Megyn Kelly Opened Her Show With a Rant About Jane Fonda, Said ‘Many Veterans Still Call Her Hanoi Jane’

Though my mornings have improved by nearly every conceivable
measure since
giving up
Megyn Kelly Today, part of me misses the
caffeine-like jolt I received from its endless parade of bad
decisions, inane commentary, and squandered opportunities. But

last week’s allegations
that the show’s workplace
environment is “toxic and demeaning” knocked a little sense
into me. Despite its best efforts, the show is still the
mouthpiece for someone who used to work at Fox News, and its
host remains as vindictive, unforgiving, and narcissistic as
her former colleagues.

“And now a word on Jane Fonda,” Kelly said in the opening
segment of this morning’s show, before reminding viewers of the

now-infamous moment
from the show’s first week on the air
during which Fonda scolded Kelly for bringing up her plastic
surgery.

Kelly goes on to say she “chose to say nothing” after Fonda
began complaining “publicly” and “repeatedly” about the
exchange. “My general philosophy,” she says, “is that whatever
people think of me is none of my business.” But! (Of course
there’s a but.) Then there’s this:

However, Fonda was at it again last week—including here on
NCB and then again elsewhere—so it’s time to address the
‘poor me’ routine. First, some context. Fonda was on to
promote [Our Souls at Night] a film about aging. For
years, she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a
cultural face to older women. Well the truth is, most older
women look nothing like Fonda, who is now 80. And if Fonda
really wants to have an honest discussion about older women’s
cultural face, then her plastic surgery is tough to ignore.
Fonda herself knows this. She knows this. And that is why to
her credit, she has discussed her cosmetic surgery pretty
much everywhere before coming on our show.

She then plays a clip of Jane Fonda talking about plastic
surgery on a radio show in 2011. And Larry King Live
in 2010! And Today in 2011! Nice try, Megyn, but none
of those clips are from Fonda’s press tour for Our Souls At
Night
, which is “a film about aging” in the same way
It is “a film about a clown.” And this is just the
beginning
of a monologue that gets increasingly nasty.

But I have no regrets about that question. Nor am I in the
market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not
appropriate. After all, this is a woman whose name is
synonymous with outrage. Look at her treatment of our
military during the Vietnam war. Many of our veterans still
call her Hanoi Jane. Thanks to her radio broadcasts, which
attempted to shame American troops, she posed on an
anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our American pilots. She
called our POWs hypocrites and liars, and referred to their
torture as understandable. Even she had to apologize years
later for that gun picture, but not for the rest of it. By
the way, she still says she is not proud of America. So the
moral indignation is a little much. She put her plastic
surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight
of older women in America. And honestly, she has no business
lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.

If last week’s leaked email wasn’t proof enough that Megyn
Kelly Today
is flailing, this needlessly combative,
self-serving monologue might do the trick. The stench of Fox
News doesn’t wash out easily, and 13 years of
mentorship
from Roger Ailes is apparently hard to unlearn.

And, you know, not that bringing up Fonda’s behavior during the
Vietnam War has anything to do with Kelly’s
thoughtless line of questioning back in September, but Fonda
has spoken of her regrets just about as often as she’s brought
up plastic surgery. As recently as 2015, she said:

Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with
them, because I understand and it makes me sad. It hurts me
and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that
made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.

Nope! I definitely don’t miss this show! Not one little bit!

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