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Media Matters: Be afraid of Megyn Kelly, be very afraid

Media Matters: Be afraid of Megyn Kelly, be very afraid

We don’t actually know that Megyn Kelly is replacing Sean Hannity, even if the Drudge scoop is true that Kelly is taking the 9 p.m. slot at Fox News.  Hannity may be moving to another prime time slot, or there may be some out-of-the-box schedule other than 1 hour slots per person.

But Media Matters is not waiting to find out, it’s sounding the alarm about how devious Roger Ailes is in promoting Kelly, Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity, And What Fox News’ “Course Correction” Really Means [update – original link dead, internet archive link here](h/t Eric Boehlert) (emphasis added, embedded links removed):

Media Matters - Megyn Kelly replacing Sean Hannity

Recent rumors indicate that Megyn Kelly may take over Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. time slot on Fox News. But the factors in play are much bigger than one hour a night.  The imminent Fox News primetime shakeup is more about Fox News’ own brand of misinformation being set to surpass the blunter approach of Rush Limbaugh and right-wing radio hosts….

But the new face of Fox News primetime, Megyn Kelly, is a much more pernicious purveyor of political propaganda. Kelly has the unique ability to pluck misinformation and imbue it with a veneer of legitimacy that Sean Hannity has long since lost, if he ever had it at all. She can have a great moment chiding Fox colleagues Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs for sexism, only to turn around and push the New Black Panthers scandal as something serious. Megyn Kelly can cover gay rights in a way that is occasionally not abominable, and then push Benghazi falsehoods that have long been debunked. Megyn Kelly will rebuke Dick Morris and Karl Rove, but then hosts a climate change denier during the president’s climate address. Kelly smacked down Mike Gallagher on family leave, but she also defended Newt Gingrich’s bizarre suggestion that schools should use children as janitors. The examples go on and on — but the key for Fox is that her positive moments always get more press than her more dishonest moments. It’s no surprise that Howard Kurtz declared her future bright.

Hey, why hate on Howie Kurtz?  Leave him out of this.

Back to the threat Kelly poses to whatever:

This veneer of credibility that Kelly has acquired is what makes her more dangerous: in an age where the false balance of he said-she said reporting too often has replaced fact-checking, media will be more likely to take Kelly’s scandal-mongering seriously. But Kelly’s strength in achieving relevancy also speaks to Roger Ailes’ motive: elevating Megyn Kelly is more about a political strategy than about a business strategy….

… Kelly is uniquely positioned to be the Fox News arbiter of right-wing chicanery. It’ll be good television, and she’ll probably call out enough people like Erick Erickson to get attention in the zeitgeist. But while she’s doing that, she’ll also probably be pushing more subtle misinformation that will inevitably find its way into other media outlets. That’s her track record, and after all, she still works for Roger Ailes. It’s a “course correction,” but the destination remains the same.

Step away from the ledge, step away from the ledge.

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As Rush says, the left will tell you who they’re afraid of.

What they are really afraid of is her scary lady parts.

Imagine how apoplectic they’d be were FOX News actually conservative.

Meg gan kel ley.

(Drool)

What I like about her is that she can think on her feet. When some lib she’s interviewing says something really stupid, Megyn will call them on it. She’s like Gingrich in that regard, only better looking.

    Karen Sacandy in reply to snopercod. | August 15, 2013 at 7:36 am

    She has 3 very young children. She should be at home taking care of them.

    I’m sure, out of 250 million American citizens, they could find another able to think on her feet and look good while doing it.

    If you have them, you should raise them. I’m sure the kids will be thrilled when they get old enough to understand, that Mommy wanted it all, whether they got a mom or not.

I like Megyn and I have never heard of the clown who is trying to torpedo her(no sexual innuendo intended). I don’t think I missed anything.

We’re gonna spread misinformation,

We’re gonna spread propaganda,

Oh, Megyn’s gonna change it,

Oh, Megyn’s gonna lead ’em …

She’s gonna change it,

And rearrange it,

She’s gonna change the lineup.

Sing it, everybody!

2nd Ammendment Mother | August 14, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I’m thinking it’s because she’s a mom with 3 super cute kids!

Roger Ailes,

If you’re listening, please enter into talks with Tuffy the Rodeo Clown. Now there’s a hard-working American with a sense of humour putting his arse on the line in the face of bullcrap everyday!

Greg Gutfeld, are you there? Get Tuffy on your show!

This is great stuff.

Just replace …

This veneer of credibility that [name here] has acquired is what makes him/her more dangerous: in an age where the false balance of he said-she said reporting too often has replaced fact-checking, media will be more likely to take [name here]’s scandal-mongering seriously. But [name here]’s strength in achieving relevancy also speaks to Roger Ailes’ motive: elevating [name here] is more about a political strategy than about a business strategy….

theduchessofkitty | August 14, 2013 at 5:56 pm

“Megyn Kelly, is a much more pernicious purveyor of political propaganda.”

And “Media Matters for [ahem] America” is not a “purveyor of political propaganda”?

