Pastor Jim Garlow of the Skyline Church in San Diego slammed Fox News host Megyn Kelly Oct. 25 for accurately reporting about the sexual predator accusations against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (video below).
In a long Facebook posting, Garlow lamented how "the media" has changed for the worse over the decades since the days of CBS News journalist Edward R. Murrow, and added:
So...did you see Megyn Kelly attack Newt Gingrich tonite? She called Trump a "sexual predator." Newt challenged her that she could not legally back up such a claim. Of course she cannot back that up. There are accusers, but (without a trial) that does not constitute proof, and she - as an attorney - knows that.
During "The Kelly File," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich accused the media of bias against Trump regarding the sexual abuse allegations, and Kelly countered: "If Trump is a sexual predator, that is--."
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"He's not a sexual predator!" Gingrich cut in.
"OK, that's your opinion," Kelly added. "I'm not taking a position on that."
"You can't say that!" Gingrich fired back. "You could not defend that statement. Now, I'm sick and tired of people like you, using language that's inflammatory, that's not true."
Earlier in the broadcast, Gingrich called Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton "the most corrupt, dishonest person ever nominated by a party."
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After Gingrich exploded, Kelly stated: "Excuse me, Mr. Speaker, you have no idea if it's true or not."
"Neither do you," Gingrich countered.
"That's right, and I'm not taking a position on it, unlike you," Kelly told Gingrich.
Gingrich insisted that because Kelly used the words "sexual predator" that she took a position.
What I said was "if" Trump is a sexual predator, then it's a big story, and what we saw on that tape was Trump himself saying that he likes to grab women by the genitals and kiss them against their will. That's what we saw. Then we saw ten women come forward after he denied actually doing it at a debate.
Gingrich told Kelly that she was "fascinated with sex," and added: "You don't care about public policy."
Moments later, Gingrich turned the topic to sex, and tried to goad Kelly into commenting about whether or not the Clinton ticket has a "relationship to a sexual predator." Gingrich also demanded that Kelly say the words: "Bill Clinton sexual predator."
Kelly told him that had been covered on her show, and that she had interviewed Kathleen Willey, one of the women who accused former President Bill Clinton of sexual assault decades ago.
Kelly reminded Gingrich that Bill was not on the 2016 Democratic presidential ticket, and added: "You can take your anger issues, and spend some time working on them, Mr. Speaker."
Garlow continued slamming Kelly in his Facebook posting:
Newt then challenged Megyn to use the phrase "sexual predator" for Bill Clinton. She would not. He pressed her. She refused. (Her pro-Clinton bias - which others had consistently warned me about - REALLY showed tonight. She was full throttle on trashing/bashing Trump.)
When the hostile interview - one of the most hostile I have seen on TV - ended, she demonstrated her passive-aggressive stance by telling Newt that she hoped he would be able to work out his anger issues. One last dig! It might have been "cute" to some, but it was below the dignity of her calling & profession.
For the first time, I went on her Facebook & expressed my deep disappointment in her - professionally. I suspect I am not the only one that felt this way. Observation: Newt was 100% right on what he said. Megyn came into the interview "hell-bent" on declaring the election over and Hillary coronated as Queen.
As a matter of record, Kelly did not declare the election over, nor did she declare Hillary had won, but she did accurately note that the most recent polls showed her as ahead.
Murrow, whom Garlow admires, is most famous for taking down Republican Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin on March 9, 1954, noted The Huffington Post:
We will not be driven by fear into an age of unreason if we dig deep in our history and our doctrine and remember that we are not descended from fearful men. Not from men who feared to write, to speak, to associate and to defend the causes that were for the moment unpopular. This is no time for men who oppose Senator McCarthy’s methods to keep silent, or for those who approve. We can deny our heritage and our history, but we cannot escape responsibility for the result.
(Note: Conflict Begins At 4:30 Mark)