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Megyn Kelly’s Face


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Megyn Kelly’s venture with NBC was probably doomed from the start. You can take the woman out of Fox News, but apparently you can’t take Fox News out of the woman.

A lot of media pundits felt she was too much “hard news” for a 9:00 a.m. morning show. I guess those people don’t watch CNN’s New Day or the daily shout fests at MSNBC’s Morning Joe. But whatever it was, Kelly’s Today was failing. That’s not what network executives expect from a $69 million contract.

It is now being reported that Kelly and NBC are negotiating her exit. This is a move that was probably hastened by her “blackface” comment.

On Tuesday’s show, Kelly said, “But what is racist? You do get in trouble if you are a white person who puts on blackface for Halloween or a black person who puts on whiteface for Halloween. Back when I was a kid, that was OK as long as you were dressing up as a character.” Uh, what?

I’m 52, five years older than Kelly, and I don’t think it would have been OK if I had put on blackface at Halloween when I was a kid and told everyone I was being Lamont from Sanford and Son. I just don’t see any scenario where that would have gone down well.

Before Kelly went to NBC, she initiated another storm by saying Santa Claus is white, as if that’s really important to her. But, it’s nice to know that Kelly would think it’s OK for a black kid to put on white face paint and go as Santa.

I think it’s OK for a white kid to go as Black Panther, or a black kid to go as Thor (the whitest of the superheroes), or a boy to go as a witch, or girl to go as Darth Vader. It’s Halloween when imaginations are supposed to fly for children, and in a lot of cases, adults. But, to go as Sambo or Aunt Jemima is just wrong. Parents, don’t let your children go as Aunt Jemima.

Kelly later apologized, but her colleague Al Roker still wasn’t happy. Roker said, “While she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country. This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows — to demean and denigrate a race wasn’t right.”

From white Santa to white Jesus to defending cops who brutalized a teenage black girl, Kelly has had spouts of racism that’s undermined the respect she’s earned as a hard-nosed journalist. For a $69 million salary, she owes it to her viewers and the public to buy some awareness.

We need role models, real and imaginary. Right now, Megyn Kelly isn’t one.

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A Trump Scare


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A violent weekend with mass stabbings in Minnesota and bombings in New York City and New Jersey prompted responses from both presidential candidates.

Hillary Clinton held a news conference at an airport and encouraged Americans to go about their lives, don’t be deterred by terrorists, don’t live in fear, and that we’re well prepared to fight terrorism at home and abroad.

Trump’s response was the equivalent of a drunk monkey throwing paint on a wall, but with a lower speaking level. He said we have to “knock the hell out of them” and possibly use profiling to stop terrorism. In the past he’s talked about profiling, bringing back water boarding, mass surveillance of mosques, and not taking in refugees from troubled areas (Muslim nations).

He blamed the attacks over the weekend, and in the past, on our immigration policies, even attacks that were committed by citizens born in the United States. He blamed terrorism on Obama and Clinton and said we’re too soft in fighting ISIL.

After the suspected bomber was apprehended and wounded in a shootout with police Trump complained how the guy will receive medical attention and legal representation. Trump doesn’t support the guy’s Constitutional rights for a fair trial but he’ll support his 2nd Amendment rights to own a gun.

Hillary Clinton has actual experience as part of a government fighting terrorism. She was in on the decision to take out bin Laden. Trump yells and screams about “knocking the hell out of them,” torturing and banning Muslims, and even compared refugees to Skittles. He claims he has a secret plan to fight terrorism, which is probably like his secret plan to replace Obamacare with “something better.”

Clinton accuses Trump of giving comfort and aid to the enemy. I’m not sure that’s entirely true but I can see how his rhetoric can be used by the enemy to inspire recruits and copycats. Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, the Klan, and Scott Baio all want to see Trump elected, so why not ISIL?

Trump wants accolades for saying the attacks were bombings before the authorities announced it. In the past he said he received congratulations for predicting terrorists attacks. What sort of sick morbid people does Trump hang out with? His sons?

One candidate is meeting with world leaders this week at the United Nations. The other is making Skittles analogies.

Trump’s stupid analogy about three skittles in a bowl being poisonous does make a little sense. Out of the 17 candidates in the Republican primaries we grabbed a handful of arsenic.

I’d rather vote for the paint-throwing drunk monkey.

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