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Fox News host Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery drew the ire of CNN media analyst Brian Stelter when she referred to him as “tater,” and called him “ham-headed.”
In a segment of Fox News’ “Outnumbered,” Kennedy was commenting on Stelter comparing Americans who have allegedly been radicalized by the “right-wing media machine” to ISIS recruits and mass shooters after anchor Harris Faulkner questioned whether it was “wise free speech if it has a tone of hypocrisy to it.”
“Hypocrisy and free speech are two different things,” Kennedy replied. “We have to protect even abhorrent, simplistic, overly busy, unreadable free speech, as unpopular as it might be.”
“Back to Brian Stelter, I’m going to steal a line from Stephen Miller: Taters gonna tater,” she continued. “He might be the most unsophisticated analyst in the history of media analysis. He’s not just ham-fisted, he is ham-headed.”
During a Fox News segment complaining about how nasty and unfair the media is to conservatives, Kennedy literally compares Brian Stelter to a potato, calls him the “most despicable” media analyst in history, and says “he’s not just ham-fisted, he is ham-headed.” pic.twitter.com/LnRRoJYy4C
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) December 22, 2020
On a side note, Miller responded to clarify that while Stelter may “look like a potato,” he has never referred to him as “Tater.”
“[H]e’s counting on that discourse to write off the very legitimate criticisms anyone has about how truly awful he is as professional media person,” he observed.
Now, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t look like a potato. But he’s counting on that discourse to write off the very legitimate criticisms anyone has about how truly awful he is as professional media person. Straight through to his core.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 22, 2020
Never one to pass up on drawing attention to himself, Stelter replied to a Daily Beast article panning Kennedy’s remarks about him, giving the headline an “A+.”
A+ headline: “Fox News Complains About Media Being Mean to Conservatives, Then Compares CNN Host to a Potato” https://t.co/uMrHFX5V9G
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) December 22, 2020
He also replied to Miller’s tweet, with a hearty “Merry Christmas to you too.”
Curtis Houck, the managing editor at NewsBusters chimed in to highlight the tactic being employed by Stelter: “Proving Stephen’s point right here ^ Hurl venom at your political enemies, then morph into Mr. Nice Guy as if you’re above the fray.”
Proving Stephen’s point right here ^
Hurl venom at your political enemies, then morph into Mr. Nice Guy as if you’re above the fray
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 22, 2020
As to be expected from the corrupt media establishment, Washington Post reporter Jeremy Barr rallied to Stelter’s side, asking why Fox News would tolerate Kennedy’s “schoolyard bullying,” dragging Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson into the fray.
Brian Stelter doesn’t need defending, but I’m surprised that Fox News leaders put up with the schoolyard bullying by its hosts. I know Sean Hannity thinks it’s v funny to call him “humpty dumpty,” and for Tucker Carlson to send donuts as a fat joke, but .. https://t.co/FBOEgprGmd
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) December 22, 2020
Miller responded to Barr’s spirited effort by reminding him that “Stelter compared Kennedy to ISIS.”
He also explained the reporter’s motivation, as Houck weighed in to highlight Barr’s hypocrisy.
Oh, would you look at that! It’s like Stelter’s friends went out to do him a solid.
Amazing how these people treat Fox News, conservative media, and anyone who stands in their way like enemies and then when called out, they scream about decency. https://t.co/m9N11Ke9wo
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) December 22, 2020
People like Barr depend on Stelter and his network for pipeline TV hits for their careers, which is why the criticism always goes one way.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) December 23, 2020
Here’s a sampling of other responses to the story from Twitter:
I totally agree with this. I think conservatives give him so much air with the constant (deserved) dunking. I very rarely see people on the left link/mention him.
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) December 23, 2020
LMAO, Brian is mad someone called him a potato.
Why’s he mad. If the potato were mad I’d understand. https://t.co/5LtVAh1zSO
— Ranting Monkey (@Ranting_Monkey) December 22, 2020
This is a real meat and potatoes kinda story
— JonathonSnyder (@JonathonSnyder) December 23, 2020
“School yard bullying”..
Brian call FOX state tv…he deserves every bit of scorn he gets..he’s not a journalist, he’s a propagandist…
Don’t confuse the two..
— Cali Girl🌻To🌻Okie (@GooseGanderMom) December 23, 2020
CNN calls them Nazis, white-supremacists and murderers. Responding with Humpty or donuts is quite a mild response if we were to be honest. 😂
— AJ (@iamnotshouting) December 23, 2020
Look at his twitter account.
He spends most of his time going after Fox. He and his network does it so much that if I want to see what’s on Fox, I just have to turn on CNN.
— ceneblock (@ceneblock) December 23, 2020
In all fairness, if anyone could or should ever be called a potato, it’s Brian Stelter.
— Anvil of Crom (@catpooper) December 23, 2020
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