Megyn Kelly returns to Fox News today, Monday, August 24 for the first time since her debate and vacation, according to Fox News, Monday, Aug. 24. Fox sources revealed the network was deluged with emails and tweets from Fox viewers infuriated at Kelly for creating the role of “attack moderator” for herself during the Aug. 6 Republican debate. More than 50,000 viewers have now signed a petition asking she not be assigned to moderate anymore debates, according to several sources.
And it wasn’t just the rank and file listeners who were angry with Kelly for her personal attacks on several of the GOP candidates. Conservative radio host Mark Levin was quoted as saying on his show, “I’m getting tired of these lies and these attacks on Trump. I don’t like bulllies,” according to Mediaite. Levin further said there was a fundamental “unseriousness” and disrespectfulness to ccandidates who deserved better” from the moderators.”‘
Levin, who is a lawyer, constitutional scholar, best selling author, and conservative talk radio host expressed his outrage on the Breitbart News Saturday Radio Program concerning the Fox-run debate as follows: “I think we were all duped. The fact of the matter is that this was a ratings gambit.” Levin was interviewed by Stephen K. Bannon following a signing event for his latest best seller,” Plunder and Deceit: Big Government’s Exploitation of Young People and the Future.”
Levin asserted that “We the people” were overlooked in the debate, and the event became a media spectacle with more emphasis on the show’s moderators than on discussing the important issues that face America.” He is irritated that it appeared to be more about who has Megyn Kelly’s back than the process of electing a president.
Of course it is Roger Ailes who has the back of his protege Kelly. He proclaimed her “the face of Fox” over several other talented people such as Martha McCallum, Dana Perino and others. Perino and McCallum would appear to be more loyal to the conservative brand which Fox is known to support. Fox’s support of Kelly through this firestorm may signal the network is moving in a liberal direction.
Levin further alleged Megyn Kelly of using “opposition research” against Republican frontrunner Donald Trump during the now infamous debate. Levin went on to say that Kelly’s “question two” which accused Trump of making inappropriate comments to Rosie O’Donnell and others “was outrageous.”
Levin also revealed that Fox sifted through 185 shows and 14 seasons of Trump’s Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice to come up with “a line that they had to take out of context about some lady on her knees. He didn’t tell her to get on her knees. They brought it up to him. He responded to it, but not in a sexual context.
The conservative icon expressed his dismay with Kelly for pointing to that incident as an example of misogyny. He said Kelly “should know better.” Levin further said the question the Fox moderators (attackers?) asked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker about abortion seemed prosecutorial in nature.”
Conservative Iowa radio host Steve Deace claimed that many conservatives are angry at Kelly for the debate, writing, “I repeatedly heard from frustrated conservatives across the country that Megyn Kelly seemed to make it her mission to destroy Trump, according to a USA Today article.
WND’s Joseph Farah said Kelly was “clearly out to get Trump and that Fox could be diminished due to the irrelevant debate attacks on the businessman.”
While conservatives clearly don’t want Kelly “moderating”‘ anymore presidential debates, Fox still has her slated to be moderator in the January debate. Fox may want to re-think that one in view of the 50,000 signatures already submitted to remove her. Fox’s problem in all this is that by sticking with an anchor like Kelly who has alienated a large portion of the conservative base, ratings may fall.
It will be interesting to see what Kelly’s ratings look like after today’s return back on the Kelly File. When Ailes decided to give Kelly Sean Hannity’s primetime slot at 9 p.m., he probably didn’t realize she would more zealously attack Republican candidates than CNN or MSNBC have done. It’s interesting to note that liberal publications such as Salon have come to her defense in the wake of the debate.
Levin, who is normally friendly to Fox, said, that Fox has been good to him and it pains him to criticize the network. However, he added their motto is all about being fair and balanced. He didn’t feel Fox followed their own motto for this debate in which most of the hostile changes were between Kelly and the candidates. For the most part the candidates were pretty civil toward each other.
Kelly’s attempt to take Trump and others out of the race has thus far failed as the Donald’s ratings in the polls have continued to increase.
The question this evening is whether Fox’s conservative viewers will follow through on threats to boycott anything Megyn Kelly is on including the Kelly File. A couple of women are so angry with Kelly they’ve gone to youtube to voice their displeasure with her. They’ve told her to leave Trump alone and “to take her Kelly file and leave the air” and go do some reporting for Sesame Street.”
Shortly after the debate, Kelly announced she was taking a longer than expected vacation presumably to allow the wrath of conservative viewers to wane before she re-appears today. It will be interesting to see what her ratings look like after tonight’s show. Regardless of the ratings, Kelly might actually be more comfortable on CNN or MSNBC where she can berate the conservative presidential candidates to her heart’s delight. Those networks have few conservative viewers and their liberal base would probably welcome her with open arms.
Roger Ailes is head of Fox News and previously advised Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush during their presidential runs. His Republican credentials are impeccable so it is surprising he has given so much power to one who has berated several conservative candidates in such an incendiary manner.
Crooks and Liars publication has also reported a deluge of negative tweets concerning the debate one of which read as follows: “While I have many disagreements with Trump’s tenets and will not vote for him, Megyn Kelly’s ‘journalistic style’ must have been learned in some back alley rather than in any professional capacity. Her total actions, Howard Sterns, magazines, etc. has done more to damage and set women’s rights back more than anything Trump said.”
The reference to Howard Stern probably was an interview she did with him. It will be interesting to see tonight what her reception is by the conservative Fox viewers.