Megyn Kelly – Newt Gingrich showdown points to the decline of FOX News You cannot have one of your three most prominent late-night hosts seeming to be sympathetic to the election of Hillary Clinton.

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By Lynn Woolley

Simply stated, you cannot have one of your three most prominent late-night hosts seeming to be sympathetic to the election of Hillary Clinton.

That’s the way things appeared during a confrontational interview with Newt Gingrich.

The former House Speaker questioned coverage of the ten women who’ve made sexual accusations against Trump. Kelly responded that the story has to be covered. And so it went – with Kelly refusing to say that Bill Clinton is a sexual predator.

Video: Newt Gingrich UNLOADS on Megyn Kelly over Donald Trump: You are fascinated with ‘SEX”

This is a positioning problem for FOX News.

FNC is supposed to be different from MSNBC and CNN, but Kelly’s interview would fit in well on either network. Greta van Susteren is already gone and Sean Hannity is enjoying great ratings. Where does that leave Kelly? If she’s the new FOX star, what does that say about the network in the post Roger Ailes era?

Vanity Fair - Feb. 2016

Vanity Fair – Feb. 2016

With this interview, did FOX News jump the shark?

There have been mumbles about Bill O’Reilly not being sufficiently conservative – but O’Reilly overcomes that criticism by conducting hard-hitting interviews and exposing liberal claptrap. He interviews trump a lot – but has shied away from being openly partisan.

Sean Hannity has always been openly conservative and opinion-based. His open, unapologetic advocacy for Trump has earned him new viewers.

Megyn Kelly is more in tune with gender-based politics and often seems to cater to issues important to women. That would be fine some of the time, but not all of the time. It’s like Leonard Pitts of the Miami Herald always writing from a black point of view or Reuben Navarette writing from a Latino point of view. It’s fine – but sometimes you want to see them write as Americas and not from an ethic POV. Similarly, Kelly seems to dwell sometimes on Trump and the women when most FOX News viewers believe the whole thing is a Democrat Party set-up.

Video: The night that FOX News fans lost some patience with Megyn Kelly

What now for FOX News?

It depends on how the new managers manage it. If they can keep O’Reilly and Hannity, they have to decide what to do with Megyn Kelly. If she wants to be a CNN host, that network would take her in a heartbeat. If she stays at FOX News, she will change it like Rachel Maddow has changed MSNBC. FOX News could become more like CNN. If that happens, Trumps’ idea of a new “fair and balanced” network will make sense. But only if FOX stops beings FOX.

lynn@BeLogical.com

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