Arrogant Megyn Kelly is a Disaster for NBC

Megyn Kelly has always reminded me of Hillary Clinton in terms of her unbridled ambition. Both of these gold plated turds are sometimes called “strong” women. That’s the term the press uses when the woman is unlikable.

It’s nice to see Kelly and NBC fail.

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NBC must realize by now that it made a huge mistake in giving Megyn Kelly a three-year contract reportedly worth $69 million.

The deal made Kelly the second highest-paid NBC employee behind Matt Lauer — who earns $25 million annually. In year one of Kelly’s contract, however, the left-wing media giant does not seem to be getting a positive return on its massive investment.

Page Six reported that ratings for the third hour of “The Today Show,” which Kelly now hosts in the morning, are down 32 percent from last year at this time, and that Kelly’s failures on her segment, “Megyn Kelly Today,” are having a negative impact on her co-workers.

Viewers are tuning out for Kelly’s segment — and are not tuning back in. Since viewers do not want to watch Kelly, the fourth hour of the program with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb is down 26 percent from last year, according to the same Page Six report.

New York Times media reporter John Koblin also reiterated recently that Kelly’s presence has led to declining ratings.

There are many reasons Kelly’s presence is having a negative impact on NBC’s ratings. For starters, she faced long odds to succeed at a liberal station after coming over from the Fox News Channel.

Kelly’s first week on “The Today Show” was especially disastrous. She managed to irk two of her celebrity guests. A recent Variety report noted that celeb publicists apparently do not want their clients making appearances on Kelly’s program.

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First, there was “Will and Grace” star Debra Messing, who revealed in an Instagram comment that she regretted appearing on a segment with Megyn Kelly.

“Honestly I didn’t know it was MK [Megyn Kelly] until that morning,” Messing wrote. “The itinerary just said ‘Today Show’ appearance. Regret going on. Dismayed by her comments.”

Two days later, Kelly upset 79-year-old actress Jane Fonda by asking her about the plastic surgery she’d had done over the years. Fonda looked stunned as she digested the question, then said with some dismay, “We really want to talk about that now?” Fonda had come onto the show with Robert Redford to promote their new Netflix film, “Our Souls at Night” — not to discuss her physical appearance.

Finally, one day later, Kelly’s cameraman accidentally stepped into a shot — and then swore on live TV while Kelly was conducting an interview.

Kelly was moved onto “The Today Show” after her initial series on the network, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly,” tanked in the ratings and was embroiled in controversy.

NBC thought it could make Kelly one of its biggest star — likely because she sparred with then-Republican presidential primary candidate Donald Trump as a moderator in 2015. She used that position to get attention to propel her own personal brand. In that, she was effective as she departed Fox for more money — but the failures of the Kelly programs leave NBC with some serious dead weight on its roster.

Megyn Kelly: NBC’s $17.5 Million Mistake

MEGYN KELLY. THE HAIRSTYLE ISN’T FLATTERING.

The largest single group watching daytime TV is black women. That’s no surprise, since a lot of black women are sitting at home on their asses collecting benefits.

According to this report, blacks view Megyn as racist. I guess that’s because a couple of years ago she correctly informed blacks who were demanding black Santa Clauses that Santa is white.

LOL.

Megyn had that one right, but blacks appear to be holding a grudge against her, which is going to cost her viewer eyeballs when she starts her gig on morning TV in the fall.

Excerpt from Variety

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 positioned her as one of the few remaining sensible voices within the Republican party, 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.

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?

To answer the question, she is good at being obnoxious and aggressive. She’s probably trying too hard to be like Bill O’Reilly.

Americans love to see overly self-confident blowhards fail. If things work out, Kelly is going to come in for a lot of criticism.

But remember this. It’s all theater, designed to distract us from what’s really important. So, have a little fun with Kelly’s fall, but stay fixed on immigration, race, and the economy.

