Megyn Kelly Profile…

The Washington Post’s Dan Zak profiles Megyn Kelly…

“When Kelly first started [her new show], she came in and she was smart enough to ask me, ‘How do you drive an hour by yourself?’ ” O’Reilly says. “You can count on two hands who’s been successful at that. It’s very hard to drive an hour by yourself. I said, ‘Look, it’s all about the emotion of the day. You have to know what folks are talking about, and what they care about that day. So it can’t be all about you. It’s gotta be about them.’”

Kelly has listened. The words “anger” and “outrage” are used frequently on her program, as are vague references to “what is happening in this country.” Might this language, however justified on occasion, stoke and sustain a contentious discourse that ultimately corrodes the media and therefore the society it serves?

It doesn’t sound like you know exactly what you’re talking about.

“I hope not,” Kelly says. “I certainly don’t wanna be that force.”

She wants to address the feeling of powerlessness among viewers. When people don’t trust their media or their leaders — look at the congressional approval rating, she says, and the president’s crumbling credibility — they feel powerless. She views her program as a nightly attempt to wrest that power back.

“People feel validated when they hear their own emotions accurately described by someone on television,” Kelly says. “And I think when you ignore their genuine heartfelt feelings, they feel diminished. And I think it’s like scratching an itch, to hear someone in a position of power — somebody with a big microphone at least — give voice to what you’re feeling.”

53 Responses to “Megyn Kelly Profile…”

  1. That was…something.

  2. “It would be sexist to discuss makeup, but check out the flamethrower that applies her lipgloss!”

  3. They have a makeup machinegun. I didn’t even know that existed.

  4. KevinEhsani_TPB Says:

    I was watching her show the other night, and she brought on three other people to actually debate the skin color of Santa Clause, It was a very important discussion that all of us, as proud, patriotic Americans should be having. I guess that’s what you get when you watch the “straight news” reporting from Megyn Kelly… nailing down all the key issues of today.

  5. “she brought on three other people to actually debate the skin color of Santa Clause”

    ^^Yeah whether Santa Claus and Jesus were white or not is a debate we really need to have right now.🙂

  6. In fairness, an article in Slate, written by a black woman, had just come out and the writer discusses how hurt and left out she felt growing up because Santa is white. It was the topic of the day for a lot of bloggers; it wasn’t a topic that Megyn just threw into her show for no reason. FYI, the writer of the article thinks Santa should be depicted by a penguin.

  7. That was a long article mostly about nothing but it brought back one point on how FOX works: It’s about saying what their audience wants them to say.

    It works, but is it journalistic? Eh.

  8. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    I have a cousin who’s a penguin.

  9. There should be a whole, separate logical fallacy in the idea that high ratings makes it “journalistic”.

  10. “It works, but is it journalistic? Eh.”

    Media/news organizations don’t target an audience? Or cover stories that appeals to an audience?

    The NY Times certainly caters to a liberal point of view. In their story selection and coverage and how they cover an issue.

    And we certainly have opinion magazines – the National Review or the New Republic or the Nation – that have an audience they appeal to. Isn’t that journalism?

    It’s not objective journalism admittedly; but it’s not new and it’s not unique.

    I’m not a fan of Fox News but a lot of the criticism of it seems to me to be based on a dislike of their POV and not that they have a POV.

    FNC is not the first news organization with a POV-type coverage of the world. They may go overboard – they do – and it may be the worst at it – okay – but it’s not unique.

    As to Megyn Kelly: If she wants to be considered a “serious journalist” and not be trapped where she is, she needs to leave FNC. FNC requires people to say and do things that are just ruinous to someone wanting to be considered serious.

  11. So what Megyn is basically saying is her audience is a bunch of angry conservatives who hate Obama and that’s here excuse for doing all anti-liberal segments on her “straight news show”?.

    Why can’t FNC just admit they are a conservative news channel and be done with the “Fair and Balanced” nonsense?

  12. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Why can’t FNC just admit they are a conservative news channel and be done with the “Fair and Balanced” nonsense?

    “Fair and Balanced” is an ad slogan. The fact that it drives the Left crazy says more about the Leftists, than it does about FOX. It’s like being upset at the ad slogan for a brand of soap.

