Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. For Kelly, Even Seppuku Would Not Be Enough for the PC Horde

 

I feel sorry for Megyn Kelly. Beloved on Fox News, she drew criticism from then-candidate Trump for her debate questions (one of Trump’s worst moments – he was vulgar and petty) and then left Fox amid a flurry of sexual harassment allegations that pushed out two powerful men, Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, and forced Fox to pay an alleged $32 million to victims. She was at the peak of popularity on the Fox News network with her own prime-time show but left for NBC.

NBC, eager to cash in on their own Megyn Kelly franchise, underestimated their own liberal Puritanism and quickly realized that Ms. Kelly’s prosecutorial style and libertarian (if not outright conservative) nature were antithetical to their own progressive pieties and the “news-lite” venues she was assigned. The NBC News brass had hoped her sunny visage and blond locks would lend themselves to a vanilla “Today”-type host with a little edge.

They judged poorly.

I’m sure that from day one, Megyn was something of a pariah at 30 Rock. But this was whispered behind closed doors, in dark corners, and privately around the water cooler just out of earshot. The brass tried to tame her; they had their original decision to lure her away from Fox to justify, and then, there was all that money! But Ms. Kelly failed to understand that it is every progressive’s duty to form a wall of blind solidarity when the sword of hypocrisy comes for the neck of any fellow progressive of note. When she piled on regarding the alleged proclivities of Matt Lauer and dared speak of the rumors about Tom Brokaw, she proved herself to be un-redeemable; she was, after all, not one of them. So she really was, deep down, a deplorable conservative.

The echoes of “I told you so’s” had to be deafening.

It didn’t take much; an innocent reference to blackface when dressing up during Halloween in her childhood to justify taking her out behind the barn for a good whipping. Even Al Roker, whom I generally enjoy and who seems to have a generous heart, took her to task for her insensitivity. The fact that she grew up well after the minstrel-show era and likely knew nothing of stereotypical blackface caricature was never considered. No one, especially not Megyn Kelly, is exempt from the wrath of the omnipotent politically correct scolds. Poor thing, she tried in vain to apologize, but there is no excuse for being a conservative, a deplorable, an insensitive. Off with her head!

So Megyn is out at NBC. Frankly, I’m a little surprised. For a moment there, I thought that NBC could tolerate a talented, if perhaps a little right-of-center, talent like Megyn Kelly

I hope she is not too proud and goes back to Fox.

In welcome, I say, kill the fatted calf. Bring out the best wine. The prodigal daughter returns.

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  1. PHCheese Member

    Fox reportedly doesn’t want her.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 5:13 PM PST
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  2. OldPhil Coolidge

    Al Roker is a jack***.

    • #2
    • October 29, 2018, at 5:21 PM PST
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  3. Percival Thatcher

    PHCheese (View Comment):

    Fox reportedly doesn’t want her.

    From USA Today:

    While Kelly may have the support of some of her former coworkers, the same can’t be said for the network she used to call home. When reached for comment regarding whether Fox News would consider bringing Kelly back on the air, the network told USA TODAY there isn’t room for Kelly right now in the conservative news channel’s prime-time lineup, which now features Tucker Carlson at 8 EDT, Sean Hannity at 9 and Laura Ingraham at 10.

    “We are extremely happy with our entire line-up,” a spokesperson for Fox News stated.

    (Why no name? Did the spokesperson request anonymity?)

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    • October 29, 2018, at 5:24 PM PST
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  4. Bruce Caward Thatcher

    May be beside the point, but “Blackface” is a specific thing: the painting of a white actor’s face black to play a negro part back when blacks were FORBIDDEN on the stage.

    Blackface is gone, an anachronism, because the forbidding of blacks to participate fully in the dramatic arts – and everything else – is long a thing of the past. There is no more “Blackface”.

    Now there is only makeup. Clown makeup, superhero makeup, cross dressing makeup – it’s Halloween. If a family all decided to go as a box of crayons, each kid a different color, would you seriously ignore the red, yellow, green, and white kids and haul the brown and black crayons off to the lockholes?

    This is not insensitivity, Al. This is progress. I’m sure all you progressives will join us over here in post-racial America, and celebrate some actual progress. Welcome!