Ha-ha! Very funny! :-/

conservativegram | August 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Does anyone else have a family member that actually trusts articles like this from Media Matters? I’m just sitting here shaking my head because I can’t believe what I’m reading.

conservativegram….um I see you’ve never read ‘The Nation’. Almost gagged when I went there recently. I thought, ‘These people can’t actually believe this, can they?’…but apparently they do.

BannedbytheGuardian | August 14, 2013 at 6:14 pm

I saw her take down Antony Wiener pretty effectively once. I don’t think he realised she was a legal eagle or if he did he thought his NY hustling credentials ( + BA) were equal .

It was my first exposure to the Wiener.

Midwest Rhino | August 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

As the Media Matters nut went through his list of points where Kelly was wrong or right, it struck me that he assumed his audience would no doubt agree on every issue. And maybe he is right … any that read Media Matters are probably full PC disciples themselves, clinging to every word sent down from the priesthood of the left.

Megyn Kelly will think for herself, with a lawyer’s training to prosecute a good case against the insanity residing in our government.

I don’t recall the details of the Ericson/Dobbs sexism rant, except that she seemed to take it too personally as a working Mom. (I was raised by a single working Mom and turned out perfect 🙂 )

The mom at home ideals do not apply to the very wealthy, very smart and influential mothers like Megyn. Her kids will have every advantage regardless of her work, and the only thing she should fear they might lack would be humility. But she made her points and didn’t seem to hold a grudge against them.

Exactly how many people are left who watch TV news?

I thought, all told, the numbers are quite small. Like asking, “how many people are now shopping at the mall?”

Amazon, for one, overcame the problems of delivery. When people aren’t home. And, mail gets stolen. You’d think they’d just leave “pink slips” in your mailbox, so you could pick up packages at the post office. But that’s just limited to when the post offices are open. And, Amazon wanted something else. You can retrieve a box, now, from places where they put their deliveries. You can even pick up boxes while you go to the supermarket.

Same with TV. People once waited for the 7PM news … to learn what passed itself off as news. While Deaver, working for Reagan, had an art of “sound bites” that most Americans saw every day.

Did you know, there was a time when you went to the airport and you’d be accosted by hari krishna types. Trying to sell you pencils. Nope. No more.

My guess is that Ailes figures he gets more viewers if he spotlights a blonde? If Marilyn Monroe were alive, and younger, she’d be queen of the news.

While it seems Oprah went downhill. Maybe, Oprah needs Ailes more than we do?

    “Exactly how many people are left who watch TV news?”

    Your penchant for trivia aside, the Prog/totalitarian Left ever strives for COMPLETE CONTROL of ‘the message’… damning truths (and any evidence) are to be buried, and speakers outside the orthodoxy are to be destroyed without mercy.

    Without a large microphone, a sizable checkbook, and a phalanx of lawyers, Roger Ailes would be suffering the same fate as Tuffy the Rodeo Clown, given half a chance.

    After they’re done with Tuffy, who amongst us will be next?

    Being high-lighted by MM in such a fashion means Megyn Kelly joins the the list of those to be silenced, and destroyed.

    And, as we know now, they have the tools to do it… all they require is *opportunity*.

      jayjerome66 in reply to CPT. Charles. | August 15, 2013 at 12:44 am

      Screw Tuffy the Clown and the bull he rode in on.
      Yeah, Obama is an idiot racist jerk, and the world would be better off if an Extraterrestrial space ship snatched him off the planet to place electronic probes in his anus for scientific experiment – but the MASK ROUTINE was inappropriate for the setting.

      Anyone who doesnt understand that needs some of those electrode probings to clarify their thought patterns.

      The State Fair is supported by tax dollars. It’s a public event requiring paid admissions. Attended by pro & anti Obama supporters and detractors. And spectators probably had to pay extra to attend the Rodeo Show. They weren’t paying for political satire. They were paying to see cowboys thrown on their asses by angry bulls with mayhem on their minds.

        Oldflyer in reply to jayjerome66. | August 15, 2013 at 1:45 am

        Oh what BS. I venture to say that there would be no venue that you would find acceptable. On the other hand, when G.W. Bush was President there was no venue that was off limits. You make me feel like puking.

        I strongly suspect that the rodeo, which is held co-incident with the state fair, is self-supporting. Just as the U of Texas-Oklahoma football game, and the Broadway show that were traditionally held along with, and on the grounds of, the Texas state fair were self-supporting. Gee, I expect the cotton candy booth is even self supporting. So, that argument is simply foolish. Nevertheless, if you are so concerned about corrupt spending of tax dollars, stay focused on Obama, Biden and the rest of the Washington Trolls. That is where inappropriate use of tax dollars occurs every day, and in great denominations.

          BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Oldflyer. | August 15, 2013 at 7:31 am

          The Iowa State Fair is where people pay to see politics & political opinion . What is more is that it is a global media beacon for this very reason.

          Plus the butter & the corn dogs.

        exsanguine in reply to jayjerome66. | August 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

        Oh get over yourself you self-important bint.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to jayjerome66. | August 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

        “The State Fair is supported by tax dollars.”

