Hmmm: Number of Young Voters Saying They'll "Definitely" Vote In This Election Plummets | Main | What Is The Goal? [CBD]
September 30, 2016

MeAgain Kelly, Fox's Feminist Water Carrier for Hillary Dissembles on Her Alicia Machado Interview

I didn't write about MeAgain Kelly's performance the other night. Not last night, but Wednesday night.

She made a strange claim near the beginning of her update. She claimed something like "I think some in the audience got tripped up about what the piece was about," and then claimed, falsely (more on that in a moment), that she was not asking Alicia Machado about her own allegations (that Trump had called her "Miss Piggie" and, with a racist edge that fits oh so perfectly into Hillary's narrative, "Miss Housekeeping."

She said she was focusing on things he had provably said, things he was on tape saying, like telling Howard Stern "she was the worst" and she was an "eating machine."

But Megyn Kelly had asked Alicia Machado about the "Miss Piggie" and "Miss Housekeeping" claims, despite dissembling that the segment wasn't "about" those things. Kelly asked about both, then asked Machado if there were witnesses. Machado responded in broken English that maybe there were, people "from his office" or something like that.

MeAgain Kelly did not challenge her on this vague claim that maybe there were some people "from his office" who had witnessed him saying these things, nor did she ask who these people were. (At least, not in the edited interview; maybe she asked about it but then omitted Machado's evasive replies, which raises another set of questions about bias.)

But as the interview as presented stood, MeAgain Kelly had asked about those claims, Machado had said there were witnesses, and then MeAgain left that claim to stand unchallenged and without any further probing about who these alleged witnesses were.

Now, why would MeAgain make this claim? Why would she claim she had not asked about the Miss Piggie and Miss Housekeeping claims when she not only had asked about them, but then did not challenge Machado or ask obvious follow-ups when Machado said there were people "from his office" who heard them?

Simple. Kelly was dissembling. She was embarrassed that Anderson Cooper of all people had interrogated Machado on her very dubious credibility, asking her about her alleged role in threatening judges and driving cars away from the scene of a murder, which she did not deny but only said "I am not a saint girl."

Kelly was embarrassed that she had treated yet another #GirlInNeedOfHerDefending with kid gloves and her Concerned Face, showing little sketpicism but plenty of Solidarity for the Sisterhood.

So what she attempted to imply was that there was no need to ask about Machado's credibility, as Kelly was, allegedly but falsely, only asking about the statements Trump made on tape, statements whose existence does not rely whatsoever on Machado's credibility.

Get it? You don't have to ask about Machado's credibility if you're asking her about things for which independent proof exists. It doesn't matter if I am a liar if I tell you it's cloudy out and the National Weather Service can tell you it's cloudy out too.

Several problems, though: 1, as I noted, Kelly did ask about these things and let Machado's assertion that there were unnamed, vague ghosts of witnesses to them stand unchallenged, and 2, if Kelly is claiming she didn't have to scrutinize Machado's background and credibility because she wasn't eliciting any information from Machado, but just inquiring into documented events, why bother having Machado on and asking her any questions at all?

It makes no sense. If Kelly just wants to talk about the Stern interview and Trump's press conference where he talks about Machado (and defends her to a press looking to humiliate her), then why not just play those tapes and talk about it with an "analyst"?

The only reason to talk to Machado is to draw information out of Machado from her own experience and of her own testimony, and her credibility is is relevant for that stuff.

MeAgain Kelly wants to dissemble and claim she didn't go into any of those areas (she did), and therefore there was no lawyerly reason to scrutinize Machado's past to determine her credibility (there was and remains such a reason).

Sorry, MeAgain. No one was "tripped up" about the topic of your interview except those fools credulous enough to believe your post-ante spin about it.

When you're eliciting a subject's own narrative, her credibility is always relevant.

Kelly's still so traumatized by Trump she will now just spin like a top in order to excuse her lack of journalistic scrutiny into a story cooked up for her by her galpal Hillary.

She's a water-carrier for Hillary, incapable of being objective due to her First Degree Tweeting at the hands of Trump.

When even CNN's Anderson Cooper shows more objectivity on this issue than you do -- you've got problems, Princess.

She should not be permitted to cover Trump if she's going to go out of her way to paper over the credibility problems of Hillary surrogates and then dissemble about her reasons for doing so.

Oh, one thing: I think she did read my post after all.

Because this time she did not Summon the Male Defenders to reassure her she did everything right.

This time, she summoned a female defender to reassure her she did everything right -- Dana Perino.

At the end of their gabfest, they mutually agreed that Men are simply Not Allowed to discuss a Woman's Weight, even if that woman is a beauty pageant winner whose entire career is based on people judging her appearance (look it up, sweetums), and even if her weight gain has become a major tabloid story and an embarrassment for Trump's organization.

Now, I'm partial to Dana Perino, so I'm going to credit her as only meaning that as a tactic in political messaging, Trump should drop talking about Machado's weight, as it's a tarbaby situation that can only tangle him up more and more.

But I cannot credit MeAgain Kelly as meaning that, because she plainly stated that men just should not talk about a woman's weight -- any woman's weight, period -- because "it makes us upset" (or words to that close effect).

Then she said that Trump himself was "clinically overweight" himself -- I guess that doesn't make him upset, or, more likely, Only Girls are Protected By the Bizarre Rules of Feminist Privilege.

And don't give me that jazz that Trump's weight is relevant here -- it's not. Trump does not have to be thin and cut to be a beauty pageant owner.

But Machado was required -- legally required, by contract! -- to maintain a certain weight as a beauty pageant winner.

So MeAgain Kelly's rule is that Trump can't talk about a woman's weight, but MeAgain can snipe "Oh by the way, Trump's fat."

And of course then dissemble about why she didn't ask about highly relevant allegations about Machado's past (and therefore about her credibility).

By the way, at least as of this show, MeAgain still had not breathed a word about Machado's apparently checkered past.

She did take time, though, in the beginning of the segment to praise herself for having attacked Trump on Hillary's #WaronWomen meme at the first Republican debate.

So like, whatever, make sure you tune into MeAgain Kelly to get pissed on and then have her chippily report: "It seems to be raining. Oh, and girls are keen, boys are mean."

But MeAgain Kelly's long-running audition tape to be the first solo female anchor on a (left-wing) network continues rolling along nicely.

digg this
posted by Ace at 03:55 PM

| Access Comments

Recent Comments
Pam: "Watch Joe DiGenova in this YouTube video entitled ..."

Max BOOThole: "Posted by: JackStraw at December 11, 2018 11:00 AM ..."

bluebell: " It's not a long r ..."

JackStraw: ">>Smoke and mirrors, unless they indict Cain for w ..."

Max BOOThole: "Posted by: CN at December 11, 2018 10:56 AM (U7k5w ..."

Yes: "Maybe Trump should fund the Great Wall himself or ..."

CN: "433: Smoke and mirrors, unless they indict Cain fo ..."

Roger Smeeth: "> the scammer who calls you & tells you he is from ..."

AlaBAMA: "The media does see themselves as the resistance. H ..."

Adirondack Patriot: "Acosta now knows that he will lose his job if he p ..."

The Rest of the WH Press Corps: ">>>Is it just me or has Acosta been silen ..."

Mary Poppins' Practically Perfect Piercing: "[I]Hey fappers. Up to my eyeballs today. Good thin ..."

Recent Entries

Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64