Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Says She Told Jon Stewart: “I’m not Bill O’Reilly! I’m a journalist”

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Megyn Kelly’s book is out this morning and there’s plenty to read. “Settle for More” from HarperCollins– owned by Rupert Murdoch, as is Fox News– is like a box of chocolates.

One exchange involves Jon Stewart, the comedian pundit and host of The Daily Show. Kelly says that in a phone call. Stewart complained that she didn’t respond to his nightly volleys. This one was about a segment she’d done on maternity leave.

“I’m not Bill O’Reilly,” I explained to him. “I’m a journalist. Most of the people you hit are journalists. What are we going to do, take time away from talking about Syria to address something on Comedy Central? Am I going to have my team waste their time pulling more complete clips to prove your cherry-picked clips are wrong? That’s not what newspeople do. We don’t have the staff or the platforms for that. We’re trying to actually report the news.”

Stewart and I did have one funny exchange in that call he made to me. “You are the one person at Fox News I actually respect,” he confessed toward the end, in an apparent moment of weakness. “I hate myself for loving that,” I responded in a weak moment of my own.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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