There are many things we can say about the Fox interview with Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, including the dozen or more times our hair raised up on end. But leaving the victims to weigh in on Friday is just a foul and shameful attempt to stretch this story out for ratings. But it's also more than that: It says the victims don't matter as much.
Tonight, on the The Kelly File, Megyn Kelly said, "In a stunning follow-up to our interview, we sat down with two of Josh Duggar's sisters today. It is a remarkable and emotional exchange with Jill and Jessa, who discuss what Josh did to them and how they felt when they learned their story had gone national." This is set to air Friday, June 5 at 9 p.m. EST.
Why don't the opinions, thoughts and statements of the daughters take precedence over what Jim Bob and Michelle have to say?
Fox News then cut to a shot of the two girls in tears and highly distressed. It's as if they want us to worry about the daughters for the next two days. But Jim Bob and Michelle certainly didn't seem too worried about them.
The statements made by the Duggars in the Fox interview were very focused on Josh's confession, his repentance and that though his actions were unacceptable, they weren't unforgivable. Jim Bob wanted to make sure we knew that Jesus was now in Josh's heart.
But it doesn't really matter if Jesus forgives him. That's really up to the victims who are no doubt lost in the world of celebrity and pressure from their parents, their church and their TV producers to put the incidents in the past.
Kelly rightfully kept trying to redirect the interview to focus on the daughters and how the parents felt about their experience, saying to Jim Bob, "I'm asking you more as the father of your girls than the father of Josh. It must have been very hard to look at your little one and know that the behavior had been ongoing."
But again, Jim Bob returned back to defending his son. "I was so thankful, though, that Josh came and told us. Our girls, even though this was a very bad situation, as we've talked to other families who've had things happen, a lot of their stories were even worse."
So, we're supposed to take comfort that it could have been a lot worse? Things can always be a lot worse. It makes us question how much value Mr. Duggar puts on his daughters.
One tweet perfectly summed this up:
The Duggar girls have never had and likely will never have control of their own bodies. #DuggarScandal— Katie Kraft (@kraft_katie) June 4, 2015
But Fox News' decision to air this interview with Jim Bob and Michelle, not the victims, shows they aren't focused on the women's experience, either, and that's very unfortunate.
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