Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told a bit of a lie on her program The Kelly File when she was discussing the “hands up, don’t shoot” and that it turned out to be a false narrative. So far, so good…
Until she tried to smear CNN.
She, like many, referenced the picture of CNN commentators Sally Kohn, Margaret Hoover, Mel Robbins and Sunny Hostin with their hands up in the “hands up, don’t shoot” way.
Kelly says, “On a straight news program… that’s what they tell us this show is… look at them… straight news program, with the sign and the hands up.”
Er. Sorry? When did CNN ever call Kohn, Hoover, Robbins, and Hostin straight journalists? They’re commentators. They don’t “represent both sides” – they’re political and legal commentators.
To be fair, the thirty-minute show (that ran for about a month) was a side-show during CNN Newsroom, but at no point was the thirty-minute commentary billed as a “straight news program”.
Watch the segment with Howard Kurtz and Megyn Kelly:
I wrote in November it was dangerous to have this show exist in the CNN Newsroom block. And I was right: Fox has spun it to indicate that they are straight news journalists, hosting a straight news block… which simply was not the case.
So, Megyn’s argument and presentation? Misleading, if not an outright lie.