Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fox’s O’Reilly, Kelly On Pepper Spray: “A Food Product”

Leave it to Fox to immediately downplay the appalling use of pepper spray by UC Davis police on students conducting a peaceful sit-in. Bill O’Reilly asks Megyn Kelly, “that just burns your eyes, right?” Kelly replies that pepper spray is “a derivative of actual pepper–it’s a food product, essentially.” The two discuss whether the spray was diluted. (Mother Jones notes that "pepper spray is 1,000 times 'hotter' than a jalapeño pepper.") Though Kelly concedes that the spray was “abrasive and intrusive” and the tape “looks bad,” she states that “from a legal standpoint, I don’t know that the cops did anything wrong… The cops are allowed to use reasonable force to effect compliance with an arrest.” O’Reilly argues, “They just wanted them to get out of there… They didn’t want to lay hands on them… We don’t have the right to Monday morning quarterback the police–especially at a place like UC Davis, which is a fairly liberal campus.” A liberal campus? Then spray away, right? Watch:

4 comments:

JiM said...

Well it seems to me she should then be asked to take a hit from the "food product" you know as any good journalist would do to cover a story. Oh did I say journalist?

Jeff Tone said...

True, Jim, just as those who say that waterboarding isn't torture should try it some time.

Both "journalist" and "news station" have only the loosest application to, respectively, Fox hosts and Fox itself.

Michael The Molar Maven said...

Unlawful assembly - punishable by bodily harm and infliction of pain. Take this one step further and we get Kent State. I know this in extreme stretch, but why does the Nuremberg defense analogy come to mind when discussing the suspension of the police chief? At least Ms. Kelly does mention the concept of morality, even if only in passing.

Jeff Tone said...

Yes, but of course Kelly comes around to justifying the police's appalling actions as "legal" and "reasonable." How's that for her morality?