Megyn Kelly is doing her best rendition of “Who? Me?” with respect to the Donald Trump flap.
As you know, Trump made a comment on CNN, being interviewed by Don Lemon that was interpreted by a number of anti-Donald commentators like Erick Erickson of Redstate to indicate that Trump was commenting on Kelly’s period. Trump denied that.
However much, it upset Erickson and the prissy parts of those who claim to be “conservatives”. Trump’s comment didn’t bother Roger Ailes – Kelly’s boss – all that much. As a side note, Ailes is also Erickson’s boss – he’s a Fox commentator after being fired at CNN.
Ailes immediately moved to make peace with The Donald, and apparently they’re “friends” again.
In an interview on CNN’s “New Day” Tuesday, Trump effusively praised Ailes, calling him “an amazing guy and an amazing executive” and a “very good friend of mine.”
He reiterated that “I have no problems” with Fox.
Kelly admits that Trump was upset at her line of questioning about his comments about various women who’ve crossed his path, but refused to admit that the most incendiary comment about an Apprentice contestant “looking good on her knees” was taken completely out of context and the woman in question didn’t even remember it.
Kelly noted that she thought the line of questioning was fair. She also mentioned that Trump “attacked me personally” but didn’t elaborate.
At one point last week Trump indicated that he thought Kelly owed him an apology. You’ll be surprised to discover that Kelly disagrees. She “will not apologize for doing good journalism.”
“I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor. And Mr. Trump, I expect, will continue with what has been a successful campaign thus far.”
The big question is, was Kelly being a good journalist?
Trump has made a number of incendiary comments so far in the campaign. There’s his comments about illegal aliens and Mexico, there’s his comment that Planned Parenthood should be defunded and if Republicans had to shut the government down to do it, they should. Kelly didn’t touch on those issues. Nor did she address the Iran deal. Or the Russians. Or the economy and the lack of jobs.
So, was Kelly being a “good journalist” by addressing something that, at best, is a side issue? We’d say not just “no” but “Hell No.”
Does Megyn Kelly owe Donald Trump an apology? I would say no, no more than Trump owes her one.
Kelly does, however, owe an apology to the viewers who tuned into Fox to learn about candidates’ positions on important issues only to be subjected to politically correct crap.