Yesterday, I wrote this piece explaining why the fake outrage that Megyn Kelly of "Fox News" expressed at Rachel Maddow for calling Supreme Court Justice an Internet "troll" was just fake outrage. After all, an Internet troll isn't an ogre living under a bridge, an Internet troll is not a horrifying description of the worst that mankind has to offer. An Internet troll is simply a person who says something purely for effect, to get a reaction. Calling someone a "troll," is merely a short-hand way to say, "I think you're just saying that to get a rise out of people, and I don't know if you even believe it."
Well, it turns out (to no surprise, I suppose) that it gets even worse than just Ms. Kelly, lest you thing Fox News couldn't pander any more than they do. O, ye of little faith...
In an article on the Fox News website, the headline is, "Rachel Maddow calls Scalia a 'troll,' like blogger 'using N-word'"
Honest. They said that. Headlined it.
Calling someone a "troll," is, of course, utterly nothing like a blogger using the "N" word -- unless perhaps you're someone who wants to intentionally outrage your readers who don't know any better about blogging, or about much of anything. Like, say -- a troll does. A person who says something only for effect, just to get a reaction. Then again, maybe this is what Fox think black people do with everything they say. That it's just to outrage the white folks.
But of course, perhaps all this is much simpler: maybe this is just a Fox ploy to make Megyn Kelly look like the rational one.
Alas, it didn't work.
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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