FOX NEWS’ MEGYN KELLY: Too Easy on Ward Churchill

Written by Allan Erickson on September 9, 2014

I was sorry to see Megyn Kelly let Ward Churchill off the hook this evening during the interview on Fox.  She never really pressed him to substantiate his claims against the victims of 9/11.  She never demanded he prove his accusation that financial services personnel in the Twin Towers that day were part of a profit-making machine responsible for suffering and death in the Third World, and thus, they deserved to be murdered, that their killers should be seen as “courageous and gallant”.  He has repeatedly compared American dead on 9/11 to Nazis, inexplicably.

When it comes to people like Bill Ayers and Ward Churchill, people forget that these men were radicalized in the 60s, during their formative years.  When they should have been receiving a true education centered on the trivium (a systematic method of critical thinking focused on logic, rhetoric and grammar), instead they were poppin’ Acid like M&Ms, smoking Weed, snorting Cocaine, getting drunk and chasing women, while gobbling up subversive literature, primarily because it was “cool”.  They learned their lines decades ago, and they have been reciting them word-for-word ever since, never bothering to reconsider or re-evaluate in the face of new evidence, which is continuously available.

Ward Churchill is no scholar.  He isn’t intelligent.  He is a programmed robot, a celebrity in his own mind, a man so blinded by ideology he cannot even see he is guilty of precisely what he condemns in others: an arrogant assumption he possesses secret knowledge, the insistence he knows enough to condemn others, and the outrageous belief his processing power is sufficient to act as judge, jury and executioner, praising the 9/11 hijackers and condemning their victims in the same breath. 

Megyn should have asked him for specific examples demonstrating the links between financial services workers in the Twin Towers and the “deaths of little brown babies in the Third World”.  He should have been challenge to substantiate his claims instead of being allowed to repeat his talking points over and over, instead of being allowed the ludicrous claim he was using hyperbole to instruct the mindless masses, lending the average village idiot a glimpse of his genius. 

Also, the 9/11 attackers were Saudi sons of privilege commanded by a Saudi son of privilege. They were not avengers of perceived wrongs perpetrated against the Third Word by greedy American capitalists.  They did not attack the Pentagon and the World Trade center to decry capitalism.  Instead, they were religious fanatics, driven by ideology, deployed by a mad man in an effort to take over the world by force.  In this sense, the 9/11 hijackers more closely resembled Nazis than anyone, aligning with traditions and actions Ward Churchill applauds, making him an accessory to mass murder.

Finally, I’ll wager Ward Churchill hasn’t given a miniscule percentage of his income to relieve suffering in the Third World and you can bet he ignores the trillions of dollars Americans have contributed to help the poor worldwide, not to mention his ignorance of the truth about the U.S. military, that it has saved the world from tyranny over and over, and liberated millions upon millions of desperate people enslaved by the very tyrants Ward thinks so laudable. 

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Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter, and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012.