Epic Fail

Moment of Derp

President Obama decisively and conclusively shredded Mitt Romney on the subject of Libya during Tuesday night's presidential debate, but Fox News won't be deterred.

What follows is probably the dumbest thing you will witness on the internet today. Maybe even the dumbest thing you'll see all week.

Watch Megyn Kelly capture today's Moment of Derp

Declaring something an act of terror does not necessarily mean you are declaring it a terror attack. Any act that's gonna kill our ambassador in this fashion could be described as an act of terror. That's not necessarily the same as declaring it a terrorist attack. And it seems like the White House narrative is now going to be that the president was meaning to and did declare this a terrorist act.

Declaring it an "act of terror" is not the same as calling it a "terror attack?" Apparently Fox News is now disputing the meaning of words, proper syntax, and grammar in addition to everything else.

Coming from someone who described weapons-grade pepper spray as "a food product," I suppose this isn't necessarily shocking, but it is full of derp.

Whatever point the Republicans were originally trying to make, and whatever legitimate points the administration's critics had, if any, they've now been lost in this bizarre nexus of conspiracy theory, outright denial, and buffoonery. They seem to have lost control of the narrative and are just throwing shit at a wall now.

  • Lazarus Durden

    For Megyn Kelly and all the rest of the fembots at Fox News.

  • Brutlyhonest

    What a shame that when the President said FNC is not news the rest of the corporate media refused to say it, too.

  • t_rasa

    Commence slow clap for Megyn, guys. Sheer brilliance.

  • bphoon

    Megyn Kelly is why there are blonde jokes.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Now you’re just being unfair. Gretchen Carson deserves about equal credit for blonde jokes.

      • Victor_the_Crab

        And Ann Coulter. And Laura Ingrahm. And Monica Crowley.

        • bphoon

          Dittto, ditto and ditto.

      • bphoon

        Well, yes, that’s true, too…

    • being a natural blonde, I hate blonde jokes with a passion. but you may have a point here.

      • bphoon

        I certainly get that. I was talking about Megyn Kelly, not blondes.

  • D_C_Wilson

    You realize that this whole parsing of words is just about making people forget about Romney’s asinine attempt to claim Obama was sympathizing with the attackers.

    • Brutlyhonest


    • I was thinking something like that – the focus on whether or not he called it an act of terror and when – 1 day, two weeks – is a distraction! An attempt to distract from Romney’s disastrous press conference the day it happened?

  • mrbrink

    This is like intellectual necrophilia on a public sidewalk. The political theater equivalent to Weekend At Bernies, only with much more corpse fucking.

    At what point do people walk away?

  • http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2012/09/25/romney-chides-obama-on-attack-in-libya/
    Romney Chides Obama on Attack in Libya
    September 25, 2012, 9:23 PM
    “That’s an act of terror,” Mr. Romney said in a Fox News interview Tuesday of the four Americans who were killed in the attack in Benghazi, Libya. ”But the White House doesn’t want to admit it.”

    “Act of terror” are the very words Romney used on FOX … nearly two weeks after Obama used them in the Rose Garden and the following day, Sept 13th.

  • Victor_the_Crab

    Paraphrasing from Don Henley’s Dirty Laundry:

    We got the bubble-headed-bleach-blonde who
    Comes on at one

    She can lie and twist the facts around that’ll
    Leave you numb

    It’s interesting she acts so dumb-

    She loves dirty money

  • Actually, Megyn may have a point. If I call someone a piece of sh*t, that person is not actually a piece of fecal matter, they are still a person. Or if someone is dubbed a “f***ing a**hole, they are not in actuality a body part engaging in interc0urse. C*cksucker? Maybe, maybe not. Ok, seriously, the woman is a moron.

  • BuffaloBuckeye

    Give me he MSNBC smart brunettes over Fox’s ditzy blondes any day.

  • bphoon

    They’ve been throwing shit at walls for quite a while now.

  • I know that sometimes my comments are somewhat wordy. But in this case, all I can come up with is Holy Fuck…

    • BuffaloBuckeye

      “..all I can come up with is Holy Fuck…”

      Can you distill this for us?

  • muselet

    Charlie Pierce in his post-debate analysis:

    “Leave aside the stupid quibbling about whether calling something an ‘act of terror’ is the same thing as calling it a ‘terrorist act,’ as if what we call something makes a damn bit of difference to the dead.”

    I know Megyn Kelly isn’t (entirely) responsible for the words that tumble out of her pie-hole when she’s on camera—she has a script and a teleprompter and a producer screaming in her earpiece—but she should be ashamed of herself. Of course, once she signed her contract in blood and ate the still-beating heart of a virgin to seal the deal, she probably lost the capacity for shame.

    What an utterly useless person.


  • Nefercat

    “They seem to have lost control of the narrative and are just throwing shit at a wall now.”

    And everywhere, monkeys are in awe of the positively Olympian shit-flinging capabilities of the fox news buffoons.

  • Ahh, the republican’t war on reality-now in its 20th year and no closer to a resolution.

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Around 2002 or 2003 I was talking to one of my classes about President George W. Bush. I can’t remember the exact context, but it was probably language-related; I think I said that people think Bush is dumb because he’s such a poor speaker, because of the language he uses when he speaks. A student snootily replied, “Well, just because he doesn’t speak well doesn’t mean he’s a bad speaker.” Before I got a chance, another student chimed in, “Actually, it does mean exactly that.”

  • pizzmoe

    Yet somehow this is not surprising.

  • That’s the brilliant thing about how Obama set up Romney so perfectly. Because there certainly appear to be some legitimate issues with the Libya incident, even beyond just the fact that it happened. But Obama threw a perfect screwball at the perfect moment when he said, with a slight smirk, “I stood in the rose garden and said ‘Acts of terror’.” He knew Romney would bite, and that the facts would be against Romney. And now, at the foreign policy debate, whatever Romney says about Libya, Obama can dismiss it with a simple Gipper quote… “There you go again.”
    The potential ammunition provided by the Libya incident seems to have been completely defused.