NBC’s Megyn Kelly Problem (Column)

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The network’s vaunted new hire has whiffed her first opportunities to shine. Did NBC make a $17.5m mistake?

It’s still months before Megyn Kelly’s new NBC daytime show is set to premiere, but it already feels like the former Fox News anchor has overstayed her welcome. Only three weeks into her Sunday-night newsmagazine show — a “Dateline” style piece, structured around her interviews with high-profile “gets” — Kelly’s star is dimmer than ever. It’s a far cry from where she was just a year ago.

2016 was a banner year for Kelly: After a wave of flattering media coverage, she led round-the-clock election coverage for Fox News — anchoring one of its highest-rated programs, “The Kelly File,” and shoring up the network’s credibility on women’s issues as it reported on, and sometimes sparred with, then-candidate Donald Trump. If Bill O’Reilly was the face of the network, Kelly — a photogenic former lawyer — was the face of the future. It was Kelly’s complaints that finally ended Roger Ailes’ reign of sexual harassment at the network; an indication of changing times, a changing company, and Kelly’s worth to the network.

Then in January, Kelly left Fox News, and since then whatever high-wattage star power she had has waned considerably. This month she’s been hosting “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly,” an opportunity for theoretically harder-hitting coverage than what she’ll do in the fall when she takes over the network’s 9 a.m. timeslot.

By all measures, her “Sunday Night” effort been a disaster: Her interviews have been either ridiculed or loathed by the rest of the press, and the ratings reflect a distinct lack of interest. To be sure, newsmagazines around one anchor have a high failure rate, even for respected names like Bryant Gumbel, Connie Chung, and Jane Pauley. But Kelly’s problems go beyond ratings. Her June 18 episode, an interview with InfoWars’ Alex Jones, began as a problematic decision and snowballed into a PR nightmare. Kelly couldn’t handle either the interview or its fallout.


Ratings: Megyn Kelly’s Much-Hyped Alex Jones Interview Is a Bust

Even before all of this, there were plenty of reasons to be skeptical of Kelly’s upcoming foray in the 9 a.m. timeslot. Daytime television is a notoriously difficult nut to crack — dozens of shows, built around former news anchors and other personalities, have failed to succeed, even when they are helmed by otherwise well-liked personalities. Kelly has never emphasized intimacy or likability in her on-camera persona. Her style is legalistic and cool, with a brass-tacks elegance that can, at best, appear regal.

Compare this to Kelly’s fiercest competitor in the 9 a.m. timeslot: Kelly Ripa, a brash, bubbly personality who manages to be both inclusive and distinctive at the same time. Daytime TV is such an intimate and alchemical landscape that audiences’ most beloved anchors take on a kind of mythical quality — Oprah, Ellen, Katie — who are gossiped about and scrutinized as if they were members of a far-flung family. Ripa, a master of the form, was already, in all likelihood, going to eat Kelly for lunch (or is it breakfast?). Now that Kelly’s reputation on the rocks — and that Ripa has a new telegenic cohost in Ryan Seacrest — it’s hard to imagine Kelly making a dent in Ripa’s audience.

On top of all of this there’s the fact that Kelly has a history of cringeworthy statements about black people — and is about to debut in a timeslot that happens to draw a large African-American female audience. According to Nielsen data for the 2015-16 season, African-American women comprised 23.1% of the total TV audience in the (nearly synchronous) 7 a.m.- 3 p.m. time frame, making them the largest component of the daytime viewership base, ahead of white (16.3%), Hispanic (12.6%) and Asian (7.6%) women.

Given all of this, NBC’s logic in hiring Kelly — for an annual salary, according to industry sources, of $17.5 million — was already murky. Now, “Sunday Night” has called into question Kelly’s capacity to do her job appropriately. The entire rigmarole with Alex Jones was a series of unforced errors: Amateur decision-making, lightweight investigation, and vaguely defined motives. She has floundered in interviews on-camera and made to look either dishonest or unprofessional off-camera. And her essential sense of newsworthiness is oddly awry; after all of the hullabaloo defending her interview of Jones, she couldn’t manage to get the segment to coalesce around a news peg. So what is Megyn Kelly good at?

