This post was written with the assumption that readers are familiar with the #pizzagate scandal. If you are not, links are provided at the bottom.
Megyn Kelly, Host of the Fox News show The Kelly File, failed children and victims by not asking questions to an accused child rapist/abuser. When Megyn Kelly decided to have James Alefantis on her show, viewers had hoped that she would ask the questions that thousands of Americans sent to her.
However, despite all the outcry and concern from the public, Kelly instead expressed concern for Alefantis and ignored her audience and the genuine concern for not only American people but people worldwide. Tens of thousands of people sent Kelly tweets and Facebook posts with the hashtag #AskAlefantis. The public’s reason for the hashtags was a concern for children that were photographed with Alefantis or in his restaurant.
James Alefantis aka “Jimmy Comet” is the owner of the Washington DC pizza parlor, Comet Ping Pong. His Instagram became a public spectacle when photos of children were discovered on his account with questionable and disturbing hashtags and comments. Most concerning were posted by Alefantis himself. The comments and hashtags linked to the photos were sexual in nature and included hashtags with pedophile references and even used the hashtags #murder and #killroom. The artwork displayed inside his “family friendly” restaurant are also very disturbing and portray violence and what appears to be child sex abuse.
The public is showing concern for the children that appeared in the photos. They are concerned for their well-being and have every right to question if these children are safe. Megyn Kelly had an opportunity to ask about these children. She had the opportunity to ask about the children’s whereabouts and the children’s parents. She had the opportunity to ask why children were used in photos with sexual comments and hashtags. Instead, Kelly showed one photo of a child and blacked out the comments and hashtags. She used her interview time to claim Alefantis is the victim of public scrutiny and harassment. She then went on to call the outrage “fake news”.
Megyn Kelly’s disregard for her viewers concern is questionable and certainly unbecoming of anyone in the media. However, her blatant disregard for the welfare of the children in those photos is absolutely despicable. She may not have had an obligation as a “media personality” to ask Alefantis the questions thousands of people expected, but she did have a responsibility to those children as a decent human, an American and as a mother herself.
If these children are not safe or suffered after the airing of her show, she too should be held responsible as she did nothing to ensure their safety. She had documents, photos, emails and direct messages from thousands of concerned citizens. None of that mattered to Kelly. But James Alefantis obviously mattered as she treated the accused as the victim.
Ignoring questionable images regarding children and sex abuse makes Megyn Kelly part of the rape and child abuse problem throughout the world. More importantly, she failed these children and children around the world. For those children who are being abused, they likely hold on to one thing: Hope. The hope that someone would report or at the very least ensure they were safe.
Let’s face it, if this were “fake news” Megyn Kelly, Fox News and any of the Main Stream Media certainly could have asked questions or investigated the allegations and proved the so-called “conspiracy theorists” wrong. To date, these children have not been identified and Kelly and the media refuse to acknowledge any of them or answer any of the public’s questions.
Perhaps talk show hosts and journalists should follow the same standards as mandated reporters and suffer the same consequences as those who do not report suspected child abuse.