Iowa (Storch Report) — When the journalist becomes the story, rather than covering the story, it’s a classic signal of poor journalism.
Fox News prides itself in presenting fair and balanced news and, for the most part, that’s what it does in comparison to the mainstream media.
Although I watch all news stations, Fox is my station of choice because two sides of a story is presented for me to make my decision of what is right or wrong, or, what I agree with and don’t.
Megyn Kelly, a Fox News Anchor with her own show, has now participated in two presidential debates and has become the focal point of each — which shouldn’t be the role of a moderator of such a debate. She has shared that role each time with two other anchors and you don’t see their names in the news.
Nevertheless, being one of Roger Ailes cadre of Foxy sexy ladies, it appeared that she set out in the first debate to be provocative in more ways than one with the intent of injecting herself into the story with her opening and follow-up questions, which Donald Trump, the leading Republican candidate, rebelled over, and as a result, boycotted the second debate. And, despite Trump’s lack of presence, she once again inserted herself into the story.
Her first question in the first debate addressed to Trump was obviously carefully worded, not necessarily in context, but inclusive of facts, but designed to provoke a sitcom response that she would expect to get from Trump:
“Mr. Trump, one of the things people love about you is you speak your mind and you don’t use a politician’s filter. However, that is not without its downsides, in particular, when it comes to women. You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals.’ . . .
“Your Twitter account has several disparaging comments about women’s looks. You once told a contestant on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees.
“Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should select as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?”
Her second question in the first debate was as follows: “Mr. Trump, in 1999, you said you were, quote, ‘very pro-choice.’ Even supporting partial-birth abortion. You favored an assault weapons ban as well. In 2004, you said in most cases you identified as a Democrat. Even in this campaign, your critics say you often sound more like a Democrat than a Republican, calling several of your opponents on the stage things like ‘clowns’ and ‘puppets.’ When did you actually become a Republican?”
Kelly’s questions were obviously designed to get defensive responses, they were personal and voiced in a provocative way to insert herself into the story because of the antagonistic tenor.
During the second debate, which Trump boycotted, Kelly once again asked the first question and it was to Ted Cruz this time, referring to Trump once again, and she said,”Let’s address the elephant not in the room tonight.”
It then was reported that Kelly called Trump, off camera, ‘Voldemort’, a reference to the Harry Potter series of novels and the character Lord Voldemort who was portrayed as the embodiment of evil.
Thus, once again Kelly injected herself into the story inappropriately.
Roger Ailes needs to get back to the basics of journalism. Megyn Kelly is entertainment when she injects herself into the story as a journalist-moderator in a debate.
Keep her as a sex symbol on her own show as an entertainer, remember she was trained as an attorney, not a journalist.