The answer is a lot more about identity than ability. Kelly’s cachet is that she is a thoughtful conservative woman — a kind of unicorn. Her demeanor carries with it a lot of posh worldliness; she’s tony and she knows it. On Fox News, her maternal concern about this newfangled world aligned her with her peers. But at the same time, her reasonably fair-minded consideration stood out; she offered a veneer of respectability in opposition to the at times crass politicking of its conservative pundits. She was centrist enough that some of the network’s most faithful despised her; her skepticism about Trump further alienated her from the network’s bread-and-butter base. Even colleague Sean Hannity got into a spat with her — a spat later mended, cheekily, on Twitter. But the division between her and her former colleagues was clear — enough that for liberal viewers peering at Fox News in frustration, Kelly became an occasional hero.

But outside of that context — a context which magnified her strengths and talents, because of how different she was from the network that nurtured her — Kelly has to rely not on the power of contrast but on her own resources. And so far, what we’re seeing is disappointing. On NBC, Kelly is didactic without being trustworthy; patronizing without being impressive. Her voiceover suggests doom without really proving it; there’s a scare-mongering side to her reportage. And, most importantly: She’s alienated everyone. At this point, Kelly’s most virulent critique comes from the right — the audience that she’s supposed to be helping deliver to NBC. The network is presumably hoping that centrist or center-right women will eventually tune in.

Perhaps well-heeled paranoia coming from someone who could be in your PTA meeting is not as appealing as it once was. But if Kelly’s move to NBC was both an attempt to cement her brand and a network gambit to draw a certain demographic of viewers, it has failed on both counts. It may be worth going back to the drawing board entirely with Megyn Kelly — to evaluate her strengths not just by what she is or isn’t, but rather by what she can actually do.

Updated: A previous version of this column said that Kelly is a Republican. In fact, she has stated that she is an Independent.  


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  1. Roger spring says:

    When your politics swing from right to left, you lose. The left never liked you and you thought the right and center would follow you… they didn’t… see you on CBS next…

  2. Roger spring says:

    When your politics swing from right to left, you lose. The left never liked you and you thought the right and center would follow you… they didn’t…

  3. Bob says:

    MK is trash. She’s also a closet lesbian.

  4. Jenny says:

    Why did she leave FOX? The Kelly Files was the perfect job for her. She is not likable enough to be a morning talk show host and like Ann Curry, she is too serious with no personality or humor. I still think Katie Couric and Matt Lauer were the best. Katie was just ditzy enough to be likable, yet she could do serious news. Kelly Ripa and Kathie Lee—don’t know why anyone likes them—their energies are so forced like they just snorted.

  5. MidWestMike says:

    Kelly us toast. Her distain one content for POTUS did her in

  6. justin Nother says:

    In order to shore up her credibility as a serious journalist, MK needs to go back on Howard Stern and discuss again her sex life and this time really show him her breasts.

  7. Actually, as a Fox follower, she is a good riddance departure.

  8. whereisthetruth says:

    Maybe NBC was playing a bigger game here. For a mere $17m they’ve taken out one of Fox’s brightest stars and snuffed out her flame in less than a year. If you aim to push a liberal agenda…eliminate the competition. Buy out Kelly, destroy O’Reillys reputation and put Fox on their heels.

    Surprise in this is that Tucker has been adopted so quickly.

  9. Thoughtful conservative women are unicorns? How about Variety reporters lacking liberal bias are unicorns?

  10. David Neveroski says:

    ? Megyn Kelly is a traitor she pretended to be a republican a conservative but in fact she was only out for herself she turned on every member of fox. Just like Greta Van Susteren did they use fox

    as and vehicle for their
    career they are typical of the Modern Woman, a liar and selfish self-centered human being. foxes better off without the two of them.

  11. David McGaw says:

    I don’t give a hoot about Kelly but the quality of this journalism is excellent and the writer to be congratulated for her abilities

  12. sandoftime says:

    To sum it up “she can’t do anything” so stay home!

  13. sluggo says:

    Megyn Kelly is, and always was, a big mouthed liberal sexist shrew. There is no such thing as an “independent” these days…the political lines are too clearly drawn…and Kelly’s non professional, femi-nazi ambush of candidate Donald Trump brought out her clear and hateful feelings toward men in general, and Donald Trump in particular, who, unlike most white male politicians, refused to be politically correct and “cow-tow” to her, or back down from any other low class women who continue to unfairly, and dishonestly, attack them while making sexist remarks on a daily basis on air, but are never criticized or punished for them.

