Is Megyn Kelly biased or unbiased as host of the Fox News show The Kelly File? Well, she believes she’s not giving a conservative bias in her media reporting.
As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Megyn Kelly claimed Jesus and Santa are both white guys, and the backlash was not pretty.
The Kelly File has been very popular since debuting in the 9 PM time slot, and Fox News has been reaping the benefits. So far, Kelly has managed to deliver an average of nearly 2.5 million viewers and an average of 430,000 in the demographic preferred by sponsors of news programming.
Competitors like CNN, MSNBC, and HLN all have good reason to be jealous since these numbers are more than their combined average. Rachel Maddow only managed to lure in 914,000 with her progressives wile. Piers Morgan was third place with 454,000 viewers. And lurking back way in fourth place was Dr. Drew with 259,000 viewers.
And it’s not like Megyn Kelly is stealing viewers away from other Fox News hosts; both Hannity and On The Record have seen their numbers increase in the same time period.
And, perhaps because of the success, Megyn Kelly’s media bias has come under the microscope. And when she went on the Jay Leno show, she was point blank asked about it:
“People assume if you’re on Fox News, just as they do if you’re on MSNBC, you have a certain bias. How do you deal with it? You seem pretty straight down the line. How do you deal with that?”
The response? Kelly claimed she wasn’t being biased:
“I’m a straight-news anchor. I’m not one of the opinion hosts at Fox. I always tell people if they think I’m this conservative operative, ask Karl Rove if that’s true. … The way we do it on the Fox News Channel is the straight-news anchors like myself give a hard time to both sides.”
Progressive groups didn’t like that answer at all. For example, openly liberal-leaning Media Matters For America said, “Kelly does not breathe fire like her primetime cohorts, but she can be every bit as partisan and misleading.” The Washington Post pointed to the “the makeup of guests that have appeared on The Kelly File since its launch this fall,” essentially claiming the show was an echo chamber for conservative thought.
But Tom Blumer at NewsBusters seems to think Megyn Kelly’s Nielsen ratings are due to her purposefully finding interesting people to bring on her show:
“Kelly is popular because she has newsmakers on her show. She allows them to speak their minds, but cuts them no slack, and takes no guff. She’s also has an extraordinarily alert and sensitive BS detector, and shines the light of truth on such BS when it occurs. No wonder she’s mopping the floor Maddow and Morgan.”
Do you consider Megyn Kelly biased or unbiased?