I try to watch Fox from time to time just to see if they are making any strides to real fair and honest you decide journalism instead of the being just the right wings talking points video blog so the other day I actually caught this bit where an overly self righteous and obviously either dangerously naive or outright partisan Megyn Kelly says that Fox news personalities don’t use Nazi references in describing President Obama, Democrats, and progressives.
When democratic strategist Richard Socarides* made the claim:
"If we want to get into who is heating this and overheating this, I mean every night on the very network we’re on right now, the leading commentators on this network use this kind of language,"
Kelly replied in what I perceived as a somewhat sanctimonious tone:
"That’s not true, Richard, I don’t know if you sit and watch our programming every night, but I watch it every day, and you’re wrong."
Just who is she frickin kidding?
Almost soon as I stated to search through Google to build my own collection of evidence of nazi references by Fox personalities to rebut her claim I found I wasn’t at all alone in spotting just how absurd Kelly was with her proclamation.
Right off the bat Media Matters gives us all a list of Fox commentators using Nazi analogies that we can compare against her statement: Fox’s Kelly Absurdly Claims Fox Personalities Do Not Invoke Nazis.
…and then as for all those other folks and blogs that also recognized how ridiculous her claim was here are a few:
- Ed Brayton Dispatches From The Culture Wars— Nazi Analogies? What Nazi Analogies (Brayton also makes a great point when he points out that "…Richard Socarides is no better in pretending that Rep. Steve Cohen had apologized for comparing Republicans to Nazis when he offered one of those silly "if my words upset anyone…" non-apologies.")
- Mediaite.com— Megyn Kelly Pushes Back When Guest Compares Rep. Cohen’s “Nazi” Comments To Fox News Hosts
- The RawStory.com— Stewart busts Fox News for use of Nazi references
- The Opinionated Liberal— Megyn Kelly, Here Are Several Examples of Fox News Nazi References
- Ryan Witt at Examiner.com— Megyn Kelly takes offense at the suggestion Fox News uses Nazi imagery (Video)
- Michael Stone at Examiner.com— Jon Stewart skewers Megyn Kelly’s Fox News Nazi rhetoric denial (Video)
- Washington Monthly— MEGYN KELLY SHOULD PROBABLY WATCH HER OWN NETWORK…
- John Casey over at TheNonSequitur.com— Daily Show on Nutpicking
- And as it turned out Massimo Pigliucci who writes for and maintains one of my favorite blogs on the net (RationallySpeaking.blogspot.com) wrote in his Massimo’s Picks for Sunday, January 30, 2011 as the third pick "Once again, Jon Stewart nails Fox and O’Reilly exactly where they should be nailed."
And there is plenty more where all that came from.
My point is,…are all of us wrong?
Let’s look at that short video of Jon Stewart’s: Bill O’Reilly Defends His Nazi Analogies
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Bill O’Reilly Defends His Nazi Analogies|