Kelly rehashes GOP activist's grievance against Obama DOJ, leaves out key information for Hannity audience

Kelly rehashes GOP activist's grievance against Obama DOJ, leaves out key information for Hannity audience

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Megyn Kelly appeared on Hannity to discuss her interview from earlier in the day with GOP activist and former Justice Department attorney J. Christian Adams. Adams made allegations that the Department of Justice (DOJ) improperly dismissed voter-intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party. Kelly's appearance on Hannity was even less illuminating than her previous attempt to cover this story.

Kelly recounted Adams's story as he related it on her program earlier in the day. But in the Hannity edition of the story, Kelly took it a step further and omitted the statement she had received from the DOJ noting, "It is regrettable when a former Department attorney distorts the facts and makes baseless allegations to promote his or her agenda." Nor did she point out that Adams had acknowledged in their interview that he had no firsthand knowledge of the allegations he was making, which were instead based on hearsay and charges made by others.

Furthermore, in her discussion of the interview with Hannity, Kelly neglected to mention Adams' history as a conservative activist (as she reported previously) or that he was reportedly hired by Bush appointee Bradley Schlozman in the DOJ. The Department of Justice Inspector General's Office and the Office of Professional Responsibility found that Schlozman "violated civil service rules by improperly taking political and ideological affiliations into account when making career attorney hires."

If someone is making a big show about resigning due to what they claim to be politically-motivated behavior, their political history is surely relevant, yet Kelly completely left this information out during her discussion with Hannity. As a result, this gave the audience an incomplete and skewed view of the claims being made and the person making the claims. Which, in the world of Hannity, was probably the point all along.

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