Both Megyn Kelly and Bill O’Reilly are raging over the fact that San Francisco’s policy for releasing undocumented immigrants after they commit brutal crimes and allowing them back in city has caused a gruesome murder. NewsBusters has a video clip from The Kelly File, in which the Fox News star says she wants answers.
“The White House owes the public an answer — a direct, straightforward simple answer. Because it was this administration that apparently stopped a measure to combat sanctuary cities like the one in San Francisco in the first place.”
Kelly was very emotional, and continued to bash Obama for not taking responsibility for what happened. She thinks the Obama administration believes they can get away with what happened because the mainstream media won’t challenge them.
Bill O’Reilly was a little bit more composed on his show, but still very concerned.
“For the past 30 years, Americans have not been protected from criminals coming into the country illegally,” O’Reilly said as he started his show.
O’Reilly went on to state that the city of San Francisco should be punished. He said that the sanctuary policies there allowed a criminal alien who’s been deported five times to be released from jail, walk free, and murder Kate Steinle. O’Reilly quoted California politicians who stressed the importance of deporting violent criminals, but have not spoken out against policies that allowed this to happen.
Twitter is filled with commenters who are very angry about the situation.
— Fingal O'Flaherty (@CA_Spartacus) July 9, 2015
— Ray (@Rayp1971) July 9, 2015
Whether their critics want to admit it or not, Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly have a huge influence on public discourse. Both Fox News superstars have very high ratings. According to Variety, O’Reilly and Kelly topped the second quarter cable news ratings.
Variety notes that among individual programs for the quarter, Fox News claims the top six in adults 25-54. Bill O’Reilly’s The O’Reilly Factor leads with an average of 423,000 viewers, and Megyn Kelly’s The Kelly File leads with an average of 423,000 viewers. When averaging total viewers in all age groups, Bill O’Reilly leads with an average of 2.456 million viewers, with Megyn Kelly averaging 2.1 million viewers.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, The Kelly File won the ratings race among adults 25-54 during the first week of July. Kelly averaged 458,000 viewers in that demographic, while The O’Reilly Factor averaged 431,000 viewers. Both Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly are redefining cable news as we know it.
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