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    • October 29, 2018, at 5:34 PM PST
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  5. DonG Coolidge

    Megyn K. is damaged goods from all political sides. She will have to wander in the wilderness to work her back, but by then she will be too old. She got fame and a fortune. I assume that is what she wanted. If you play with the fire of the virtual signalers, you will get burned.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 5:55 PM PST
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  6. tigerlily Member

    Nice post Doug. As for Kelly, I don’t know where she goes from here. She doesn’t fit in at the current incarnation at FoxNews (the only center-right news channel on TV) and none of the left-wing news stations will have anything to do with her.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 6:18 PM PST
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  7. EJHill Podcaster

    Blackface has a long and strange history. 

    Bert Williams (1874-1922) was one of the greatest entertainers of his generation. W.C. Fields called him the funniest man he ever saw. And he was black. And he had to perform in blackface. 

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    • October 29, 2018, at 7:21 PM PST
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  8. Jules PA Member

    We can only hope that Megyn Kelly’s stint at NBC got her some inside info on the propaganda machine that calls itself news. 

    She will find her way.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 8:05 PM PST
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  9. Judge Mental Member

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    She will find her way.

    Given what they have to pay her to go away, she can start up her own organization, along the lines of the Blaze, Daily Wire or CRTV.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 8:07 PM PST
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  10. Jules PA Member

    Wouldn’t it be delicious if MK (and some others who have been muted by the media) created the new platform for Gab and all true journalists?

    Someone give her a ricochet membership!!

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    • October 29, 2018, at 8:17 PM PST
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  11. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    She will find her way.

    Given what they have to pay her to go away, she can start up her own organization, along the lines of the Blaze, Daily Wire or CRTV.

    Maybe, maybe not. I suspect there is a morality clause in he contract allowing NBC a way out of her contract or at least a legal reason to negotiate her exit fee down.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 10:03 PM PST
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  12. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Bruce Caward (View Comment):

    May be beside the point, but “Blackface” is a specific thing: the painting of a white actor’s face black to play a negro part back when blacks were FORBIDDEN on the stage.

    Blackface is gone, an anachronism, because the forbidding of blacks to participate fully in the dramatic arts – and everything else – is long a thing of the past. There is no more “Blackface”.

    Now there is only makeup. Clown makeup, superhero makeup, cross dressing makeup – it’s Halloween. If a family all decided to go as a box of crayons, each kid a different color, would you seriously ignore the red, yellow, green, and white kids and haul the brown and black crayons off to the lockholes?

    This is not insensitivity, Al. This is progress. I’m sure all you progressives will join us over here in post-racial America, and celebrate some actual progress. Welcome!

    I suspect that the yellow and red crayon are off limits also with nobody willing to be the white one.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 10:05 PM PST
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  13. Al Kennedy Member

    I too liked Megyn Kelly when she was at Fox. But she strikes me as being very ambitious and exhibited several prima donna actions that alienated her co-workers when she moved to NBC. This may just be a case of Icarus flying too close to the sun. I think she needs to move to ABC and shore up their political coverage.

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    • October 29, 2018, at 10:16 PM PST
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  14. PHenry Member

    She chose to enter the pigsty, and now is unhappy that the pigs won’t have her? Like many of our once conservative journalists, she chose to curry favor with those who hate us. And like so many others, she found that favor not to be enduring.

    Playing nice and getting along with the left, most particularly the left media, is a losing proposition for anyone who does not see their job as promoting the leftist ideology. Not because they will be shunned by the right, but because they will be shunned by their new ‘friends’ on the left, eventually. That ( being neutral or center right in reporting ) is unforgivable.

    Oh, sure, someone with a reputation as being center or neutral is useful, as long as they can be seen to denounce their once wrong headed actions. But that usefulness fades quickly, then it’s ‘one false step and you’re through’. 

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    • October 30, 2018, at 6:21 AM PST
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  15. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Doug Kimball:

    I hope she is not too proud and goes back to Fox.

    “The United States of America has a Fox News problem.” — @BillKristol, 29 Oct 2018

    Says the guy who used to receive paychecks from this location?

    Fox News is the problem with the world?

    Megyn Kelly? She’s not as great as some people thought.

