Fox vs Fox smackdown: Megyn Kelly vs Kirsten Powers

Without question, one of the most entertaining segments I have ever seen on Fox News. And what makes this clip even more spectacular is that its a Fox anchor against a regular Fox analyst.In one corner, wearing the pink dress, Megyn Kelly, introducing the tape where California Congressman Brad Sherman tells his town hall meeting he knew nothing about the New Black Panther voter intimidation case, and its dismissal by DOJ. In the other corner Kirsten Powers, Democrat strategist wearing the red top, telling Kelly, ahh, what’s the big deal? No voter intimidation anyway.

Before we venture into the ring with these two women I would like to draw your attention to two things that struck me as I watched this live, unfolding before my eyes, while trying desperately to get my doctor mandated hour rest before starting work again.

1. Powers handles the debate miserably. She starts by saying she did not see any voter intimidation in the original tape … even throws in the Fox is making a big deal about the “scary black man” thing. I’m sorry, what?

2. Kelly started the fight by telling Powers she didn’t know what she was talking about (she didn’t), and insulted her, when she should have let Powers speak and come back with testimony contradicting her “no big deal” statement. But then, that would have been no fun. Enjoy.

Editor’s note: I usually record Andrea Mitchell “NBC News” at that hour … so by the time I switched the recorder I lost half of the debate. Thus I am using Hot Air’s video, which is complete.

Oh, and for your information. Congressman Sherman has issued a press release on his ignorance to the case. Apparently he really was ignorant, which is a horrible indictment of the Main Stream Media.

When asked to comment for this story, Sherman issued a written statement noting there had been scant mention of the Black Panther case in the local newspapers and other media he follows.

“In contrast, Fox News covered the issue repeatedly,” he said. “Also, since Fox News began its attacks on me, we have received hundreds of communications, a small portion of which are actually from within our district.

“I will soon send a letter to Attorney General Holder regarding the importance of allegations of voter intimidation, and the Philadelphia incident in particular.”

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs gave a similar answer last week when asked about the controversy. He said he has not been paying attention to the case.

Here’s the original Congressman Sherman Town Hall debacle:


17 replies
  1. Anne-EH
    Anne-EH says:

    Give  Megyn Kelly A LOT OF CREDIT Jim, she came to this debate PREPARED. Also what is fun is that when I watch this and other debates that both Megyn Kelly and Kirsten Powers have one of these spirited debates, the viewers come away having learned some new things. :)=^..^=

  2. ali-t
    ali-t says:

    Thanks for posting this Jim.  Kirsten Powers telling Megyn Kelly that the billy club toting voter intimidation case wasn't that big a deal, and by the way Bush did it, and there's nothing to see here at the DOJ regarding a racist policy ……. is like telling a brutalized rape victim… it wasn't that bad, it's no big deal, and you might as well relax and enjoy it…….. astonishing!!!!  Megyn's smacked of Powers was more than justified.  Powers should be ashamed.

  3. chris-os
    chris-os says:


    I watched this twice to make sure I saw the same vid that the 2 previous posters saw.

    Megyn Kelly had NO IDEA what the hell she was talking about, Powers did.

    Kelly used the Fox method of interviewing. When the person being interviewed says something that it outside the "script," YELL, SCREAM, TALK OVER and threaten to CUT THE MIKE so that the listener does NOT get a chance to hear anyone who makes a sensible counter point.

    • Tim McKee
      Tim McKee says:

      This debate sound 99% of all debates between Jim and any slightyly liberal caller!!

      Screaming over the caller and yell you dont know what you are talking about!!

      If Jim ever had any guests who disagree this might also happen, but he ONLY has  Republcians on!

      (just kidding jim!)

    • Texas-ex1977
      Texas-ex1977 says:

      Heard this cat fight while driving. My thought was that I couldn't hear above all the yelling and screaming, so I just turned the dial. Find myself doing that a lot lately on many radio and TV shows. Find myself  TRYING to listen, but give up when the principals to the conversation cannot be heard! Feel like the Lone Ranger Listener because everyone else is too busy interrupting and screaming!

      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        It is annoying, isn't it?  Like being in a courtroom and told to give an YES or NO answer when an explanation is necessary.

