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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fox News: O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly, and Pepper Spray Spin-Machine

November 22, 2011

Are They Serious? 

As the nation shudders from the video of a group of young students being point-blank pepper sprayed, Fox News Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly (legal perspective), and Fox New producers do the unthinkable.

If you have not seen the video or any newscast of the brutality, welcome back from your hiatus.  Anatomy of a Pepper Spraying.  As a news geek, I can tell you that the brutality has received worldwide attention.  I have heard no U.S. media which finds the brutally  other than abhorrent.   If you viewed the link above, think or a moment about the aftermath of the brutality.  Does the school Chancellor now occupy and enviable positions (after having ordered the protest disperse)?  How about the three campus police who are on administrative leave (albeit paid)? Now think about the students.

It was a peaceful protest that did not appear have been disruptive to the greater campus.

Before, I move to the sickening public relations of Fox News, I must briefly address the campus Police commander’s comment about the “police were surrounded”.  I suppose that is an effort to portray an untenable and dangerous environment for the campus  police officers.  If you look closely at any video angle, you can clearly see dozens of campus police and one can assume that they are heavily armed.  American law  enforcement officers are not like the British bobby; they carry at least 5 to 8 ‘weapons of bodily destruction”.  The comment from the commander is nothing shy of misrepresentation of a non-volatile environment. She was following orders from  the Chancellor to clear the protest and she did what many police departments are doing against OWS protests: unrestrained brutality.  The Chancellors orders are even more chilling as the UCD protesters were not in an encampment nor were there any plans to occupy the spot of the protests for days.

Fox News does what it does best: delivers the unthinkable (3:56 minutes).

Someplace in the minds of Fox News producers there must have been a thought to ‘trot-out’ their top show host and their converted journalist/lawyer to address the brutality.  Fox probably should have allowed this case of brutality to pass.

Think back on the segment and linger for a moment on where Kelly ‘went‘ with her seemingly uncomfortable remarks.

O’Reilly: “..first this is pepper spray, that just burns your eyes right?

Kelly:      ”…right, it’s a food product essentially, a lot of experts are looking at that and it the real-deal or has it been diluted….”. “..that’s beside the point as it was obviosuly something that was abrasive (O’Reilly interrupts).

O’ReillyThey wanted them to get out of there.

Kelly: This was on the Chancellor orders. The Chancellors ordered them to go in, they wanted these students to disperse.  ….”and it is a crime, ten of them were charged”. “..unlawful assembly, and sit-ins, you know student protests”. “ can do that, it is very American but it also happens to break the law”.

The two Fox News personalities went on to talk about how the spray as preferred to hand contact.  Is that reverse rationalization for use of the spray directly to the face of the students?  If ten students were arrested, I can only assume the act of arresting resulted in handcuffing and physical movement of a person to the police van.  Why would O’Reilly attempt to justify the brutally via comments about, “not wanting to use their hands”?
Why, because Fox News plays to its hardcore base. Sometimes, a base which includes people who would applaud and boo at presidential candidate debates when mention of physical harm or death was brought-up.  They play to the same audience that witnessed endless Tea Party Rallies with people with guns clearly in view without any concerns for appropriateness.  They play to people who watched as tea party protesters hindered and crowded Democratic Representatives as they walked in solidarity to the  Capital Building. And, I wonder if Fox News even carried the clip of a tea party protester spitting on Representative Emanual Cleaver of Missouri.

Ruppert Murdoch should be as ashamed of the O’Reilly/Kelley segment as his continuing battles over phone hacking from his media outlets.

UPDATE: A Follow-up article will be posted related to the effects of Pepper Spray on the human being.

This follow-up piece is posted from website  

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