While speaking at the 7th Annual Women in The World Summit on April 6, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly was asked if she was “nervous” being surrounded by her colleagues at Fox News network.
Phillip Elliott, a reporter with Time magazine referred to a comment previously made by Bill Maher, in which he said Kelly is considered to be normal when compared to people like Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly. Maher had compared her to “the blonde girl on Game of Thrones. Everyone else is a zombie or a dwarf or sleeping with their sister.”
Kelly responded to Elliot, “Nervous? No. I don’t understand the question.”
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The Times reporter stated that compared to Hannity and O’Reilly, Kelly comes across as sane and reasonable.
“Do you worry about the network’s reputation?” he asked.
Kelly responded sternly, first calling out Philips for using Maher as the centerpiece of his question. “No. Nor do I think a criticism from a man who refers to women as the c-word should wind up in a TIME piece. You’re putting yourself out there if you want to use that,” Kelly shot back.
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She also assured Elliott that Fox News was no different from other news organizations in that they all have news and editorials. She said she believes the attention Hannity and O’Reilly receive is due to their strong conservative stance, which is highly unusual in today’s media.
Taking further issue with the question’s obvious slant, Kelly said, “You know, would you ask that question of Savannah Guthrie, you know, when she was doing the 9 a.m. over on MSNBC?” Kelly asserted that the question would not be asked to a left leaning commentator. She continued, saying, “We get that at Fox because the right-leaning commentators are a problem for certain reporters, and they feel the need to ask straight news journalists whether they want to be associated with that. In my view, that is your bias talking. That says nothing about Fox or me.”
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