        Every day in America, day after day, entertainers like Madonna, Lady Gaga, etc., etc., put on shows in arenas and stadiums in cities, at universities, etc. It has become de rigueur during these performances to denounce, denigrate, and humiliate people in politics, usually Republicans, and with George W. Bush probably still the most common target.

        Virtually every one of these arenas, stadiums, university halls, etc., were tax-funded in part or in whole. Libs applaud this while non-libs tolerate it based on a love and respect for the 1st Amendment.

        You sir, jayjerome66, are a moron.

Hey Banned, you’re lucky, other peoples first exposures to Wiener were quite different….

“only to turn around and push the New Black Panthers scandal as something serious.”
__________________________________

Yes, having the DOJ dismissing judgments against clearly guilty defendants on the basis of their skin color and their political affiliation was such a non-story.

Plus, it’s not like there has been any other evidence of politicization of the Obama Justice Department, and certainly no other evidence of racial bias . . . right MM?

Guess I need to start checking out MMfA.

I didn’t realize they do comedy. That was the funniest thing I’ve read today.

casualobserver | August 14, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Envy can be the most consuming of the seven deadly sins. And it drives MMfA to a near clown-like status most of the time.

Henry Hawkins | August 14, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Before we all jump on the Megyn Kelly bandwagon, are you people aware that she is white and heterosexual?

Profiles in Presidential Courage

Ronald Reagan, joking to the chief surgeon before being anesthetized to remove an assassin’s bullet as heavy internal bleeding threatened his life: “I hope you’re all Republicans.”

Dwight Eisenhower, a note in his back pocket in case the D-Day invasion proved to be a catastrophe: “The troops, the air and the Navy did all that Bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

Barack Obama, whose inexplicable, inexcusable silence on Tuffy the Rodeo Clown’s lifetime ban shouts, “Don’t TASE Tease Me, Bro!”

    Uncle Samuel in reply to LukeHandCool. | August 14, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Tuffy the Clown or no, maybe Roger Ailes should consider a having a news segment of Obama-isms, gaffes, misdeeds and atrocities of the week delivered by a news caster in Tuffy’s Obama masque. Now that would be worth watching.

      LukeHandCool in reply to Uncle Samuel. | August 14, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Give me Tuffy or give me death!

      Don’t tread on Tuffy!

      The GOP has such an opening with this whole Tuffy affair. Obama could’ve neutralized it by immediately saying it was all in good fun and that he was against Tuffy’s ban. Too late for that now. The thin-skinned one’s silence has spoken.

      Tuffy’s crime was he was just wearing a mask. The Emperor? He wasn’t wearing anything at all.

      Run with this GOP! Ridicule is the most deadly political weapon.

They earned the moniker “Media Morons” for a reason.

Liberals always telegraph what they fear, usually attacking it. In this case, with the subtle phrasing in their reporting.

They are running scared. I’m pleased 😉

The author of this Media Matter piece makes Bradley Manning’s histrionics seem mild by comparison.

The dumb q-tip

I really have no respect for Megyn. . She is dumb, plastic, lacks worldly experience and was selected based mainly on looks (and Roger Ailes’ crush) Just compare the Q-tip substantively to Laura Ingraham. No comparison brain-wise.

The Q-tip will not be attracting this viewer

    rabidfox in reply to george. | August 15, 2013 at 12:09 am

    I’m sure you are a loyal Fox viewer.

    Milwaukee in reply to george. | August 15, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Laura is rather a mean girl. Not enough substance.

    Oldflyer in reply to george. | August 15, 2013 at 1:48 am

    George you just demonstrated your abject stupidity. On the other hand, I expect that Megyn will survive your boycott.

    Bruce Hayden in reply to george. | August 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Problem is that Laura is a partisan, while Megyn can pass for objective. MSNBC and CNN can get away with passing off partisan hacks as objective, FNC really can’t. Interesting to me, both are blond former attorneys (as is Greta). Fox seems to like female attorneys, and esp former prosecutors (dark haired Kimberly G is another). Part of it may be that they can ask the right questions.

    And, no, none of these female former attorneys working on camera for FNC are dumb – quite the contrary. The left only wants people to believe it, to detract from their message.

Fox just got that much foxier. Foxy Lady!

Maybe, Tuffy can show up at the next rodeo with an apple pie? Exactly how does the “fair” enforce him not coming in?

Big threat. Little consequences. Plus, Tuffy’s being invited to Texas.

When was the last time you heard of a clown act that appeared in Missouri?

Tuffy’s ahead.

Oprah’s behind.

Would that Media Matters labored under any veneer of credibility. They are hack propagandists set up by Hillary and anticipating a lot of work covering up for her when she runs for president with her atrocious qualifications.

This statement from Media Matters is unhinged but indeed a ringing endorsement for Kelly. And they are a non profit group? Please. Also of note their description of Kelly unwittingly describes their own propaganda methodology. Very revealing.

The left doesn’t really fear Kelly, they fear Ailes, whose stated goal is to put MSNBC and CNN out of business.

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