Megyn Kelly’s ratings, which averaged 2.45 million viewers a night last week, improved over the past week, but not enough to come even close in terms of overall audience numbers to Bill O’Reilly. The ratings figure comes from averaging nightly figures at Zap2It. The O’Reilly Factor remains virtually the same as last week, with an average of 2.91 million viewers a night. Some say that Megyn Kelly is facing backlash from her feud with Donald Trump, but there hasn’t been enough of a ratings decline to easily confirm that.
One of Bill O’Reilly’s most interesting segments this week dealt with the escalating violence in Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s way of dealing with it.
“So far this year about 370 people have been murdered in the city of Chicago. That’s up 21 percent from last year. Violence in the Windy City is a catastrophe,” O’Reilly emotionally stated.
Bill then went on to add that, even though the mayor is blaming the situation partially on recent social issues, the analysis really doesn’t hold up since the murder rates in Chicago have been high for years. Mr. O’Reilly then had Washington Post reporter Aaron Davis speak about being a meeting in Washington DC that was supposed to be secret.
“What was far more interesting was the unvarnished version that took place over the preceding hours when the police chiefs, the mayors all began talking about why they think the crime is going up in Chicago and Baltimore and elsewhere.”
Adams said that there was a discussion about police officers pulling back, being afraid to participate in a confrontation that could go viral and lead to false accusations. Police officers are afraid of being tried in the court of public opinion.
Megyn Kelly also dealt with the topic this week with two guests. Mediate described the segment on why police are hesitating.
“On Fox News tonight, Bo Dietl told Megyn Kelly that’s the fault of #BlackLivesMatter, because cops are too afraid of what could happen to them if they try to do their jobs. Lisa Durden found that to be a pretty ‘racist statement.’ She explained, ‘To blame the Black Lives Matter movement for why you’re not doing your freaking job, you robocops, is disgusting.'”
Durden went on to say that blaming the #BlackLivesMatter movement is equal to saying when a husband beats a woman, it’s her fault because she stood up for herself. Kelly tried to be as objective as possible during the debate. One night later, Megyn Kelly talked about Hillary Clinton’s emails and that FBI agents investigating Hillary Clinton accuse President Obama of sabotaging their case.
Kelly noted that a New York Times article suggested that Obama’s comments about the case and his trying to clear Clinton of any wrongdoing, conflict with FBI agents ongoing investigation. President Obama insists that he his not trying to steer this investigation toward any conclusion, but he did tell 60 Minutes that Hillary Clinton’s actions were not a national security issue.
Bill O’Reilly talked about the conflicting reports behind Hillary Clinton’s emails this week as well. However, he also praised her performance during the Democratic debate on Tuesday evening. O’Reilly said that Clinton absolutely destroyed Bernie Sanders on the gun control issue. However, he wasn’t happy that neither she nor Sanders displayed no aggressiveness towards combating ISIS.
Hillary Clinton’s emails and President Obama’s involvement in the Middle East are bound to be two of the most talked about topics for Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly this week. Did you watch O’Reilly and Kelly last week? Let us know what you thought of their shows in the comments section.
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