Yesterday, I wrote here about a meltdown that Lou Dobbs and three of his male guests had on his "Fox News" show that dealt with a Pew Research study showing that four out of 10 sole or primary breadwinners were women. To them, it seemed to denote the End of Civilization as we know it. I also referenced a brief comment that Greta Van Susterin wrote on her blog, which I admired her for writing, but found it woefully, almost humorously weak.
Now, however, a day later, comes this video on "Fox News" of Megyn Kelly, who had Mr. Dobbs and Erick Erickson (perhaps the most outspoken and crazed of the guests, and who doubled-down in a blog piece written after Ms. Van Susterin's comment) on, to deal with the topic.
I'm not a big admirer of Megyn Kelly and have been critical in the past. However, I've also noted that on occasion she's been willing to take on "Fox News" commentary that goes way too far over the line (witness her being the one to take down Karl Rove's meltdown on Election Night). Not only do I admire her for having both the goofily-grinning Lou Dobbs and Erick Erickson on as guests, but unlike Ms. Van Susterin, she lays into them for almost nine, outraged minutes, starting with her first, "Yipes!" question. She holds them to the fire, not letting either weasel out of their earlier words, and does her best not to throttle Mr. Dobbs when he smarmily refers to her as "oh dominant one." And eventually even cuts him off. Most notable is when Mr. Erickson tries to double-talk his way out of his on-the record statements and tries to make them seem less galling so much and softer -- and she eviscerates him:
"I didn't like what you wrote one bit. To me you sound like somebody who's judging and then wants to come out and say 'I'm not, I'm not, I'm not, and now let me judge judge judge, and by the way it's science it's science it's science it's fact fact fact fact. Well, I have a whole list of studies saying your science is wrong and your facts are wrong."
Here's the full video. It's wonderful. More to the point, Megyn Kelly is wonderful. Would that she was as impressive when the subject doesn't concern her personally.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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