4/30/14 HUFFINGTON POST – CHRIS RODDA – No, Megyn Kelly, Mikey Weinstein is NOT an Atheist

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As a former attorney, Fox News’s Megyn Kelly should know full well what defamation is, and she should know full well that what she repeatedly said on last Thursday’s episode of her show The Kelly File was indeed defamation.

Who is it that Ms. Kelly defamed? Mikey Weinstein, the founder and president of theMilitary Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF). And what did she say that was defamatory? Well, she repeatedly said that Mikey is an atheist and that MRFF is an atheist organization.

In a six-minute segment about MRFF’s demand that, due to the numerous military regulations prohibiting such activities (see my previous post), the Department of Defense cancel the planned participation of uniformed military personnel in Shirley Dobson’s big upcoming National Day of Prayer shindig, Ms. Kelly verbally repeated her utterly false claim no less than three times, had the same false claim appear on the screen three times, and then repeated it again in the headline for the story on her show’s website.

With the words “ATHEIST GROUP DEMANDS MILITARY BACK OUT OF NATL DAY OF PRAYER EVENT” in big capital letters at the bottom of the screen, Ms. Kelly began her lies by saying, “An atheist group is now demanding that no uniformed military personnel be allowed to take part in this event.” Then, a few minutes later, she said to her guests, Shirley Dobson and her Focus on the Family founding husband James Dobson, “This is Mikey Weinstein, who is an atheist and challenges a lot of events like yours.” And, then, for the rile-up-the-Fox-viewers hat trick, she referred to MRFF as “Mikey and his atheist group.” (Mr. Dobson, of course, chimed in in agreement calling Mikey “sort of a professional atheist.”)

Now, Ms. Kelly, Mikey Weinstein has made it abundantly clear, on too many occasions to count, that he is not an atheist, and that MRFF is not an atheist organization, and no matter how much more convenient it would be for Fox News if MRFF were an atheist organization, you just can’t keep repeating your blatantly false claims that it is. Therefore, Ms. Kelly, you have just become the next lucky winner ofone of those letters that MRFF’s attorneys send to “journalists” who insist on lying, to remind you about that pesky defamation thing that, as a former attorney yourself, you should know all about.

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