Thursday May 19, 2016 – Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday defended her interview with Donald Trump from critics who accused her of being soft on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
During her show Wednesday, Kelly said “these critics failed to disclose their own bias against Trump, against Fox News, against the GOP.”
The Fox News host specifically accused The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple and The New Yorker’s Amy Davidson of harboring biases primarily against Trump that Kelly said clouded their critical judgment of the interview, which aired Tuesday night on Fox.
“It is possible that some of these folks don’t like Trump or Republicans and wanted to see me take him out,” Kelly said.
Many critics asserted that Kelly wasted an opportunity to grill the presumptive Republican presidential nominee about his inflammatory rhetoric toward women, particularly considering Trump’s controversial past statements about Kelly herself.
“What was missing from this interview was Kelly getting personal about what Trump had done to her,” Wemple wrote.
“Another Megyn Kelly, at another time, might have pushed him on his actual policies toward women or in other areas,” Davidson wrote. “This one just wanted to know if, ‘so close to the Oval Office,’ Trump would change his ‘tone’ — and, again, if he grasped how very many people were behind him.”
Kelly brushed off the criticisms, claiming the personality-focused format was a “different offering” than the hard-hitting interviews Kelly features on her nightly Fox News show.
During Wednesday’s show, Kelly brought on Fox News media pundit Howie Kurtz, who praised Kelly for getting Trump to express “some regret” and for having a “cordial conversation with Trump.”
“At times got him to share some personal feelings, which he’s very loath to do,” Kurtz said. “Some people may not have liked the personality-based, soft-focus interview.”
At least one person appeared to agree with Kelly that the interview was a success: Trump.
During Tuesday’s broadcast, Trump told Kelly that he liked their relationship now. And he congratulated Kelly in a tweet after the interview concluded.