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There is no love lost between Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, and that situation isn’t likely to improve after Kelly defended a CNN reporter who Trump attacked on Wednesday morning for not doing his bidding.

Trump, who was being interviewed by phone on CNN’s New Day, wasted little time before he launched an attack on reporter Sara Murray, who had covered his book signing on Tuesday.

“Sara Murray didn’t report it very well because she never flips the camera to show the lines. I think she’s absolutely terrible, your reporter,” Trump told host Chris Cuomo.

“Either she’s a very unemotional person or she’s not a very good reporter. One or the other”

Trump did call Cuomo a “top-notch” host, but then questioned Murray’s competency:

I don’t know if that’s because she is incompetent, or she doesn’t like me or maybe she’s given instructions from up above. Who knows? I don’t really care.

Kelly took a look at Trump’s claim about Murray not showing the lines and found that CNN did, in fact, show the crowd inside Trump Tower. She noted that they didn’t have a camera outside to show the long lines that Trump was speaking about.

She also pointed out that Murray has reported favorably on Trump in the past, which apparently didn’t matter in this case.

Fox News’ Media Buzz host Howie Kurtz said it was strange because he was at the Trump Tower press conference where Trump praised her for asking a great question, only to turn around the next day and attack her.

Kelly said the problem is that “unless you say it just the way he wants you to say it, you get hit,” noting that some networks “give him an unfettered arena in which to assault the press, which helps with some voters because they don’t like the media.”

She also said the press craves Trump’s approval so much that they can’t get through an interview without asking Trump, “Am I fair? Do you think I’m fair? I’m fair, though, right?”

Perhaps many reporters act like that, but Kelly has shown that she’s not about to play that game.

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  • Kathleen3

    After Megyn Kelly’s deplorable performance at what was touted as a debate I doubt anyone is interested in whether she opts to play the game. Many wish she would opt out of ever again appearing on TV.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Megyn Kelly is spot on.
    Trump is use to buying what he wants and having sycophants around him.
    It has to be Trump’s way or no way. One more reason he could not be President.
    It isn’t about you Trump, it is about America.

  • Hambone

    Trump drives me nuts with his know-nothing rants. And sucking up to the likes of idiot/propagandist Cuomo nauseates me.

    That said, I’ll take The Donald over Myggynnn any day of the week. In fact, you can throw in FOX’s New Speshul Star Megan McInsane too and I’ll still take Trump.

    Kelly is so very full of herself, and her cutesy-ness makes me want to puke. Again.

    If that had been Helldabeast and (LOL, choke) if there had been lines around the outside of the building, you KNOW CNN would have been oohing! and aaahing! all over themselves with mucho camera shots out there.

    Trump changed the whole R landscape. Without him, it’s possible Jebthro and Christy (look up false prosecution regarding the great prosecutor) would be leading yet another pathetic Republican surrender-pack.

    And Rinse Preebus? A fifth grader could have negotiated better network debate deals than he did. What a maroon!
    The R party is utterly lame and near-leaderless

    Thank goodness Trump, Dr. Ben, and Carly–and especially Cruz–are in the race.

    Imagine Jebthro “Mr. Vanilla Pudding 2015 Winner!” getting skewered by Mygggynnnn?!

  • GerryC

    Can’t stand her. The debate should be about debating the issues, not launching personal attacks. Every question should be there for all to answer, not target questions to the individual candidates to attack the outsiders and prop up the insiders. The more these clowns in the media attack Trump and Carson the more I like it to see the media get slapped back. The Republican Establishment is desperate to get in one of their own Bush/Rubio so that the Dems win again.

  • Steven Barrett

    He doesn’t stop at “buying” Erudite, don’t forget bullying. Bullying has its proper place as LBJ demonstrated during the Civil Rights crisis, or TR when the big shots of industry tried to intimidate him into buying into their notion that whomever had the money muscle deserved to call the shots on what was constitutional or not. He turned the tables on them by throwing the words of the document right back in their faces. Trump? Well, I don’t honestly know. It’s hard to tell because let’s face it, while he’s having lots of fun blowing steam on this, that or whatever issue and in many cases making himself look foolish … even tho the crowd craves for more of his juicy kind of red meat rhetoric . . . it’s hard for me to put a “visual” on this (LOL) and imagine him sitting patiently with Sen. or Speaker So n’ So Poobah and being patient enough to let the Sen or Speaker say his/her piece and decide on what he’s heard. I can see lots of peppering and interrupting and maybe some scowling, but I’m not sure about even “buying” in terms of accepting what the other sides might have to offer. Despite all the bluster, the real Trump’s a mystery. I just hope the public Trump we’ve seen thus far doesn’t lead us into wars before any WH scheduling secretary gets to place the first calls to arrange for meetings . . . in time.

  • Erudite Mavin

    Lead into war? We have been at war for the past several years and it is spreading thanks to those who don’t get it and enable Radical Islam and Putin.

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