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The Megyn Kelly Newt Gingrich Exchange

by on October 27, 2016

Tuesday night on Fox News Live, news reporter Megyn Kelly interviewed former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich as a surrogate for presidential nominee Donald Trump. The interview began with discussing poll numbers, but took a turn for the worst when Gingrich accused Kelly and the media of paying too much attention to the fact that Trump is being accused of sexually harassing more than ten women and admitted that he believes the stories are fabricated. Gingrich also said that the media should be paying more attention to the fact that democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “had a secret speech in Brazil to a bank that pays her $225,000.”

“As a media story, we don’t get to say that 10 women are lying. We have to cover that story, sir,” Kelly said

As journalists, news reporters are obligated to provide the general public with any stories that could be of interest or importance. While Gingrich may believe that the 10+ women are fabricating their stories about Trump to jeopardize his chances at winning the election, that does not mean that news stations should not be reporting about it.

Additionally, Kelly did mention that the Clinton story is also worth covering…. and that she had already covered it. Gingrich then accused Kelly of being “fascinated with sex” and “not caring about public policy.”

Gingrich then tried to argue with Kelly by saying if Hillary is elected, you are letting a sexual predator back in the White House (referring to her husband, former president Bill Clinton).

“Listen, it’s not about me. It’s about the women and men of America,” Kelly replied. She said polls showed that voters were concerned about the allegations against Mr. Trump and believed they were an issue.

The exchange went on for a little over two minutes. Gingrich continued to attack Kelly, even asking her to admit on live television that Bill Clinton is a sexual predator

“No, I just want to hear you use the words. I want to hear you use the words ‘Bill Clinton, sexual predator.’“Say ‘Bill Clinton, sexual predator.’”

Throughout the entirety of the interview, I believe that Kelly kept a journalistic bias. She admitted to covering both stories, both of which are of importance. She did not attack Gingrich in any way, and did not blatantly say that she agreed or disagreed with any of his statements. Towards the end you could sense her frustration, and she told him to work on his anger issues. However when it came down to his news claims, she did not state how she felt, which is exactly what a good journalist should do.

 

Megan Laffey

 

 

 

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  1. This interview right here is the perfect example of one of the main issues in this election: media bias. Megyn Kelly has done her best to report on two very different stories throughout the course of this campaign.
    There have been many complaints from the public about unbalanced coverage and media bias. Most people say that the coverage is slanted, making Donald Trump look like the bad guy whereas Hillary’s shortcomings have been largely ignored.
    How can the media fix this problem of unbalanced coverage? Are some journalists or news outlets better at having balanced coverage than others?

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