Fox News’ Megyn Kelly thinks America is in a “dangerous” place right now due to the public’s heightened distrust of the mainstream media.
NPR sat down with Ms. Kelly on Wednesday for a wide-ranging interview on everything from charges of sexual harassment against former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes to the challenges reporters will face covering a Trump administration over the next four years. “The Kelly File” star said at one point during the 45-minute interview that she was worried about the divide between the American public and media outlets providing them with news.
“I think it’s dangerous, the entire delegitimization that [President-elect Donald Trump] engaged in against all of the media,” Mrs. Kelly said. “The people, as much as it’s fun to hate us, they need us. They need good, strong, skeptical journalists to be covering whoever it is — whether it’s Barack Obama or President Donald Trump. We’re in a dangerous phase right now where too many millions of Americans aren’t listening at all to what the press tells them. That concerns me.”
The Fox News host added that certain minority groups, at least for the start of Mr. Trump’s administration, have valid reasons for being fearful of the Republican.
“The relative lack of power of certain minority groups, and the fear they’re feeling in the wake of Donald Trump’s election, is something I think we really need to take a look at,” Ms. Kelly said. “While I don’t think Trump wants to target any particular minority group, I understand their fear because he spent many months stoking it. And so I think that’s a legitimate thing we’re going to have to deal with.”
Ms. Kelly also had choice words for Breitbart News, which was formerly run by Mr. Trump’s top adviser, Steve Bannon.
“If you look at what’s happened to Breitbart over the last three years, it’s shocking,” the Fox star said of the kind of readers it now attracts. “I knew Andrew Breitbart very well and he was great. I loved him. He was a true provocateur who would be fun about it, you know. He’d show up at a democratic protest and engage with the protesters and then he’d go have a beer with them. This is something else entirely, and I don’t know that Trump can stop it.”
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