An article about Megyn Kelly to read

As it’s such a nice day, I’m going to take a walk for an hour—retired people can do that—but I’ll return soon with an article on a giant ten-pound fossil frog that might have eaten theropod dinosaurs.

In the meantime, read the article below (click on screenshot), which is not written by a conservative but does make sense. A few excerpts:

It’s one of the bitterest ironies in television that it was at Fox News, network of blond bombshells and chronic sexual harassment, that Ms. Kelly was given the breathing room to become that most unusual of unicorns: an unlikable woman on television.

. . . With time, in fact, she assumed a style that had hitherto been the exclusive province of men: a charisma that comes from dispensing with the need to be liked. And in featuring her, Fox News was doing more to break female stereotypes than any of the more mainstream networks.

It’s true that Ms. Kelly developed her signature style while perfectly coifed, with obligatory blond streaks. And it’s true that she developed her brand of magnetic unlikability while outfitted in Fox’s ubiquitous jewel-toned dresses, her legs exposed beneath the obligatory glass table. But Megyn Kelly’s power came not from her beauty but from her sharp-wittedness, her familiarity with the issues, and her willingness to ask tough questions and demand answers — the same traits that were on full display in the infamous Republican debate when she took on Candidate Trump.

. . . Instead of unleashing her, NBC has attempted to transform Megyn Kelly into one of the nice girls of mainstream media, another Kelly Ripa, Savannah Guthrie or Katie Couric. The results have been predictably awkward. The glee at her stumble has been swift and vicious.

Why was Megyn Kelly’s transition into the mainstream accompanied by this kind of neutering? Why did Fox News have more room for this charismatic, difficult woman than NBC? It’s hard to say. Mainstream talk shows — morning shows in particular — have never had much of an appetite for difficult. And at a time when our country is so divided, it was always likely that a network like NBC would try to cast as broad a net as possible, meaning that politics would be off the table for someone like Ms. Kelly.

Whatever the reason, however, her descent into banal harmlessness operates as a cautionary tale to all women: You will have to be likable if you want to go mainstream.

Alas, ’tis true, ’tis true. I’ve watched snippets of Kelly on her new NBC show, and they’re cringe-worthy. I was never a big fan of Kelly, except at that Presidential debate when she went after Trump, but now, well, it’s embarrassing.

22 Comments

  1. Mark R.
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    She was only “unlikable” to those (wise enough) to despise Fox news. She was absolutely adored by Fox viewers, and I think the article misses that point.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted October 9, 2017 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Personally, I really liked her on Fox. She was given a hard time by the Left because she was on Fox, and she’s gorgeous. However, she’s really smart, didn’t back down, asked tough but fair questions, and gave her guests the time to answer them.

      Trump exposed his inadequacy on her show. He tried to patronize her and she didn’t let him. Several others made the same mistake, though usually not to the extent he did.

      She did a great interview with Anderson Cooper when his book came out. Most on Fox wouldn’t have and couldn’t have done the interview she did. Once he was gone from the studio she noted that he was a “class act.”

      I don’t know what she’s like now because NBC isn’t available in NZ, but I miss her from Fox.

    • Curt Cameron
      Posted October 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

      She WAS adored by Fox viewers, until she stood up to Trump and then left their network.

      After the debate she moderated, Google sensed that I was interested in Megyn Kelly stories, so started presenting me news about her, from a wide variety of sources – much of that from the far right like Breitbart and WND.

      I have never seen such caustic bile directed at a TV personality as what the right-wing said about Kelly after she left Fox. They HATE her.

      So the left side of the political spectrum disrespects her for participating in Fox News, but the far right can’t stand her. I’m not sure who NBC is trying to attract now.

  2. Mike Anderson
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Funny, although I haven’t seen the “new” Megyn Kelly, back when she was at Fox News I thought she was likable, too cheery to be a newsperson. I thought she’d thrive in the new fluffier role.

  3. Jenny Haniver
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Will read the article about Megyn Kelly, but I can hardly wait to learn about the behemoth frog.

    • Vaal
      Posted October 9, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

      The Bermuda Depths!!!

      A collective dream for a select number of us kids from the 70’s!

