Why is Megyn Kelly Winning?


Seriously, the woman is en fuego.

From Hadas Gold at Politico:

Megyn Kelly: Secret of her success

Glenn Greenwald wants to make this perfectly clear: He finds Megyn Kelly’s views “viscerally repellent.”
But the crusading privacy journalist has plenty of complimentary things to say about how the Fox prime-time host conducts herself on air.

“She has a lower tolerance for being fed incoherent tripe from her own side than the average cable news TV host,” Greenwald said in an email. “Most Fox and MSNBC hosts treat even the most blatant idiocy with respect if it advances their party’s political agenda for the vapid cable news partisan controversy of the day. Kelly, by contrast, seems to be often contemptuous of incoherent blather even from her own side, sometimes openly so, and that further distinguishes her.”

That’s high praise considering the source. But it’s in keeping with the raves that Kelly is winning less than a year since the debut of her solo show, “The Kelly File,” which airs at 9 p.m. weekdays.

Kelly’s career is red hot right now, and she’s achieved an unusual status for a host in the middle of the often-ideological cable new wars: Kelly’s earning respect across the political divide. She prods interview subjects whether they’re from the left or the right, at times treating them like hostile witnesses; her questions are pointed, and she’s quick to interrupt an answer that’s off point or meandering — no matter who it’s from.

Members of Congress who have been interviewed commend her lively style; competing producers praise the content on her show; even left-leaning journalists like Greenwald, among others, say they have to respect Kelly’s forceful challenges to the right; and former colleagues and media watchers say she’s just got that “X factor” — the mix of qualities that produce a cable news superstar.

Recognition has come from viewers — she often comes in a close second to ratings king Bill O’Reilly — and from the press, too. Kelly, 43, was the only woman in media to be included in Time magazine’s 100-most-influential-people list this year.

There is a bunch more if you want to read it.

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of Megyn Kelly, even though I don’t normally watch television news. So posting about this article was a no-brainer for me.

I had two takeaways from the article, both of which reveal more about the author and the news industry in general than they do about Megyn Kelly.

The first takeaway is the tone of wonder and amazement over the fact that Megyn Kelly conducts herself like the legendary journalists of yore. She asks tough penetrating questions, but she doesn’t play “gotcha” or try to put words in anyone’s mouth. Then she gives her interview subjects a chance to answer her questions!

You don’t tune into The Kelly File to find out what Megyn thinks about a subject, you tune in to find out more about the subject itself. That kind of stuff is so unusual today that it makes Megyn noteworthy. I grew up in an era when news anchors had the delivery style of Sgt. Joe Friday – “Just the facts, ma’am.” I still think that’s how news ought to be.

Nowadays every “journalist” on television seems to think we’re so stupid that they can’t just tell us the facts, they have to tell us what is important and what we should think about it. The next time you find yourself watching the news (on just about any channel) ignore what they are saying and pay attention to HOW they are saying it. It is very manipulative.

I am averse to being manipulated by anyone (except My Darling Daughter) which is why I don’t watch television news.

The second takeaway I had from the article is that the author and Politico don’t think very highly of Fox News. Yes, Fox quite openly leans to the right. But the journalistic standards at Fox are equal to or better than any of their competitors.

Without a doubt the sleaziest and most partisan news network is MSNBC, but the rest of the news industry treats them as esteemed colleagues while treating Fox like undesirable relatives they are embarrassed to be associated with.

Imagine for a moment if there was no Fox News. Then think of how many stories about the Obama administration would never get covered by the media. Benghazi and the IRS scandal simply would not exist. The only POVs available on television would range from left of center to far left.

Some people would like that. I’m not one of them.

My favorite Megyn Moment:

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74 Responses to Why is Megyn Kelly Winning?

  1. DeniseVB says:

    I don’t think Taylor Swift is ever off-topic here, but notice, it is a Fox report 😀


  2. The Klown says:
  3. The Klown says:

    One of the problems with television news is that it is ratings-driven and dependent on content, but the flow of “news” is never steady. Some days it’s a flood, other times a drought. If you are a 24/7 news network you have 24 hours a day (minus commercials) you must fill, regardless if you have anything to fill it with. Not only that, but television news depends on visuals – no video, no story.

    Guys like Walter Cronkrite started in radio and when they first moved to TV they just sat in front of a camera while they read the news to us.

