn’t interview any members of the School Board, didn’t interview the person who spoke to the School Board, but then they ran this story and didn’t have in the story the fact that we actually expanded the policy,” he added.

After receiving a number of threatening emails and phone calls, board members reported the threats to the Sioux Falls Police Department. All personal information about the members has been removed from the School Board website.

“The one that I guess got my attention the most was that this person feels that all five of us should be lined up and shot,” he recalled.

As for an apology from Fox News, Alberty isn’t holding his breath: “When something is misreported, misrepresented, an incendiary headline that really doesn’t base anything on facts of the story, I would think that would be appropriate. But I’m certainly not expecting it anytime”

On Thursday, Gallagher defended his reporting and insisted that Alberty’s version of events were not accurate.

“I was the first to do the story on Fox and I said, despite a group of military veterans showing up at the board meeting and pleading for the pledge to be read, that the board voted unanimously not to require high school students to recite the pledge because they could not find the extra 10 seconds in the school day,” Gallagher recalled.

 

Watch this video from KSFY, broadcast Nov. 20, 2013.

 

Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast Nov. 21, 2013.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/21/school-officials-threatened-to-be-lined-up-and-shot-after-fox-news-misreporting/

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Megyn Kelly Erupts At Ezekiel Emanuel Over Obamacare (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly erupted at White House advisor Ezekiel Emanuel over whether the Obama administration knew that insurance companies would cancel some people’s existing coverage under Obamacare.

Health insurance policies must meet Obamacare standards or have been unchanged since 2010 in order to continue in 2014. Kelly wanted to know whether the White House had known that some policies would be canceled. Kelly and Emanuel disagreed over the number of people who are affected, and Emanuel argued that insurance companies had “always canceled policies” even before Obamacare.

“You keep downplaying it sir!” Kelly shouted. “But it’s happening… It is relevant. They wanna know if you knew.”

Kelly continued to press Emanuel on the issue. Later, he argued, “Whether you could anticipate what business would do is irrelevant.”

“Stop saying that,” Kelly said, “Because I’ll tell you what’s relevant to my viewers. I think I know my viewers, and I think they think this is relevant. […] Why didn’t you say to the American people ‘you need to know what’s going to happen on the individual insurance market because it’s going to be very relevant to your life, your health and your children’s health.”

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Go Home Sara Palin You’re Drunk

The author of the following blog post holds nothing back with her critique of Alaska’s half-term governor Sarah Palin.  It’s worth the read…

Jezebel

Former Alaska governor and current ??? Sarah Palin, who has a rare condition that renders her incapable of improvement, appeared on Megyn Kelly’s show on Fox News yesterday. And it was… even more of a shitshow than most Sarah Palin appearances. Even Megyn Kelly — tough, no-nonsense host Megyn Kelly — had trouble reining her in. Let’s watch.

Here’s just part of Palin’s completely incomprehensible rant in response Kelly’s opening questionFor your convenience, I’ve bolded the winning Wingnut Bingo words in case you’re playing along at home.

Palin: I think that remark is one of his more out of touch remarks that we’ve heard in recent days. No. What emboldened our enemies and what empowered our competitors was his promise to fundamentally transform America from being a solvent, free, exceptional country into something we’re not gonna recognize. Also, what has emboldened enemies is that he with doubling of our debt since he’s been elected, putting us on a path towards bankruptcy, and then locking up pipelines and resources that will result in us being more reliant onforeign imports for energy, and then of course he, having left behind, his administration having left behind our brave men in Benghazi to be murdered, and then of course there’s Syria, where he promised to bombSyria because in that civil war, Syria was going to bomb Syria, and then we never heard another word again about his threat to bomb in a foreign civil war, and then of course, most recently, Megyn, he, uh, using our military, those who would fight against our enemies. Our military. Our vetsShutting down their memorials. Andholding them hostage in terms of budget deals. Uh, threatening to withhold paychecks for our brave men and women. As for economic—

Kelly: Listen, but let me ask you — let me jump in

Palin: AS FOR ECONOMIC COMPETITORS! Corporate tax rate, the second highest in the industrialized world. Now that empowers our competitors.

If you haven’t won BINGO after that you should request a new card.

Palin’s always been fast and loose with both grammar and facts, but does it seem like she’s even more, uh, unhinged than she was when she first barged onto the national scene in 2008?

She’s like what happens when you put a bunch of paranoid right wing talking points in the microwave and then accidentally hit 10:00 instead of 1:00 and then you walk away and forget about it and 6 minutes later, you’re like what’s burning? OH NOOO! and you run to the kitchen and your delicious Annie’s Organic Mac N’ Crazy has turned into molten hot inedible magma.

