The Kremlin went on record reporting its interest in offering NBC host Megyn Kelly a job working for the Russian media. Vladimir Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov mused about this situation, praising Mrs. Kelly for her interviewing skills but suggesting she might be a bit pricey for Russian media.
In the wake of the blackface comments that cost Kelly her job, she has received at least two (mostly) tongue-in-cheek offers. One from Russia’s Channel One, the most popular terrestrial broadcaster, and the other from the Federal News Agency, which has been painted in US news outlets as the public face of purported Russian “troll farm” Internet Research Agency – claims which it vehemently denies.
On Monday, Peskov was asked to comment on Kelly’s career prospects in foreign media.
“You know, she has a big salary. I am not sure the Federal News Agency can afford her,” Peskov said in reference to Kelly’s reported three-year $69 million contract she signed after leaving Fox News last year.
“Of course this is not our sphere of competence – we do not hire journalists. But she did conduct a very energetic and dynamic interview with Vladimir Putin,” the long-time Putin lieutenant said regarding a one-on-one piece with the Russian president broadcast in June last year.
Kelly, 47, lost her NBC show, but will reportedly receive a full payout, after comments lamenting the growing sensitivity over wearing blackface at Halloween, which she claimed was acceptable as part of a costume when she was a child.
Kelly’s story is one of meteoric rise and then meteoric crash. That crash came at the hands of liberal activists, who have managed to short-circuit American free speech to the point that any sort of “color” remark is instantly taken as racism. This was the defining event:
This story is absolutely tragic on several fronts:
- Megyn was in no way racist at all. She was speaking very simply about the hypersensitivity of people to racism, saying “I can’t keep up with the number of people that we’re offending just by being normal people.” And she is right.
- But sometime after this, the PC police, and no doubt her managers, got an earful and dumped it on the TV host, prompting this effort by her to “apologize” and show compliance with the dictatorship of the American left.
- The further tragedy was that she did not continue to fight back right then (she started a legal fight later), and now her job is in jeopardy.
- The even further tragedy is that almost all the Western media networks dogpiled on her about this, with uniform commentary that these comments were shameful, hateful, racist and so on.
The main thing that did her in was that she gave in to the political correctness thought police, and they are wiping the floor with her now.
This situation is further proof that the West has lost its collective mind, and where social justice warriors have effectively shut down free speech. In reviewing the video clip, Megyn Kelly was lamenting the culture of political correctness which has set people to such a profound degree of sensitivity that it is becoming increasingly impossible to communicate freely in the United States.
All except for one person, maybe, that person being President Donald Trump.
Had this been he saying this, no doubt the President would have simply retorted against the accusation with “That’s ridiculous! I was talking about how damaging political correctness is, not about racism. What is your problem?”
We see evidence for this kind of response in the way the US president handles other similar affairs.
Something has gone seriously wrong in the United States with regard to free speech. It used to be the common rhyme of every school kid that, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Now, while it is true for many that words can hurt, this rhyme was meant to put such situations in perspective. One’s words are said and then gone like smoke. When a person is so fragile that words, even and especially words spoken without rancor as in this situation with Megyn Kelly, can even be thought of as “insensitive” or “cruel” or “bigoted”, something is psychologically wrong with that person.
Liberalism and political correctness suggest that each person regulate his or her speech so as not to offend others, that is, so as not to hurt their feelings and cause them to shatter like paper-thin china. The thing we are told is that being so coarse as to say such things hurts people around us, especially those who are “victimized” by the past mistakes of other people.
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