In a failed attempt to resurrect her floundering career as a self-appointed “journalist”, Megyn Kelly and NBC News secured her a panel moderator role at this year’s St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Let’s not forget what Kelly believes her overpaid role is.
I think it’s dangerous. We’re in a dangerous phase right now, where too many millions of Americans aren’t listening at all to what the press tells them.
— Megyn Kelly
Okay, Megyn has the spotlight, people are listening and the initial reviews are mixed, depending on the reviewer’s perspective.
Los Angeles Times: Megyn Kelly gets outmaneuvered by Vladimir Putin on her NBC premiere ‘Sunday Night’
People: ‘Your Lives Must Be Boring’: Putin Lashes Out at Megyn Kelly for Grilling Him on Election Hacking and Trump
New York Times: Megyn Kelly and the Politics of Dress
NBC News: Vladimir Putin to Megyn Kelly: Even Children Could Hack an Election
Hollywood Reporter: Vladimir Putin Tells Megyn Kelly U.S. Authorities Were “Misled” About Russia’s Involvement in DNC Hack
Washington Post: Putin calls U.S. election-meddling charge a ‘load of nonsense’ in Megyn Kelly interview
Newsday: Megyn Kelly off to rough start with NBC show’s premiere
The portion of the panel discussion not aired by NBC shows national heads of state that weren’t impressed by Kelly and an audience that regarded many of her questions and comments as failed punchlines.
Kelly repeatedly recited the simple “all 17 intelligence agencies” confirmed-Russian-interference mantra despite authoritative comments to the contrary.
As you know, the I.C. [intelligence community assessment] was a coordinated product from three agencies; CIA, NSA, and the FBI not all 17 components of the intelligence community. Those three under the aegis of my former office.
— James Clapper, Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing testimony, 5/8/17
If you think about it, Megyn Kelly has really done the country a service as up to this point, the media’s been making very harsh accusations that have foreign policy ramifications and all based on unnamed “officials” and “anonymous sources”. These are the first responses to these allegations by someone who would have actual knowledge of the topic and President Putin shot them down in a mocking fashion.
The truncated clip that aired on NBC within Kelly’s Sunday Night segment portrayed her as forceful and respected by the panelists that included the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the Federal Chancellor of Austria Christian Kern, the President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon, as well as the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin. However in the unedited panel video, when Kelly tried to get some kind of affirmation from the others in the panel, none were willing to offer her a lifeline of verification or agreement.
Kelly is clearly trying to make Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly the NBC version of CBS’s “60 Minutes”. The difference being that while the CBS audience may be dwindling, most people don’t dislike the hosts, whoever they are. Megyn Kelly left Fox News, not for the reasons disclosed by publicists, but because she mishandled her moderator position during the 2016 presidential debates and questions directed at candidate Donald Trump. She alienated many in her audience, doubled down on her attacks, tried to make good, demanded an outrageous salary Fox News passed on, and now she believes she can revive her career as a between $16 and $20 million-a-year liberal pit bull.
Unfortunately for her, Megyn Kelly can’t MAKE us listen to her and that must just piss her off.