You guys, John McCain thought she’d make a good Vice President. Remember when his campaign team spent a weekend trying to help her cram for her debate with Joe Biden? In retrospect, that doomed effort seems almost adorably naive. Sarah Palin, frowning with concentration over index cards containing facts she’d never learn. Even 5 years later. God. What a world.

[HuffPo]

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Megyn Kelly Destroys Erickson And Dobbs: ‘Who Died And Made You Scientist-In-Chief?!’

Mediaite

Megyn Kelly took two of her Fox colleagues to the woodshed this afternoon.

In response to Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs making controversial comments this week about a Pew study finding that 40% of American households have a mother as breadwinner, Kelly brought the two of them onto her show and proceeded to tear into them.

To recap: during a Wednesday evening segment of FBN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, Erickson, Dobbs, and other Fox male contributors lamented the Pew study’s “troubling” findings, claiming it signaled a disintegration of the American family. Erickson went the farthest with his analysis, claiming it is “anti-science” to not believe that men are supposed to play the dominant role in the household. The group collectively bemoaned the increase of female breadwinners.

In response, this afternoon, Kelly asked: “What makes you dominant and me submissive and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?”

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Politically Correct ‘Pandering’: Malkin Trashes Holder On Fox For Warning Against ‘Stigmatizing’ Muslims

Mediaite

Speaking to the Anti-Defamation League on Monday, Attorney General Eric Holderdiscussed the Boston Marathon bombing and warned against “misguided acts of retaliation” and stigmatizing groups of people. Michelle Malkin joined Megyn Kelly on Fox on Tuesday afternoon, criticizing Holder for insinuating prejudice against the Muslim community when, she said, such “misguided” intolerance hasn’t actually occurred.

“But I also want to make clear that — just as we will pursue relentlessly anyone who would target our people or attempt to terrorize our cities — the Justice Department is firmly committed to protecting innocent people against misguided acts of retaliation,” Holder said. “As Americans, we must not allow any group to be stigmatized or alienated. We must not tolerate acts of hatred. And we must reaffirm every day — through our actions as well as our approach — that justice and public safety are not in tension. They rely upon one another.”

Holding up the text of Holder’s speech, Kelly highlighted how he spent majority of the speech devoted to the retaliation aspect. Though Holder didn’t explicitly speak about the Muslim community, Kelly and Malkin inferred as much from the attorney general’s implications (and, obviously, from the recent discourse about the issue).

Malkin expressed “disgust” and “befuddlement” at Holder’s remarks and the “warped priorities” of the Obama administration. The “pandering to the politically correct grievance mob” isn’t a new phenomenon, she argued. Their logic also contradicts the “say something, see something” idea, Malkin added.

“That’s the big life,” she asserted. “They don’t want you to say anything about these Islamic jihadi threats.”

“If there was some epidemic of retaliation against Muslims in the wake of what we saw two weeks ago, okay,” Kelly jumped in. “But there hasn’t been.”

Holder, she added citing Mark Levin, appears to be drawing moral equivalence between the attack and ignorance about Muslims. Malkin agreed, citing groups that have claimed a “climate of intolerance” and sought to find evidence of systemic discrimination.

In reality, she added, the administration “should be praising America for showing the kind of fair-mindedness and restraint in response to these terrorist attacks that you never see from the jihadis or the jihadi apologists themselves.”

Take a look, via Fox News:

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How the Right-Wing Media’s Fantasy World Caused a Republican Meltdown on Election Night

Alternet

Despite all evidence to the contrary, right-wing pundits were telling whoever would listen that Romney would win by a landslide.

The greatest thing on television Tuesday evening wasn’t Obama’s victory speech. It wasn’t Romney’s concession speech. It wasn’t even John King’s gentle caress of the CNN Magic Wall.

It was the Fox News team’s collective meltdown when the network’s own analysts called theelection for Obama.

In fact, Fox might have given us the most entertaining five minutes of cable newsin television history. Karl Rove in particular couldn’t wrap his head around the idea that Romney had lost. He sent Megyn Kelly downstairs to the Fox election desk to find out what had happened. Despite one of the election desk staffers saying he was 99.5 percent sure about the outcome, Rove insisted that there must have been a mistake. If you look at the footage closely enough, you can actually see smoke come out of Rove’s ears as his brain malfunctions. At one point even Megyn Kelly couldn’t take Rove’s BS any longer and asked him if the number-crunching he was doing was “math you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better.”

