Fox's Megyn Kelly: Disapprove of Chaz Bono? You're Pushing for Violence

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is going to earn an award from LGBT activists for getting vein-popping angry on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday that psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow would dare to suggest parents may want to flip the remote away from “transgender” activist Chaz Bono on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday.

Who said Fox News was the right-wing channel? There was Kelly, insisting to O’Reilly that Dr. Ablow’s warning on Foxnews.com against Bono's show was going to lead to violence from American wackos at the McDonald’s.

 

Kelly said Ablow's science was "way off base," but O’Reilly pressed Kelly to say Ablow wasn’t a bad guy, but she insisted he could cause violence. “That doesn’t mean his own words won’t lead to that.” The column “was irresponsible and dangerous and could lead to some real problems. Listen, this group of people already undergoes enough discrimination and isolation and violence. “

O’Reilly suggested she was on a “slippery slope” insisting criticism equals violence, and she shot back, “No, don’t talk over it! I’m telling you! This group of people is persecuted already, and now you’ve got Dr. Ablow telling people that if your kids sees one in a manner that’s something akin to a celebration, your kid may wind up being one of them! Now there are people in this country that will react to that, and the next time they see a transgender at the McDonald’s or at some group event, and that’s irresponsible."

To Megyn Kelly, to disapprove is to cause violence. Where is the debate in that?

Kelly drew O'Reilly's attention after a Tuesday interview/denunciation/sensitivity training seminar with Ablow on her show, where she denounced Ablow for "adding to the hate."

Ablow said applauding gender reassignment surgery -- the way the media celebrates Chaz Bono for the "courage" of her "transition" -- is irresponsible.  Angry Kelly shot back: "Isn’t it just tolerant? Isn’t it just tolerant? You know what? There's so much hate out there. There's so much hate for gays and lesbians and transgendered people...The thing is, Doc, you seem to be adding to the hate."

Kelly, who appeared as a "special guest" at a Manhattan fundraiser for the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (as many Fox News employees have), told Ablow that he was out of his depth and that other doctors knew more than he did. She quoted from Dr. Jack Drescher, who also had a piece on Foxnews.com denouncing Ablow. Kelly did not tell her viewers that Drescher's piece was borrowed from the blog of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBT lobby  -- which might make one think there's more than "science" here in the mix.

Kelly was really angry that Ablow would suggest that watching the show could cause confusion in children and suggest to them that perhaps they' were born in the wrong gender. "I think the viewers get this. I think they get that our children are no more likely to turn transgender from watching Chaz Bono on this show than they are likely to turn gay from watching Will and Grace. You either are, or you’re not."

Kelly did not admit that gay-left advocates often cite pro-LGBT shows on the major networks as proof that "tolerance" is on the march and conservatives should stop opposing them in public.
 

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis