There’s no two ways about it — Megyn Kelly is very good looking. And there was a time when she was also a halfway decent journalist.
As the Business Insider reported last January, Kelly was pulling in somewhere between $10 to $12 million every year while still at the Fox News Channel. But with her bailing-out from the FNC, Kelly is now saddled-up with the Peacock Network to the tune of $15 to $20 million annually.
And as even the most moderate newser already knows, Kelly abandoned her journalistic objectivity during the 2016 presidential campaign when she openly embraced the anti-Trump movement.
In the meantime, news junkies are already on top of the unmitigated ratings disaster that’s been Kelly’s NBC morning show.
Reporter Travis Andrews of the Washington Post chronicles what could be the most cringe-worthy of all stunts used by floundering TV personalities desperate to boost sagging viewership – dancing for the crowd;
Megyn Kelly’s slot of the “Today” show desperately needs a ratings boost after less than a month on the air.
On Thursday, Hoda Kotb, the ever-upbeat popular “Today” host from another hour appeared as a guest. They chatted. They danced. They tried to get the audience on its feet dancing, too.
Critics hated the moment.
“I’ve never been so embarrassed,” tweeted BuzzFeed News’s Kate Aurthur. “I feel nothing but second-hand embarrassment for Megyn Kelly,” chimed in media critic Ian Miles Cheong. Vulture called the clip “22 nearly unbearable seconds.”
Tomi Lahren: “Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body”
Tomi is hot. There’s simply no two ways about it. As my Spanish speaking friends say; that girl’s en fuego.
Tomi is also quite the incendiary political commentator. Again with the whole en fuego thing.
The facts that Tomi Lahren is physically attractive as well as quite adept in the art of verbally stirring-up political passions aren’t in question. What is in question here is Lahren’s conservative street cred.
As reported by the Associated Press via the Breitbart.com news portal, the cable news powerhouse, the Fox News Channel has just hired on Lahren as… achem, a “conservative” political commentator.
Fox News Channel has hired conservative commentator Tomi Lahren, who has hosted shows on The Blaze and One America News Network along with working for a political action committee supporting President Donald Trump.
The network said on Wednesday that Lahren will have a “signature role” on a digital product under development and be a commentator on the network’s opinion programming. Her primary home will be on Sean Hannity’s show, where she was to debut on Wednesday.
Lahren, who is 25, has quickly achieved a high profile in the conservative movement following her graduation from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has more than 4 million Facebook followers, and she produces her own videos with commentary on politics and culture.
However, what the Associated Press failed to mention is that there happens to be a certain conservative topic that Lahren has long since ago abandoned: Being pro-life.
In a bit of a stunner, Lahren gave somewhat of a shock to the conservative world when she boldly proclaimed on the screamingly liberal Monday through Friday panel show The View: “Stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body.”
Tomi Lahren, the 24-year-old conservative host of the show “Tomi” on the Blaze, has fiercely criticized the feminist movement. In her trademark fast-talking rants, the commentator has called modern-day feminists selfish, man-hating “snowflakes” and said that “real women don’t wake up and skip work to march for abortions.”
Lahren, an avid Trump supporter, has been called incendiary. It is not unusual for her appearances to incite outrage from the left. But over the weekend, her words provoked fury from an unlikely segment of Americans: the right.
Appearing on “The View” on Friday, Lahren admitted that she supports abortion rights, saying it would be hypocritical of her to believe the government should decide what women should do with their bodies.
“You know what? I’m for limited government, so stay out of my guns, and you can stay out of my body as well,” Lahren said.
But the provocative commentator defended herself, tweeting Saturday, “Listen, I am not glorifying abortion. I don’t personally advocate for it. I just don’t think it’s the government’s place to dictate.”
“I speak my truth,” she added on Twitter. “If you don’t like it, tough. I will always be honest and stand in my truth.”
“Conservatives don’t have to exist in a monolith and share the same brain on every issue,” Lahren tweeted. “It’s okay.”
Megyn Kelly was once the crown jewel of the Fox News empire. But that was then, this is now.
The Washington Examiner is reporting that despite her plans on better days at the Peacock Network, things aren’t exactly going the way Megyn Kelly might have planned.
NBC still has no start date for Megyn Kelly, even though her last day at Fox News was in January and the network has already announced that she will host a daily morning show as well as a separate Sunday evening show.
At issue is confusion over Kelly’s contract at Fox and whether she has officially been released from it, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.
Fox said it officially released Kelly on March 9, but her agent told the Journal that “the terms of the termination are still being negotiated.”
Citing an anonymous source, the Journal also reported that Kelly does not have an official start date and the format of her programs with NBC still have not been settled.
