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Liberals should cut Megyn Kelly some slack

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From page A11 | December 19, 2013 | 8 Comments

SAN DIEGO — You would think that liberals would like Megyn Kelly. They might if they weren’t so quick to judge the popular Fox News host by the company she works for.

On Election Night 2012, Kelly embarrassed Karl Rove on national television. The former White House political director under George W. Bush, and the man the left loves to hate, is a Fox News contributor. Rove was skeptical after the network’s analysts called Ohio, and the election, for President Obama. This prompted Kelly, who was co-anchoring Fox’s coverage, to ask him: “Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better, or is this real?”

She then left the set and cornered the analysts to ask if they stood by their call. They did.

Six months later, Kelly struck a blow for feminism when she pummeled a pair of Fox News colleagues – Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs – after the two of them insisted that families, children and society are all hurt by a new trend where women have become the sole or primary wage earner in nearly half of U.S. households. As a working mother herself, Kelly wasn’t going to stomach that. Since she started out her career as a lawyer, she used her training to pulverize both Erickson and Dobbs at the same time.

Meanwhile, Media Matters – which bills itself as a nonpartisan media watchdog but spends most of its time trying to discredit conservatives – has concluded that Kelly isn’t as extreme as some of the other hosts on the network. Angelo Carusone, the organization’s executive vice president, has declared Kelly “not as vitriolic” as her colleagues.

Don’t misunderstand. This is no liberal we’re talking about. Kelly is a frequent critic of the Obama administration. But whether you like her or not, Kelly’s reputation as a straight shooter should be established. This should count for something with the left. Apparently it doesn’t. Not when there is a chance to label anyone associated with Fox News as racially insensitive.

In an egregious case of overkill, liberals and other critics of the network have spent the past several days blasting Kelly for insisting that Santa Claus – and, while we’re at it, also Jesus – is white.

Kelly reacted to a column by Slate “culture blogger” Aisha Harris. In the piece, titled “Santa Claus should not be a white man anymore,” Harris noted that she grew up with “two different Santa Clauses.” There was the one in popular culture, who was white. Then there was the one in her household, who was black. She advocated a change, suggesting that Santa Claus instead be depicted as a lovable penguin.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Now at the helm of a new nightly show called “The Kelly File,” the host bristled at the idea that – with political correctness dictating so much of what we say and do – the next accommodation should be over Santa Claus.

“Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change,” she said on her show. “Jesus was a white man, too. But it’s like we have, he was a historical figure, that’s a verifiable fact, as is Santa, I just want the kids watching to know that. . . . How do you revise it in the middle of the legacy of the story and change Santa from white to black?”

For these remarks, Kelly was roundly criticized, ridiculed and vilified by the left.

Kelly accused her detractors of “race-baiting” and claimed that her comment about Santa was tongue-in-cheek. Yet, she acknowledged that the question of whether Jesus was white “is far from settled.”

What are you going to do? Even at this time of year, haters are going to hate.

Much of this is about jealousy and fear. Kelly is a star on her way up; her show is now No. 2 on Fox News in overall ratings, second only to Bill O’Reilly.

This as Fox News continues to dominate the world of cable news, drawing – according to recently compiled Nielsen data – more viewers than the averages of CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined.

So her liberal critics are naturally itching to take her down a peg when they have the chance.

Kelly has to know this. Which is why she should choose her words more carefully so she doesn’t give them the opportunity.

Ruben Navarrette is a columnist for U-T San Diego. Reach him at ruben@rubennavarrette.com.

Ruben Navarrette

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  • CD BrooksDecember 19, 2013 - 12:00 pm

    Really, I'm the last guy that should speak to religious matters but Jesus having come from the Middle East was likely far from being "white," although many folks would prefer believing so. I guess it's just easier for "good Christians" to have it that way? I do not recall ever in my life questioning the ethnicity of Santa. OR the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and assorted "gift-giving" specialists having unfettered access to the privacy of our homes and we were comfortable with that. Some things are just better left alone.

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  • Believe What You WillDecember 19, 2013 - 3:43 pm

    Yes, CD, you are indeed the "last guy that should speak to religious matters." But, you went right ahead and spread a little hate and discontent. I will never question or oppose your right to believe or not believe in a higher power. Why are you compelled to continuously attack those who do?

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  • CD BrooksDecember 21, 2013 - 7:47 am

    Believe What You Will, my original response was taken away for some reason? Suffice to say Ms. Kelly's immense ego far surpasses her level of intelligence just like the rest of the folks she works with. As far as the religious stuff goes, just stating the facts.

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  • rlw895December 19, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    I thought Santa was German.

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  • rlw895December 21, 2013 - 7:39 am

    Kelly is no doubt a heroine to analysts everywhere who work in the back rooms so the telegenic "talking heads" can look smarter than they are, when she eviscerated Karl Rove the way she did, bringing them into the picture. Very cool.

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  • Mike KirchubelDecember 21, 2013 - 10:12 am

    "Meanwhile, Media Matters – which bills itself as a nonpartisan media watchdog but spends most of its time trying to discredit conservatives" This guy is starting to sound a lot like Sowell. Media Matters is nonpartisan, It spends most of its time discrediting conservatives because they are the ones who lie the most. Duh. Media Matters also slams liberals when they say something wrong too, it's just that the conservatives need to lie in order to convince the weak-minded to vote against their interests and for the wealthy and their corporations. The left just needs to tell the truth and expose the lies.

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  • SavetheRepublicDecember 21, 2013 - 10:37 am

    OK Mike then Why will Media Matters not tell us that 9/11 was an inside job and that The Bilderbergs control us all?...Media Matters, CNN, MSNBC, FOX all are propaganda outlets for the Globalists....No Corporate Media tells the World the whole truth.....YOU MICHAEL ARE PLAYING THEIR (THEIR) GAME....keeping up the false left/right dialectic....Dialectic ( Hegel )...The Marxian process of change through the conflict of opposing forces, whereby a given contradiction is characterized by a primary and a secondary aspect, the secondary succumbing to the primary, which is then transformed into an aspect of a new contradiction. Why does Media Matters not tell us that Obama was also picked by the Globalists?

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  • Media Lies While Syrians Die: Media Disinformation and the SyrianDecember 21, 2013 - 10:40 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KFpaU9PC8o&feature=em-uploademail

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