    • Oh baloney. There are more of us independents and unaffiliated people who care more about the issue than a party or a label than there are actual Democrats or Republicans. And the two major parties are going further into extremes, leaving behind a lot of people.

      Face it, the left/right paradigm is dead. Anyone still claiming to believe completely in one side or the other is either ignorant, delusional, or isn’t paying attention. Most people are not extreme, and most do not care to align with either side. And most have woken up to the fact that politicians – regardless of party – are more or less all corrupt at the national level, and could care less about any of us.

      It truly is time for the rest of you to leave the parties behind. Their days are over, and they can not help us through our current issues.

      • justin Nother says:

        “Face it, the left/right paradigm is dead. ”

        Face it, your credibility for repeating that line is dead.

  14. Barry bin Inhalin says:

    I’d consider being forced to watch this self-aggrandizing beehatch as cruel and inhuman punishment. Paying her $17.5mm/year is dumber than the NYY deal to extend Arod’s deal from the Rangers.

  15. Alan Amark says:

    NBC thought that Kelly was going to help deliver “the right” as an audience? What are you people? On dope??

  16. EddieInFL says:

    NBC can spend their $17.5 million using Megyn Kelly as a “weather girl” on one of their affiliates in Minot, ND or some other obscure place.

  17. John Mirande says:

    She was destroyed by Mr. Trump…………….as he is destroying CNN before our eyes.

    Watch and learn.

  18. asaf says:

    They hired Megan thinking she would bring in a right leaning fan base. But Magyn was to busy try to show her bosses she was one of them….leaving her no audience,

  19. Paula blessing says:

    She just plain got to big for her britches as my motor would say she kept going after TRump and it really became a turn off of what I throught she was really all
    About. Good by lady bug

  20. sharon levy says:

    Lost all respect for her…………she is nothing without Fox………however she was so bias it was
    getting ridiculous after the election……….she put her spin just like the liberals………good bye

  21. Claire Koffler says:

    In New York the best 9:00 A.M. Show is Good day New York. Kelly Ripa and Company do not know how to listen, they like to hear their own voices.

  22. Mark T says:

    The feature she just did on women in Silicon Valley was actually pretty good. Too bad neither she nor anyone else in network media will touch on the much broader and far more acute issue in tech, namely age discrimination. Web search for the “techtopus” legal action or just go to Pando.com which stands almost alone in covering it (Apple and Google caught red-handed conspiring to hold down programmer pay–gosh no Time mag cover there!) Political discrimination is quite severe as well, ask Brendon Eich or anybody who tries to get a job in SV with any (U.S,) military experience on their resume. (outside of high-dollar personal security for the execs of course).

    BTW has anybody ever investigated sex harassment in show biz?

  23. James Youngblood says:

    article….”Kelly’s cachet is that she is a thoughtful conservative woman”

    Kelly is not a thoughtful conservative woman. She is one of the “nasty women” that Pocahontas Warren proclaimed as the Hillary supporters that would sweep Hillary into the presidency. Nasty women do not necessarily make good TV show hosts as the station is finding out.

  24. Terry Beaton says:

    How about a job standing on the other side of the board from Vanna White. They could exchange catty looks and occasionally pull some hair.

  25. Rachael says:

    I haven’t seen her Sunday night show, but caught her some on fox when she was on. Your criticism is harsh and only sounds like the ramblings of a liberal leftminded purist who doesn’t like that a conservative woman is @ NBC. You’ve jumped the gun & assumed people aren’t going to like her. NBC has gone through the ringer with journalists the last year ever since the Billy Bush fiasco. Why dont you hold on a hot second & wait to see what the 9 am hr will be before judging her with your rude, terrible, comments.

  26. kat0711 says:

    It takes more to be considered a serious journalist than a sporty haircut and covering up your cleavage.

    • Kioki says:

      Considering the ratings for her Sunday night program are near toilet level, only an idiot would expect great things from a daytime show by the same stilted personality. This article was quite fair. You just don’t accept the truth.

      • Pat333 says:

        The idea of the article was fair. It was the “thoughtful conservative women, a kind of Unicorn” that destroyed this columns credibility. Sonia just like so many opinion writers today had to drop in her comment for her base and showed her true colors. Conservative and liberal alike all do it these days.

