There is a lot happening in the world of politics, and most cable news watching Americans rely on Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly to give them their insights. When averaging nightly ratings for the past week on Zap2It, O’Reilly came in first with an average of 3.14 million viewers a night and Megyn Kelly came in second with an average of 2.79 million viewers a night.
Bill O’Reilly’s biggest night was Tuesday, with 3.26 million viewers and his lowest was Wednesday, with 2.92 million viewers. This week, O’Reilly continued his detailed reporting of the Hillary Clinton email scandal, once again asking if the emails will derail her campaign.
“With all the Pope coverage and Republican politics all over the place, the Hillary Clinton email story is tough to define at this point.”
O’Reilly then showed a video of Bill Clinton talking about how Hillary Clinton was the most-admired woman at the beginning of the year, but that changed because she announced she was running for the presidency. Therefore, the coverage of her changed. Basically, Bill Clinton said he thinks Hillary Clinton is being unfairly hammered. O’Reilly had Amy Parnes, a senior correspondent from The Hill, talk about the emails.
“The fact is the story is alive and well. It’s not going away and that’s scary to the Clinton camp. You know they want this story to go away, they want to pivot to other issues, but they can’t.”
Megyn Kelly’s show on Thursday night dealt with the Oregon school shooting and President Obama’s attack on gun owners. She played a video in which a witness to the event described what happened.
“When I looked out the window and there were couple girls running, like sprinting away from the building. And then I heard screaming after that first gunshot. And then I looked out and I saw the people running, and I said to the teacher ‘We need to get out of here right now.’ And then heard the second and third gunshots.
Kelly interviewed Charles Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, who talked about Obama’s reaction to the event.
“And for the president to come out and speak immediately about this, before we know who did it, before we know what kind of weapon was used, before we know how the weapon was obtained and to make a case for gun control, I don’t doubt his sincerity, his passion, I don’t think this is political in the sense that he thinks it’s going to gain in the constituency,” Krauthammer said.
Krauthammer then questioned Obama’s judgment and whether or not this was an issue of gun control. He said that in a society that allows so much individual liberty and freedom, shootings like this are bound to happen.
Megyn Kelly tried to be as objective as possible about gun control laws. She did, however, question when President Obama claimed there were less crimes in other countries because they have better gun control laws. Her guest Dana Loesch also thought Obama’s claims needed further analyses.
In the next week, the aftermath of the shooting in Oregon and the fact that it appears Christian students may have been singled out will continue to see ratings rise for Fox News. It’s also going to be interesting to see their reaction to Hillary Clinton’s appearance on Saturday Night Live. One thing we can be sure of: Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly are likely to, once again, lead everyone else in the ratings.
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