NBC Trotted Out 77 Year Old Tom Brokaw on Sunday Night to Denounce Alex Jones’ Racist Hate

Less than three minutes.

Tom Browkaw is part of establishment legacy news. His interest is in killing off alternative news sources like Infowars and alternative news analysis like this site.

Reading between the lines, Brokaw would have government roll back the First Amendment and ban Alex Jones and tens of thousands of other alternative news sources from the Internet. It’s clear that Browkaw would like to see Jones bankrupted and off the air, via lawsuits, if it can be done that way.

With alternative news silenced, then the (((Deep State))) would have us consume only officially approved narratives. As it leads us to our destruction.

Information Liberation offers a transcript of Brokaw’s comments if you prefer to read them.

In the video below, Brokaw denounces Alex Jones as a racist. Dear me! What has Brokaw been smoking!

Alex Jones is no racist. At best, he’s a mild race realist or racialist. Browkaw’s opinion is worth less than zero.

Jones vs. Kelly: Finally Over?

The embedded video above shows Alex Jones, Mike Cernovich, and Steve Pieczenik talking about the lies and distortions that Megyn Kelly brought to the table with her segment on Jones Sunday night.

NBC is blocking the publication of Megyn Kelly’s “interview” with Alex Jones on youtube. You can watch it on the Megyn Kelly webpage.

Kelly’s interview is a hatchet job. Until I heard the biased language coming from Kelly and her guests I never knew that anyone considered the Fat Man to be offensive because of his presentation of alternate views of some of the major news events of this century–9/11, the Sandy Hook shootings, Obama’s birth certificate, and more. The thing that bothered most of the conspiracy realists I follow was his failure to address the Jewish Question.

You have to believe that the sudden mainstream media interest in Jones is related to his relationship with President Donald Trump. By smearing Jones, some of the mud splatters upon Trump too.

When you consider that the press smears Trump a dozen times a day, seven days a week with their fake news narratives, why would anyone trust the press to tell the truth about Jones or any other “deplorable”?

Furthermore, when you consider the Neocon’s love of war and hostility to freedom, why would you trust the government to tell the truth?

All of the stories related to Kelly’s 17 minutes of anti-Jones, anti-Trump material stick with the narrative that Jones is evil and dangerous.

Excerpt from Variety

The one strong takeaway from the entire segment was that Jones is newsworthy and dangerous because he has the ear of our volatile president. The segment starts with that sentiment, and then proceeds to enumerate various situations in which Jones is a concerning public figure (including an interview with Neil Heslin, who lost his son in the Sandy Hook tragedy). Then it ends. To be sure, Kelly is right to observe that the connection is worth investigating. But the “Sunday Night” segment doesn’t seem like investigating; it’s instead a wind-up to a punch with no subsequent impact.

At least Variety acknowledges Kelly’s failures. But that’s probably because liberals hate her for her prior association with Fox News.

Excerpt from Deadline

One of Kelly’s fiercest critics, watchdog site Media Matters, called the broadcast “a report that was originally billed as a self-promotional head-to-head showdown with Alex Jones but got turned into “a well-edited investigation of the dangers posed by an unstable megalomaniac with millions of loyal fans, including one in the Oval Office” owing to a “well-deserved firestorm of denunciations.”

Insisting that Kelly deserves little credit for the changes the org warned its damage already had been done, saying “the network’s impotent reaction to Jones’ own grabs for media attention may allow the nation’s biggest producer of conspiracy theory media to come out the winner of tonight’s program.”

Jones seemed to agree. On YouTube, he live-streamed himself breaking open a bottle of champagne and calling the broadcast a big win.

Kellybots will follow her lead and spend Monday at the watercooler at work echoing the nonsense that Jones is dangerous. He may be loud and he may not get everything right and he may even be controlled opposition, but questioning 9/11 and Sandy Hook is patriotic, not dangerous.