      • kat0711 says:

        According to your other comments, it would be a good idea to step back from the keyboard and work on your reading comprehension before you attempt to reply to anyone.

  27. Mike Hunt says:

    Me-Again’s new tv drama name> Miss Steak

  28. Pam Mills ft says:

    I wouldn’t watch Megan Kelly if u paid me. The only reason. I watched her before is because she was on FOX News. Don’t miss her for minute.

  29. Mike Morales says:

    The author misunderstands the right leaning news viewer. Kelly burned her bridge with fans of the current president with her August 2015 debate ambush. She pretended all along to be what Fox News viewers expected. She waited for the perfect moment to audition for one of the alphabet networks and that debate was the platform.
    It worked but now we see she does not possess the chops to deliver. She carries the taint of Fox News and that eliminates the more simpler minds of network news viewers.
    She betrayed the Fox News base and they will never tune her in.
    Before too long she will be like Katie Couric, begging a blog to carry her opinion pieces.

  30. Com ment says:

    Sad times when people feel entitled to lynch you and destroy your life at the first uttered unfortunate sentence or the first mistake made.

    The acerbic criticism and the severe tone of this tv critic seem disproportionate with the facts, more a reflection of her jealousy than a balanced appraisal of a just begun new activity.

    • Kioki says:

      Fragile people generally should avoid careers that call for them to be the voice of contemporary critical analysis on network television.

    • Brenda Kimberlin says:

      This review is absolutely dripping with venom and sexism — “photogenic former lawyer” — really?? Can you get any cattier?

  31. Rob Row says:

    This article uses the usual, sexist, stereotypical descriptions of a woman. Dishonest, untrustworthy not likable etc. I was taken aback when I saw the author was a woman, but this past election, in it’s treatment of Hillary, has shown us women can be as sexist as men.

  32. Barbara Kitzinger says:

    I think Megyn is doing a refreshing job interviewing is on point, questions direct but still coming across as pleasant to her interviewees, I enjoy her style. I wish her luck and would prefer she stay on Sunday nights. Her guests are very interesting and she brings out tough but questions you may want to know

  33. Oracle says:

    This is a well written article on the red meat the “Kelly Files” tossed almost daily. Megyn was only “normal” compared to Hannity and O’Reilly. Her “NOT fair and balanced” interviewing style with people who don’t look or think like her is well documented. I predict NBC will attempt to give her gravitas by often appearing on the Today Show. Once her talk show fails, they will plant her on MSNBC late night in an attempt to recoup their bad investment. Megyn Kelly’s brand is too damaged, and she isn’t smart enough to make conciliatory adjustments. For those who have seen her bias personality in action via Youtube, these tumbling ratings could be considered schadenfreude.

  34. Harold Harvey says:

    Damn black women need to turn the TV off once in a while…

  35. She got outwitted by Alex Jones! Alex Jones got one over on her. Get in your car and drive out in the country…see those brown and white things in the pasture..they’re called cows…Alex Jones isn’t as smart as one of those..yet..he outsmarted Kelly!

  36. Kelly is a smart and capable woman who unfortunately allowed her success to go to her head. She rose to fame by getting hard to get interviews and conducting them intelligently and assertively. Then one day she decided she had arrived…. she started referring to senior government or high ranking military officials, most her seniors by two or three decades by their first name…. then followed the period when her show became more “I, me, myself” and she launched into promoting herself, her husband and their books.

    Her show on Fox, which might once have been headed for the best primetime slot and accompanying rewards, began to lose its impact (if not yet its ratings) and the end was predictable.

    The old Megyn would do as well on NBC as she did on Fox. The question is whether the new Megyn still has the old Megyn’s phone number and can summon her back….. who knows…. but it is bound to be by this assignment that she will ultimately be judged.

