We try not to be altogether political here at CarterMatt, but we admit that there is something about the ongoing feud between Donald Trump and Fox News that is in some ways incredibly odd, but in others incredibly compelling. These are two people who have been metaphorically at one another’s throats since this past summer during a GOP Debate on the network, one that caused Megyn Kelly to be the target of the politician’s ire. He has since lambasted her repeatedly, calling her names while she continues to cover the election her show “The Kelly File.”
So why is any of this newsworthy now, especially for a TV site that tends to cover lighter subjects? Much of it is in fact due to the rather-bizarre way in which Fox News is now publicly defending her. It’s not something we really see from many other networks, but then again at the same time, this is not a situation we are really accustomed to seeing, either.
Here is that the network said in a statement:
“Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land … Megyn is an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America — we’re extremely proud of her phenomenal work and continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump’s endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults. As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it’s especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job.”
What is the endgame here for the network? It’s hard to say, but it is curious that this statement comes not long after Fox News canceled a GOP Debate planned to air on the network after Trump and fellow candidate John Kasich decided that they would not take part. We don’t think the two are linked, though, and we’d like to think that this is just a case of a network trying to support one of their own journalists.
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