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Where There’s Hype, There’s Hope

Ms. Megyn Kewwy’s transition from journalism to show biz is about complete. Fox’s shameless hyping of young Megyn’s recent interview with the Donald focused far more on Kelly than it did on Trump, thereby violating an important rule for serious reporters, to wit: Don’t become part of the story. Kelly, and the state of her psyche, became the story. Trump practically dropped out of sight.

This whole business was a legitimate story when the comely Megyn asked Trump a reasonable question in the August GOP presidential debate and got a vulgar evasion, followed after the debate by an accusation having to do with her menstrual cycle, and then a series of tasteless tweets featuring the word “bimbo.” Do we want a president who bangs on in this manner is indeed a serious question. But the story became increasingly tabloid as writers and TV talking heads focused more on how this had emotionally affected a professional reporter than on whether the guy at 1600 should relate to people in this way. Megyn played along with this, giving interview after interview about the interview. Doubtless the Donald’s insults were disturbing, but they were also a great career builder for Megyn. (Almost as good a career move for Kelly as Gore Vidal suggested that Truman Capote’s death was for his.) And she and Fox have milked it for all it’s worth.

The August exchange is no longer news. Everyone who hasn’t spent the last few months on Mars is now painfully aware of the Donald’s style. Not a pretty picture, but no longer a mystery. And not something that’s going to change. So there was no public interest in whether or not Donald and Megyn would kiss and make up, or in the degree to which the trauma of the Donald’s swinishness to Megyn has strengthened the Kelly’s marriage. None.

Those who hoped Kelly, who has done good reporting, would follow in the tradition of Sharyl Attkisson or Jennifer Griffin will be disappointed. As TAS’s able Wlady Pleszczynski suggested in the blog linked above, she has chosen to fall in with the tradition of Diane Sawyer and Baba Wawa.


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Larry Thornberry is a writer in Tampa.
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