  37. SWSfraser says:

    Megyn Kelly… Well, the viewers at Fox feel betrayed and won’t watch her on a “liberal” channel, because they aren’t quite sure what “mainstream” actually means; because their network of choice intentionally slants the news, hard right, to appease their audience and to promote “republican” talking points. I’m not really concerned what they think about mainstream media, or anything else for that matter; I just feel a little sad for them at times, knowing that they are only shouting out slogans they’ve been programmed to say but not really understanding what it means. Like a guy wearing a sexist Hillary t-shirt at a Trump rally yelling, “repeal Obamacare” (but don’t touch my ACA); or “Get rid of that inheritance tax” because that’s really going to help them out. And, since Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Trump and Fox were able to get these people to shout those things, the GOP claims they are just fulfilling their campaign promises (to 19% of the population or approx 1/4 of eligible voters)- yes fulfilling campaign promises that will harm much of trump’s base.
    So, here comes Megyn Kelly– a smart woman who managed to move up at Fox without doing any favors for the boss. However, in my mind I see her (and Greta Van whats-her-name) as Fox refugees- who didn’t escape for their own safety, but perhaps did so because they want to actually report real news without the spin and focusing on information that has little or nothing to do with a story just to make the story fit the right-wing agenda of Fox. Megyn Kelly would have to admit that she slanted stories of the network, for the audience, for ratings or whatever, apologize for slanting the news, and promise to never ever slant the news again but to actually be “fair and balanced”. After that, it would take years for her to gain credibility and she is off to a terrible start by interviewing Alex Jones, who I pray for every time I see those veins popping out of his neck and on his forehead. Okay, perhaps I don’t pray for him, but I do worry I’m going to witness someone having a medical emergency on air. So, if Megyn does an “LGBT” story, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to keep having anti-gay groups that believe in debunked theories and torture on your show to help give a fair and balanced report.

    • wlennon says:

      I was born into a welfare family, my Pops had a job (he would only take jobs who would pay him in cash) so the benefits would keep coming. There was a white family down the street who were worse off than we were, they had a boy my age, he even went to the same segregated school where I went. We became good friends, but when I was 9, I was threatened to go on a home invasion. We all got caught except the gang leader, the rest of us went to jail and called our parents to let them know we had been arrested for B&E and told us we were lucky the owner did not kill any of us, I asked if he could really shoot someone for breaking into their house. He simply told us, when a man or woman rented or owned their home, they have a right to protect themselves, and asked me if the guy they were looking for had a gun, I told him he did, but I didn’t know what kind. My dad never did come for me, but he was hardly ever home anyway, the only person I could think of was my white friend, his dad came down and picked me up, he was going to take me home, I asked if I could stay with them. His mom didn’t have much food in the house, but she could make the best food from nearly nothing, and it was good. His dad called my Mom to let her know where I was, she told him I only needed to be there when the welfare people came.
      John’s dad talked to us, mostly me, and wanted to know what life was like at home, and that I had 12 other brothers and sisters, dad was drunk of high when he was home, and mom is a drug addict.

      Even though John’s dad had a hard time feeding his own family, he adopted me. Now 12 yrs. old, while he was adopting me, I wanted his last name to be mine too. My birth name was George Wilford Washington, during the name change, I chose William Lennon (my nick was already “Willie”) When I was 14, my new dad finally got a bank loan to buy a Gas Station, paid off the loan and bought two more, by the time we graduated from High School. My first mom died from a drug overdose and I never heard a word from my biological dad to this very day. Looking back, I realize how much a family can teach you to be a good person, sometimes I thought our parents were too strict, now I know that it was tough love. They always looked at all of our report cards and a C could be better, mom and dad never did our homework, but helps us how to find the answers. Today I have my own family, the kids all grown up, and made sure they all got a college degree. Now that they have families too, we are still teaching them the way I was taught, it worked out very good for me. Both me and my Brother while in college would sometimes go back to the hood, it’s only worse than before. At least when we were growing up, most of the hood had houses that needed painting, and their friends would help them, the yards always looked good in most areas, expect the streets we lived on.

      I blame the welfare system for holding Black people back, most have the attitude, if it’s free, why work for a living. I must admit, I am one of those Black Conservatives. And I know when a news agency is taking a man’s words, and chop them up to make it sound bad, that’s just wrong. Democrats have taken black people from slavery to a new type of slavery, it became worse while Obama was in office, half the Black working class quit their jobs for free benefits. Fox viewers know what ‘Mainstream” is, even though FBI Director Comey, ODNI Clapper (in charge of all investigative agencies), Obama’s own former top spy, CIA chief John Brennan, over a year of investigating, none of the Intel Chiefs found “No Collusion” between Russia and Trump. When Lester Holt of NBC received the same reply of Obama’s Chief James Clapper told Holt, there was no collusion, Holt replied, “There has to be SOMETHING there”, Clapper said again nothing at all was found. On Election Day, CNN’s Jake Tapper and his co-host were speaking of a Hillary win, Tapper said outright, “God knows we did the best we could to get her elected.” No Bias there, huh?

