Journalist Megyn Kelly blamed hatred of former President Donald Trump for destroying trust in media.
Kelly told the BBC’s “Newsnight” that many in media had allowed their personal hatred of Trump to supersede their objectivity when reporting on him, and that had not escaped the attention of the general public. (RELATED: ‘This Needs To Happen’: Megyn Kelly Joins Calls For Janice Dean To Challenge Andrew Cuomo)
“They hated him so much, they checked their objectivity,” Kelly said, arguing that had undermined the public trust in media across the board.
“They hated him so much, they checked their objectivity.”
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Kelly began by saying that when Trump had first emerged as a candidate — although she was still employed by Fox News at the time — she had believed CNN’s coverage to be fair and reasonable. But then, she said, as time went on, that network and many others had moved away from fair coverage and into a solidly anti-Trump footing.
“They hated him so much, they checked their objectivity, and it wasn’t just CNN, all of them did,” Kelly said. “They just couldn’t check their personal feelings about him.”
Kelly went on to say that some had adopted what she termed the “Jorge Ramos'” approach of openly calling Trump a “racist” and a “misogynist” because it was “important for history,” adding, “I think too many journalists agreed with that at their own peril.”
“Part of the reason we saw what happened on the Capitol, here, two weeks ago was because we saw a complete lack of trust, destruction of trust in the media,” Kelly concluded. “People don’t know where to turn for true information, They don’t trust the media anymore, and it’s a major problem.”