Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Megyn Kelly of Fox News to Interview Jim Bob & Michelle Duggar Tonight

It's been reported that Megyn Kelly of Fox News will be interviewing Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC's "19 Kids & Counting" as part of their public relations campaign following confirmation that their oldest son Josh has "forcefully fondled" five young girls when he was a teen -- including four of his sisters.

Don't expect anything but a fluff piece. Kelly already believes that the media is being too tough on the Duggars:
"This isn’t going to be a cross-examination of a family. It’s going to be an interview. I want to hear their story. And I think America wants to hear their story now.” 

 Kelly’s interview follows the revelations that the couple’s son, Josh Duggar, confessed to sexually molesting five young girls, including his sisters, when he was a teenager. Leaked police reports indicate that the parents waited to inform authorities and may have even tried to cover up the criminal act. 

The Fox host was particularly outraged by the way some in the media have highlighted connections between the Duggars and Republican presidential candidates like Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum. 

“Bill Clinton was accused of rape. He has been accused by several women of sexually assaulting them,” Kelly stated. But the fact that a presidential candidate has posed with some random member of the family that’s going through this issue is somehow a problem for the GOP’ers?” For the record, several candidates have posed with Josh Duggar and not just random members of his family.
Of course, neither Mike Huckabee or Rick Santorum just randomly stumbled across members of the Duggar family. The Duggars have regularly traveled to Iowa and other states to campaign on behalf of both politicians.

Plus, Jim Bob was a member of Arkansas' House of Representatives from 1999 until 2002. He has also run unsuccessfully for the Senate (both stateside and national) as recently as 2006. He and his wife have actively campaigned for various Republican candidates since then, using the national celebrity gained from their TLC reality TV show. Last fall, Michelle Duggar actively campaigned against a gay rights ordinance, arguing that it would allow sex predators to put on dresses and rape little girls in public restrooms.

Josh Duggar worked as an executive director position within the Family Research Council starting in 2013, where he actively campaigned against gays and gay families on a national level. In that role, he worked alongside many national politicians and social conservatives.

So it's a bit disingenuous for Kelly to imply that people like Santorum and Huckabee just randomly took pictures with John Duggar and that this family is just a bunch of TV rubes.

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