    • Dimsdale
      Dimsdale says:

      Clearly you did see something else.  Kelly may have been too gung ho (perhaps a la Chris Matthews) but she had complete control of the argument, including names, quotes etc., while Powers did not.  She went with the talking points, the blame Bush misdirection (and if Bush's DOJ did the same as Øbama's, he needs a b-slap too), then had to backpedal widely when confronted with the facts.  Her head just wobbled like a punching bag with the torrent of facts.


      Apply the test: put two skinheads (scary white men, in Powersspeak) out in front of a Philly voting booth this fall with batons, uniforms and have them say things directly analogous to what the New Black Panthers said (I think you know what "cracker" is analogous to).  I bet that would be covered by the NYTimes etc., and prosecutions would be made.  As they should be, and as they should have been.  Kelly was right: the polling place should be sancrosanct, and 40 some odd years of civil rights activity should have made that clear.

  4. JollyRoger
    JollyRoger says:

    If Barry gets his comprehensive immigration passed, or his plan B which bypasses congress and grants blanket amnesty to illegal aliens- then the tired and hungry masses will all be doing the Barry shuffle at the polls; unless, of course, they find a more sleazy option who offers more gold from our long empty treasury.

  5. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    You gotcher good blondes and yer bad blondes, and Megyn is one of them good blondes.

  6. UnRiel
    UnRiel says:

    It sounded like there was pre-existing bad blood between the women. I find for a Democrat commentator Kirsten is usually intelligent and pragmatic.

  7. Law-AbidingCitizen
    Law-AbidingCitizen says:

    Smack-down? Entertainment? Sure. Where's the jello? Or mud, if you wish. (Squish!) Informative? To a degree. It's always fun to see a bunch of women go after each other with "the facts." Huh? What are the facts.

    Yes, there's information and there's talking-points and strategies, but let's just remember the big picture here.

    Obama's DOJ would be all over a white "panther" party (skinheads or what ever you like) if they said and did the things reported by the RESPONSIBLE media. This is clearly a case where the "fish is rotting from the head down." Obama and his DOJ have let things spin out of control. it is now to the point where ANY black, gads, I hate that tag, can do ANYTHING THEY WANT TO DO and SAY ANYTHING THAT THEY WANT TO SAY. They can have big burly guys with sticks talk smack and say very provocative things. In Obama land, THEY can get away with that behavior.

    Put the reverse spin on it, have white big, burly guys doing the same thing and you would see Waco all over again. From the point of view of (black) Holder's DOJ, the Obama side has done nothing wrong, talk is cheap. We will have to see if they move against their own people for the Panther clips of black on white violence. They have done NOTHING about the Union Thugs intimidating people and that wasn't even over race (?).

    The big picture: Gulf is in SERIOUS crisis and the Dems are fumbling the ball all over the field thus, they have to have diversions to keep serious watchers of his Regime from blinking and being caught not paying attention.

    We have to keep our eye on the real issues while enjoying the shenanigans of the Leftys. So Congressman Sherman is ignorant? Him and HUNDREDS of his colleagues.

    Nothing new about that. So, how is the situation in the Gulf? Is the government STILL standing in the way of a fix. Won't they be pissed if BP actually shuts off the well and there is only clean-up left?

    Still, a cat fight is fun to watch. Shouting over each other is a turn-off. (If they start taking off earrings and jewelry, then it is really serious.)!

  8. BEA
    BEA says:

    Imho, Megyn seemed more loaded w/ the facts (and I love her passion…I could totally relate to it.  I'm tired of these people who are running our country not knowing, not reading, not listening to what the heck is going on!!!!)

    Imho, it does seem like all Kirsten does is deflect ("what about Bush?", "why are you making such a big deal?")

    And really, Gibbs hasn't been paying attention to the case? Are you kidding me? I just read the "10 Point Program" of the Black Panthers…very interesting. #2-"WE WANT FULL EMPLOYMENT FOR OUR PEOPLE. We believe that the federal government is responsible and obligated to give every person employment or a guaranteed income.", #6-"WE WANT COMPLETELY FREE HEALTH CARE FOR ALL BLACK AND OPPRESSED PEOPLE. We believe that the government must provide, free of charge, for the people, health facilities which will not only treat our illnesses, most of which have come about as a result of our oppression, but which will also develop preventive medical programs to guarantee our future survival."

    Just 2 from the 10.

    Honestly, I'm so sick of this…and now I have a headache!

  9. Tallngoofy
    Tallngoofy says:

    This is irrelevant, but can someone tell me how to email Jim? I can't find a link on here.

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