Now that he is President Trump, they are Megyn Who?
McKay Coppins of Atlantic monthly did a fair piece on Tucker Carlson, who took over her prime-time slot when Megyn Kelly left the network for NBC, where she will debut in the fall.
Indeed, throughout the 2016 election cycle Carlson routinely deployed his anonymous neighbors as a device in his political punditry — pointing to them as emblems of the educated elite’s insular thinking. He scoffed at their affection for Marco Rubio in the primaries, and he ridiculed their self-righteous reactions to the Republican nominee in the general. “On my street,” he wrote in Politico Magazine, “there’s never been anyone as unpopular as Trump.”
This shtick worked brilliantly for Carlson, catapulting him from a weekend hosting gig to the coveted 9 p.m. slot in Fox’s primetime lineup. He now regularly pulls in more than 3 million viewers a night — a marked improvement on the program he replaced — and he counts the commander in chief among his loyal fans. Just this past weekend, President Trump set off a minor international firestorm when he suggested Sweden was experiencing an immigrant-fueled spike in crime—a (dubious) claim he picked up by watching Tucker Carlson Tonight.Got that?
"A marked improvement on the program he replaced."
Megyn Kelly no longer has a name. She is simply someone who was "on the program he replaced."
What a comedown in less than two months from the media-created panic over Kelly's departure.
From Gabriel Sherman of New York magazine on January 3:
Inside Fox News, staffers are speculating over who will replace Kelly. According to insiders I spoke with today, the consensus seems to be that the Murdochs will choose a woman to fill her 9 p.m. time slot. The leading internal contenders include Trish Regan, Shannon Bream, Sandra Smith, and Martha MacCallum. Two sources said Kimberly Guilfoyle is lobbying for the job.Um, Tucker Carlson succeeded her. He was not on the list. In fact, he is not a woman.
Gee, with expert opinion of that quality, I wonder how the media could have missed the 2016 presidential election.
From the Washington Post on January 3:
The loss of Kelly creates even greater uncertainty at Fox, which has been rocked since last summer by multiple sexual-harassment allegations against Roger Ailes, its founder and former chairman. Ailes, who has denied the charges, was ousted in July after more than two dozen women — including Kelly and former anchor Gretchen Carlson — came forward with accusations against him. His departure was followed by that of longtime host Greta van Susteren in August.Now Megyn Kelly is just "the program he replaced."
One more thought: the media covers the media better than any other subject it covers.
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