At a Thursday event before a crowd of 2,000 at Long Island University, Fox News host Megyn Kelly and colleagues Bill O’Reilly and Brian Kilmeade addressed the miserable state of the non-Fox News media. Here’s what Kelly had to say, as captured by Gawker:
I don’t want to sound trite, but I take very seriously, and I’m honored by the opportunity, to provide the news to the viewers. And I think that the Fox News Channel is the only place people can go right now for fair and balanced news. It’s truly the only place. [Applause, whistles]
So, if you wanted to know what’s happening with Obamacare, where are you going to go? You’re going to get the straight story any place other than Fox? I don’t think so. You’re getting so much spin, and so much spin still keeps coming out.
Even, for example, those Medicaid numbers Obama keeps touting, well they’re not true, they’re not true! OK, and that’s not spin. They are false. And he’s overstating it. And the Washington Post is giving him three Pinocchios, but nobody else will tell you that!
Now, Kelly came to journalism via the law. So she should know better than to utter something so self-contradictory. To take apart this illogic, Kelly is alleging that nobody but Fox News will tell you that Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler has given President Obama several Pinocchios for his Medicaid claim. Except, of course, the Washington Post, though Kelly may be referring to this Obama fact-check, which issues four Pinocchios. Google searches show that several other outlets report on the results of Washington Post fact-checks that reflect poorly on the president.
In the age of the Internet, “nobody else will tell you that” is almost always worth a few Pinocchios on its own.