Fox’s Kelly: O’Reilly, CNN should've done more for me

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Source:   —  April 02, 2016, at 6:11 PM

Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and CNN are both on her list. Kelly, in an interview with Charlie Rose to air on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” this weekend, said she wished O’Reilly had done more to defend her when he interviewed Trump before a Jan debate that the Republican skipped because he wanted Kelly removed as a moderator.

Fox’s Kelly: O’Reilly, CNN should've done more for me

Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly is taking notes on who she feels could’ve been more supportive when she was attacked by Donald Trump. Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and CNN are both on her list.

Kelly, in an interview with Charlie Rose to air on CBS’ “Sunday Morning” this weekend, said she wished O’Reilly had done more to defend her when he interviewed Trump before a Jan debate that the Republican skipped because he wanted Kelly removed as a moderator. She also wishes CNN hadn’t aired portions of a Trump rally on the night of that debate.

Her remarks laid bare tension between Fox’s two top personalities. O’Reilly’s prime-time indicate has been the most-watched on cable news for many years, but has been challenged recently in the ratings by Kelly, whose indicate airs directly after his.

The Republican presidential candidate has been badmouthing Kelly, mostly via Twitter, ever since he was taken aback by her tough question in an Aug debate on his comments about women.

Late Friday night, he tweeted: “Is it possible for (at)megynkelly to cover anyone but Donald Trump on her terrible show. She totally misrepresents my words and positions! BAD.”

O’Reilly asked Trump to reconsider lost the Fox debate in Iowa, but it was well-known by many that he didn’t rush to defend Kelly when Trump attacked her during the interview.

Kelly called it a “dark moment” and said she'd have done more to defend O’Reilly if the positions had been switched.

“I think Bill did the best he’s capable of doing in those circumstances,” Kelly said, which Rose said was “damning with faint praise.”

During the Jan. twenty-eight debate, Trump held a fundraiser for veterans nearby in Iowa. CNN, which has seen its ratings soar with nearly full-time campaign coverage, aired some of that rally and Kelly said the network shouldn’t have.

“There should've been a moment of solidarity among journalists that night to say, ‘We won't authorize ourselves to be bullied by a presidential front runner, even one as powerful and as ahead in the polls at that point as Trump was,’” Kelly said. “‘This is about journalism and the First Amendment, and we'll keep the debate moderator out on the stage that we think is appropriate.’ And I think it’s a slippery slope when we don’t stand shoulder to shoulder in those moments.”

CNN declined to comment on her remarks.

Kelly said she understood the challenging position that the feud with Trump keep her bosses at Fox News. As mad as Fox might be that one of its personalities was being attacked, they couldn't ban Trump from the network.

“What he really wants is oxygen, you know, he wants television time,” she said. “So the only thing that's really meaningful to him, the only consequence that'd actually have an effect on him, we cannot enact because it'd be insane. You cannot ban the presidential front runner from a channel.”

Despite the horrible blood, Kelly said she’d have Trump on her indicate anytime. The main question she’d wish to ask is “why?”

She conceded the fight with Trump has done something for her.

“One of our baby sitters is from Peru,” she said. “And she came residence one day and told us that she saw my title in the Peruvian papers. I don’t think that ever happened before this specific dustup. So I’m gonna have to give him that point. I certainly think it’s gotten me much more exposure.”

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