  13. Someday I’d like to see a Megyn Kelly profile which doesn’t start with Megyn, Goddess Of All as the premise from everyone involved, including its subject. There’s a whole lotta blarney in this thing:

    “It’s like working on a supermodel every day — a brilliant supermodel.”

    “We just do it better.”

    “And I swung and I hit with this job. And I knew I would hit, and I did hit. And it felt good when I hit it, and I’m running the bases with aplomb.”

    She spent her 20s at the distinguished law firm Jones Day, mostly out of its Chicago office, defending and cross-examining Fortune 100 CEOs in federal trials, earning the reputation of a hard-working superstar, allowing her soul to be crushed by the grind even as it hardened her backbone to steel.

  14. I’m not a fan of Fox News but a lot of the criticism of it seems to me to be based on a dislike of their POV and not that they have a POV.

    This is disingenuous. Everybody knows FNC is conservative, and who cares? The issue most people have with them is the blurring of opinion with propaganda, and how much it bleeds into supposed “news” segments. The network has a habit of creating a meme like “Obamacare bad”, then spreading it throughout its programming like a negative-campaign operation, often with the type of misleading – and sometimes outright false – claims endemic to this type of campaign.

    Fox News is heavily invested in Republican Party themes and activitism, which goes far beyond simple opinion, and they don’t even limit it to the “opinion” shows. They’re getting huge ratings for an ongoing advertisement. WC Fields was right.

  15. And W.C. hadn’t even seen Obama.

  16. The balance FNC gives to the conservative POV makes the overall political coverage more fair. That’s what really gripes liberals, the end of their TV monopoly. The fact they want to characterize the audience as dumb shows childish desperation as FNC popularity stays strong.

  17. “@mlcalderone: Megyn Kelly dismisses critics as “naysayers” and “haters” http://wapo.st/1jSBURQ”

    look at this blog.
    try to pick one from column A and one from column B

  18. “Hater” is a child’s charge, and I might expect better of her. But no, she’s all in with that.

  19. She IS right that the people who call you “racist” aren’t going to change, particularly since there’s an entire network devoted to promoting that narrative. Writing off all critics as that, and only dealing with obvious fanboys like this author might be another issue.

  20. Nice. Megyn responded to legitimate criticism of the ridiculous New Black Panther “story” by responding to people who called her racist. It’s a lazy dodge, and the interviewer should have called her on it.

  21. What I enjoy is the fact that she claims to be a “straight news anchor” doing a straight news program. Her unquestioning fans go along with that. Then she does a show which is clearly not, but her fans continue to go with the original claim, as though it was and is true. Now she decides to move the goalposts, and ever-so-gently admit that she’s “playing to an audience”. Said fans go along with that, while continuing to blather about the “haters” who, all along, said that’s what she’s doing. Congratulations on all that critical thinking.

  22. I like this response in the comments section to the article,
    “Kelly said in the piece that she is not political and doesn’t play favorites? She is either lying or lacks any sense of self-awareness.”

  23. Megyn Kelly is perfect narcissist: Everything she does is right; if she says something that contradicts something else, they’re both true; any and all criticism is jealousy and hatred. This is ridiculous.

  24. The Fact is Megyn sold her show has being a news show and she was more of a moderator not having an opinion and that is not the case. The theatrics she puts in the intros for the Obamacare segments show her opinion.

    I know some here don’t have a problem with that and some do.

    The Leno appearance and the Washington Post profile prove she is still trying to sell her self as a “Straight news anchor” doing a “Straight news show”.

    How many straight news anchors mostly get into arguments and yell at their liberal guests and don’t with conservatives?
    How many straight news anchors do a show where all the topics are anti liberal?

    If she is going to continue to be disingenuous about what she is and her show is I find nothing wrong in calling her out for that on a cable news blong.
    Just as I find nothing wrong in the people who post daily that Obama is a liar. They are entitled to their opinion.

  25. “Media/news organizations don’t target an audience? Or cover stories that appeals to an audience?”

    Absolutely, but there’s something different about programs claiming to be news, or said to be centrist, and they commonly appear to tilt in one direction or another with an inconsistent or commonly lacking viewpoint from the opposite side.

    Good television is good television, sure, but Shepard Smith could be considered a journalist at FOX because he’s rather good at being neutral and not letting onto his opinions. Megyn appears to play with positions much more, and empowers the guests her audience would like her to. It’s different, and it’s entertainment/commentary, not journalism.

