A productive conversation on race on Fox News’ “The Kelly File” had little hope for success once guest D.L. Hughley realized he was following former LAPD detective Mark Fuhrman.
Hughley took exception to Fuhrman’s input on recent police shootings, but host Megyn Kelly steered the discussion back to the shooting of Philando Castile in Minnesota.
Even still, the conversation would soon go off the rails.
Kelly talked about letting the evidence play out, but Hughley countered that cops are given the “presumption of innocence.”
Saying the facts are not known, Kelly pointed to Ferguson, noting the Justice Department investigation found that Michael Brown was the aggressor and that “hands up, don’t shoot” was a lie — never mind that Black Lives Matter protesters still chant the mantra today.
She also accurately noted that the former Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ exonerated Officer Darren Wilson, all of which prompted Hughley to respond by saying, “Wow.”
“Don’t ‘wow’ me,” Kelly said. “That’s what they found.”
“Don’t tell me not to ‘wow’ you,” Hughley shot back in defiance. “I can say wow if I want to.”
He was not about to be swayed by facts. Instead, he pointing out that the DOJ found evidence of systemic racism at the Ferguson police department and that “no one has proven” that Brown tried to grab Wilson’s gun and shoot him.
No one except Eric Holder.
Kelly warned him not to “dodge,” but that just sent him off even more.
“Well first off, what I’ll tell you is this,” Hughley said. “It is not uncommon for you all to see one thing. The only place racism doesn’t exist is Fox News and the police department.”
It’s not clear if the use of “you all” was directed at Fox News employees or white people in general. “That’s the only place,” Hughely insisted.
“That’s insulting. You just insulted millions of people watching this channel,” she replied.
“And you know what? I’m insulted by the things I hear on this network, so we’re even,” Hughley said. “I could care less about insulting people that insult me on a daily basis.”
He leveled another insult at Fox News viewers as Kelly tried to steer the discussion back to incidents involving police.
“I think a lot of people on this network have never seen a black man they didn’t think deserved it,” he seethed.
That Kelly opted not to throw Hughley out of the studio at this point was disappointing, but she did make her point that the rush to judgment by those who throw out the term racism without any evidence “shuts down dialogue.”
Wow, what a segment.
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