January 9, 2013
(Julie Jacobson / The Associated Press)
(Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)

Here’s one place that won’t accept ESPN’s apology over the slobbering remarks of Brent Musburger during Monday night’s national championship football game: Megyn Kelly and her show, “America Live.” Kelly just completed a segment with commentators Monica Crowley and Kirsten Powers in which all three agreed that the 73-year-old Musburger did nothing offensive in raving about Katherine Webb, Miss Alabama and girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.

Checking in with her panelists, Kelly asked for a show of hands for those who wanted to scold the ESPN announcer. No hands rose.

Crowley then said: “Here’s what’s wrong with a man calling a woman beautiful: Nothing.”

Powers said, “If anybody wants to call me beautiful right now, I don’t have a problem with it.”

All three participated in de rigueur denunciations of the excesses of political correctness, the outrage that kids can’t sit “Indian style,” the objections of people over the term “midget,” and on and on.

Fact-checking Point No. 1: ESPN didn’t apologize for complimenting a woman. It apologized that the “commentary in this instance went too far.”

Fact-checking point No. 2: Musburger didn’t merely compliment a woman for being attractive. He and his co-host said something more along the lines of, Wooo-hooo, whoa, wow, what a babe, my God, those quarterbacks sure do score! Get out there, boys, and practice up for babes!*
*Not a literal transcription; literary license deployed.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.