Accuracy in Media

Megyn Kelly the former golden girl at Fox News, who bolted to NBC for a contract worth a purported $69 million in 2017 is apparently in negotiations to leave the network in the wake of the controversy generated by her “blackface” remarks on Tuesday.

Kelly was discussing how political correctness has changed what is now considered to be appropriate costumes for Halloween.  She listed some of the offending costumes which included a Cowboy, a Native American and, a nun commenting that she thought the purpose of Halloween was to dress up and pretend to be something other than yourself.

What is okay according to Kelly are letters of the alphabet for example.

After a brief discussion with her guests which included Jenna Bush Hager and Jacob Soboroff from NBC and talk show host Melissa Rivers, Kelly asked them what is considered racist?

“You do get in trouble if a white person puts on blackface at Halloween or a black person puts on whiteface at Halloween… like when I was a kid that was OK as long as  you were dressing up as, like, a character.”

Both Hager and Rivers agreed with Kelly while Soboroff commented that if you dress up as something that may be considered offensive to someone then “you should be able to take it” meaning criticism for doing so.

At the time there was no initial outrage from the audience, but once the story spread in the media and on social media the handwriting was on the wall for Kelly.

Kelly issued a tearful apology for her remarks the next day on her show saying that she was wrong and that she was sorry. ‘

NBC News Chairman Andy Lack called a “town hall” meeting of staffers to express management’s position on Kelly’s comments.

According to a person at the meeting Lack to staffers that “I condemn those remarks,” adding “there is no place on our air or in this workplace for them,” and said that the network “will sort through this with Megyn.”

Since arriving at NBC Kelly has had a rocky road as her newsmagazine show that aired during the summer flopped, often finishing in third place against reruns of “60 Minutes” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”  She didn’t fare much better in her daily role hosting the third hour of the “Today” show and rankled many at the network when she pushed hard on the #MeToo movement in light of the sexual harassment allegations against former “Today” show host Matt Lauer.

Kelly who made her mark as a sharp political commentator and interviewer on Fox never found a natural fit for her skills at NBC and may now be considered too toxic to be hired by any network in the near future.

 




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