The dirtbags at NBC and the liberal media don’t understand the appeal of Alex Jones. I could only find one article that treats him fairly.

Excerpt from American Thinker

Considering the longer term, Jones is in touch with and riding the wave of a powerful new meme that’s gaining currency worldwide. Its adherents believe that the game is stacked against the middle class as powerful and often unseen Deep State actors, globalists, the media, academia, popular culture, government bureaucracies, and other corrupt players conspire to transform for the worse life as we know it. Peaceful opposition to this onslaught is, as Jones has defined it – the Infowar. The Internet and the new media are making more plausible a worldwide wake-up call and a paradigm shift in information, awareness, and action. And they aren’t going away.

Meanwhile, one wonders what the NBC suits are thinking now about their widely reported $15 million-plus investment in their new golden girl, Megyn Kelly. She is decidedly not an Infowarrior or open in the least to the emerging new paradigm. And as her work at NBC is demonstrating, she is not even a good journalist.

Styx, not a fan of Jones or Kelly also gets it.

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Megyn Kelly’s Clownshow with Alex Jones Promises Fun Sunday Night Viewing

The media coverage of Sunday night’s Megyn Kelly hatchet job on the Fat Man, Alex Jones, has been extensive. It’s been enjoyable reading all the liberal anger with Kelly for her daring move to give Alex Jones credibility by interviewing him, even if the interview is a smear job.

Regular Lew Rockwell contributor Gary North explains how the media tries to slice and dice conservatives, using Kelly-Jones as the focal point.

Excerpt from Lew Rockwell

Megan Kelly got a promotion from Fox News to NBC because Donald Trump insulted her during an early Republican presidential debate. This promotion did not include an increase in wisdom. It merely gave her a larger audience for her to reveal her limitations. Her limitations are considerable.

Her latest bonehead move was to interview Alex Jones. This got her in trouble with NBC, because nobody is supposed to interview Jones. That would give him some degree of credibility. The mainstream media do not want to consider him as anyone who deserves credibility.

The mainstream media still believe that someone like Jones can get credibility only from the mainstream media. They still think it’s 1995.

Her response was this: she thinks he is despicable. She said that his view of Sandy Hook as a hoax is revolting. That bought her a little time. But time will run out on the evening of June 18, when her interview is scheduled to be run.

Jones did what any sensible conservative should always do when interviewed by the mainstream media. He made a secret recording of the entire interview. Now he has released the entire interview on YouTube.

Here’s the audio of the exchange between Kelly and Jones. In all honesty, it’s too painful for me to listen to, but it’s here for your convenience if you can stand to listen to Kelly.

There’s more leaked material at Infowars. There’s also over 3,000 comments there from Infowars readers.

He says that he did not claim to believe the story that Sandy Hook was a hoax. He simply said that he had offered theories regarding Sandy Hook to his viewers.

SELECTIVE QUOTATIONS

The game the liberals play is always the same. Anything that makes a conservative’s position look sensible is eliminated by three dots. The writer gets to pick and choose what he wants to illustrate. If he wants to illustrate something that will make a conservative look bad, he will quote him. He will not mention the missing qualifications to the outrageous statements.

Some journalists will quote the conservative link. When the conservative says something sensible, the journalist then adds three dots. These indicate a break in the interview. But most journalists don’t do this. They simply enter the quotation with a quotation mark. Then they continue to summarize what the conservative really means, which is what the journalist wants the reader to believe that the conservative really means. Then he provides another brief quotation inside quotation marks. This is an ancient technique of journalists. I’ve been a journalist long enough to know that this is how the game is played.

The media have been unsuccessful in doing this to me. That is because my statements are so outrageous and unqualified in any way that they prove irresistible to Left-wing journalists. These people usually quote me verbatim. I get my point across, and they get to look like heroes for having exposed to me.

The crucial point is this: almost nobody pays any attention. Hardly anybody reads these stories. My followers rarely read these stories. Liberals rarely read them.