    Just about anyone else at Fox News seems more humble that Megyn Kelly anyway.

    Most serious journalists and thinkers don’t work in television anyway.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 2:10 PM PST
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  16. EJHill Podcaster

    The Cloaked Gaijin: Most serious journalists and thinkers don’t work in television anyway.

    We do, too! (They just pay the wrong ones of us $23M/year.)

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    • October 30, 2018, at 3:12 PM PST
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  17. Guruforhire Member

    Oh come on. NBC learned that Kelly had no brand value and no audience and all her shows were bad. She gave them a flimsy excuse to get rid of some deadweight.

    Her old fox audience was the fox prime time audience and not the megyn kelly audience. Hopefully the other newsreaders learned from this as well.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 4:53 PM PST
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  18. Kim K. Member

    I’ve always thought Megyn’s biggest fan was Megyn. 

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    • October 30, 2018, at 5:07 PM PST
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  19. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    Doesn’t she still get paid? I thought I saw that somewhere. I’ll grant it might be difficult, but I’m sure she could retire on seven figures if she tried.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 5:10 PM PST
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  20. Percival Thatcher

    Matt Balzer, Straw Bootlegger (View Comment):

    Doesn’t she still get paid? I thought I saw that somewhere. I’ll grant it might be difficult, but I’m sure she could retire on seven figures if she tried.

    It appears that she’ll only pull down around $69M on her way out the door.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 5:16 PM PST
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  21. JimmyV87 Coolidge

    😂😂😂 The idea of someone committing Seppuku to show remorse for violating the PC rules is hilarious…yet somehow doesn’t seem to far fetched.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 5:20 PM PST
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  22. Matt Balzer, Imperialist Claw Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Matt Balzer, Straw Bootlegger (View Comment):

    Doesn’t she still get paid? I thought I saw that somewhere. I’ll grant it might be difficult, but I’m sure she could retire on seven figures if she tried.

    It appears that she’ll only pull down around $69M on her way out the door.

    My mistake. That’s eight figures. The point stands, though.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 5:22 PM PST
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  23. TeamAmerica Member

    Curiously, The two Jimmys, Kimmel and Fallon, actually performed in blackface, Kimmel in an arguably racist fashion, and are still employed by major networks. Sarah Silverman did also, but apologized for it. Unlike MK, her apology was acceptable. Of course, SS is what Eric Hoffer would call, a “True Believer.”

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    • October 30, 2018, at 5:35 PM PST
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  24. EJHill Podcaster

    Both of these people are employed on network television (including NBC.)

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    • October 30, 2018, at 6:02 PM PST
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  25. Jules PA Member

    Look at Whoopi. So adoring of that maliciously hateful man in blackface. 

    The Left is essentially committing ideological suicide with their consistently inconsistent double standard. 

    Let them. More Sanity for us. 

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    • October 30, 2018, at 6:24 PM PST
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  26. Jules PA Member

    Is that Ted Danson in Blackface, in #24?

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    • October 30, 2018, at 6:25 PM PST
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  27. Judge Mental Member

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Is that Ted Danson in Blackface, in #24?

    It ain’t Nipsy Russell.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 6:28 PM PST
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  28. EJHill Podcaster

    In 1993, Danson and Goldberg had an affair that ended his first marriage. For the occasion of her being the subject of a Friars Club roast, the two of them wrote his monologue which included blackface, watermelons and a dozen or more utterances of the “N-word.” To say that this went over like the proverbial lead balloon is an understatement. Yet, it did not hurt Danson’s career one iota. He has had 5 separate series on the air since then.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 6:39 PM PST
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  29. Jules PA Member

    Judge Mental (View Comment):

    Jules PA (View Comment):

    Is that Ted Danson in Blackface, in #24?

    It ain’t Nipsy Russell.

    I ❤loved❤ Nipsy in “To Tell The Truth”

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    • October 30, 2018, at 6:53 PM PST
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  30. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    JimmyV87 (View Comment):

    😂😂😂 The idea of someone committing Seppuku to show remorse for violating the PC rules is hilarious…yet somehow doesn’t seem to far fetched.

    And then they’re in trouble for culturally appropriating a Japanese tradition.

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    • October 30, 2018, at 10:29 PM PST
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