But it wasn’t only the on-air personalities at Fox who were shocked and appalled by the election outcome. White conservatives across the nation were caught off guard, and oh how they mourned . As the AlterNet team wrote in a post-election roundup , it’s pretty easy to see why: despite all evidence to the contrary, right-wing pundits were telling whoever would listen that Romney would win by a landslide. They attacked Nate Silver, the New York Times blogger and statistics savant, who, it turns out, nailed it . They claimed Black voters wouldn’t turn out for Obama, and plenty of other obvious nonsense. Basically, they were living in a fantasy land that did not reflect the reality of the election or the citizens of this country.

At the Christian Science Monitor , Gloria Goodale has an interesting piece on the right-wing media’s alternate version of reality. She writes:

[R]ather than the purportedly surprising election results reflecting some national subversion of the voting process, many political scientists and other analysts say this right-wing upset is dramatic evidence of a growing partisan divide in our media.

Increasingly, the public consumes media that reinforce personal views rather than give actual information about the world, says University of San Francisco political scientist Corey Cook.

“The biggest story of this election is the stories that were being told about the election,” says Professor Cook….“It was really as if places like MSNBC and Fox were talking about completely different races,” he adds.

Goodale’s sources also note that major networks like NBC share some of the blame in misleading viewers. But in their case, the deception seems to have been largely relegated to claims that the race was neck-and-neck, when in fact Obama was the clear leader in the polls; close elections are of course better for ratings.

Outlets manufacturing a false sense of drama to make more money is loathsome, but the fallout from the right-wing media’s trip to la-la land seems to be much more profound for conservatives who were given a false sense of hope. Whether many conservatives will disavow Fox and its ilk over its election lies remains to be seen. But it’s entirely possible that this time the right-wing media has gone too far. As Amanda Marcotte wrote in a blog post earlier today, “Without lies, what does the right wing media have? Not much.”

 

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Juan Williams stuns Fox News panel: Ann Romney just a ‘corporate wife’

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams

Once in a blue moon, Juan Williams drinks a cup of courage and tells his co-workers at Fox News the TRUTH….

The Raw Story

Fox News political analyst Juan Williams shocked his fellow panelists during Tuesday night’s Republican National Convention when he went off script and said that Ann Romney was just a “corporate wife” whose husband takes care of her.

Following Ann Romney’s convention speech, the conservative panelists all offered praise for the presidential nominee’s wife, calling it a “triumph” and “utterly affecting.”

But Williams apparently wasn’t impressed, saying that she “looked to me like a corporate wife.”

“The stories she told about struggles, it’s hard for me to believe,” he explained. “I mean, she’s a very rich woman, and I know that, and America knows that.”

“Wow, OK,” panel host Brett Baier replied.

“What does that mean, corporate wife?” Megyn Kelly pressed.

“It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life,”  Williams observed. “She’s not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country or married women or separated — she did not convince me that, ‘You know what? I understand the struggles of American women in general.”

Baier asked Brit Hume if that was the same speech that he had heard.

“I think that was the single most effective political speech I’ve ever heard given by a political wife,” Hume insisted. “I think a lot of women would look at her — particularly mothers, married women — and find her utterly admirable and utterly credible.”

Earlier this year, similar comments made by Democratic strategist Hilary Rosen, that Ann Romney had “never worked a day in her life,” were met with outrage at Fox News.

“The comments that Hillary Rosen made today certainly have awakened many mama grizzlies across the nation,” Fox News contributor Sarah Palin told Sean Hannity at the time. “And I know that because I got a lot of emails today — a lot of text messages from apolitical girlfriends, some who have chosen to stay home over the years.”

“The message seems to be that why is it that some on the left choose to divide, to incite with comments with comments like that instead of just respecting women’s choices and what they want to do with the gifts that God has given them, how they want to contribute,” she added.

Watch this video from Fox News, broadcast Aug. 29, 2012.

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Mika Brzezinski: Megyn Kelly ‘Rude’ To Cut Off Mitt Romney In Interview (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post

Mika Brzezinski called it “rude” that Fox News cut Mitt Romney off during an interview so it could go to a commercial.

Romney’s tense interview with Megyn Kelly on Wednesday yielded some notably awkward moments, but perhaps none was as strange as the end of the session. As Romney tried to explain his view on health care, Kelly told him there was a “hard break” coming up and she had to cut him off. Romney was still talking when the show went to commercial.

Watching a clip of the interview on Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” Brzezinski was incredulous.

“Wow,” she said. As the show cut to a shot of its control room, she said, referring to her producers, “We don’t listen to them. We just stay on during an interview … that’s rude! Who would listen to that when you have a good interview going on?”

“Well, he’s a presidential candidate,” co-host Willie Geist joked. “I think you let that go.”

“They should apologize,” Brzezinski said.

(Watch the video above; the conversation starts at 3:35.)

 

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