Conservative icon Bill Kristol told Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly to quit being so thin-skinned over criticism concerning her debate performance with Donald Trump, according to an article in Right Wing News today, Wednesday, August 26. Kristol, who is founder of Weekly Standard made the comments yesterday during an interview on NewsMax TV on Tuesday, August 25. When Steve Malzberg asked Kristol why Donald Trump is continuing the feud with Kelly, the venerated conservative replied, “I don’t know, good publicity….Seems like maybe it’s a little excessive. On the other hand, you know, people in the news business should….They say things about other people, they shouldn’t be too thin-skinned. I’m not really disturbed by it. I just think it’s antagonizing to a fair number of Megyn Kelly fans who you’d think Trump might want to have on his side….”
Malzberg then asked if Trump should apologize to Kelly. Kristol said, “Ahh, he should just go on doing his thing.”
Fox News boss Roger Ailes continues to support Kelly despite a plethora of criticism from Fox viewers beginning with her moderating of the debate. E-mails and texts flooded Fox criticizing what viewers felt was Kelly’s attempt to take Trump out of the election. She attacked him for comments he’s made about Rosie O’Donnell and others during the debate. Fox executives were reportedly stunned at the almost 100 % negative reaction to Kelly’s attack mode against the Donald. Trump continues to lead the polls for the Republican nomination for president despite Kelly’s attack on him. Many viewers criticized Kelly for being hypocritical. She made comments about Trump allegedly making sexist remarks about women while she did an interview with Howard Stern which many viewers considered to include sexist remarks about women.
The dilemma for Ailes is those conservative viewers who Kelly antagonized are the base of Fox’s audience. Ailes, who advised Richard Nixon, George H.W. Bush, George Bush and Ronald Reagan before ascending to the head of Fox, chose Kelly over such talents as Kimberly Guilfoyle, Martha McCallum and Dana Perino to be “the future face of Fox.” Ailes has thus far done an incredible job steering Fox to the the No. 1 spot in cable news competition. However, if Kelly keeps making conservatives angry and liberals happy, ratings for the news giant may suffer.
Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has praised Kelly recently for her performance in the debate and other interviews she’s conducted. Liberal-leaning Salon has run several articles praising her skinning of Republicans during the debate and other occasions. It was Kelly who publicly humiliated George W. Bush’s former adviser Karl Rove during the 2012 election results show. Liberal view host Joy Behar praised Kelly’s performance. Conservative icon Mark Levin felt Kelly was unfair to Trump.
During her interview of another Republican candidate Ted Cruz yesterday she launched an attack on his position regarding immigration. Cruz was unfazed and in pertinent part replied, “Megyn, your questions is based on Democratic Party talking points.”
More than 50,000 Fox viewers have now signed a petition requesting Kelly be removed as moderator of the next Fox-hosted debate in January. Is there now chaos at Fox since Kelly is receiving unprecedented support from liberal Democrats and anger from conservatives?
Can Fox afford to lose its conservative base? Or has Fox decided to move left leaving only NewMax TV as a conservative outlet? Whatever the story is here, cable news history is being made.