CNN’s Brianna Keilar Blasts Fox News And The White House For Trying To Smear Her
CNN anchor Brianna Keilar called out Fox News and the White House for using a deceptively edited clip of her comments in a seemingly coordinated attempt to smear her this week.
Keilar’s comments regarded the situation in Kentucky following the grand jury announcement in the Breonna Taylor case. The anchor was speaking with CNN legal analyst Areva Martin about a particular statement by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron that Keilar suggested was politicized, owing to his use of President Trump's loaded term "mobs".
According to Media Matters for America, Keilar said in full:
And to that point, I wonder what both of you think of that. I question the judgment of the Kentucky attorney general saying, quote, “mob justice is not justice.” He said, “it becomes revenge.” And you know, that's not being said in a vacuum, Laura, because that word, “the mob,” and the president having said that “if Joe Biden wins, the mob wins,” that's what he says. We know this is very politically loaded language, it's already been seized by people on both sides of this debate about what we are seeing in this fight for criminal justice reform in the country. I wonder what you thought about him choosing those words, when clearly this was something he — he chose his words carefully.
But Fox News personality Tucker Carlson cut short Keilar’s comments to intentionally misconstrued her words.
“CNN knows that mob justice isn't just worth having — in fact, it's the substance of the Democratic platform in 2020 — so they attacked him for saying it. Watch this,” Carlson said, playing an edited version of Keilar’s comments.
I question the judgment of the Kentucky attorney general saying, quote, “mob justice is not justice.” He said, “it becomes revenge.” And you know, that's not being said in a vacuum, Laura, because that word, “the mob,” and the president having said that “if Joe Biden wins, the mob wins,” that's what he says. We know this is very politically loaded language —
“Look at yourself in the mirror, CNN anchor. What are you doing?” Carlson said. “You know what you're doing, you're encouraging violence.”
Keilar noted that Fox News itself recently argued in court “that his show is so full of it that viewers shouldn't be expected to believe what he tells them.”
She went on to explain that in a defamation lawsuit brought by former Playboy model Karen McDougal, “the judge who dismissed McDougal's claim, quote, ‘Fox persuasively argues … that given Mr. Carlson's reputation, any reasonable viewer ‘arrives with an appropriate amount of skepticism’ about the statements he makes.’”
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who later ran with the misconstrued version during a press briefing, is not one of those reasonable viewers, Keilar noted.
“The press secretary left no doubt that Fox News primetime shows are just a propaganda arm for this administration.”
After repeating Carlson’s take on Keilar’s comments about the attorney general, McEnanyon Wednesday called the CNN anchor’s statement “appalling” and suggested she was advocating for violence.
“At no time did I suggest that violence is justice — and I can't believe I even have to explain that,” Keilar said on Thursday. “But the alternative is letting someone like Kayleigh McEnany misquote and manipulate what you say — McEnany, who repeatedly lies to the American people.”