Fox News Host Addresses "Young Women Shouldn't Vote" Controversy

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Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle says an attack on her was orchestrated by Media Matters For America

Fox News Channel host Kimberly Guilfoyle, under fire from the political left for allegedly suggesting on The Five that young women shouldn't vote, used the same show Thursday to address the controversy, which several on Fox News say was artificially drummed up by Media Matters for America, a progressive watchdog group.

"It's important to exercise your right to vote, and it's also important to educate yourself on the issues before making decisions that will directly impact the country," Guilfoyle said Thursday on The Five, clarifying her previous comments.

The criticism of Guilfoyle began earlier this week when she suggested that young women who lack life experience and don't pay attention to political issues should, instead of voting, spend more time with dating websites. A former prosecutor, Guilfoyle used a jury-selection analogy: "I just thank and excuse them so they can go back on Tinder and Match.com," she said.

Shortly after those remarks, Media Matters published an item about them under the headline, "Right-wing media discourage young women from voting."

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After that, some prominent people attacked Guilfoyle. "Kimberly Guilfoyle on Fox telling young people not to vote? Unbelievable !!" tweeted Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, for example.

On Thursday, though, Guilfoyle defended herself, first by playing a liberal political commercial that she clearly deems ridiculous.

"Who to vote for is difficult. Especially when you see ads like this," Guilfoyle says while introducing the ad, which is a pro-choice, pro-Obamacare message delivered by singer Lesley Gore, Girls creator and star Lena Dunham, actress Natasha Lyonne and model Alexa Chung.

After the ad, Guilfoyle's co-hosts defended her and began their attack on Media Matters

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"Media Matters lines up on my side politically," says Bob Beckel in the segment, posted below. "You've got to be sure you're doing it right. You took the words out of context."

"Unfortunately, they made that headline and liberal media ran with it," Guilfoyle says.

Co-host Eric Bolling stuck with the theme: "Their only focus is attacking Fox and Fox personalities, and they'll twist and distort," he says of Media Matters.

Email: Paul.Bond@THR.com

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