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Old Friends Not Going Away Quietly: Kelly and Haters

New Orleans      The clock clicks on.  Another decade comes and goes.  Somethings don’t exactly change though in the frozen lands and wild reaches of the conservative world.

Take Megyn Kelly for example.  Please!  It is somewhat amazing to witness the disgraced and terminated former Fox anchor and NBC talk show host rebrand herself as a sexual assault victim and women’s warrior.  Sitting on a pile of money from her contract settlement, she now self-produces videos to continue to give her name and fame a heartbeat in the hopes that she can escape her racist, warmongering, and hard right on-the-air positions and past.  The Hollywood production of Bombshell, where Charlize Theron plays her with an all-star cast, is giving her a new opportunity to creep back from under the rocks.

The papers covered a 30-minute promo of several of the Fox abuse victims of former Fox chieftain Roger Ailes with Kelly watching the movie and reacting, often with tears, to their portrayals. No question Ailes was an evil ogre.  No question either that from the beginning and for too long, Kelly, a lawyer and former prosecutor, went along with it.  She has said as much. Claiming she should have done more.  Her quoted complaint in the Times was about the “twirl,” where female anchors where asked to turn around by Ailes when interviewed so that he could evaluate the backside along with the frontside.  Admitting that she had done it, she protested having been a lawyer at the big Jones, Day firm, rather than having finally realized that it was insulting to any woman from cleaner to CEO.  Nor does she concede how the lust for power, fame, and money made them co-conspirators, as her prosecutorial work would have called it, in his crimes.  My own brush with Kelly on the other side of an interview with her in the aftermath of the ACORN attack taught me firsthand about her bad faith.  She was #MeFirst always and #MeToo only very come lately.

Another election cycle, brings the falsehoods about ACORN out in the open again as well.  Someone named Hayden Ludwig wrote a piece for the far-right Capital Research Center, which is surely misnamed by including “research” in its name, called “ACORN’s Legacy Lives on in the Sixteen Thirty Fund.”  He claims:

According to its initial filings with the IRS in February 2009 (archived here), the Sixteen Thirty Fund—the 501(c)(4) advocacy arm of Arabella Advisors’ “dark money” empire—was seeded with over $350,000 from five major left-wing groups: ACORN, Americans United for Change, the Sierra Club, USAction, and Working America.

I was long gone by then, but his claim that ACORN would have put up $25,000 for whatever this 630 Fund is likely a stretch, unless someone gave the organization money to do so for some reason.  Regardless, we were obviously in great company, so what’s the beef?  Hard to say, though he thinks by using ACORN as a smear tactic and bogeyman for the right, that’s all he has to say.

Leap first, look later.  Act first, think never.  Like the old rock tune, “blinded by the light,” some folks can’t see past their own self-interest to even worry about the facts because they are so interested in clickbait and building their brands.

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Megyn Kelly Has Got to Go

New Orleans    If you live by the sword, you will die by the sword.   That’s a very old saying.  Megyn Kelly seems poised to understand that even if the proverbial pen is mightier than the sword – or at least used to be – you can still fall the same way.

It is not a spoiler alert to say that I’m not a Megyn Kelly fan.  Almost a decade ago, I was interviewed by her.  The producer who convinced me to go on the show had sworn to all that is holy that certain subjects would be out of bounds, as I had required.  Mainly, having left ACORN in the USA at that time, I would refuse to comment on anything involving the leaders and staff at that time.   The original interviewer was supposed to be someone else, but in a last-minute substitution “from the top,” Fox executives, now famous in the #MeToo era, had decided the story was high profile enough that they wanted to showcase their new rising star.  Needless to say, she jumped outside the lines of our agreement to suit herself.  My aggravation with her and her style is memorialized forever in “The Organizer” documentary.

But, enough about me and Megyn.  She made her career by being a flamethrower and conservative agitator willing to step on anyone to move forward at Fox.  She had one or two moments when she even pretended to be a journalist rather than a personality, like a put down of Karl Rove and his diminished credibility on an election night broadcast.  But, when it wasn’t all about her, she was a hardliner.

And, as the current controversy establishes over her defending and representing monocultural whites and their ability to wear blackface regardless of the well-known history of racism involved with the practice, she’s a racist as well.  A columnist for the Washington Post listed a number of examples in case anyone might have thought this was just a momentary slipup on the air.

  • Fox News apologized after her show used a caption referring to first lady Michelle Obama as “Obama’s Baby Mama.”
  • Kelly claimed that a black teenager pinned to the ground in her bathing suit by a police officer was “no saint.”
  • She argued that Sandra Bland, a black woman found hanging in her jail cell three days after being arrested in a traffic stop, would still be alive had she just obeyed police.
  • She accused the black community of having a “thug mentality” that considered it “cool” to “sort of hate the cops, and hang out — and be somebody who doesn’t necessarily prize being there for your family.”
  • She claimed that Jesus Christ, a Jewish man born in Bethlehem, and Santa Claus, a fictional character, were white.

None of her record leaves any room for doubt.  NBC shares the blame of course.  They were willing to overlook her many extremes to try to make a devils’ bargain with conservative viewers and give her a king’s ransom of a paycheck.

She lost them viewers.  She lost them credibility.  She made a career out of walking over the line of common sense and good judgment.  She lived by the sword, and she fell the same way.

Unfortunately, she may be on the way out at NBC, but someone will hire her, so these are notes to remember, because she’s not gone yet.

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