Michael Gaynor
Charlie Rose hearted Megyn Kelly, but why should Donald Trump raise her ratings by doing her show again?
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By Michael Gaynor
October 9, 2015

Trump probably should not return to "The Kelly File," unless it is to accept an apology from Kelly for presenting an anticipated out of context Hillary Clinton attack on him as proof that he is unfit to be President.

After his completely unconfrontational conversation with Fox News star Megyn Kelly shown on his PBS show promoting Kelly's descriptions of herself as an unbiased journalist (as sharply contrasted with opinionated Bill O'Reilly and avowed conservative Sean Hannity), Charlie Rose posted on his Facebook this statement by Kelly on Donald Trump's anticipated return to "The Kelly File":

"It's going to be a big television moment, right? I think we have to handle that just right. I can't just pop [Trump] up there any night like I would any other presidential candidate because people will be anticipating that exchange. And I want to ask him all the things people want me to ask him, you know, like why did you get so upset? What do you think about how it went in the days after? Any regrets on it? You know, I think we both know the answer to that: 'No.' But it's fine. I think it'd be fascinating for he and I to have that exchange."

Kelly's partisan questioning of Trump at the first debate of Republican president hopefuls this year unsurprisingly provoked Trump to counterattack?

It was obvious during that conversation that Kelly is yearning for Trump to come on her show.

Kelly even said that she would be "fine" with Trump having no "regrets" about his counterattack on her.

Will Trump return to "The Kelly File"?

Probably.

Should Trump return to "The Kelly File"?

Trump probably should not return to "The Kelly File," unless it is to accept an apology from Kelly for presenting an anticipated out of context Hillary Clinton attack on him as proof that he is unfit to be President.

Wallowing in mud is unpresidential, whether it is with Rosie O'Donnell or Megyn Kelly, and Trump should avoid it, even though her does not appear to be afraid to walk into the lioness's den.

Kelly explained during the conversation that Trump should not have been upset with her because she was not speaking for herself, but anticipating a line of attack that Hillary Clinton would use in a general election campaign against Trump.

The problem with that explanation is that Kelly did not ask Trump how he would respond if Hillary Clinton did that.

That would have been fair.

Instead, Kelly treated the Democrat charge that there is a Republican War on Women as a fact and quoted words allegedly spoken by Trump completely out of context.

Rose neglected to mention that.

If he missed the debate, he should have watched a video or read a transcript.

Later during the conversation Rose did bring up John Stewart's attacks on Kelly and Kelly proceeded to express her concern that they might have hurt her and to complain that Stewart had taken her words out of context!

Did Rose even suggest that Kelly was hypocritical?

No.

When Rose and PBS present a Kelly puff piece, people who really want "fair and balanced' should be concerned.

© Michael Gaynor

 

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Michael Gaynor

Michael J. Gaynor has been practicing law in New York since 1973. A former partner at Fulton, Duncombe & Rowe and Gaynor & Bass, he is a solo practitioner admitted to practice in New York state and federal courts and an Association of the Bar of the City of New York member... (more)

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