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April 16, 2009

MEGYN KELLY ACCIDENTALLY TELLS THE TRUTH.... Fox News' Megyn Kelly, who has no qualms about wearing her partisan agenda on her sleeve, "interviewed" conservative activist Brent Bozell today to discuss yesterday's "Tea Parties," and ponder why mainstream news outlets hadn't been quite as ridiculous as Fox News was in its coverage of the protests.

"You know Brent, it's been interesting because Fox News covered these Tea Parties, and we were one of the only organizations to give it any publicity or p.r. prior to the fact that it happened, and it was so under-covered by virtually every news organization. Why is that? Why was it so ignored up until the very last day by virtually everyone?

It was, as Brian Beutler noted, one of those wonderful Michael Kinsley moments in which a political figure makes a mistake by accidentally telling the truth. Fox News is ostensibly a news outlet. Obviously, it's not a legitimate journalistic enterprise, and equally obvious was the fact that it was doing "public relations" work for the conservative rallies. But Megyn Kelly isn't supposed to admit this on the air.

As for the substance of her concerns about the legitimate news organizations, Kelly is no doubt convinced that there's a nefarious media bias at play, but it's at least possible major outlets didn't have much pre-event coverage because there wasn't that much, you know, news.

Most mainstream outlets didn't feel the need to do "p.r." work for enraged partisans in advance of their protests.

That's probably a good thing.

Steve Benen 4:10 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (15)

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FOX devotees won't hear it as an accidental admission of FOX's role in organizing and pushing gatherings of sad sack malcontents who don't even know what they're protesting. They'll hear it as a searing indictment of every other media outlet's refusal to cover these brave patriots and their quest for freedom.

Posted by: shortstop on April 16, 2009 at 4:24 PM | PERMALINK

Jeez,
I can't understand it. CNN and MSNBC did such a bang-up job of PR when we were planning our anti-war protests in Fayetteville, NC, over the years.

I still have bags of Soros' cash stuffed in my mattress.

To the point, she had the same "OOOOPS!" moment as Bush did when he talked about 'propelling the propanda.'

Posted by: c u n d gulag on April 16, 2009 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

They should be relieved. Other media would have reported the sad turnout, the crazed claims and batshit paranoia ... wouldn't have helped the cause one bit.

At Fox, "maybe 5000" can become 15.000, and even that was low, of course.

Kind of amusing to hear Fox try to dial back its participation, once it was clear the turnout would be abysmal: "Fox is not sponsoring these gatherings."

Right.

Posted by: SteinL on April 16, 2009 at 4:31 PM | PERMALINK

Shortstop:

From what I've seen, even a FOX anchor coming out and saying, straight out, "yes, we're a GOP PR firm, and we've been lying to you for years, no, seriously, we have, and we think you're all a bunch of gullible idiots", they'd still insist that they were "fair and balanced". It says it right there in the logo!

Posted by: DH Walker on April 16, 2009 at 4:32 PM | PERMALINK

How many of Fox's followers would blink if Fox admitted that it was just a tool of the reactionary right?

Posted by: freelunch on April 16, 2009 at 4:47 PM | PERMALINK

MSM, bought and paid for by the Rethugs. Did you not get what you paid for?

Posted by: SteveA on April 16, 2009 at 5:01 PM | PERMALINK

FOX where the paranoid and easily manipulated get their news....oopsie....I mean FOX fair and balanced.

Posted by: oh well on April 16, 2009 at 5:45 PM | PERMALINK

we were one of the only organizations to give it any publicity or p.r. prior to the fact that it happened, and it was so under-covered by virtually every news organization. Why is that? Why was it so ignored up until the very last day by virtually everyone?

wow. Just wow.

Posted by: g on April 16, 2009 at 5:51 PM | PERMALINK

Well, maybe she was thinking of the hundreds of thousands who demonstrated with Cindy Sheehan and how that was covered. Oh wait. How many demonstrated with Cindy Sheehan ?

You still don't understand.

Posted by: Mike K on April 16, 2009 at 6:21 PM | PERMALINK

"Rrrrrrrrgh!" was the response by R. Murdoch when asked to respond to questions about FOXNEWS bias. WTF Rupert, like Limbaugh, you going pirate on us? Cavuto had 5000+ teabags thrust in his direction on Wednesday. Wonder how he feels today? -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 16, 2009 at 6:45 PM | PERMALINK

Well, maybe she was thinking of the hundreds of thousands who demonstrated with Cindy Sheehan and how that was covered. Oh wait. How many demonstrated with Cindy Sheehan?

In fact, hundreds of thousands of people staged anti-war protests in the months leading up to the invasion of Iraq in the United States, and millions total world wide.

And no WMD's existed and there was no link to Al Qaeda and the attack did bring about civil violence as predicted, and as it turns out -- the invasion was about the neocon desire for bases in the Middle East and Bush's need for political capital to get re-elected.

You still don't get it.

Posted by: trex on April 16, 2009 at 6:59 PM | PERMALINK

Megyn Kelly wasn't exactly hired for her journalism skills...

Posted by: dr sardonicus on April 16, 2009 at 7:01 PM | PERMALINK

How about that it wasn't covered because it wasn't newsworthy . . .

Posted by: Bonnie on April 17, 2009 at 12:06 AM | PERMALINK

Did L. Brent Bozo IV spray spittle all over this Bitch of Belsen, the way he does anyone else in the media he talks to?

L. Brent Bozo IV is son of L. Brent Bozo III, who was such a far right nut that no less than William F. Buckley Jr. FIRED HIM from the National Review.

Posted by: TCinLA on April 17, 2009 at 1:28 AM | PERMALINK

I haven't been following this, just reading my blogs --- this and huffingtonpost --- and skipping much detail. But based on that, her comment doesn't sound unreasonable about a protest that involved close to 300,000 people I would think.

I understand that the consensus is that these people were whipped into outrage by fox news, and that seems particularly unfair, since they call themselves "news," though I assume when blogs whip up something along those lines it's not unfair and we aske why wasn't it covered by fox news.... Okay, I know they're all partisan hacks but once that many people actually showed up, I think it's fair to call it news.

Posted by: catherineD on April 17, 2009 at 2:06 AM | PERMALINK




 

 

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