The question is posed as to whether Megyn Kelly might be leaving Fox and heading to CNN in an article in the Gateway Pundit yesterday, Friday, Aug.28. This news comes in the wake of Fox viewers’ vehement anger at Kelly’s performance as moderator during the Aug. 6 Republican debate in Cleveland, Ohio. Roger Ailes and other Fox executives were dismayed to discover almost 100 % of e-mails and text messages from viewers were anti-Kelly. Kelly took an extended vacation with expectations viewer anger would dissipate. Guess again.
A petition to have Kelly removed as moderator of the next Republican debate in January has garnered 50,000 signatures from Fox viewers. The discussion of Kelly’s departure was also discussed by author Gabriel Sherman and Steve Malzberg on NewsMax TV Thursday. Sherman was presumably interviewed based on the fact he wrote a book ” The Loudest Voice in the Room” in 2014 about Fox News president Roger Ailes. Ailes is considered by some to be the most influential Republican of the 20th century. He somehow resurrected Richard Nixon from the ashes of his defeat to John F. Kennedy in 1960 presidential election to one of the greatest comebacks in U.S. political history which culminated in the White House. Nixon had even said to the press, “You won’t have Dick Nixon to kick around anymore!” After turning Nixon into a winner, Ailes later advised Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush all the way to the White House.
Sherman said yesterday, “In the days after the debate all of the emails and messages that Fox News was getting from their viewers were pro-Trump emails. Roger Ailes and his executives at Fox were shocked at the volume of the response. And, they really didn’t know what to do because their audience loves Trump. And yet Fox by all measures really hammered him…..” Sherman further said, “There was some talk before her most recent contract that she was flirting with CNN to kind of jump from FOX to CNN.”
A desire by Kelly to jump to the liberal-leaning CNN would explain why she attempted to eviscerate Trump at the debate with Democratic talking points. Rather than ask him a question she accused him of being anti-female and of making anti-woman remarks. Of course the so-called “war on women” is one of Hillary Clinton’s favorite accusations against the Republicans. Rather than allowing himself to be bullied by the attack of Kelly, Trump said he made remarks about Rosie O’Donnell who had sued him. If Kelly is considering a move to CNN, then her strategy to discredit Trump and other Republicans at the debate makes more sense.
Since the debate and her vacation, Kelly this week attacked another conservative Republican Ted Cruz about his immigration policy. Cruz deflected her attack on him by saying, words to the effect that Kelly was asking questions that a liberal journalist would normally ask. Fox certainly has a plethora of talent who could replace Kelly were she to move to CNN. Kimberly Guilfoyle, Dana Perino and Martha McCallum all are more than capable of moderating a debate or hosting a news show.
Whatever happens, Ailes will certainly know what to do. His first job after college in Ohio was as a gofer for the popular Mike Douglas Show. By age 25 he had climbed to executive producer of that show. He along with Rupert Murdoch began Fox News in 1996 at a time when CNN was the dominant cable news network. Fox now has the best ratings of any cable news network.
While Ailes never appears in front of any camera on Fox or hosts a show, there is no doubt his genius is the moving force behind the extremely successful news organization. He has been responsible for the election of four presidents. Will the 2016 election bring his fifth person to reside in the White House? To underestimate Ailes would be a mistake.
Richard Nixon coined the phrase “silent majority” to win a presidential election decades ago. Now Donald Trump has said there is no more accurate phrase to describe what he believes to be the conservative base of the country in 2015. Whether Kelly remains at Fox is not as significant as the fact Ailes is the quarterback of the powerhouse team. While there have been major changes in the culture of America since Ailes first became a major player, it is clear he still has a shrewd awareness of the pulse of the country.