Seriously, the woman is en fuego.
From Hadas Gold at Politico:
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: