Megyn Kelly owes Fox News’ viewers either an apology of explanation for the accusation she made at Trump during the GOP debate she was afforded the opportunity to moderate.
I’ve maintained this for some time but am compelled to write about it today after seeing Nick Gass assert the following on the website Politico…
Trump has criticized Fox’s coverage in the past, particularly in the case of Megyn Kelly, who asked him tough questions during the first GOP debate.
(Note: I’ll not link to Politico on these pages. You can read my initial post on their awful work here.)
Nick’s assertion is indeed what the institutional left has and continues to run with, although it’s not clear that’s what actually happened.
And only Megyn Kelly can clarify and/or settle things once and for all.
Kelly asserted during the debate that Trump uttered very specific phrases about multiple women. Specifically, she said “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.'” Trump of course then noted to the delight of many “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” to which Kelly responded “No it wasn’t.” With the crowd enthusiastically loving Trump’s response, Kelly had to pause until things died down before she noted more explicitly: “For the record it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell.”
And that’s the statement Kelly owes us an explanation on, or an apology for.
I’m a big fan of Megyn Kelly and had long hoped for and awaited her arrival in primetime at Fox News. We can afford her plenty of latitude during her program, “The Kelly File,” as hosts are prone to misspeak and the gravity isn’t quite as enormous. But remarkably, we almost never need to afford her that latitude because she’s typically 100% intellectually honest.
In this instance, I don’t know that that’s been the case.
Has Trump called women “well beyond” Rosie O’Donnell “fat pigs,” “dogs,” “slobs” and/or “disgusting animals”…? I’ve looked high-and-low and have thus far found only one instance when he actually called a woman besides Rosie a “dog,” and that woman was Arianna Huffington. Setting aside the intellectual proximity O’Donnell and Huffington share, is that — is one instance out of four accusations, leveled at one additional woman — “well beyond” Rosie O’Donnell?
“You’re mincing things here! Stop reading in to it so much!”, I’m sure many of those who ferociously disapprove of and/or dislike Trump will say.
This was a nationally televised debate for the Republican Presidential primary. This is not the place for Kelly to have leveled lazy assertions let alone to defend those possibly inaccurate assertions when bested by a participant in that primary whom she aimed to hurt. And I only believe she “aimed to hurt” him because of the subject matter laid out in this post.
So Megyn, which is it? Are you ready and able to back up your accusations and mitigate what at least one viewer knows merits a very significant ding in your record (deference to Candy Crowley) — or, if you’re unable to, will you do the right thing and apologize to Mr. Trump and viewers of the debate for having leveled and then stood by a charge that in fact was not true?
I respectfully implore you to correct this record once and for all.
You can watch the exchange between Kelly and Trump at the GOP debate, below…