As the old saying goes; be careful what you say, it just may come back to haunt you. That tried and true adage just may be the best way to describe Fox News personality Megyn Kelly’s past few weeks.
As reported by the Breitbart.com news portal on Aug. 11, 2015, Kelly has doubled down on her very public feud with Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump. As cited, in the opening of a recent airing of her prime time show The Kelly File, the hostess acknowledged the contentious relationship between herself and the multi-billionaire.
But during the course of her opening monologue, Kelly drew the proverbial line in the sand regarding any and all news makers both past and present. As Kelly made clear, “Mr. Trump is an interesting man who has captured the attention of the electorate. That’s why he’s leading in the polls. Trump, who is now the frontrunner, will not apologize. And I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism.”
And it’s her “good journalism” comment that has more than a few scratching their heads. Prior to the Aug. 6, 2015 Republican candidates debate, Kelly interviewed Texas GOP Senator and presidential hopeful Ted Cruz. The questioning of Cruz if he had struck some sort of a backroom deal with Trump regarding the upcoming debate initially wasn’t taken serious by the Lone State senator (see video).
Nonetheless, Kelly pressed the question home, in which Cruz not only laughingly dismissed the somewhat absurd notion, but also stated that he and his presidential competitor maintained a cordial and friendly relationship. Cruz also expressed he has a certain amount of admiration for the New York businessman for “shining a light” on the problem of illegal immigration.
It was then that Kelly’s line of questioning regressed to a grade school playground. Not exactly hiding her sarcasm, the hostess asked, “If you like him so much, why don’t you get out and let him run?”
As New York Magazine reported on Aug. 11, 2015, the Fox News viewer base is letting the network’s Chairman Roger Ailes know exactly how they felt. In the wake of the GOP debate, Fox News was deluged with flat-out angry viewers.
As reported, “In the beginning, virtually 100 percent of the emails were against Megyn Kelly,” one anonymous Fox source, who was briefed on the situation, informed reporter Gabriel Sherman. The same source also relayed, “Roger was not happy. Most of the Fox viewers were taking Trump’s side.”
As noted by Breitbart.com, the usually conservative Fox News viewer base hasn’t failed to notice that Kelly has recently drawn unexpected high praise from the likes of standard left-leaning opinion makers such as George Stephanopoulos, former spokesman for Bill Clinton. Not alone, Breitbart.com also referenced another reason why the viewer base is up in arms, and correspondingly, why Roger Ailes is scrambling to perform damage control; “There is a reason Jorge Ramos of Fusion praised Fox News, as did anchors on MSNBC and CNN. As did the New York Times opinion page. And, of course, as did Hillary Clinton.”