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MEDIA Surprise, Tamron Hall Left NBC Because She Wouldn’t Stand for Being Sidelined by Megyn Kelly


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It’s almost comical at this point how bad NBC is at this kind of thing.

This is really more of an aside to a couple of previous pieces that ran down NBC’s woes in terms of its roll-out of the shiny new toy it’s obsession over, Megyn Kelly. But it’s information that, while not surprising in the least, deserves to be seen far and wide so people can understand just how badly NBC screwed itself when it didn’t have to.

People magazine is reporting that Tamron Hall, who up until very recently was the popular-as-hell third-hour anchor of the Today show, made the choice to stop being that — and leave NBC entirely — because she wasn’t willing to be sidelined by Kelly. By now pretty much everyone knows that Hall was going to be pushed out, along with her co-host Al Roker, to make room for Kelly’s new hour-long weekday show. No one’s sure yet whether Kelly will replace the third or fourth hour of Today, but either way the anchors who were being given the bum rush were going to be the same.

Right off the bat this was a PR disaster waiting to happen — and happen it certainly did — because Hall and Roker were two black hosts holding the reins of a network morning show and they were being shoved aside to make space for a conservative white woman. That was always a staggeringly arrogant, stupid, and shortsighted move on NBC’s part. But it became worse when, late last week, Hall decided she wasn’t going to accept NBC’s offer of millions to stay put and would be leaving effective just about immediately. She was predictably gracious about her departure from what she now calls her “dream job,” but it was always a given that NBC’s slight of her and Roker — a duo who’d recently taken their hour of Today to number one in the ratings — was the impetus for her quick exit. As a friend of hers now says, Hall “wasn’t going to settle for sitting on the sidelines” for anybody.

This is starting to sound like a broken record, sure, but it’s almost comical how inept and flat-out negligent NBC is when it comes to handling its high-profile talent. Consider for a minute the number of times completely unnecessary psychodrama has accompanied one of 30 Rock’s big transitions from one marquee star to another. The number of times NBC has just mishandled the hell out of a delicate change-over, a hiring or firing, and has wounded egos and found the whole miasma spilling over onto the gossip pages.

Introducing Megyn Kelly should’ve been a piece of cake. Yeah, room would have to be made in the schedule, but the very least you could do is make it as seamless as possible so that both that new host you paid a ton of money for, your network as a whole, and those who’ve worked tirelessly for you for years were all treated fairly and got what they deserved. This shit isn’t brain surgery. It’s television. But damn if NBC can’t figure out a way to lose a patient on the table — if not more than one — every time it tries to do something like this.

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Don’t Forget That Megyn Kelly Is a Racial Demagogue

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The recent flattering coverage of her move to NBC leaves out the ugliest episodes of her work at Fox.

Megyn Kelly had a good 2016. Between her news-making stint as a Fox News debate moderator, a flattering profile in Vanity Fair, and a lucrative book deal, she cemented her reputation as a talented and no-nonsense journalist—one of the most highly paid in the industry. And now she’s making the jump to NBC News, where she will anchor a Sunday evening news show, host a daytime show, and cover major political events. “Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career,” said NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack in a statement. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”

Another thing Kelly has demonstrated is racist demagoguery, which defined much of her tenure at Fox News.

In 2010, for example, Kelly devoted hours of coverage to the New Black Panther Party, a small group on the fringe of American politics, because two members of the NBPP were charged with voter intimidation after standing outside of a heavily black polling place in Philadelphia in the 2008 election. Those charges were later dropped, but the incident became the basis for a wide-ranging conspiracy disseminated by conservative writers, websites, and—most prominently—Megyn Kelly. Along with Republican activist J. Christian Adams, then a frequent guest of Kelly’s, the Fox News host spun a disturbing tale of voter intimidation and anti-white racism sanctioned by an Eric Holder–helmed Justice Department that she claimed wouldn’t investigate black Americans accused of criminal activity. “Well, think about that. Think about that. … Now you’re going to have instances like this where Black Panthers and others can go to the polling stations and do this if they so choose. And they just basically are gonna get a pass because while it’s not an official thing, it’s been made very clear to all the rank-and-file voting rights attorneys in the DOJ those cases are not to be pursued,” Kelly said during one broadcast before suggesting that Holder was, in fact, involved in a plan to protect the NBPP.

Over the course of two weeks and 45 separate segments, Kelly and her colleagues at Fox News aired video from the Philadelphia incident—where the NBPP members in question shouted insults at white Americans—connecting it to the Obama administration in an effort to paint the president as hostile toward white Americans, part of a broad conspiracy to intimidate white voters. Writing for the Atlantic at the time, Dave Weigel called it a “minstrel show” meant to inflame and exploit racial tensions.

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Megyn Kelly said Trump might be a ‘sexual predator.’ Then things got very intense.

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‘You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy’

There are two weeks to go until Election Day and tensions are flaring on Fox News.

In an interview with Newt Gingrich, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly suggested that Donald Trump might be a “sexual predator.” She based this on things he’s said (“We saw on that tape Trump himself saying he likes to grab women by the genitals and kiss them against their will”) and the many women who have came forward alleging Trump has sexually assaulted them.