Kelly’s primetime slot at Fox was filled by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” which has been a ratings success.
Speaking of Tucker Carlson, if there was any notion that Kelly’s departure would hurt ratings, guess again.
In a separate article from the Washington Examiner, Carlson has been crushing it in Kelly’s abandoned time slot;
In losing Megyn Kelly, Fox News appears to have fallen upward to higher ratings at a lower price.
“Fox News’s Tucker Carlson is nearly doubling the ratings of his predecessor, Megyn Kelly, when compared to the same time period last year, according to Nielsen Media Research,” reports The Hill. “‘Tucker Carlson Tonight’ is up 95 percent in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that advertisers covet most compared with the same period in 2016, when ‘The Kelly File’ occupied the 9 p.m. ET time slot. Carlson has averaged 775,000 viewers per night in the category, while Kelly averaged 398,000 during the same time period, Jan. 11–22.”
That Kelly can be so easily eclipsed is a bad omen for NBC. It is a testimony to the effectiveness of Carlson, but it also hints at the hollowness of the buzz around her. Much of that buzz derived from her status as a subversive at a conservative-leaning network, talk that will dissipate once she’s at NBC. Plus, Fox News viewers don’t appear to miss her too terribly, and there is little reason to believe they’ll follow her to NBC.
As Jack Shafer notes, stars who leave the networks that made them stars often fail away from them: “One lesson [Barbara] Walters and [Katie] Couric — and the other high-profile network defectors (Harry Reasoner, Diane Sawyer, Roger Mudd, et al.) — teach is of the non-transferability of TV star power. TV stars struggle to survive outside of the context in which they were nurtured. The current network anchors — Scott Pelley, David Muir and Lester Holt — all benefited from the fact that they ripened their talents at their respective networks before they got their evening chairs. Viewers grew accustomed to their faces and their styles.”
Kelly’s decision to leave was supposed to weaken Fox News and bolster its competitors. But so far it appears to have saved Rupert Murdoch a ton of money (he was offering her a reported $100 million to stay) while eliminating a growing problem: a star, more popular with chattering-class pundits than conservative viewers, who was increasingly showboating at the expense of the network.
According to Shafer, “Television talent raids — like the one NBC News chairman Andrew Lack has just pulled off — are almost never a simple matter of improving your own roster. As the history of broadcasting shows us, a single major defection by a popular anchor rarely improves that acquiring network’s ratings or public appeal. The primary aim of such larceny: Weaken your TV opponent’s line-up by making off with one of their visible stars. Anything else accomplished is just gravy.”
By that standard, NBC has already failed. In switching from Kelly to Carlson, Fox has gained a new star and freed itself from an overrated one.
Seen by many as the veritable pin up girl for every conservative, red blooded, American male, the Fox News Channel (FNC) has at least for the time being dropped one of the more popular on air personalities. As reported by Josh Feldman of the Mediaite news portal, and also by Chris Ariens of TVNewser, both on Apr. 27, 2016, fan favorite Andrea Tantaros has at least for now been taken off the network’s schedule. Continue reading Andrea Tantaros booted from Fox News – at least for now→
Despite network censors partially catching actress and Fox News commentator Stacey Dash’s brief moment of profanity, the on-air personality has been suspended for two weeks for the verbal slip. As reported by the new media portal TownHall.com on Dec. 7, 2015 by Christine Roussel, Dash may have gotten a wee bit taken away by her emotions when she inadvertently dropped a colloquialism for solid human waste. Continue reading Fox News’ Dash Suspended over Obama Slam and Slip (Video)→
If Gabriel Sherman’s investigative report is to be believed, Fox News didn’t just blink first, but in the parlance of prison yards everywhere, Fox just got punked out by Donald Trump. Love him, hate him, or indifferent towards him, Trump has struck a nerve with more than a few voters. As noted by the Daily Intelligencer’s Gabriel Sherman, it turns out that The Donald also has the ability to make the head honcho of the number one news network actually scramble for much needed damage control.
Rationalizing their choice of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo as the winner of the International Islamophobe of the Year award by citing how Jews were “otherised” by the Third Reich, a British Muslim advocacy group has decided to take “a light-hearted” and “tongue in cheek” swipe at the satirical and often provocative publication. Somehow, the same advocacy group failed to mention the dozens killed or wounded by Islamic jihadists during a recent military-style assault on the magazine’s main office in Paris.
In what the Obama Administration might describe as a glitch, both MSNBC and CNN haven’t just slipped in the ratings against their common competitor Fox News, both news networks are being crushed, as reported in two different articles, both published by Breitbart.com on Nov. 29, 2013.
With the November ratings out, MSNBC has found that they’ve lost 45 percent of their audience as compared to this same month last year.