So Megyn Kelly is whining about the “left-wing press” supposedly taking her comments out of context, comments where she was minimizing the McKinney pool party debacle. The reason she thinks it’s unfair to see her comment, where she described the victim of a completely unwarranted cop assault as “no saint”, as minimizing is because she engaged in some ass-covering where she said, “I’m not defending his actions, let me make that clear.”
Problem is that she was quoted in context by the sources she complained about. That people don’t buy her ass-covering is likely due to the fact that it was clearly insincere ass-covering. More to the point, as I argued earlier this week, even if you accept that she agrees that the cops overreacted, her comment still and inarguably was rooted in the belief that black people should meekly accept it when they’re told they aren’t welcome in certain spaces by people who can’t offer a good reason for why (read: because they don’t want to admit that it’s racial). The “offense” that disqualified the victim from sainthood was, by well-sourced accounts, wanting to fetch her eyeglasses before she went home.
So, regardless of whether Kelly thought the cop was right to smash the girl’s face into the ground, we are left with this: She thinks it’s wrong for a black teenager who has been “caught” daring to attend an age-appropriate party to want to get her eyeglasses before she goes home.
The level of dehumanization of black teenagers is astounding. Every attempt to minimize, distract, or excuse what happened rests on the assumption that black teenagers should both know and accept that they aren’t allowed to have parties and that they are to abandon all dignity and ownership of personal property the second that a white authority figure tells them to, for arbitrary reasons. Kelly’s comment demonstrated a basic inability to empathize here. If you give it even a moment’s thought, it becomes clear that being forced to abandon your glasses, for no good fucking reason whatsoever, because some crazy ass cop is screaming at you and your friends, is bullshit. More to the point, absolutely terrifying for a teenager. Glasses are expensive and if you lose them, your parents get mad at you. So of course a kid is going to be focused on getting them back and may even get frustrated and upset—god forbid—when they realize the irrational, hateful authority figure is preventing them from fetching their things for no good reason.
So no, Megyn Kelly. Seeing your comments in context doesn’t make them better. In a lot of ways, it makes it worse.
After many years and many server changes and finally landing here at Raw Story, which has taken very good care of us, it's time to say goodbye to Pandagon. I've been blogging under this banner for ten years, after Jesse Taylor asked me to join. He, in turn, had been running this joint since he was in college. A lot has changed since then. I became a journalist, moved from Austin to New York and learned to play Dungeons & Dragons. Jesse became a lawyer and, just this past weekend, a married man.
Carly Fiorina defends her lie with a whole bunch of lies
I do like it when Republican candidates sport a resume full of corporate executive work, because it really shows the public how many fools and idiots coast into that position not on merit but on their bullshitting abilities. Donald Trump, Herman Cain, and now we have Carly Fiorina, who just can't understand why her perceived underlings (voters, journalists) won't scurry away, pretending to accept her bullshit like former employees of hers had to do, lest they lost their jobs.
And so it goes that Fiorina, who could make this entire Planned Parenthood controversy go away by saying something like, "I may have misremembered the video, but I still think abortion is wrong," instead is doubling and tripling down. And every time she does, she lies more and more. She was on Meet the Press and, so enamored of the idea that she is perfect and could never do anything wrong, just went to town with the defensive posturing.
Marco Rubio has an astoundingly low opinion of women’s intelligence
At RH Reality Check, I covered this story that I wish was getting more press, about how Marco Rubio goes back and forth between suggesting that women who get abortions are greedy monsters who get pregnant for cash:
I just think you’ve created an industry now … a situation where very much, you’ve created an incentive for people not just to look forward to having more abortions, but being able to sell that fetal tissue for purposes—these centers—for purposes of making a profit off it, as you’ve seen in some of these Planned Parenthood affiliates.