    • lildoggy4u says:

      What really pisses me off is that our news stations and even network news thinks we must have our daily 5-10 minutes of what the stars are doing, saying, etc.

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Then there’s the thrill of a Shep *live on air* rant…….priceless.

  5. votermom says:

    Megyn is 43? She seems a lot younger.

  6. The Klown says:
  7. abc says:

    That was beautifully done Megan. And that guy is an uninformed dirtbag.

  8. The Klown says:

    Imma go back to bed and see if I can restart that semi-erotic dream starring Megyn Kelly I was having earlier.

    (It was “semi-erotic” because even in my dreams Megyn wasn’t having none of it.)

  9. Somebody says:

    I’ve seen the meme that Megyn Kelly is stupid quite a bit. In fact I’ve heard it from my vile prog sister…….basically she’s a bubble headed, bleached blonde. It’s funny to see the utter shocked look on prog faces when you lay out her credentials……but some of them simply accuse you of lying, like my sister. My favorite is…..”Well clearly she wasn’t any good at being an attorney, otherwise she would still be one. I don’t care what her bio says”. Then they go on to say, she probably barely made it through law school most likely relying on her looks. I’ve sometimes even heard suggestion of possible sexual favors. Progs are such feminist except when it comes to women on the right.

    Enjoy your dream Klown, I’m laying odds you don’t get lucky even in your dreams, LOL!

    I’m trying not to have a nervous breakdown and also trying not to say terrible things to my husband. After all my bitching about his man cave he finally set out to work on my van (remember that’s what started it all he “needed” all this to work on my van). He replaced the timing belt, water pump, shocks, and changed all the fluids. He pulled the van out of the garage to bleed the coolant system which requires you idle the engine at certain RPM’s in cycles. He just got started on that and then there was this terrible rattling and thumping, he yelled at me to turn the van off immediately……this was yesterday afternoon. This morning he pulled it all apart and apparently the idler pulley we purchased, which was brand new, disintegrated.

    He insists this isn’t his fault it’s a defective part, but I am suspect. The risk is the valves are damaged or worse the entire engine……I want to tow it to a shop, but he insists he can fix it. I’m going to come unglued……I’m going to say mean and ugly things. These things are on the tip of my tongue and I’m having a hard time keeping them from coming out of my mouth. Normally I’d have a drink to loosen up, but that would probably be a bad idea because it would definitely loosen my lips!

    I guess this is one of those be careful what you ask for things.

    I’m off to the big city to the dealership for parts……heaven help me……drugs maybe???

    • lildoggy4u says:

      Somebody, he can fix it. Those aftermarket parts especially if they come from a discounter like Autozone do tend to fail. That’s what the mancave is for. He can work a little and then take his greasy self in there to think a little more about the problem and possible solution. It may take months but he’ll git r done. Do you have AAA?

    • DandyTIger says:

      Fingers crossed that it’s not too bad. Sounds like it might be over his head, or got that way during the fix. Assuming things are bad and it really is over his head, here’s the trick with men, being one, give him an out. Tell him there was no way he could know that the problem was really X, but it’s time to get the guys who do that every day to get on the case. Ah, male egos.

    • The Klown says:

      I guess you never heard of the Stupid Guy Trick known as the “Incompetence Dodge”. Basically it goes like this: “If you do it badly enough the first time she will never ever ever ask you to do it again.”

      It works great for house cleaning, laundry, washing dishes, even oral sex.

      Some women are hard-headed and think they can teach you to do it right. But if you are bad enough, long enough, you never have to do it.

      OTOH, if you overuse the trick she might will start looking for some other guy who will do it the way she wants.

    • DeniseVB says:

      “I feel your pain Somebody”—>The last car my husband “fixed” we had to push it to a dealership to trade it in, true story, from the business parking lot next door, as far as it would go, so he tweaked a thingy-ma-jig again to get it running. Of course the dealership had to “test” it (we didn’t turn it off) and it ran for the test driver, got our trade-in blue book value, left with a shiny new car. I’m sure they still made money off us. But we still have that new car, since 2003. 🙂

    • 49erDweet says:

      New engines (or even vans) are cheaper than new husbands. As long as he keeps saying “you look beautiful” 24/7, work with him.

