Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday night lashed out at the liberal media for covering comments she made on Monday about the black teenage girl slammed to the ground by a McKinney, Texas, police officer.
After viewing the video of Officer Eric Casebolt, Kelly said his treatment of the teen was “brutal,” but also commented that the “girl was no saint either” because she lingered when the officer told her to keep walking.
“I took no position on the matter, other than to acknowledge the brutality of the cop’s actions, and the decision-making of the young woman that brought her into his focus,” Kelly said, noting that two out of her three guests on Monday evening opposed the cop’s actions.
Kelly criticized Salon and Media Matters for not pointing out that she called the officer’s actions “brutal” or that she said she was “not defending his actions.”
“It’s almost pointless to respond to these kinds of smears, and I almost never do it,” she said. “But this one struck me as an example of how drastically the press — really, the blogs — distort innocuous comments to promote their own agendas. It is not just a left-wing thing, to be fair; but too often, it is done by the far left with glee, and with total impunity.”
In a post on Wednesday night, Media Matters responded to Kelly by noting that the website “included the full context of Kelly’s comments in a June 8 post detailing Fox News personalities’ reaction to the controversial video.”
Watch Kelly’s Wednesday night comments via Media Matters: