It’s a New Year and I am still in the fog from the celebrations. I am recovering from the over-eating, over-drinking, and over-spending. Since last Monday, I had to start practicing sight words and numbers with my little man as he went back to school today. I have so many things on my To-Do list, that I don’t know where to begin.
Nevertheless, I have been following the latest news about Megyn Kelly, the super star news anchor on Fox News Channel. Yesterday morning, she announced on her Facebook and Twitter accounts the decision of ending a 12 year career at the cable giant and moving to NBC.
As the star of The Kelly File in 2013, Kelly quickly rose to the top of her field like foam on cold beer when she accomplished the prime time show The Kelly File. She became an icon of sharp intelligence and beauty because she tackled politicians from both parties and covered prominent personalities with charm and objectivity.
This former attorney turned journalist caught the eyes of the country after the storm she generated with her questions during the first primary Republican debate in 2015. Since then, a perceived anti-Trump demeanor defined her throughout the entire 2016 election cycle putting her in the spotlight.
The fact that she is leaving Fox News is no news. For months–even before the election–her audience changed dramatically. Many conservatives and Trump supporters abandoned her, while liberals and independents boarded the train of the so called “right wing” channel.
Kelly’s more moderate style benefited the new managerial direction of the Rupert Murdoch empire. It broadened the cable TV market share, and by doing so, it also provided her with huge amounts of publicity as the fight with Trump heated up.
The problem, though, was that Kelly ended up becoming the number one thing she ridiculed constantly in her show when she challenged other networks’ coverage of president Obama: a bias main stream media anchor. Therefore, it is no surprise that she would choose NBC–a monument to “What not to do in journalism,”–to continue her career.
In this post-election climate, in which the media has lost so much credibility from regular folks who don’t understand the dark agendas behind the scenes of a news set, seeing Megyn Kelly move to another station is not a big deal. But to me, a former journalist and a private citizen who is always looking for accurate information and commentary, it is worrying.
Presently, the majority of anchors are in bed with their own ideologies, making it almost impossible to believe the news without feeling an angle. The press is sadly lost.
So, my new year resolution is that I will try to forget about politics for a while and follow the media buzz of less stressful stories such as Mariah Carey’s debacle at the past New Years Eve show and her terrible wardrobe choice.
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