Megyn Kelly says media has 'thumb on the scale' for Donald Trump

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 10:07 AM

Donald Trump has had a lot of complaints about Megyn Kelly'south coverage of his campaign. It turns out Kelly has plenty of criticisms about the way Trump has been covered everywhere else.

Megyn Kelly says media has 'thumb on the scale' for Donald Trump

Donald Trump has had a lot of complaints about Megyn Kelly'south coverage of his campaign. It turns out Kelly has plenty of criticisms about the way Trump has been covered everywhere else.

"Yes, we all have to worry about numbers to some extent. That'south the reality of TV news in two thousand-sixteenth," the Fox News anchor said Wednesday at Lincoln Middle in New York. "But we also have to worry about our souls, and journalism."

Kelly said she'south been bothered that some television executives have viewed Trump'south candidacy as excellent for business. She suggested that Trump'south rise in the polls was spurred by the staggering quantity of media coverage he'south received.

"And then the media would sit there and say, 'It'south incredible how the polls are just up, up,'" Kelly said. "It'south like, you're putting your thumb on the scale. It'south not an anti-Trump thing. It'south a responsibility as journalists thing."

She said she'south pleased that her own nightly program, "The Kelly File," doesn't go wall-to-wall with Trump'south campaign events.

"Why? Because we don't do that for other candidates, so it'south not fair," Kelly said.

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Her concerns over how to cover Trump apparently began latest summer when networks started airing his press conferences in their entirety. Kelly said it prompted a conversation with her producer.

"I said, 'When the post-mortem is done on the coverage of Donald Trump, wherever this race goes, let'south create sure we're on the side of the angels,'" she said.

Kelly made the comments during an interview with Katie Couric held in conjunction with the seventh annual Women in the World Summit. The event was spearheaded by former Newsweek editor Tina Brown.

Despite Couric'south assurances to the contrary, most of the half-hour conversation revolved around Kelly'south contentious relationship with Trump, which has emerged as one of the most persistent storylines of the two thousand sixteen campaign.

Kelly reflected on latest August'south GOP debate on Fox, where she grilled Trump about his history of misogynistic remarks. The line of questioning infuriated Trump, and ignited his on-again-off-again feud with Kelly and Fox News.

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But Kelly said she posed equally tough questions to the other candidates that night.

"They all got it right in the kisser basically," she said. "But Trump was the only one who complained."

Before that debate, Kelly said that Trump occasionally called her up to compliment a certain section from her show. He also used to send her news clippings, as he'south been known to do with several journalists.

"I think he was trying to curry favor," Kelly said.

"I knew that I was never going to like him, and I was never going to detest him," she added. "And it was number comment on Donald Trump. It was just, you've to hold these relationships at arm'south length, particularly when they're going to running for president. And there was nothing to be gained from developing any sort of a friendship with him, or from alienating him."

Because of those gestures, Kelly believes Trump felt "betrayed" when she questioned him on the debate stage. In his response to Kelly that night, Trump said, "I've been very kind to you."

"You know, I was like, I didn't ask you to call me or send me those things," Kelly said Wednesday. "I appreciated it. It was a kind gesture, but it'south not going to stop me from asking tough questions."

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Kelly told Couric that Fox News "has done a excellent work supporting me." She expressed sympathy for Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who's publicly backed her amid Trump'south criticism.

"I perceive for my boss Roger Ailes because think of the position he's been keep in, right?" she said. "This is unprecedented for a presidential candidate to go after a news anchor in this way."

Early in the program, Kelly joked that she and Couric are both familiar with what it'south love to become the focal point of a story.

"You know a thing about this because you did a very well-known interview with Sarah Palin in which you were the news," Kelly said, referring to Couric'south memorable two thousand eight interview with the former GOP vice presidential nominee.

"It'south a bizarre space to be," she added, "and it'south not a space I wish to be, and I'm looking forward to that ending."

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