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March 18, 2015

Mickey Kaus Quits Daily Caller, After Tucker Carlson Pulls Column Critical of FoxNews' Soft-on-Amnesty Corporate Positioning

Here's another story that makes me very angry:

A few days ago, Mickey Kaus had an article that I wanted to link, but I didn't, for some reason.

The article was something like, How Fox Makes It Easy for Amnesty Supporters in the GOP.

His claim was this (and it's hard to argue against): While the issue consuming the conservative movement for two weeks was Boehner's final betrayal of conservatives (resulting in my own leaving the party and the movement, for that matter), Fox News ran very few stories at all about this.

I love Megyn Kelly. I think she's a superstar and deserves to be one.

And don't get me wrong -- she's hot. A real smokeshow. Face like an angel and an ass like a young Kiefer Sutherland.

But I also think she is, as many educated people are, very establishment.

She assumes that people like me and you are trashy and uneducated. She doesn't realize that half of us have better education credentials than she does. If you tell her that, she will shrug, and think a different thought--They are still Social Lessers because they believe Crazy Things.

I still think she's great, do not get me wrong. But she is Establishment as all get out, and she thinks she's Supposed to Be Establishment because Law School Degree. Like, she thinks this is something Major, and that no one with such Incredible Achievements could possibly think crude, grassroots-type things.

I can be a fan while recognizing her limitations.

Anyway, while all of this was going on, Megyn Kelly chose to do [some large number X] segments about IS, while doing [some very small number Y] stories about amnesty, or the GOP's lying to its base every two years.

Which is the sort of position that Rupert Murdoch just happens to Love. He's very pro-amnesty. So in fact is his paper, the Wall Street Journal.

Other Fox shows likewise demonstrated a very "meh" attitude on the only thing conservatives were talking about.


So Mickey Kaus's point was simple: Fox News -- deliberately? -- pushes a whole bunch of upsetting stuff on its viewers as a substitute for and diversion away from the issue that was really animating conservatives those two weeks, to wit, the complete victory of the Donor Base Establishment on amnesty, while sticking the knife in the base's backs.

As usual.

Don't get me wrong: Of course Kelly's reporting on IS was important. However, when you have five one-hour shows per week to fill, it does strike me that a few of them could be devoted to this amnesty sell-out.

But Fox gets away with this, because they're allegedly super "conservative," and because, who else you got?

Well, anyway, it was a good column and it made me think and ask some questions, which is of course not permitted in America 2015.

So Tucker Carlson (a Fox news employee, coincidentally!) pulled the column (that's why I can't link it -- it exists only in my mind, now) and Mickey Kaus quit.

"It's pretty simple," Kaus said in an interview, "I wrote a piece attacking Fox for not being the opposition on immigration and amnesty -- for filling up the airwaves with reports on ISIS and terrorism, and not fulfilling their responsibility of being the opposition on amnesty and immigration.... I posted it at 6:30 in the morning. When I got up, Tucker had taken it down. He said, 'We can't trash Fox on the site. I work there.'"

They just will not permit you to even begin asking the Questions that could result in their defeat.

I don't know about you but I am tired of living in a Corporate Hierarchy and a Managed Democracy.

If I sound like a Radical, it's because I am.

Update: Shoutingboy tells me that Kaus has posted the Forbidden Column on his own website, and I believe him.


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