Fox News host Megyn Kelly accused “left-wing” news sites of taking her out of context when she criticized Dajerria Becton, the black teenager seen being forced to the ground by then-Officer Eric Casebolt in McKinney, Texas.
“It’s almost pointless to respond to these kinds of smears, and I almost never do it,” Kelly said. “But this one struck me as an example of how drastically the press — really, the blogs — distort innocuous comments to promote their own agendas. It is not just a left-wing thing, to be fair; but too often, it is done by the far left with glee, and with total impunity.”
On Monday, Kelly called Casebolt’s actions “brutal,” but added that Becton “was no saint, either,” because she “lingered” at the scene of the incident rather than leaving.
“I took no position on the matter, other than to acknowledge the brutality of the cop’s actions, and the decision-making of the young woman that brought her into his focus,” Kelly argued on Wednesday.
“Here is what actually happened: we did two segments on McKinney,” Kelly explained. “The first involved an eyewitness who defended the officer. The second involved two pundits, Mark Fuhrman and Richard Fowler — both of whom were against the cop. Two segments out of six on our show, and two of the three guests against the cop.”
Kelly’s colleague Howard Kurtz said the reporting was part of an “echo chamber” used by sites with no interest in fairness.
“There’s very little desire on the part of these folks to get to truth,” Kelly responded. “There’s only a desire to get to agenda. And yet, there seems to be an audience for that, a viewership, a readership for these blogs and in some instances, podcasts, what have you.”
Media Matters responded on Wednesday night by noting that it included Kelly’s statement, “I’m not defending his actions, let me make that clear,” and that conservative outlets like the Washington Times and Reason.com had also accused her of defending Casebolt.
Watch Kelly’s commentary, as posted by Media Matters, below.
Bill Maher demands we bring back ‘confession signs’ for people like Sean Hannity and Vladimir Putin
The host of "Real Time" on HBO said it is time to bring back "confession signs" for people to publicly confess their sins.
Bill Maher noted a news story of a mother who made her daughter hold a sign reading "I lied" while standing by a busy intersection.
Maher imaged in catching on.
He showed a photoshopped image of Fox News pesonality Sean Hannity holding a sign reading, "When Trump farts, I say 'that was me.'"
He showed an image of Sen. Lindsy Graham (R-SC) holding a sign reading, "I'm straight."
Melania Trump's sign read, "my secret plan is that, in the end, I will sit on the Iron Throne."
Watch Bill Maher’s hilarious Father’s Day message to Republicans in the ‘Daddy Party’ in the age of Trump
HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher presented a hilarious Father's Day message to Republicans on Friday.
"This is not a personal attack on Trump as an actual father, he clearly has a supportive, loving relationship with one-fifth of his children," he said, displaying a picture of the president and Ivanka Trump.
Maher said people at MAGA rallies believe, "Trump is the strict father America needs."
"They really do see him as a father figure," he noted, citing statements by Jerry Falwell, Jr. and Kanye West.
"As for those of us just trying to survive in this American family, we have to come to terms with the reality that the 'Daddy Party' is the 'A**hole Dad Party' now," he argued.
HBO ‘Real Time’ panelist reveals the nasty slur conservatives are saying about the first Republican to back impeachment
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) was the first Republican member of Congress to support the impeachment of President Donald Trump -- and some MAGA supporters have not forgiven him.
On HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher on Friday
"It's sad when a Republican like Justin Amash is making a more principled case for impeachment than the Democratic Party," conservative Charlie Sykes argued.
"The lone one, the Maytag repairman of Republicans," Maher said.
"He's getting called a cuck by all people who are the 'originalists' and the constitutional conservatives," Bari Weiss noted. "It's their favorite insult."