  38. The problem with Megyn Kelly is when she left Fox, most of her viewers felt slighted and betrayed and certainly will NOT follow her to NBC. She seems, whether fair or not, as an opportunist and only caring about herself. When she left Fox, she seemed to show diva like qualities and just left a bad taste in most Fox viewers. I, for one, watched her show on Fox for a long time. When she started going after Trump and then started shopping herself around to the highest bidder, she lost me for good. I haven’t watched 1 second of her on NBC and have no plans to…..I would rather watch a “test pattern” on TV than her any day of the week………

  39. Lando says:

    She’ll have the same problem Comey has…she calls out both sides, so both sides attack. She’ll be logical and fair, and they’ll be insulting and label her. This incredibly unintelligent written column proves the point. She’s not totally on your side, so you attack from the fringes. Disgusting as always.

  40. The Bob says:

    Left wing ideology is based in the lack of thought and the supremacy of emotion. To adopt this ideology requires a stunning lack of understanding of the world and a near total dedication to ignoring evidence provided by events around you. So, for Sonya to call an intelligent conservative women a sort of unicorn highlights exactly how stupid she is.

    • TragikTimes says:

      While I agree, don’t act like the right wing is any better. Once you add in the word wing you take it to a farther extend than a moderate conservative or liberal. And in both cases you end up with extremes that do nothing but divide this great country….

  41. Maven says:

    What an amateur, catty, left-wing dog whistle of an article. I’m no fan of Megyen’s, but this is just silly,.

  42. lulu says:

    Also, Megyn bragged about her clothing. She looks absurd doing a news story in a top that looks like a bathing suit.

  43. lulu says:

    How insulting for you to say that a “thoughtful conservative” is a kind of unicorn. How arrogant and wrong and biased are you! Other than that, Megyn had no chance at NBC. Her FOX fans were loyal to her in a way that no News Magazine viewer could be. Some people never appreciate what they have, and Megyn is one of them.

    • Mike Morales says:

      “A “thoughtful conservative” is a kind of unicorn”. I was going to stop reading the article when I read that bit of idiocy but I wanted to see how the author wrapped up her opinion piece.
      Frankly I don’t think she could keep her job writing for a Hollywood oriented blog if there wasn’t at least one arrow shot at conservatives in every piece.

  44. Apres says:

    They were hiring Kelly to get rid of Matt Lauer. ‘Then stab him in the back as they push him out the door. Guess what? Lauer is looking better and better now that Kelly’s tarnish is shining through . . .

  45. Apres says:

    She says, she’s an Independent but she’s an Independent Republican!

  46. Dennis Rogg says:

    Megyn is the perfect example of selling the news, instead of reporting it.

  47. Something,Something says:

    This is easy to see in retrospect but she flattered herself with dollar signs. Now NBC didn’t do their homework either, coming to a liberal network from a conservative network they should have put her in a position like the “today” show so she could build an audience and people would be able to get used to her. So now Megyn Kelly has lost a lot of luster which is difficult to get back and whoever managed her at NBC should be fired, because this is looking an awful lot like a slow motion train wreck.

  48. bill says:

    This article is the definition of a hatchet job. Ms. Kelly should have known the knives would be out for her–after all, she’s a wildly successful woman who doesn’t genuflect before icons conservative or liberal.

    But the lowest blow here is the accusation of racism–bolstered by a link to a piece by one of the most inflammatory left-wing commentators, Jamelle Bouie. A suggestion to Megyn Kelly (and readers)–ignore this vitriol. It’s a sure sign that you’re doing something right.

  49. Mike says:

    Megyn Dearest simply is not likeable.

  50. Steve Koken says:

    I’m not a Megyn Kelly fan, but the fault lies with NBC not Kelly. They hired a conservative darling in an effort to come off as less liberal in their coverage of political events. By the time they start airing her shows, however, they’ve already moved from liberal to histrionic liberal and now they make her “re-edit” her shows before they even air. So, no liberals want to watch it, no conservatives want to watch it, and the only ones left? Perhaps her family members?

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