  26. It’s funny that the writer felt as though he needed to do a followup. He got blasted with email, then suddenly realized that he’d left his dignity under one of her heels.

  27. It’s different, and it’s entertainment/commentary, not journalism.

    And in the case of New Black Panthers and certain “victims of Obamacare”, it’s blatant campaign propaganda.

  28. haters two
    naysayers four

    2nd half:

  29. Was the photo of her lounging on a chair necessary?
    Kinda funny that’s the first thing there at the top of the page for the follow up article.

  30. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    haters two
    naysayers four

    2nd half:

    Haters a penalty goal, Naysayers an unconverted try. The score is low due to muddy grounds.

  31. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Was the photo of her lounging on a chair necessary?
    Kinda funny that’s the first thing there at the top of the page for the follow up article.

    It was a nice visual. Life can be good.

  32. Larry,

    If MSNBC had announced they were going to do a newscast at 8pm hosted by a news anchor and instead that show was as all anti conservative segments I have no doubt FNC would be doing media bias segments about that show.

    I don’t know why Reliable Sources has not done a segment on “The Kelly File”.
    We know Media Buzz is never going to call out an FNC news show for any bias.

  33. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Joe, I’d rather see her do that than Ed Schultz.

  34. Megyn is sincere in believing she is objective. Her fans love her show. Is she doing coverage from a conservative POV? Of course. This is Fox — that’s what you get there. Like something different? You have options. Poo Pooing her is one. Pretty boring unless you can vary the poo.

  35. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Poo is more the MSNBC style. Or it was until someone at Comcast noticed that it got all over them, instead of the intended target.

  36. Megyn is sincere in choosing to believe whatever silly thought enters her head, and does a good job of getting people to let her slide for it. You gotta problem with something she believes? Hater.

  37. Or naysayer if your easily offended

  38. but that sounded like Internet hater talk… a bit much for simple naysaying.

  39. Lucy, what silly thoughts are rattling around in that brain of yours.

    Ricky, your are such a Latin blooded hater…Splain yourself.

  40. KevinEhsani_TPB Says:

    If MSNBC’s quality of news is poo, then Fox’s quality is definitely poo X 100 (as is their ridiculous slogans and their perception of the EVIL “liberal media”).

    To put it simply: Fox News knows their viewership is uneducated, which is why they push the “fair and balanced” slogan so hard, and the poor saps buy it hook, line and sinker. If you’re unable to detect your own side’s bias, you’re willfully ignorant to reality.

  41. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    MSNBC doesn’t do much news. However, one of their hosts did traffic in coprophagic fantasies. Took management a while to care.

  42. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    Lean Forward, Comrades:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFFWFkDAuM4

    Being offended by simple ad slogans works both ways.

  43. “Megyn Kelly is perfect narcissist: Everything she does is right; if she says something that contradicts something else, they’re both true; any and all criticism is jealousy and hatred. This is ridiculous.”

    Substitute “Barack Obama” for Megyn Kelly and add “racist” after criticism and you also have a true statement. But, my goodness, look at the stage he has for spouting his crap!

    Just put Megyn Kelly in perspective folks. She still has far less viewers than Brian Williams, Scott Pelley or Diane Sawyer. So the liberal perspective is getting their message out no problem. No sleepless night really necessary.

  44. ^ So basically you have no argument with my assessment of Megyn Kelly. Good to know.

  45. Megyn reminds me of all that Sarah Palin should have been… she shows me what Sarah could have been if she’d had half a brain– man, I’d love to see her debate Obama or Biden…

  46. Nixon - niila niihpikiiookwa meentwasiaani Says:

    I’d love to see Biden and Obama debate each other. My money would be on Biden, brain surgeries and all.

  47. take away the teleprompter and the smartest man in the room can’t improvise… that’s not a bad thing but when you think you’re badder than the baddest… well, I guess you all know how hard the mighty fall– everything he touches is a reverse of the Midas Touch–

  48. What the heck was Missy Meggy thinking when she said, “The president’s crumbling credibility.”
    That is pure right wing propaganda. In their dreams.

  49. Kevin H…that was one of the best comments ever on this site.

    Bravo!

  50. graveyard whistling followed by one hand clapping

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