Megyn Kelly Profile…

The New York Times’ Jim Rutenberg profiles Megyn Kelly…

For those unfamiliar with the phenomenon, a Megyn moment, as I have taken to calling it, is when you, a Fox guest — maybe a regular guest or even an official contributor — are pursuing a line of argument that seems perfectly congruent with the Fox worldview, only to have Kelly seize on some part of it and call it out as nonsense, maybe even turn it back on you. You don’t always know when, how or even if the Megyn moment will happen; Kelly’s political sensibility and choice of subjects are generally in keeping with that of the network at large. But you always have to be ready for it, no matter who you are. Neither Karl Rove nor Dick Cheney have been spared their Megyn moments, nor will the growing field of 2016 presidential aspirants, who can look forward to two years of interrogation on “The Kelly File.” The Megyn moment has upended the popular notion of how a Fox News star is supposed to behave, and led to the spectacle of a Fox anchor winning praise from the very elites whose disdain Fox has always welcomed. In the process, Kelly’s program has not just given America’s top-rated news channel its biggest new hit in 13 years; it has demonstrated an appeal to the younger and (slightly) more ideologically diverse demographic Fox needs as it seeks to claim even more territory on the American journo-political landscape.


9 Responses to “Megyn Kelly Profile…”

  1. So The Kelly File is fair and great, except for all the times when it’s a rightwing-talking-point shoutfest embarrassment. Yippee.

  2. Who was her last “smackdown”, Dinesh D’Souza? A man who spent the day tweeting offensive comments keying off the MLK holiday? A guy who was booked to discuss the holiday, for no discernible reason? Yes, it’s good to know that she’s not so far in the bag that she can’t take this dude apart. Or Dick Cheney, for that matter.

  3. Nice puff piece on Kelly. A tad long but it was informative and I learned stuff which is my criteria for a bio article. As for the “Megyn moment” (or gotcha moment) It’s been standard in news media for decades (think Mike Wallace) although only Shep and Kelly use it successfully on FNC.

  4. And in October 2014, the NBC affiliate in Denver debunked her report that a new Colorado law would allow voters to print their own ballots and give them to “collectors,” raising the specter of voter fraud, a frequent subject of Fox News alarm. That turned out not to be the case. “We normally reserve our truth tests for political ads, but that claim is misleading,” the 9News co-anchor Kyle Clark told his viewers. (Kelly called the fallout on liberal blogs “a nothing burger,” though she later corrected the report.)

    Well gosh, I’m glad Megyn Kelly thinks it was a nothing burger from silly liberals, but that made-up story was outrage pandering to conservatives, and she “corrected” it without ever explaining how she got it so wrong in the first place. But hey, whatever. Right, Megyn?

  5. Colorado Voter ID
    Ah yes, the story that was directly lifted from the outrage-factory that is Michelle Malkin. No way could a news channel have ever guessed that that source might be suspect.

  6. Oh no, Megyn Kelly! Nothing gets the outrage machine going like Ms. Megyn. This is going to be allsome! And not at all a wee bit coo coo.

  7. I didn’t think I could be surprised by Megyn’s craven partisan nastiness anymore, but even I didn’t see that coming. “The Dems passed a law to allow Colorado voters to print ballots” was complete bollocks which should never have come from her mouth. “Nothing burger” is a giant flip-off to every Democrat in this country.

    At least she finally gave up on “straight news anchor”. She is not doing that job, and clearly never intended to.

  8. That Malkin “documentary” was a joint with David Bossie. My first recollection of him was as a conservative partisan during the Clinton impeachment. So yeah, why wouldn’t you just take their word on this story? Be silly not to.

  9. So far the score is one Fox Fan who threw a generic “don’t be mad at Megyn” quip, and that’s it. I’ve yet to see anybody explain why the “voter fraud” BS she “corrected” was ever put forth in the first place, and I’d love to hear a defense of why she thought it reasonable to tell the NYT that complaints about it were “a nothing burger”. It’s all in the article this thread is about; I didn’t dredge it up from somewhere else. Bring it on.

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