There is a definite surprise for those who thought Megyn Kelly shot herself in the foot with her debate questions to Donald that conservatives (and especially Fox News viewers) found unnecessary. According to ratings at Zap2It, Megyn Kelly had one of her biggest ratings nights of the year with 2.9 million viewers — that’s more than Bill O’Reilly had on the same exact night.
This is an unexpected victory for Kelly, who recently became the subject of a petition at Change.org for those who want Fox News to fire her. The petition now has nearly 200 signatures, and its mission statement accuses the Fox News star for being unfair, unbalanced, and overly flirtatious with male guests. For her part, Kelly is not backing down on her questions about sexism to Donald Trump. Fox News reported on how Kelly began her show Monday evening.
“Apparently Mr. Trump thought the question was unfair and I was attacking him. I felt he was asked a tough but fair question. We agree to disagree.”
Kelly believes that Donald Trump will continue a successful campaign. She believes it is a tough business, and that it is now time to move forward. Apparently, Donald Trump won’t have anything to apologize for, either. According to Breitbart, Trump is also a post-debate winner.
“Republican frontrunner billionaire Donald Trump has jumped seven points—a remarkable hike in the polls—after the GOP debate in Cleveland, Ohio, last week and a subsequent spat with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.”
Breitbart notes that Trump’s 32 percent is tied with Bush, Carson, Rubio, and Walker combined. His poll ratings are up seven percent since last week — not bad for someone the media keeps counting out. According to New York Magazine, Trump and Fox News made up — sort of.
“This morning, Trump tweeted that [Roger] Ailes called to assure him that Fox will cover him ‘fairly’ going forward. According to two high-level Fox sources, Ailes’s diplomacy was the result of increasing concern inside Fox News that Trump could damage the network.”
The article goes on to note that after Thursday’s debate, Fox News received tons of pro-Donald Trump emails. On Twitter, the conversation was definitely in Trump’s favor. This is one of those rare times that Fox News went into damage control. But the word “damage” should definitely not be associated with anything that has to do with Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly — they are both winners after this so-called controversy.
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