When it comes to slandering those on the right as racists, the left never sleeps. The latest attempt comes via Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow’s famously unsuccessful love child, Ronan, who did so poorly in the ratings he got booted from a slot on the eternally-dying-but-never-quite-dead MSNBC. Ronan tweeted this:
Today in casual bigotry. https://t.co/WrFhhzoOkU— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 29, 2016
This is idiotic.
Here was the actual, full exchange between Megyn Kelly and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
KELLY: In December, two radical Muslims killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California. Neighbors of the terrorists said that they did not report the couple to law enforcement prior to the crime, because they were afraid that they would be accused of profiling. Now, you have said that we should not profile. How do you square that with the San Bernardino case?
CHRISTIE: Well, because you can do it without profiling, Megyn, when you do it on the facts. What those facts knew was that these folks had weapons. They knew that they were talking about trying to take our country and attack it. That’s not profiling, that’s law enforcement. And that’s the difference between somebody who knows how to do this and somebody who’s never done it before.
KELLY: They didn’t know they were going to attack the country.
CHRISTIE: They knew they were talking about the issues of attacking people, Megyn. They knew that.
KELLY: That’s not true. The neighbors said they saw men going in and out of the garage. They saw packages being delivered. They saw Muslims, and they did not think that was enough to call the cops. Do you?
CHRISTIE: Listen, I think that what people should do is use their common sense. And the fact is, let law enforcement make those decisions. I’ve told people that from the time I was U.S. attorney 13 years ago.
It’s obvious here that Kelly was asking an intelligent question that Christie tried to sidestep through falsehood; Kelly then pressed Christie on his lie. Kelly was correct. Here’s what CBS Los Angeles reported about the neighbor:
A man who has been working in the area said he noticed a half-dozen Middle Eastern men in the area in recent weeks, but decided not to report anything since he did not wish to racially profile those people. “We sat around lunch thinking, ‘What were they doing around the neighborhood?’” he said. “We’d see them leave where they’re raiding the apartment.”
The proper answer for Christie, of course, is the one at which he finally arrived: you’re allowed to racially profile as a private citizen, and then it’s up to law enforcement to determine which leads are worthwhile for follow-up. And yes, ethnicity can play a role in determining description of a possible suspect. If somebody had Facebooked Syed Farook and Tashfin Malik after the neighbor called it in, there would be 14 more people alive in San Bernardino today.
No matter what you think the answer ought to be, however, it’s asinine to suggest that Kelly is racist for asking the question. A full-on leftist could ask the exact same question, hoping for a different answer.
But for the left, even asking about racial profiling is racist. No wonder radical Muslims pray for leftist victories each and every day.
UPDATE: Farrow has now backtracked:
Eh, re-watched this. In context, I was being pretty unfair. Truth is, good to push the candidates on profiling. https://t.co/GhWjfdkItY— Ronan Farrow (@RonanFarrow) January 29, 2016