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Duggar rehab continues on Fox News

Posted By on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 12:47 PM

click to enlarge DUGGAR SISTERS ON FOX: More scheduled tonight.
  • DUGGAR SISTERS ON FOX: More scheduled tonight.
Fox News promotes another Megyn Kelly session with the Jim Bob Duggar family tonight — more from two sisters about being molested by their brother, the fallout, their victimization, the unfair critics and so on.

It airs at 8 p.m. Little Rock time on the Kelly File. Sample:

On critics saying the family is hypocritical for going on TV and advocating strong Christian values given what Josh did and the circumstances surrounding that:

Jill: “Well, I think that you know some people, I’ve heard them say you know ‘you’re hypocrites’ well if you go back and look at everything people that have seen in our lives, in television you know, we’ve never claimed to be a perfect family. My parents have always actually stated, you know, we are not a perfect family. We are just a family.”

Jessa: “With challenges and struggles just like anybody else.”

It would be more accurate to say the criticism has been about the Duggars' imagined and unsupported allegations about the propensity of LGBT people to be perverts while knowing they had some first-hand problems in their own home. It would be also about the special handling the case received outside accustomed legal channels until an aggrieved party tipped Oprah about it.

The sisters, Jill Dillard and Jessa Seewald, downplayed the nature of the contact, said the girls didn't know about it until told by their parents, and said they'd forgiven their brother.

Another question:

On whether Josh is hypocritical for having worked at Family Research Council and suggesting certain lifestyles aren’t appropriate:

Jessa: “It’s right to say ‘here’s what I believe, here’s my values,’ even if you’ve made stupid mistakes or failures. If you’ve had failures in your past it doesn’t mean you can’t be changed. I think that’s where, I think the real issue is people are making this sound like it happened yesterday.”

No questions about the non-family victim and others who've long had knowledge about the case and complained about its handling.

Kelly did ask about their coming out and identifying themselves:

Jill: “You know, I think that we didn’t chose to come out and tell our story, this wouldn’t have been our first choice, but now that this story has been brought about, we really feel like as we’ve been seeing the headlines, as we’ve been seeing things people are saying about our family, we feel like as victims, we have to come out and speak. This is something like we chose to do, nobody asked us to do this. Jessa and I were talking and were like oh my goodness, most of the stuff out there is lies. It’s not the truth. And for truthsake we wanted to come out and set the record straight.”

Talking Points Memo points out some of the inconsistencies in Duggar accounts.

Also, Huffington Post annotates more discrepancies. And Jezebel says Duggars, well, "lied a lot."

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