By Lisa MichelleThis Friday night Megyn Kelly, the darling of Fox News and host of The Kelly File, pulled the stunt of her career when she singled out and railed on the 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump about the Obama-as-a-Muslim question, proving once and for all that indeed she is no journalist and no more than an entertainer or (dare we say?) another pretty Fox News’ face.
Here is a clip from Kelly's Friday night show of her interview with Andy Dean, the former head of Trump Productions:
The question is perfectly legitimate and has been raised and addressed by many American voters.
After all, Hillary Clinton first brought up the issue during her 2008 presidential campaign, when the following photo was circulated by her own campaign.
In this 2006 file photo, then-Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., right, is dressed as a Somali Elder by Sheikh Mahmed Hassan, left, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya, near the borders with Somalia and Ethiopia. (AP Photo, File)
Yet, one would be hard-pressed to distinguish Kelly's stunningly biased performance from CNN'S Anderson Cooper, when he also interviewed Andy Dean on Thursday.
Like Megyn Kelly, Cooper discredits the Muslim question and not only attacks Andy Dean, but he also lies to his viewers about the existence of U.S.-based militant jihadist camps.
The hoopla began in what the mainstream establishment media (Fox News included) has now dubbed a “major news story,” when Trump opened the floor to audience questions during a town hall meeting on Thursday and a participant stated and asked:
We have a problem in this country: it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. You know, he’s not even an American.
We have training camps brewing where they want to kill us,” the gentleman continued. “That’s my question, when can we get rid of it?”
Although Trump ignored the first part of the question, he aptly replied to the latter:
We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things," Trump responded. "A lot of people are saying that, a lot of people are saying bad things are happening out there. We’re going to look at that and a lot of other things. ”
And justifiably so. As many as 35 militant jihadist training camps have been identified on American soil. Known as the "Muslims of Americas" or "Soldiers of Allah," they were founded and are run by the Pakistani Cleric Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani Hashemi, the same cleric that the American journalist Daniel Pearl attempted to interview in Pakistan when he was kidnapped and then beheaded.
Although he denies his connection to it, Sheikh Gilani is also the founder of the terrorist group Jammeat al-Fuqura, which has been linked to the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the shoe bomber Richard Reid, and to the convicted D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad. In the 1999 "Patterns of Global Terrorism Report," the U.S. State Department listed Jammeat al-Fuqura as a terrorist organization.
In the 1980s, under the guise of Muslims of Americas, Giliani established Ilsamberg in Hancock, New York, the first of the 34 other known jihadist training camps across 22 states in America . Heavily armed, the group trains in guerrilla-style warfare tactics and preys upon some of the most vulnerable sects of our population, recruiting many of its members from U.S. prisons and universities.
While the FBI is aware of these camps, the organization has yet to be designated a U.S. foreign terrorist group. As a result, their hands are tied, but Fox News would know. it has written and aired several reports about it (including here, here, and here).
(Watch up to the 3:50-minute mark, as Zhudi Jasser (a Fox News
contributor), describes these U.S.-based jihadist training camps.)
(Watch "Homegrown Jihad" for a more thorough, in-depth examination.)
Cooper later apologized on Twitter for attacking his guest Andy Dean but not for deceiving his viewers about U.S.-based jihadist camps.
Meanwhile, unlike Cooper, Kelly has yet to apologize for her egregious behavior on Friday night, nor for her unprofessional treatment of guests on her Thursday night show, when she doubled-down on The Donald and, in a Phil-Donahue-styled format on Thursday night, interrupted a panelist who raised the Obama-as-a-Muslim issue, stressing definitively "He's not a Muslim."
When the next guest on Kelly's panel brought up the topic too, she immediately shot him down, interjecting that Obama has said "repeatedly that he's a Christian, that he is not a Muslim," and that the issue was "put to bed" during the 2008 presidential campaigns by "even John McCain."
Surely, if both Kelly and progressive-RINO Republican Representative and former presidential candidate McCain vouch for Obama, that's grounds enough to put the entire issue to rest.
The subsequent attacks on Trump for his response by so-called political media “analysts” and pundits implies that the mere mention of Jihadist camps is pejorative to and somehow a racist smear against peace-loving American Muslims. If that's not the pot calling the kettle black, nothing else is.
As to the second part of the question, which Trump has since addressed on his Twitter account, he is under no obligation to speak for Obama, no less to defend Obama’s religiosity.
Yet, Megyn Kelly, feigning outrage, set the record straight — Obama is a Christian since he said so. Period. End of story. This begs the question why she found the need to defend Obama herself? It's not exactly the kind of conduct expected from a self-proclaimed journalist.
The hypocrisy is stunning to those well-informed viewers who have been marginalized and attacked as racist "Islamophobes" merely for stating the facts and reiterating what Islamic doctrine says itself. For those intent to ignore its danger and who perceive Islam to be the "religion of peace," why the outrage then? So what if Obama is a Muslim? Since when did it become racist and anti-Muslim to identify someone as a Muslim? Is the mere utterance of the word offensive?
Megyn Kelly's biased "journalistic" conduct is reminiscent of CNN host Wolf Blitzer, who attacked former Congresswoman Michele Bachmann as "McCarthy-like" for requesting an investigation into the Muslim Brotherhood ties of Huma Abedin, long-time aide to Hillary Clinton (see here and here) who (surprise, surprise) is currently under FBI investigation for her part in the Hillary Clinton email scandal.
According to Blitzer, however — as someone who knew her for years — Abedin is a nice person, which, as he seemed to suggest at the time, should have satisfied all other questions and exempt her from the same type of scrutiny applied to others privy to intelligence. In other words, all objective investigative journalism aside, our national security should hinge upon his personal subjective opinions instead of on objective investigative reports that are rooted in research and facts. Of course, as has gradually been revealed, Bachmann was right, and Blitzer, who (along with John McCain and others) portrayed the former as hysterical, was sorely mistaken.
Similarly, Fox News, propped up as a "fair and balanced" conservative media outlet, seems to be vying for a more liberal viewer demographic comprised mostly of moderate Democrats and low-informion Republicans and RINOS, which would skyrocket its ratings with a larger viewership. Simply put, it is counting on at least some of us to disregard the facts and take its word for its own spin on things at face value alone. Even more, it's pimping for the establishment and is once again, as many of us patriotic, educated voters noticed during last election, manipulating voter outcomes by its biased "spin," elevating some candidates (namely Carly Fioriana) to Republican presidential nomination status over others. This in itself should raise the red flag of suspicion, leaving us questioning why?
Like Trump or not, Carly Fiorina, for example, has a controversial record, but the spin starts here: little has been noted of her covert violations of U.S. sanctions against Iran as former CEO (see here and here), her collaboration with race-baiter Jesse Jackson, and her praise of Islam and the Ottoman Empire after 9/11, not to mention her abysmal record as Hewlett Packard’s CEO.
When all is said and done, one must surmise that the era of televised investigative journalism is dead and gone, and we here in the social media arena are in fact the new and legitimate source of accurate fair and balanced news. Fox News, catering and pandering to a more liberal, low-informed viewership, is primping for upstaging MSN, and a new era in televised media propaganda and reality TV entertainment that is posited as broadcasting news has arrived.
Also see "Megyn Kelly Is Wrong, Trump Is Right – Question About Obama’s Religion Should Have Been Asked In 2008" for an excellent piece on the subject.
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