The Truth About the Megyn Kelly-Alex Jones Cage Match

The much-hyped Megyn Kelly face-off with conspiracist Alex Jones was a bit of an InfoSnooze, if damning and ultimately worthwhile, assuming you DVR’d it and didn’t blow off a Father’s Day dinner. In some ways, the session that prompted much internal “should we or shouldn’t we run it?” debate within NBC News (and among their…

How NBC botched the Megyn Kelly rollout

Megyn Kelly has long sought the role of America’s Top Interviewer. In 2015, she told Variety, “Barbara Walters has retired, Diane Sawyer left her anchor role. Oprah has moved to the OWN network and is doing a different thing now. So why not me?” What the first month of “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” has…

The Megyn Kelly Outrage Has Gone Too Far

The outrage machine may be careening out of control. Last Sunday, Delta and Bank of America dropped sponsorship from a production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” because it depicts the assassination of a Trump-like ruler. And the very next day JPMorgan Chase pulled its ads from NBC and its affiliates over displeasure that NBC News anchor…

Alex Jones releases more secret-taped Megyn Kelly audio; NBC responds

Alex Jones released more pre-interview audio of Megyn Kelly late Thursday night and early Friday that includes the NBC News host saying Jones “became very fascinating” to her while separately assuring him the interview won’t be “some kind of gotcha piece.” “The reason you are interesting to me is because I followed your custody case,…

Megyn Kelly, NBC’s first lady of normalizing

In March 1997 veteran journalist Peter Arnett journeyed for CNN deep into eastern Afghanistan to interview a man relatively unknown to most Americans. The subject’s name was Osama bin Laden. Arnett and his crew were not allowed to use their own cameras. The reporter had to submit questions to bin Laden in advance and was…

Megyn Kelly, Alex Jones and a Fine Line Between News and Promotion

Ms. Kelly was respectfully unapologetic when I caught up with her late Tuesday. “What we do as journalists is we shine a light on those with power, those with influence, those who have become culturally relevant,” she said. “Of course, it’s upsetting to know that doing that causes any upset to the Newtown families, many…