By Paul Hair
Clash Daily Contributor
Kyra Phillips of HLN honestly speaks her mind. She lets the world know what she thinks of people.
Newsbusters did its job of taking one for the team by watching CNN and then transcribing Phillips’s comments regarding Phil Robertson of Duck Commander:
KYRA PHILLIPS: I totally disagree with the guy. I think he’s so narrow-minded and he really needs to like get with the times. But I mean you’ve got politicians that are expressing support for this guy too, right? But then again, that comes down to money.
Well, like, Kyra, thanks for, like, letting us know how you really feel about Robertson and people who think like him.
Phillips’s honesty first grabbed my attention in 2006 when Newsbusters captured and transcribed a conversation she had in a restroom in which she discussed her feelings about her sister-in-law and other things:
[unidentified woman]: “Yeah, my brother’s the one that–[unintelligible]”
Phillips: “Brother–of course, brothers have to be, you know, protective. Except for mine. I’ve got to be protective of him.”
Phillips: “Yeah. He’s married, three kids, but his wife is just a control freak.”
[unidentified woman #2]: “Kyra.”
Phillips: “Yeah, baby?”
[unidentified woman #2]: “Your mic is on. Turn it off. It’s been on the air.”
And when she isn’t spending her time prattling about her control freak of a sister-in-law, Phillips regularly spends her time honestly telling (or showing) the world what she thinks about those who aren’t part of the Cult of Progressivism.
Phillips showed what she thinks about morality supporters when she became part of the cheerleading group that promoted those who subverted the armed forces and broke the law to get what they wanted (“CNN’s Kyra Phillips Brings Out Kid Gloves for Homosexual Colonel,” June 30, 2009 – Newsbusters).
And Phillips regularly uses her television time to reveal her feelings for Catholics and Christians.
A prime example of this is her turning to Anthea Butler, “Graduate Chair in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania,” for commentary and analysis on the Pope (“HLN’s Kyra Phillips Presses for New Liberal Pope,” Newsbusters, February 12, 2013).
And who is Anthea Butler? She is someone who makes the news with headlines such as, “Opposing view: Why ‘Sam Bacile’ deserves arrest” (in which Butler argues against the First Amendment – USA Today, September 14, 2012), “U Penn Prof: Having Abortion Is a ‘Plus’ for Female Politicians” (CNSNews.com, July 9, 2013), “The Zimmerman Acquittal: America’s Racist God” (Religion Dispatches, July 14, 2013), “Government shutdown due to the color of Obama’s skin, suggests Ivy League prof in Twitter rant” (Campus Reform, October 1, 2013), and “Prof: GOP ‘Don’t Give a Damn’ About Babies They’re Saving from Abortion” (CNSNews.com, November 18, 2013).
I as a Christian cannot find a single thing I would have in common with Butler. Therefore, Phillips turning to her as an authority on Catholicism and Christianity tells me what I need to know about Phillips’s thoughts on Catholics and Christians. (And if that didn’t, instances such as, “CNN’s Phillips Endorses Liberal Minister Critical of Blacks’ Attitudes on Homosexuality” (Newsbusters, September 27, 2010), would.)
A quick search of the Newsbusters website shows that Phillips has similar feelings for the rest of Americans in flyover country in general.
But I guess none of this should come as a surprise. People outside the American coasts must be as foreign as extraterrestrial aliens to Phillips. After all, she works in an industry where Matt Lauer is a leading figure.
Matt Lauer dressed up like Pamela Anderson in a surprising amount of detail for Halloween. And then he went on Ellen and gave a rather graphic description of what he did to get that look—a graphic description that the television industry finds, contrary to Robertson’s remarks, quite acceptable.
And if Phillips is surrounded by people like Lauer, it’s no wonder that normal people seem so odd to her.
So carry on, Kyra Phillips. Continue honestly speaking your mind about people like me and letting the world know what you think of us. Perhaps we will meet someday and then you can ask me what I think of you. I’d be happy to let you know.
Paul Hair honorably served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a non-commissioned officer; he is veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He has worked as a civilian in both the government and private sectors. His writings have appeared at various websites. Paul now runs The Security and Culture Intelligencer website (http://scintelligencer.blogspot.com/) and is an independent consultant for Wikistrat, a strategic analysis and forecasting network. Connect with him at the S&CI website and on Twitter at @PaulHair1.
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