Here is reality: journalists don’t have much clout. I learned this 40 years ago. “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but liberal journalists can never hurt me.” (You may quote me verbatim.)

In the case of Alex Jones, this is a bonanza for him. His followers are laughing derisively at Megyn Kelly. She is now under the digital sword of Damocles. If she runs her edited snippets, she will look like a fraud. In other words, she will look like exactly what she is.

On the other hand, if the network now has some junior technician frantically reinserting what Jones really said, Jones will look like a semi-reasonable fellow. Kelly will still look like a fraud, because Jones forced her hand early. He went public about the existence of his interview before she ran her hatchet job. Then he released the file.

She is now on the hook. I call it her Sandy Hook hook. No matter what she runs on her show on Sunday evening, she is going to look like a fraud. She can either be seen as a boneheaded, unwavering fraud, or she can be seen as a cowardly fraud who reinserted Jones’s qualifications, or worse, as a fraud who refuses to run the segment on Jones, despite the fact that she promised that she would.

The fallout from the clownshow will last a couple of days. The Jones vs Kelly feud will go on much longer.

Megyn Kelly’s Upcoming Interview with Alex Jones Draws Rebukes from Advertisers and SJWs

Like many of you I believe that Alex Jones is probably controlled opposition. Where we might disagree is whether he is harmful to our cause. I don’t think he is. In fact, I believe he helps us by drawing normies into an alternative universe where it’s acceptable to challenge the official narrative on 9/11 and other issues.

Megyn Kelly’s interview with Alex is set to air on the evening of Father’s Day, this Sunday.

Vox concisely explains the controversy in this excerpt.

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has spent years trying to convince people that the parents of children slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School are liars.

Now freshly minted NBC host Megyn Kelly, formerly of Fox News, is giving him a mega platform to cast his doubt on them once again in one of the first sit-down interviews of her new Sunday night show.

After a teaser for the show, which will air this Sunday, was released, Kelly was blasted on Twitter for giving Jones airtime, with calls for a boycott to support the Sandy Hook parents. Advertisers have subsequently pulled ads from NBC, and Kelly was dropped as the host for a Sandy Hook fundraiser.

In the preview, Kelly attempts to be tough with Jones, and accuses him of dodging her questions. She said in a statement that she interviewed him to “shine a light” on an increasingly important media figure. An NBC executive also defended the program, saying there was value in having Jones sit down for an interview.

Vox goes on to attack Jones as a dangerous media figure who should not be given a platform to explain his views.

If you’ve ever watched hours of Alex Jones’s Infowars, as I have, you might come away steeped in a dark and distorted view of the world. Jones alleges that 9/11 was “an inside job,” that the Sandy Hook massacre was designed to get Americans to side with gun control, and that there’s a secret fungus epidemic spreading across the country and slowly killing Americans.

He delivers these bizarre claims, and many others, red-faced, in his signature husky rasp. They’re framed as truths the mainstream media and elites are hiding from public view, with Jones as the bearer of the truth.

The president of the United States, meanwhile, has applauded Jones and perpetuated falsehoods that originated on the show, like the suggestion that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama started ISIS and that the election was rigged.

Actually, even the leftist Guardian agrees that the U.S. created ISIS. And the suspicions about 9/11 are widespread, including even a significant number of engineering professors.

Rather than continue quoting from the hatchet job that Vox does on Jones, let’s turn our attention to another perspective on the issue of Jones on network TV.

This excerpt from Hot Air tries to make sense of J.P. Morgan pulling its ads from the Jones episode.

It’s not as if NBC hired Alex Jones to give him his own show on their network. Kelly is trying to make a big splash and draw the maximum number of eyeballs with her current string of interviews and let’s face it… the name Alex Jones stops people in their tracks and gets heads turning.