    • piper says:

      Lock yourself in the bathroom and scream letting out all the anger and frustration or leave the house for several hours.

    • votermom says:

      Treat yourself to a nice latte, your favorite chocolates, and remember you love the guy despite him not being a mechanic. (((somebody)))

      • Somebody says:

        Well actually he was a certified mechanic for years as it happens. He was a mechanic before he was an air traffic controller. In fact he maintained his certification for more than ten years after becoming an ATC….”just in case”. He grew up a grease monkey, motorhead. He’s rebuilt multiple engines, etc, and yes he’s done valve jobs including on one of our cars.

        We still don’t know if the valves or the engine are damaged, we’ll find out soon enough. It was indeed a defective part, it is the tensioner pulley, not the idler pulley but the same company made the other pulley so he doesn’t trust it either. We went to the Honda dealership and he purchased genuine Honda parts instead of after market parts, which set us back some change…….but we’re not up for after market parts given our recent experience. The bad parts came from Amazon, they’re going to get some NASTY reviews real soon.

        I don’t think he did anything wrong. I did initially, I thought he had to have, but he talked to a certified tech online this morning and then we talked to the parts manager, service manager and the head odyssey tech at the dealership. First off they really, really wanted the bad part which we took down there in a baggie. They took pictures of it, got the manufacturer name and part number and are reporting it to Honda motors. Everybody went over and over what DH did and how he did it. Everyone said he did everything exactly correct, he has all the appropriate tools for setting the torque etc. It was simply a defective part, the luck of the draw as it were.

        The only way to know if the valves or the engine are damaged is to put it all back together again using the Honda parts. Hubby told the head tech what the online tech had told him this morning about resetting everything. That tech concurred and actually showed hubby first hand all the marks etc., which hubby had already figured out but the tech took hubby out into the shop and manually showed him to make sure. Everyone at the dealership said they were only a phone call away and the plan is if during the resetting process hubby doesn’t think it “feels” right then he’s to call and we’re having it towed to the dealership. Also, we promised them when this was all said and done that if we still had possession of the failed part they could have it for their collection. They literally have a display case with defective non-Honda parts in it. They really want the bad pulley because ball bearing technology is something anyone and everyone can understand and it’s shocking for such a part to be so shoddy as to fail or so everyone keeps saying.

        I never lost my cool with hubby. I did come close to tears a few times, but never lost my cool. We were very close to Total Wine so I suggested we go buy and pick up a couple of bottles of his favorite scotch, I figured he might be wanting a glass, LOL!

        So fingers crossed that everything is OK. The online tech, service manager and the head odyssey tech all seemed to feel we might be lucky because it we weren’t actually driving the van was just idling and we turned it off immediately…..so it may not have damaged anything. I hope that’s the case, but our luck isn’t always so good…..see bizarre defective pulley.

        • votermom says:

          What year is your Ody?

        • 49erDweet says:

          Yeah, if it’s the tensioner pulley that came apart, not much chance of doing deep engine damage.

          • Somebody says:

            We had hoped so 49er. DH got it all put back together by 8:30pm yesterday, but flat refused to crank it and see what was what. He preferred to get a good night’s sleep and give her a try this morning. I wanted to know last night, but I just shut up.

            This morning the verdict came in and it appears there is additional damage, as in it won’t even turn over…..DAMN! So we made a trip over to a shop near where hubby used to work. The guy there is really good and has very reasonable prices and he stands by his work. We’ve used him for decades. I wanted this mechanic to do my timing belt, but oh no…..hubby had to do it. This guy can take a long time, he’s really busy and it’s only he and one other mechanic and they have contracts to maintain a couple of fleets. The potential for slowness is why DH didn’t want to use him…….HA, well we certainly have a major delay now don’t we, just saying.

            It’s my van, I won, it’s going to the shop I want and the price quoted for absolute worst case scenario is about half the dealer price quoted. There is a towing business nearby, they’re on their way now to tow my van over there. Once we got over there I figured out why DH didn’t want to call our regular mechanic……I guess he’d rather pay more $$ than explain why he didn’t bring the van in there for the initial repair, LOL!

          • 49erDweet says:

            Diddily dadburn darn! Darn! Darn! I’m sorry! The mechanic-husband in me is mortified. If we were in driving distance you would be due a jar of our homemade Ollalieberry jam!

