Monday, July 15, 2024

Who is Ariel Zilber and Why Is He Obsessed with Writing About Megyn Kelly — 20 NY Post Articles Already This Year


You remember Megyn Kelly? She was bounced from Fox News, and then NBC — where she had no ratings — let her go and bought out her contract. She has not been on network TV since then, instead carping and blabbering without any sense on social media.

No one cares what Kelly thinks, anywhere as far as I can tell, except for the New York Post. So far this year they’ve run about 20 articles on her already. All them have been written by the same person, a reporter named Ariel Zilber. If Kelly blows her nose, Zilber files a story. If she gets a Cheerio stuck in her teeth, Ariel Zilber is there. There are no interviews and no reporting. They’re just puff pieces promoting her SiriusXM podcast– not a show, a podcast.

Last year, in 2022, Zilber wrote about 50 stories that included Kelly’s name. Again, Kelly doesn’t like something, or goes after someone, and this, Zilber feels, is news. It must also be felt by Rupert Murdoch’s Post, even though Murdoch’s Fox News kicked her out of the building.

Before the Post, Zilber filed Kelly stories at the Daily Mail.

Many reporters have beats. I certainly do, people we write about on a regular basis because they’re of public interest, or notorious enough to require following. But Megyn Kelly? The only thing she and Zilber seem to have in common is they are rabid right wingers. That’s it.

And yet today we are 20 stories in for 2023. No one else in the world writes about Megyn Kelly, or cares about her. If Zilber weren’t carrying her water four times a month, no one would remember she was still around. We wouldn’t know, as Zilber told us in October 22, that Megyn Kelly dunks on Kim Kardashian’s ‘enormous fake ass’. We wouldn’t be aware — we were told today that ” ‘They’re not going away’: Megyn Kelly ‘f–king sick’ of calls to ban guns after Nashville shooting

I was losing sleep over her opinion on these matters.

Where does Kelly deliver these bon mots? Apparently, she does have that podcast onSiriusXM. Not a show–a podcast– a vanity project that I’m dozens of people race to hear every day. Me? I’d rather listen to Little Steven’s Underground Garage or Soul Town on Sirius XM when I’m in the car. If I want hot blown in my face, I can just roll down the window!

As for Zilber, his LinkedIn page says he’s a business reporter for the New York Post, although so far it’s unclear what business he has writing Megyn Kelly pieces every week– that is, unless he’s in some kind of business with her that hasn’t been made clear yet. Otherwise he’s just giving her publicity out of the goodness of his heart.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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