And precisely how controversial or awful or whatever other adjective you’d care to employ is Jones? He called himself an entertainer during some recent family court hearings. I don’t think anyone is in danger of seeing a clip from Infowars airing on NBC and mistaking it for the latest item pulled off the Associated Press wires.

There are so many breaking stories about this interview that I can only touch upon the controversy.

Among the newest stories to be published, The Guardian offers the insight that NBC has been surprised by the intensity of the reaction to the Jones interview.

To me, if the powers that be are so intent on silencing Jones, he must have something to say that they don’t want us to hear. So, let’s hear it.

NBC Freaking Out: Ratings Down 42 Percent for Second Episode of Megyn Kelly’s Sunday Night Show

Megyn Kelly’s downfall with the Deplorables began when she badgered Donald Trump during her turn at the Republican presidential debates last year.

She lost the conservative viewer at that time, while liberals will never forgive her for her association with Fox News.

I hear there might be an opening for a weather girl at a small Midwestern station, Megyn. You might want to look into that.

TV Newser

A re-air of CBS’s 60 Minutes more than doubled the viewership of NBC’s Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.

In head-to-head competition, 60 Minutes, which was Sunday’s most-watched show, drew 7.9 million viewers while the second episode of Kelly’s show, which included an interview with Erin Andrews, averaged 3.6 million, down -42 percent from its debut episode a week earlier.

In the A25-54 news demo Kelly’s show averaged a 0.8 rating (down -33 percent from last week’s 1.2), while 60 Minutes averaged a 1.1 rating. Kelly’s show improved the 7 p.m. ET timeslot for NBC by +13 percent in the demo, vs. the network’s season-to-date average for the hour (excluding sports and awards shows).

Meanwhile, Breitbart reports that NBC execs are not happy with Kelly at this point.

NBC is reportedly “freaking out” because the network’s over-hyped talent Megyn Kelly has already been a “ratings disaster.”

“They didn’t pay her $15 million for this. They are now worried that her numbers will be bad when she joins the 9 am hour of Today,” a source reportedly told Radar Online. “If Kelly tanks at 9 am she will also bring down Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at 10 am.”

The debut of Kelly’s Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, with its much-hyped Vladimir Putin interview, could not even beat out a rerun of 60 Minutes. Her second show got clobbered as well. As Radar Online noted, Kelly’s interview with Erin Andrews “was destroyed by 60 Minutes, which scored 7.66 million total viewers. Kelly got a paltry 4.35 million people to tune in to her program.”

Already in desperation mode, NBC is reportedly “scrambling” to land big “gets” like Kathy Griffin or Adrianna Grande because, according to the source, the network seems to have already determined that “people are not tuning in to watch Megyn without huge guests.”

After reportedly being rejected multiple times, Kelly finally found a producer for her daily one-hour morning show just last Friday.

Veteran producer Jackie Levin agreed to produce the show, which is set to debut in September.

NBC News reportedly had trouble locking down an executive producer for Kelly’s daily one-hour show for months. According to one television insider, though “NBC and Megyn Kelly would like you to believe” her show did not have an executive producer because “there are just so many great people lining up for the job,” it was “quite the opposite.”

According to the insider’s source, Kelly and NBC had “approached some big names and they have all said no.”

Kelly reportedly wanted Bill Geddie, Barbara Walters’ longtime producer, to run her morning show. But he reportedly turned her down in addition to other top names because “no one wants to take the gig and most of the blame if Kelly flops at NBC.”

NBC News Chairman Andrew Lack has reportedly been busy lowering expectations for Kelly to the network’s affiliates.

When news of NBC’s hiring of Kelly broke, one executive reportedly said that “the degree of difficulty” would be “extremely high” for Kelly and if she does not succeed, “she could end up fading into obscurity,” especially since her trial run at Fox News for a news-magazine show was panned and got terrible ratings.

Lest anyone accuse us of misogyny for our distaste for Kelly, let it be known that we love Greta and Maria Bartiromo.