Megyn Kelly's Disappointing Bill Ayers Interview Helped President Obama Look Moderate
To be sure, Kelly's no dumb blonde, but she astonishingly missing a perfect opportunity to highlight the true nature of the Obama-Ayers relationship when the United State needed her not to miss it.
Move Sean Hannity back to the weekday 9 PM hour, when more people watch than watch at 10 PM.
Surprisingly,Megyn Kelly's much hyped two-part interview of aging and balding domestic terrorist and University of Illinois professor Bill Ayers had to please President Barack Obama.
With his pal President Obama safely reelected in 2012 and not running again, this year Ayers returned to the public arena and debated conservative Dinesh D'Souza at Dartmouth on January 30. Then D'Souza apparently helped Kelly get her big Ayers interview and even was in studio and off camera when the interview was taped. (Ayers, referring to The New York Times's practice of lying, said "Don't they, Dinesh?" and those words were not edited out.)
Kelly easily made a compelling case that Ayers was a domestic terrorist.
BUT.. it's NOT news that Ayers was a domestic terrorist involved with at least a score of bombing during the Vietnam era or that Ayers helped launch President Obama's political career.
What would have been important was showing the nature of the relationship between Ayers and President Obama, and that would have demonstrated that President Obama lied about it to make himself electable.
That calls to mind supporting gay marriage as an Illinois politician, then proclaiming support for traditional marriage in order to win the Presidency, then reverting to the pro-gay marriage position while describing the reversion as "evolution" instead of "devolution."
Hannity, the former Fox News host of the weekday 9 PM hour now on at 10 PM, certainly would not have given Ayers a pass when Ayers said that President Obama's philosophy is completely different from his and proceeded to complain that President Obama has continued President George W. Bush's smart practice of using drones in combating terrorists and has not closed down Gitmo or implemented universal health.
Hannity would have pointed out that using drones saves American lives and that's something the Commander-in-Chief is supposed to do.
Hannity would have pointed out the President Obama has been trying to close down Gitmo since he was inaugurated but has not been able to secure Congressional cooperation. (Amazingly, members of Congress prefer to keep foreign terrorists in Gitmo instead of in the United States.)
Hannity would have played that video of Illinois politician Obama declaring his support of universal health care and explained that President Obama has been working toward that goal as strongly as he could without risking losing his race for reelection and that President Obama cannot implement universal health care by executive order and has been repeatedly rebuked by the United States Supreme Court for executive overreach.
Like former ACORN Chief Organizer Wade Rathke a few years ago, Ayers was willing to be interviewed by the comely Kelly.
To be sure, Kelly's no dumb blonde, but she missing a perfect opportunity to highlight the true nature of the Obama-Ayers relationship when the United States needed her not to miss it.
It would be surprising if either Ayers or Rathke ever engages in a duel of wits with a brunette like Hannity.
Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member.
Gaynor graduated magna cum laude, with Honors in Social Science, from Hofstra University's New College, and received his J.D. degree from St. John's Law School, where he won the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence and served as an editor of the Law Review and the St. Thomas More Institute for Legal Research. He wrote on the Pentagon Papers case for the Review and obscenity law for The Catholic Lawyer and edited the Law Review's commentary on significant developments in New York law.
The day after graduating, Gaynor joined the Fulton firm, where he focused on litigation and corporate law. In 1997 Gaynor and Emily Bass formed Gaynor & Bass and then conducted a general legal practice, emphasizing litigation, and represented corporations, individuals and a New York City labor union. Notably, Gaynor & Bass prevailed in the Second Circuit in a seminal copyright infringement case, Tasini v. New York Times, against newspaper and magazine publishers and Lexis-Nexis. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed, 7 to 2, holding that the copyrights of freelance writers had been infringed when their work was put online without permission or compensation.
Gaynor currently contributes regularly to www.MichNews.com, www.RenewAmerica.com, www.WebCommentary.com, www.PostChronicle.com and www.therealitycheck.org and has contributed to many other websites. He has written extensively on political and religious issues, notably the Terry Schiavo case, the Duke "no rape" case, ACORN and canon law, and appeared as a guest on television and radio. He was acknowledged in Until Proven Innocent, by Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson, and Culture of Corruption, by Michelle Malkin. He appeared on "Your World With Cavuto" to promote an eBay boycott that he initiated and "The World Over With Raymond Arroyo" (EWTN) to discuss the legal implications of the Schiavo case. On October 22, 2008, Gaynor was the first to report that The New York Times had killed an Obama/ACORN expose on which a Times reporter had been working with ACORN whistleblower Anita MonCrief.