It did not take long for Roger Ailes to realize his viewer agreed with Trump, and so he picked up the phone and surrendered…
Fox News loses. Because you don’t, as Trump has repeatedly said, challenge Trump. You just don’t.
Yes, that quickly, Roger Ailes has called Trump to kiss and make up. Why? Because sources speaking to New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman said Ailes was worried Trump could damage the network. According to these sources, “Roger was not happy. Most of the Fox viewers were taking Trump’s side.”
In a statement, Ailes said, according to CNNMOney,
Trump and I spoke today. We discussed our concerns, and I again expressed my confidence in Megyn Kelly. She is a brilliant journalist and I support her 100 percent.I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness & balance. We had a blunt but cordial conversation and the air has been cleared.
A Fox News spokesperson promised Kelly would address the controversy at 9 pm.
So Ailes threw Megyn Kelly under the bus but said he didn’t throw Megyn Kelly under the bus, except that he did, because he caved into Trump, the guy who has spent days relentlessly heaping abuse on her.
What Kelly said when 9 pm rolled around was “I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism.” Many thought Trump should apologize to her. Trump demanded she apologize to him. Mostly, wingnuts appeared to agree with Trump.
Like Eve, Kelly was suddenly to blame for all the sin in the world. Not Baier, not Wallace. They’re men. It was a woman challenging him that so enraged Trump. In fact, shortly before the Ailes call, Trump tweeted his latest sexual-innuendo Kelly smear:
According to Newsmax, describing the Stern interview, Megyn Kelly openly discussing sexuality means its okay for men to abuse her. Here we go again with the blame the victim approach that so epitomizes Republican thinking.
And now we know who is more important to Fox News, Trump or Megyn Kelly. Surprise, surprise, it is not the woman.
Trump, for his part, will be appearing on not only Hannity today, but Fox & Friends, where stupidity always reigns supreme, as a sign that he is setting aside his threats of boycotting the network.
Trump will no doubt enjoy Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who is unlikely to ask him any difficult questions, and not only because she can’t think of any, but because her boss has just come to the realization that her guest is the real reason for the 2016 campaigning season.