    • lorac1 says:

      I’ve seen the meme that Megyn Kelly is stupid quite a bit.

      I read an article a while back that said her IQ is 200.

  10. foxyladi14 says:


  11. The Klown says:
  12. DeniseVB says:

    From 2010, Megyn’s interview with GQ (*Warning* to myiq, hot photo). Somebody, you may want to share the interview with your proggy, explains exactly why she left law practice 😉


  13. piper says:

    Ask your sister if she knows why Michelle Obama gave up her law license many years ago? Although my husband didn’t practice, he retained his license.
    BTW – miss Megyn’s afternoon news program. She was on from noon to 2 CST.

    • mothy67 says:

      So farms only for big companies? Is that shy Missouri had an amendment on Tuesday’s ballot guaranteeing the citizens right to farm and raise livestock? Just eked out a win a win 50.1 to 49.9.
      Sure it has to be checked.

  14. The Klown says:


  15. driguana says:

    I’ve pretty much given up watching any so-called “news” on TV any more with the exception of Megyn and sometime Greta. Trying to read my way to truthfulness these days….
    I think Megyn is “winning” whatever it is to win because she appears to be honest and convincing.

  16. The Klown says:
  17. The Klown says:

    From my uncle:

    As I was lying around, pondering the problems of the world, I realized that, at my age, I don’t really give a damn anymore.

    If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still fat. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years, while a tortoise doesn’t run and does mostly nothing, yet it lives for 150 years. And you tell me to exercise?? I don’t think so.

    Just grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to remember the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

    Now that I’m older here’s what I’ve discovered:

    1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
    2. My wild oats are mostly enjoyed with prunes and all-bran.
    3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.
    4. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
    5. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
    6. If all is not lost, then where the heck is it?
    7. It was a whole lot easier to get older than to get wiser.
    8. Some days, you’re the top dog, some days you’re the hydrant.
    9. I wish the buck really did stop here because I sure could use a few of them.
    10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.
    11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.
    12. It’s hard to make a comeback when you haven’t been anywhere.
    13. The world only beats a path to your door when you’re in the bathroom.
    14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he’d have put them on my knees.
    15. When I’m finally holding all the right cards, everyone wants to play chess.
    16. It’s not hard to meet expenses . . . they’re everywhere.
    17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.
    18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter . . .I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I’m “here after”.
    19. Funny, I don’t remember being absent-minded.
    20. HAVE I SENT THIS MESSAGE TO YOU BEFORE……….? or did I get it from you?

  18. The Klown says:
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  20. The Klown says:

    The Colbert Report: “Hard Choices” – Hillary Clinton:

  21. Underwhelmed says:

    So Hillary is 44 seems to have crashed and burned. Anybody here know what’s going on?

  22. Mt.Laurel says:

    Public Service Announcement

    Ebola has landed in Bethesda (NIH).
    Just in time for BO and MO to pick some up to take to Martha’s Vineyard,

    • Somebody says:

      Did the Israelis send it? I saw that survey, it was the most popular choice for BO’s birthday gift…..just wondering.

      • Mt.Laurel says:

        Well NIH and their cohorts have had old stuff in petri dishes for a while (not that facts will get in the way if someone wants to blame Israel should things go boom). Now they are all a twitter about getting samples of the strain that the two airlifted to Atlanta brought with them direct form Africa. NIH wants to start clinical trials for their vaccine next month. Maybe some of those self proclaimed bleeding heart politically correct bots will volunteer to be guinea pigs.

        Is that that sound of crickets I hear?

        • Somebody says:

          Fabulous idea, let’s start a list shall we?

          Sadly you’re correct about Israel, there are always conspiracy theories blaming them for all kinds of things. I was joking because of the survey, I’m sure you knew that. Speaking of Ebola I saw this in the comment section on MOTUS, interesting read.

          Reading that combined with the story from Canada with the study where they say pigs passed ebola to monkeys through airborne means in their lab. Combine that with the hazmat suits and somehow I’m not sure I believe the feds that it’s so damn hard to contract. I encourage everyone to read that link it’s very informative.

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    • DandyTIger says:

      I assume she was trying to get at the number of deaths proportional to a region/country’s population. But bringing in 911 was meant to be shocking and controversial to get press and thus attention and ratings. IOW: Joy is on MSNBC.

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