Megyn Kelly accidentally tells the truth

MEGYN KELLY ACCIDENTALLY TELLS THE TRUTH…. Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, who has no qualms about wearing her partisan agenda on her sleeve, “interviewed” conservative activist Brent Bozell today to discuss yesterday’s “Tea Parties,” and ponder why mainstream news outlets hadn’t been quite as ridiculous as Fox News was in its coverage of the protests.

“You know Brent, it’s been interesting because Fox News covered these Tea Parties, and we were one of the only organizations to give it any publicity or p.r. prior to the fact that it happened, and it was so under-covered by virtually every news organization. Why is that? Why was it so ignored up until the very last day by virtually everyone?

It was, as Brian Beutler noted, one of those wonderful Michael Kinsley moments in which a political figure makes a mistake by accidentally telling the truth. Fox News is ostensibly a news outlet. Obviously, it’s not a legitimate journalistic enterprise, and equally obvious was the fact that it was doing “public relations” work for the conservative rallies. But Megyn Kelly isn’t supposed to admit this on the air.

As for the substance of her concerns about the legitimate news organizations, Kelly is no doubt convinced that there’s a nefarious media bias at play, but it’s at least possible major outlets didn’t have much pre-event coverage because there wasn’t that much, you know, news.

Most mainstream outlets didn’t feel the need to do “p.r.” work for enraged partisans in advance of their protests.

That’s probably a good thing.

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