Megyn Kelly opened the October 8 edition of Fox News' America Live by attacking the Obama campaign for describing Mitt Romney's debate performance as untruthful, and contrasting it with reactions to Rep. Joe Wilson's "you lie" outburst during President Obama's 2009 speech to Congress on health care reform. But she didn't note that Wilson's accusation was actually false, while many of Romney's assertions were provably false. Kelly also absurdly equated statements on political talk shows with actions in Congress, which are governed by rules of protocol.
Appearing with Fox News digital politics editor Chris Stirewalt, Kelly compared negative Democratic reaction to Wilson's outburst to their reactions to Romney's debate performance. She then asked "what happened" to supposedly change the mood from Obama's statement at the time that political discussions should occur "without vitriol, without name-calling without the assumption of the worst in other people's motives." Stirewalt claimed that the alleged change in tone came about because of the closeness of the election, asserting without evidence that "there probably will be some backlash for the President" for asserting that Romney lied.