Megyn Kelly has not only been a rising star, she is at the top of the Fox News food chain, with the possible exception of Bill O’Reilly.
We explored her success — and anti-Fox News Media Matters’ frustration — in Megyn Kelly’s success must be driving Media Matters crazy-er.
Kelly had some uncomfortable on-air back and forth with Donald Trump during the first debate, particularly on the issue of how Trump treats women:
That was followed by a multi-day lambasting of Kelly by Trump post-debate, including the infamous (and disputed) “blood coming out of her eyes, or wherever” comment, resulting in Trump being uninvited from the RedState annaual gathering:
There then was a series of calls between Fox News head honcho Roger Ailes and Trump, and it seems that the network and Trump have kissed and made up.
Did Fox News surrender to Trump, as some have suggested, because the viewership sided with Trump?
The Legal Insurrection readership voted overwhelmingly that the Donald Trump – Megyn Kelly duel hurt The Megyn more than The Donald:
The readers may know best.
A YouGov Poll reached similar results. While more people agree with Kelly overall, of Republicans who watched the debate, more people side with Trump, as reported by HuffPo:
So when just a couple of days after the scuffle Kelly announced she was going on vacation, that was seen as a win for The Donald, the equivalent of Kelly being told by Fox News to take a time out.
From ‘The Kelly File’, Wednesday, 8/12/15:
MEGYN KELLY, FOX NEWS HOST: It’s been an interesting week. A long six months, without a vacation for yours truly, do you know that? It’s been six months since I’ve had a vacation. Just ask my assistant. So I’ll be taking the next week and a half off, spending some time with my husband and my kids, trying to relax. The big challenge is trying to put down the Electronica and unplug it. Can you do it? When you go on vacation, I am going to try to look at my little one’s faces and go for bike rides and play at the beach and not look at you. And when I see you back here on the 24th, we’ll pick it all up again. Have a great week. See you soon.
Now, that could just be a much needed rest.
This morning, Trump tweeted that Ailes called to assure him that Fox will cover him “fairly” going forward. According to two high-level Fox sources, Ailes’s diplomacy was the result of increasing concern inside Fox News that Trump could damage the network. Immediately following Thursday’s debate, Fox was deluged with pro-Trump emails. The chatter on Twitter was equally in Trump’s favor. “In the beginning, virtually 100 percent of the emails were against Megyn Kelly,” one Fox source, who was briefed on the situation, told me. “Roger was not happy. Most of the Fox viewers were taking Trump’s side.”
Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit writes, Megyn Kelly Announces Immediate Vacation for 1.5 Weeks – Twitter Goes Wild:
But it’s just Round One. Kelly will be back, from her vacation and at the next Fox News debate.
UPDATE: Fox News apparently is not happy with the conjecture as to Kelly’s vacation, and pins the blame on the Trump campaign:
Blistering statement out from Fox News spokesperson tonight, going after Donald Trump pic.twitter.com/Y02rDE66Mj
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 15, 2015
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