Minding my own business but ole Megyn Kelly just keeps on coming with her book tour. Great! It’s America after all. But I just can’t buy her shtick!
Don’t get me wrong… I’ve learned to challenge myself by reading what I may not agree with. I was very reticent to read JD Vance’s, “Hillbilly Elegy, A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis.” Initially I had no desire to read about the hillbillies who live in the small towns of Northern Kentucky and Southern Ohio. I didn’t care about the way they think nor the reasons they think them. After hearing how well the book was written and seeing JD on television talking about it, I sucked it up and took it on. I was very happy that I did. JD’s piece is brilliant and I hope to interview him one day. The same can’t be said for the Fox News host.
You see though I would would never bother watching her show, being the nuanced brother that I am, I was Team Megyn when she stepped to The Donald during the debates hosted by Fox News. I thought her question about his statements regarding women were heartfelt and sincere. When Trump clapped back at her on Twitter, his tool of choice for midnight saber rattlings and insecure bullying tactics, I had her back as well. I didn’t expect that as a reporter she would get into a war of words with him. But I did expect her to stand her ground on her principles, ethics and integrity.
Instead she waffled. One one hand she wanted to have the empathy of her audience, the image of being a strong female journalist, and yet still access with a willingness to interview Trump again without an apology; thus helping the Trump brand in his bid to seek election. Kelly wants that 20 million from Fox and I don’t blame her for that. If she wants to be the female Bill O’Reilly more power to her! She’s not a good interviewer either. But neither is O’Reilly. My point is don’t play the fences. Fox News is nothing more than entertainment mean to generate ratings and revenue. So are all the other cable news and mainstream news stations. Journalism as I knew it growing up is dead! It’s pure show business. I’m empathetic to the path women (even white women) have to walk to prosper in her field. But she can’t be Sara Palin and still expect Erin Brockovich respect. This is why I’m not interested in reading her book. If it’s anything like her life in this business, it’s shallow and inauthentic.