Gingrich, one of Trump’s most prominent supporters, become livid.

“You are fascinated with sex and you don’t care about public policy,” Gingrich, who has been married three times, told Kelly.

“I’m not fascinated by sex,” Kelly replied, “but I am fascinated by the protection of women and what we are getting in the oval office.”

Things went downhill from there.

Gingrich tried to change the topic to allegations against Bill Clinton, daring Kelly to call the former president a “sexual predator.”

Kelly noted that she’s hosted Kathleen Willey, who claims Bill Clinton sexually assaulted her in 1993, on her show.

But, Kelly added, Bill Clinton is “not on the ticket.”

With that the segment was over.

“You can take your anger issues and spend some time working on them,” Kelly told Gingrich before going to a commercial break.

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Megyn Kelly lectures Kellyanne Conway like a child for whining that Hillary isn’t playing ‘nice’

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Donald Trump campaign spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway walked into a buzzsaw Wednesday night on the normally welcome Fox News network, only to have Megyn Kelly blitz her with a rundown on Trump’s lifelong history of demeaning and smearing women.

As Conway attempted to reframe Monday night’s debate,  the Fox News host cut her off and took issue when the Trump campaign manager complained about Clinton running “not nice” ads against  Trump.

“Kellyanne, come on,” Kelly said to her as she were a child. “It’s not nice? They are running for president! Of course she going to hit him with negative ads. The ads that she is running about him, when it comes to his comments about women, use his words, Kellyanne.”

When Conway tried to change the subject and ask why Clinton wasn’t running ads detailing her vision instead of picking on Trump, the Fox host jumped all over her.

“Because there are two facets of a campaign!” Kelly shot back. “You know that better than anybody. You hit your opponent and disqualify him or her and then you sell your own vision. I mean, she’s allowed to hit him with negative ads and he should be hitting her right back,  should he not?”

The Fox host also smacked down Conway’s assertion that Trump has made a “few comments about women over the years.”

“You know that’s not true,” Kelly lectured her. “You know he has repeatedly made comments about women.  About their looks, about their size, their weight. Even in this campaign, about Carly Fiorina’s face, retweeting a negative picture about Heidi Cruz’s face, criticizing Hillary Clinton and her ‘look.’ And, Kellyanne, this is an issue for him.”

Watch the video below via Mediaite on YouTube:

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Trump Starts Megyn Kelly Interview With Blatant Lie

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Last August, during the first presidential debate, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly confronted Donald Trump about his history of sexist comments. For the next nine months, Trump has waged war against Kelly, calling her a bimbo and suggesting she asked him a tough question because she was menstruating.

A truce was called tonight, just in time for Kelly to interview Trump for the launch of her new prime time interview show on Fox broadcast affiliates.

How did Trump start the interview? With a blatant lie.

It wasn’t a particularly big or consequential lie. It was a petty, puzzling, pointless lie. But it was indicative of how Trump operates.

In March, Trump retweeted an unflattering picture of Ted Cruz’s wife, Heidi Cruz. It was a nasty tweet that seemed to serve no particular purpose.

Kelly started her interview by asking Trump if he had made any mistakes in the campaign. She noted that he had called the Heidi Cruz tweet a mistake.

Trump objected to Kelly’s description. “I said I could have done without it, to be exact.”

Kelly stuck to her guns, saying Trump called it “a mistake.”

Trump stuck to his gun saying that he “actually didn’t it say it that way.” He added that “you could say [Heidi Cruz is] fair game because she’s very much involved with the campaign.”

But Trump did call it “a mistake.” He did so in an interview with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.


The moment isn’t likely to generate much attention, and there’s some justification for this. After all, this particular lie isn’t very important. But it also illustrates the difficulty of covering candidate Donald Trump. It’s not that he doesn’t tell the truth. It’s that he has total disregard for the truth.

Confronted with his own words by Megyn Kelly, he stuck to his guns. Kelly knew she was right and Trump was lying. She called him on it and he repeated his lie again. But eventually she had to move on.

So too will everyone else. Such is the nature of the 2016 presidential campaign.


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Megyn Kelly Defends Maddow: ‘What’s the Harm’ in Her Moderating a Debate?

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow co-moderated last night’s  Thursday night’s Democratic debate, and while she did receive praise for asking tough, substantive questions, she did receive criticism because of the very fact that she was an outspoken liberal commentator moderating a presidential debate.

Oh, and also the fact that she hugged both candidates.

On Fox News tonight, Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz had their doubts about Maddow’s claim she would do the same for Republicans, with Kurtz insisting “she should not have been on that stage.”

Kelly, however, pointed out that the RNC has pushed for conservative commentators to co-moderate their debates (i.e. Hugh Hewitt at the CNN GOP debates), and she made it clear Fox News rejected them outright.

However, Kelly went on to say, “I find myself in the unusual position of defending MSNBC.”

