I have no idea how Megyn Kelly votes. She’s either a closet liberal in a sea of conservative voices, or she’s “fiscally conservative and socially liberal.” Regardless, one thing’s for certain: Megyn Kelly is a feminist. Her 2013 diatribe on breadwinner moms proved this in spades, as does her latest scuffle with Newt Gingrich.
The heated exchange between Kelly and Gingrich was over Donald Trump’s alleged sexual impropriety vs. Bill Clinton’s proven sexual predation. There’s no convincing evidence that Donald Trump’s transgressions were anything more than a slight, but we know Bill Clinton is a sexual predator. And we know his wife, a supposed feminist who believes all sexual assault accusers “deserve to be believed,” covers for her husband.
That Megyn Kelly doesn’t see the difference was Gingrich’s point.
Naturally, Kelly was quick to point out that Bill Clinton is “not on the ticket.” But don’t think for a moment if Melania Trump were running for president instead of her husband that Kelly wouldn’t care if Trump, who she suggests may be a “sexual predator,” were in the East Wing. She would.
As soon as the tape of Trump’s boorish comments about women was released, it was over for him. A committed feminist makes no distinction between words and actions. If a man says it, he does it. And if she’s been on the receiving end of sexual harassment herself, all men become suspect.
That is why it’s no small thing to be a feminist in power. As filmmaker Cassie Jaye said in an interview about her new film on men’s rights, feminism is a “quasi-religion.” It’s an ideology that routinely pits men and women against one another in a game of one-upmanship. Every exchange between the sexes, and I do mean everything, is a potential slight against women.
Megyn Kelly tries hard to project a “fair and balanced” persona, and in general does a decent job. But when it comes to any issue involving gender or gender politics, she is hopelessly and deeply biased. That’s when her unprofessionalism jumps off the screen. It always reminds me of Shakespeare: “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”
The dustup between Kelly and Gingrich wasn’t about Gingrich’s “anger issues,” as Kelly said, nor was it about media bias per se. It was about feminist bias. Feminist bias is an arm of liberal bias. It’s the same idea, but it is specific to gender issues.
Any feminist with clout is part of the feminist elite. This group’s entire worldview—about men, sex, work, marriage, motherhood and politics—is fueled by feminist dogma, and they’re convinced their beliefs aren’t up for debate.
On the contrary, their beliefs are right, good, and fair—beliefs any normal person would support. When these beliefs are challenged, the horns come out. That’s what happens with Megyn Kelly.
If you think I’m exaggerating my case, watch carefully the next time another member of the feminist elite, such as Sheryl Sandberg, comes on Kelly’s program to discuss—what else?—empowerment for women. There are no hardballs thrown. There’s no journalism going on. It’s a love fest.
In 2003, Bernard Goldberg opened America’s eyes with his groundbreaking book Bias. Bill O’Reilly did the same with his book Culture Warrior. Thirteen years later, most people understand there’s a culture war in America and that media bias runs deep.
But feminist bias goes unrecognized, or at least unnamed.
Perhaps it’s time we changed that.