The over-the-top antics of Fox News commentators make the network ripe for parody, as any loyal viewer of Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert already knows. Of late, the "fair and balanced" net has also become a fertile generator of Internet memes—many of them quotations from its personalities, reframed to highlight their absurdity.
Earlier this year, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly's attempt to defend his belief in God—"Tide goes in, tide goes out...You can’t explain that"—generated an avalanche of Internet mockery from those pointing out that, well, you can explain that, if you believe in gravity and are aware of the existence of the moon. Images of O'Reilly's puzzled face captioned with lines like "BREAD GOES IN, TOAST COMES OUT — CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT" and "BOATS ARE HEAVY, BUT THEY FLOAT — CAN'T EXPLAIN THAT" soon proliferated in threads on Reddit and on sites like MemeGenerator.
Yesterday's spirited defense of brutal police actions toward UC-Davis protesters by Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is threatening to launch a fresh meme, already spilling out of a thread on Gawker into the free-range web. Attempting to diminish the impact of Lt. John Pike's casual spraying of quiet, seated Occupy Davis students directly in the face with military-grade pepper spray, Kelly called the corrosive substance "a derivative of actual pepper....It's a food product, essentially."
Here are the best of the "Megyn Kelly, Essentially" meme that have arisen overnight:
More almost certainly to come.
(It should be noted that the pepper-spraying incident itself has also gone meme, as All Things Considered's Mark Memmott noted yesterday.)