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Donald Trump Will Participate In Next Fox News Debate With Megyn Kelly Moderating

Donald Trump Will Participate In Next Fox News Debate With Megyn Kelly Moderating

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Suddenly, Donald Trump doesn’t have a problem with Megyn Kelly and he never did… he’d like you to believe. It has nothing – nothing, I tell you – to do with the fact that quitting the last Fox News debate may have cost him votes in the Iowa caucuses.

From The Washington Post:

“I’ll be there. I have no objection to being there,” said Trump in an interview today with Steve Malzberg of NewsmaxTV. “That had nothing to do with Megyn Kelly, the fact that I went out of the last one. It had to do with a memo that was sent out by Fox that was a little bit taunting.” In any case, Trump expressed no regrets for having skipped out on the Jan. 28 affair, saying that he held an event to benefit veterans that raised $6 million. “So I wouldn’t have changed places.”

And for the sake of history, that Fox News statement that Trump called “taunting”? That came only after Trump had been publicly blasting Kelly and musing aloud about whether he should skip the debate.

That’s right. Trump had lots of objections to Kelly before he claimed that his real reason for skipping the debate was the “taunting” press release.

It’s hard to know if Trump’s absence cost him a win in Iowa or not. But in his Fox make-up moves, Trump has said it might have.

So will this latest frame of mind stay with Trump up to and through the March 3 debate? And the bigger question in my mind is whether or not Kelly will pull any punches.

We’ll see.

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NRA lobbyist rants after avoiding Obama town hall: ‘What are we going to talk about, basketball?’

Megyn Kelly interviews NRA lobbyist Chris Cox on Jan. 7, 2016. (Media Matters)

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The head of the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of perpetrating a distraction by taking part in a televised town hall — one his organization did not attend, Media Matters reported.

“He doesn’t support the individual right to own a firearm. That’s been the position of his Supreme Court nominees. That’s been the position of his administration,” Chris Cox told Fox News host Megyn Kelly. “So what are we going to talk about, basketball? I’m not really interested in going over and talking to the president who doesn’t have a basic level of respect or understanding of the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners in this country.”

The president ripped Cox’s organization during the event, which was aired on CNN, pointing out to host Anderson Cooper that the NRA was invited to participate alongside other gun enthusiasts as well as gun safety advocates.

“There’s a reason that the NRA isn’t here. They’re right down the street,” Obama said, making reference to the group’s Virginia headquarters. “You think they’d be prepared to have a debate with the President.”

Cox told Kelly that the NRA refused because it was only allowed to submit one pre-screened question, as did everyone else who participated.

“This president is trying to create an illusion that he’s doing something to keep people safe,” he said. “He needs to do that because the truth is his policies have failed miserably.”

Watch footage from the interview HERE


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Fox Issues Unconditional Surrender To Trump

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We were told it was a fight Trump could never win – a picked battle with the most trust institution in conservative America: Fox News. The numbers made it clear. Trump was done. It was only a matter of time.

We’d seen hints of this in Trump’s claim that Ailes had called him to promise he’d get fair treatment from Fox going forward. A claim Ailes later confirmed. But now Gabriel Sherman, chronicler of all things Fox has the inside details. And like everything else that could possibly be spawned by the unholy union of Roger Ailes and Donald Trump, it’s ugly.

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According to Sherman, Ailes didn’t just call Trump to get the relationship back on track. He apparently called Trump “multiple” times “begging” Trump to declare the Trump v Fox war over, which he eventually did. He offered him a full hour on Kelly’s show. Trump refused. Any other show. Trump said he’d think about it. Anything for a cessation of hostilities. But as Sherman points out, “that process has meant that Fox has had to mute its defense of Kelly, who is now watching uneasily as the Fox audience turns on her: According to one high-level source, Kelly has told Fox producers that she’s been getting death threats from Trump supporters.”

So there you have it, the fabled Fox v. Trump War lasted all of six days, just as long as the Six Day War and perhaps even more decisive of a victory for Trump.

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Megyn Kelly Responds To Donald Trump: “I Certainly Will Not Apologize For Doing Good Journalism”


Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said Monday she will not respond to personal attacks by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump, who sharply criticized her after last week’s debate.

During Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, Kelly had asked Trump to address his negative comments toward women, calling some “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.” In response, Trump responded jokingly, “only Rosie O’Donnell.”

“For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O’Donnell,” Kelly said during Monday’s broadcast of The Kelly File as she pressed for an answer to the question.

“I felt he was asked a tough but fair question,” Kelly said. “We agree to disagree.”

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Following the debate, Trump said he felt the moderators’ questions were “not nice,” and that Kelly in particular treated him poorly. He went on to tweet and retweet rants about Kelly that called her a “bimbo,” overrated, and angry.

His criticism reached a fever pitch Friday in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, in which he said Kelly had “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”

The candidate on Saturday tweeted he meant to say she had blood coming out of her nose, though the remark was taken by many to be a reference to menstruation. In response, Trump’s top adviser parted ways with the businessman, and Trump was also disinvited from the conservative RedState gathering in Atlanta.

Kelly said Monday she had decided not to respond to the personal attacks.

“I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism,” she continued. “So I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor. And Mr. Trump, I expect, will continue with what has been a successful campaign so far.”