Former Fox News and NBC News host Megyn Kelly made some news of her own over the weekend. During an interview with the BBC, Kelly said CNN and other liberal media outlets were partially to blame for the Capitol riot earlier this month because of “a complete lack of trust in the media,” leaving people with nowhere “to turn for true information.”
In a video posted by Daily Mail, Kelly called the lack of trust “a major problem.”
“Part of the reason we saw what happened at the Capitol here two weeks ago is because there had been a complete lack of trust in the media, and people don’t know where to turn for true information, they don’t trust the media anymore. And it’s a major problem.”
CNN heads explode in 3… 2… 1…
— New York Post (@nypost) January 24, 2021
“They hated him so much, they checked their objectivity, and it wasn’t just CNN, all of them did,” Kelly said. “They just couldn’t check their own personal feelings about him.”
Or, she suggested, the liberal media followed the lead of Univision’s Jorge Ramos, who believed painting Trump as racist, bigot, you name it, was the “proper way” to cover him.
“Either that, or they signed on to what I call the Jorge Ramos theory of covering Trump, and he advocated, prior to Trump’s election, that we had to cover him differently — that we needed to outwardly call him a racist, a sexist, a misogynist, and that that was important for history and I think too many journalists agreed with that — at their own peril. “
“The media destroyed itself, but Trump certainly helped,” she said. “He sort of set a trap that they walked right into and it worked really well.”
Jimbo Acosta was unavailable for comment. [sarc]
Kelly said she initially thought Trump’s penchant for shredding CNN was “unfair” — until CNN itself proved her wrong and Trump right.
“I remember listening to all of [Trump’s] disparaging comments about CNN when he first became a national figure as a presidential candidate, and I watched a lot of CNN even though I was on Fox.
“And I was like ‘This is unfair. CNN may be a little boring, but it’s fair and it’s factual. It’s not biased against Trump.’
“Then they spent the next four years proving him right – proving me wrong.”
“We could have a little less crazy rhetoric from the White House,” she said, “but it’s not going to change how divided we are here in America because Trump was the symptom of those divisions, not the cause of them.”
Exactly. And to Megyn’s point?
Donald Trump could’ve shown up at CNN headquarters every morning with freshly-baked bagels and donuts and the stage 4 Trump Derangement Syndrome that still inflicts the likes of Don Lemon, Fredo Cuomo, Brian Stelter, “Dear Diary” Acosta, and the rest of the cast of The Most Trusted Name in News™ would not have backed the hell off him in the least.
Kelly’s comments lit up Twitter, with two prevailing takes.
This, from a liberal British journalist:
“I’m sorry but I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous as Megyn Kelly saying on BBC Newsnight that Trump mobs attacked the Capitol because they didn’t trust the media — not Trump lying that the election was stolen.”
I’m sorry but I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous as Megyn Kelly saying on BBC Newsnight that Trump mobs attacked the Capitol because they didn’t trust the media — not Trump lying that the election was stolen
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 24, 2021
And this, from a conservative British journalist.
“This from @megynkelly is so spot on. The media poisoned the faith in them to present unvarnished news thanks to their blatantly biased coverage of Trump. Now, with Biden, the opposite will be true. There will be no objective scrutiny and reporting.”
Gotta go with this guy.
This from @megynkelly is so spot on. The media poisoned the faith in them to present unvarnished news thanks to their blatantly biased coverage of Trump. Now, with Biden, the opposite will be true. There will be no objective scrutiny and reporting. https://t.co/wo7Psz1InZ
— Darren Grimes (@darrengrimes_) January 20, 2021
To point of the latter tweet, Kelly earlier in the week said the most important thing Trump did for the Republicans was to teach them how to fight.
‘He taught Republicans how to fight.’
Journalist @megynkelly explains why Republicans like Donald Trump and that on paper ‘most Republicans consider his presidency a win.’
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) January 20, 2021
And fight, the Republicans must.
To that point, as I reported on Friday in an article titled Watch: Megyn Kelly: Biden’s Call for Unity Is ‘Nonsense’; The Left Has ‘Awakened a Sleeping Giant’, Kelly last week suggested that Joe Biden’s “nonsense” call for “unity” awakened “a sleeping giant.” Perhaps, given her point in the video above, Trump beat Biden to the punch.