A few days ago, Megyn Kelly went up against Newt Gingrich in a battle over the media’s coverage of Donald Trump and his history with women.
In the interview, Kelly was interviewing him about Trump’s slow showing in the polls, but Gingrich later attacked Kelly for being “fascinated with sex,” and “not caring about public policy.” Kelly responded that she is not fascinated by sex but cares more about the “protection of women.”
Kelly has been part of a lot of controversy during this election season after being one of the first reporters last summer to interrogate Trump about his history of derogatory remarks against women. Trump only refuted her claims, insisting she must be menstruating.
While others may have been embarrassed by Trump’s mockery, Kelly stood her ground, emerging victorious when Fox News chose to stand behind their most popular reporter. Trump eventually agreed to interview with her on her first prime time special.
It looks like a new alpha female has arrived.
Broadcast reporting is no stranger to strong women in positions of power like Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Sawyer, or Katie Couric, but Megyn Kelly is different because she actually confronts the “big boys” of politics and media like Anthony Weiner, Pat McCrory, and scarily of all, Donald Trump.
A former attorney, Kelly reports with conviction, strength, and iron preparedness. She is not afraid to go against Bill O’Reilly when he denied the existence of “white privilege,” Governor Pat McCrory when he passed HB-2 or Fox News colleagues Erick Erickson and Lou Dobbs when they insisted the roles of women are stronger in the household.
We can equate her to the Beyonce of Fox News: smart, successful, attractive, sexy, and compassionate. She is fierce, clearly independent-minded and forward thinking, but she also is a wife and mother.
Indeed, she has her cake and eats it, too.
Former generations grew up with Diane Sawyers, Barbara Walters, and Oprah. It is time for our generation to embrace the next wave of on-air talent.
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