Journalists are racing to target President Trump and blame the Florida shooting on guns and the NRA. So, it might be a good time to look back. President Ronald Reagan wrote an essay in the spring of 1983. He was talking about exactly what was not on display in Parkland, Florida in the heart and soul of shooter Nikolas Cruz- the value of, and the respect for, human life. And in the aftermath of the school shooting that left seventeen dead? The nation’s media was also determined - one might say determined to the point of obsession to place blame.
In the wake of Wednesday’s horrific shooting at a Florida high school, on Thursday, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly took time out of the beginning of her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show to demand gun control, blast Second Amendment advocates, and label politicians who opposed such regulations as cowardly and “weak.”
On Tuesday night, NBC threw what could be described as a hissy fit following President Trump’s first State of the Union address by attacking it as a “subdued,” “tired” President and speech that will keep “the fact checkers...busy” but didn’t address Russia or gun control.
The liberal ladies of ABC’s The View were quick to choose sides in the feud between controversial actress Jane Fonda and former Fox News host Megyn Kelly on the January 23 episode of their show. After Kelly attacked Fonda as someone who had no moral authority to lecture others on what was “offensive,” after her history of anti-American activism in Vietnam, the View hosts gasped at Kelly’s nerve in going after the actress.
New York Times media reporter John Koblin took note of a media skirmish between current NBC host Megyn Kelly and “Hanoi Jane” Fonda in Business Day: “In Echo of Fox Days, Kelly Lashes Back at Fonda.” Guess who the Times goes after? Both the headline and Koblin’s text treat Kelly like the attack-dog aggressor regrettably reverting to Fox News-style form, even though Kelly clearly has Fonda dead to rights as a hypocrite regarding the star’s willingness to discuss her plastic surgery.
Even with the stock market reaching new record highs, the unemployment rate at an historic low, and economic growth on the rise, NBC News wanted viewers to know that “homelessness is surging” in certain parts of the country and “affecting regular working families.” That was the focus of correspondent Jacob Soboroff in a report for Thursday’s Megyn Kelly Today.
Despite repeatedly acknowledging that both parties “vehemently denied” accusations that Donald Trump had an affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels over a decade ago, on Tuesday, NBC News Megyn Kelly still devoted half of her 9:00 a.m. ET hour show to the claims. She even suggested that the disputed rumors somehow proved allegations against Trump featured in the discredited DNC-funded Russian dossier.
It’s not a surprise that Time would pick the “Silence Breakers” (Sexual Harassment Plaintiffs) as their Person of the Year feature. But it is surprising that Time features so prominently NBC’s Megyn Kelly – not to talk about sexual harassers on her current show, but on Fox News. It came more than 30 paragraphs into the cover story, but Kelly sounds like an NBC employee by declaring "I have real doubts about whether we'd be going through this if Hillary Clinton had won, because I think that President Trump's election in many ways was a setback for women."
Opening her 9 a.m. ET hour show on Tuesday, NBC’s Megyn Kelly shared a story about being interviewed by now-disgraced PBS and CBS anchor Charlie Rose: "I wanted to share a story with you, not about harassment, but of an underlying dynamic between men and women that contributes to this culture in which inappropriate conduct goes unaddressed."
While Today co-hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie invited former Vice President Joe Biden to bash President Trump for using heated rhetoric, their colleague Megyn Kelly actually demanded the Democrat answer for his own offensive language while in office. She pressed him on his “divisive” remarks over the years and pointed out that “both sides” were guilty of nasty attacks.
On Thursday, NBC anchor Megyn Kelly welcomed Julie Briskman on her morning show, who gained 15 minutes of fame by giving President Trump’s motorcade the middle finger while out for a bike ride in northern Virginia. The studio audience cheered and applauded as Briskman told Kelly “it felt great” to make the obscene gesture to the commander-in-chief.
Discussing the growing list of sexual harassment and rape allegations against left-wing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein on her MSNBC show Wednesday afternoon, anchor Andrea Mitchell saw a chance to deflect away from the scandal swirling around the prominent Democratic Party donor to instead attack conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.