Megyn Kelly claims it was not just President Donald Trump, but his supporters that forced reporters to be part of the unpleasant political game instead of being shielded by a media badge.
Trump supporters would likely own the accusation proudly.
In an interview on Wednesday with TVNewser, the former Fox News host blamed the president, and his fans, for bringing reporters “on the field” of play.
“He is effectively, and not just him, but his most ardent supporters, have made us players on the field instead of on the sidelines where we belong,” she said.
The part she left out is that they were making all kinds of calls “from the sidelines” and most of them were one-sided.
Kelly, who starts her new job as host of “Megyn Kelly Today” this week did admit that there were many reporters who are biased against the president.
“That’s not to say there’s not media bias. There are so many reporters who are completely biased against Trump, it’s absurd,” she said.
“He’s right that they’re biased against him,” the host continued. “They’re extremely biased against him. And some play right into it. They do themselves no service with that tactic. But that doesn’t change the fact that he puts them in a dangerous place by targeting them.”
She also lamented the fact that there is no escape from politics.
“Why can’t I watch the Emmys without seeing Sean Spicer? What was he doing there?” she asked. “Can’t I just watch the fabulous gowns? Can’t I have an escape? Must everything be political? Everything? EVERYTHING!”
Of all the political garbage at the Emmy’s, Spicer is the part that bothers you?
Kelly said she has no “pending requests” for an interview with the president, but she does expect to interview him in the future.
“We’re just getting started so we’re pretty jam-packed in the first couple of weeks. But I bet there will be a Trump interview at some point. He’s the sitting president of the United States. There’s so much I’d like to talk to him about,” she said.
But she did make it known that her show would not focus only on politics. She said she was happy to get not have to be covering politics all the time like she did at Fox News.
“It is a relief to be out of the vitriolic stew that is cable news prime time. And the stew got spicier under President Trump for every journalist, not just for me. While I was perfectly capable of doing it, that doesn’t mean I enjoyed it. And frankly, a lot of my former colleagues who are still in cable news, not just at Fox, but elsewhere, have similar feelings,” she said.
Kelly said she would not be doing any work for left wing cable news network MSNBC, and had kind words for her former colleagues at Fox News.
“There’s no bad blood between me and anyone at Fox News,” she said. “I’ve had well wishes from [Sean] Hannity, from Rupert [Murdoch] and Lachlan [Murdoch] on down. My closest friend in the world works at Fox News. The godmother to my child, Janice Dean. Every single person on the daytime lineup, with one or two exceptions, is a good friend of mine. Some of them are going to be in the audience when I launch the show. I was there for 13 years. I don’t know what is said about my departure because I don’t read those stories. I know what is true. But the truth is I left on very good terms and I’m proud of that fact. It’s hard to leave something that’s been good to you.”
And she believes that despite her departure, and the departures of Bill O’Reilly and Eric Bolling, along with the additions of host like Laura Ingraham, that Fox News will continue to be a success.
“I think Fox is going to be great,” she said. “I think already their numbers are strong again. Fox News has a very loyal audience and that is a blessing to them. And I think it’s obviously a rebuilding year, but from what I can see they’re rebuilding beautifully. So I have no worries about them.”
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