Megyn Kelly doesn’t just cover the news. Sometimes she makes the news as she did in the first Republican debate when she asked an actual question of Donald Trump. And she has has to deal with that one question (among others) ever since.
This veteran journalist and attorney discussed that moment, among many others, in a comprehensive interview with Charlie Rose. One of the most disconcerting revelations she made, though, was the threats that have come her way since then. I hope you can watch this interview in its entirety:
Kelly said exactly what I thought she would say about the threats – her worry that they will occur when she is with her children. Her husband had something to say about that, too.
But there was another poignant moment in this interview. That was her reaction to Bill O’Reilly not defending her when Trump was attacking her. Uh, yeah. Kelly was very honest about the enabling of Trump by Fox News by having him on just about every day.
As for Trump’s claim that HE was responsible for Kelly’s ratings, it sure would have been nice had someone at Fox noted to Trump that Kelly was doing plenty well on her own.
That Trump is trying to take credit for her success just highlights his misogyny, arrogance, ego-mania, and lack of facts he employs. But hey – according to his new surrogate, Dr. Carson, facts don’t matter to Trump supporters. No, seriously – he made that point clear in what was presumably intended to be a support piece (via Mediate, h/t Facebook friend), here is an excerpt of an Op-Ed in Independent Journal:
[…] The mobilization game is what Trump is hoping will overcome strong establishment resistance to his candidacy coming from both the right and the left. He is making an appeal directly to the American people in a language they can all understand; whether they may agree or disagree, there is no ambiguity about where Trump stands. It should be repeated: nuance, intellectual snobbery, equivocation and pleading to reason and decency will have absolutely no effect on the electorate this time around. This election is about winning over the hearts and souls of the American people, not their minds. (Emphasis mine) At the end of the day, whoever appeals most directly to the American people’s sense of dissatisfaction and unease will win the contest.
The American people desperately want a win – and they are not overly concerned about how they get it. Trump has been the best so far at expressing that desire, as evidenced on his positions on everything from foreign policy, to torture, to social security. He does not force his voters to make a choice based on rational constraints. He promises to deliver everything, and why, well – because he said so is why. (Emphasis mine.) And that boldness, even in the face of seemingly immutable realities such as the national debt, America’s shrinking military footprint, and even the laws themselves – seems to offer fresh hope for people who feel hemmed in and constrained by the status quo. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Um, are we SURE Dr. Carson is writing in SUPPORT of Trump, or are these not-so-thinly-veiled put downs of both Trump AND his supporters? I mean, really – they don’t use reason or intellect (their minds), and facts don’t matter (as Mediaite noted). Well, golly – that doesn’t exactly sounds like a ringing endorsement to ME, but then again – I use my mind AND I care about facts, so there ya go. Hence why I am not a Trump supporter. And he reminds me WAY too much of Obama.
Speaking of, one of the ways Obama and Trump are very much alike is in their efforts to silence dissent. Trump prefers threats and bullying, whereas Obama apparently prefers downright censorship. Of a World Leader. Yup, that is precisely what he did with French President Hollande last week. The Federalist has a great piece about the “4 Problems With Obama Censoring The Words ‘Islamist Terrorism'”:
[…] But on Thursday, the Obama administration took things one step further. At a meeting between President Obama and French President François Hollande, the latter noted, unremarkably, that the roots of Islamist terrorism are in Syria and Iraq. The official White House video, however, cuts out Hollande’s voice and that of his interpreter when he says “Islamist terrorism” and references a coalition to act in the region.
1. Censorship Is a Slippery Slope
Yes, we’ve seen Obama avoid using the phrase “Islamist terrorism” before, but this goes way beyond any previous attempts to skirt the issue with bland references to “violent extremism.” This is an effort to expel the phrase from the conversation—literally. It’s one thing to refuse to acknowledge the threat oneself, but it is quite another to suppress the speech of a foreign head of state. This is full-blown censorship.
[…] (Click here to read #2, #3, and #4, as well as the rest of this good piece.)
Exactly – censorship IS a “slippery slope,” but that is precisely what Obama is doing on this and so many other issues.
I could go on about this for forever, as I am sure you know, but there is one thing that I absolutely MUST include in this post: TODAY IS OPENING DAY!!!! WAHOO!!!! BASEBALL IS HERE!!!
Hey, I am not the only one excited about it. The brilliant Mollie Hemingway seems to be as well, especially for why it is so important: “We Really Need Baseball This Year.” She isn’t only kidding. It is a good piece, summed up with this paragraph:
[…] But with these three early games, something interesting happened. After weeks of fighting on social media about politics and other hopeless matters, people began writing instead about line drives, fielding errors, and the pain of losing to the Royals. People unable to hide their jealousy of the Cardinals rejoiced that the team had been beaten by the Pirates. And Cardinals fans, who love their boys win or lose, were just thankful that the season had begun. (Kidding — just fun to watch Cardinal haters get worked up.)
There have been a few other times in recent memory when people needed baseball. The most significant was in the aftermath of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks. Everything shut down, including baseball. It felt like forever that games were suspended, but it was only six days. And when the teams came back on the field, it brought joy and hope that things might return to normal… […] (Click here to read the rest.)
Exactly. And if nothing else, it gives those of us who are fans somewhere else to focus our attention rather than have our heads blow up because of politics. THAT is a good thing indeed…
A programming reminder for tonight – Sen. Cruz will be on Megyn Kelly’s show for the entire hour. It airs at 9:00 pm and repeats at midnight (EST).
That’s it for me! This is an Open Thread.