      🙂

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

    I do not know a whole lot about her but do not think her audience would be daytime TV. Over at Fox it was the guys who watched. All the right wing nuts. I know that NBC tried her at night, opposite 60 minutes I think. How is anyone going to do there?? You are dead. Also, I do not know that she is all that good with the interview. It doesn’t matter over on Fox because they don’t really do interview, they do rip up the guy who comes on. Just because you do news does not make a good interviewer. That is a talent many do not have.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted October 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm | Permalink

      Not that I know anything about Megyn Kelly’s style, but IMO the best interviewer is one who’s firm, persistent (in not being fobbed off) in asking tough questions, but also polite and not obnoxiously aggressive.

      Too many viewers, it seems, confuse aggressive rudeness with firmness. It doesn’t work that way.

      cr

  5. Posted October 9, 2017 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    This seems to ignore her interview with Alex Jones where it became very clear that she was not the kind of hard-hitting interviewer that was needed for that interview. My guess is that NBC decided to make her into a “nice girl” only after the Alex Jones failure. I am sure they must be questioning their hiring choice and are now trying to make the best out of a bad situation.

  6. Posted October 9, 2017 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    What?
    Yo should google “john oliver megýn kelly”…

  7. Ken Kukec
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Gotta admit, I didn’t care much for Megyn early on, with her “white Santa” nonsense. But then, on election night 2012, when I tuned into Fox for the schadenfreude of seeing them have to call the election for Obama, there she was frog-marching Karl Rove to Fox’s polling-and-statics office, after he squawked that Mitt Romney could still win the race. Then, at Fox’s first GOP primary debate, she had to go and take on Donald Trump for his misogyny, and I thawed a little further.

    I’m still not a “fan,” and I haven’t watched her new show. Seeing her on NBC instead of Fox would take the “grudge” frisson outta watching her, entirely.

    • Joseph McClain
      Posted October 9, 2017 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

      Yes! I was just going to post about this. I was impressed that she marched back into the pollster den as they were all “remain calm, all is well.” I recall her asking something like “Is this what’s happening or is this something you’re saying because you’re Republicans?”

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted October 9, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      I love John Oliver, but that was pretty unfair to Kelly. Some of those things she was just quoting others, and some she was saying to provoke debate.

      There were things she got wrong, but other things were just stuff you’re not allowed to say or do around the far left. The last guy in the montage (Al Sharpton), is an idiot who turns up to get publicity whenever there’s a big issue. In that clip Kelly was challenging him on his refusal to admit that the witness who started the whole “hands up, don’t shoot” thing was lying. Unlike many on Fox, she did recognize the validity of other BLM protest points. She just didn’t accept everything, which is the correct approach for a journalist.

      • Posted October 9, 2017 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

        I don´t agree, Heather. I just don´t see the evidence -or enough evidence- of her good journalistic practices. What I´ve seen is that she is a variation of the very thing she sees in Sharpton: “an opinion guy”.
        Greetings.

        • Heather Hastie
          Posted October 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

          That’s fine. I don’t expect anyone else to think the same thing as I do. 🙂

          • Posted October 9, 2017 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

            No problem…
            We agree about other things, though…

  8. Chris Swart
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    I agree with Mark R: Without her crutch (the Fox News audience), she is shown to be incompetent.

  9. Chris Swart
    Posted October 9, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    The John Oliver clip on Kelly says it all. She was good at exploiting trends to get herself publicity and money, but more recently her limited talent has failed her.

  10. Dale Franzwa
    Posted October 10, 2017 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    I never watched her on Fox but did see her on NBC opposite 60 Minutes a couple of times just prior to the start of football season. I thought she was a quite competent journalist at that point. She’ll be back in that role after the Super Bowl is over and it will be interesting to see how she does going against 60 Minutes.

    Speaking of which, Oprah Winfrey made her debut on 60 Minutes at the start of the fall season. Now, if anybody can thoroughly degrade the reputation of 60 Minutes for hard hitting journalism, it will be Oprah. I couldn’t bring myself to watch her initial foray into that venue. But, it will be interesting to see how much use CBS makes of her up against Kelly next winter. It’s all about ratings, folks.

  11. Diane G.
    Posted October 10, 2017 at 2:17 am | Permalink

    sub

  12. ladyatheist
    Posted October 10, 2017 at 6:54 am | Permalink

    A lot of intelligent women have been tossed around on TV and then discarded. Perhaps she has a future in reading for audiobooks.


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