Megyn Kelly turned the tables and questioned her own interviewer after she was asked if she gets “nervous” when she watches her Fox News colleagues.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Megyn Kelly speaks onstage at Tina Brown's 7th Annual Women In The World Summit Opening Night at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Here’s how Time magazine reporter Philip Elliott framed the initial question:
Last summer Bill Maher made a joke about you. “We think Megyn Kelly is the sane one over there at Fox News. That’s because she’s surrounded by Hannity and O’Reilly. She’s the blonde girl on Game of Thrones. Everyone else is a zombie or a dwarf or sleeping with their sister,” a paraphrase there, “so she looks normal.” Do you ever get nervous when you look around your network?
Kelly responded, “Nervous? No. I don’t understand the question.”
The reporter explained that Maher was “making the point that you have firebrands like Hannity, people like O’Reilly, and you come out looking sane and reasonable by comparison.”
Elliott then asked, “Do you worry about the network’s reputation?”
Kelly’s lengthy response to the line of questioning is worth reading in full:
No. Nor do I think a criticism from a man who refers to women as the c-word should wind up in a TIME piece. You’re putting yourself out there if you want to use that.
I think Fox News is just like any news organization in that we have editorial and we have news. There is nobody who would mistake Bret Baier or Bill Hemmer or Shep Smith or yours truly for Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. And I think Bill and Sean get so much attention is because it’s very rare to have strong conservatives on TV, even in today’s day and age. And they are an anomaly still, even after the Fox News Channel has been in existence for going on 20 years.
You know, would you ask that question of Savannah Guthrie, you know, when she was doing the 9 a.m. over on MSNBC? We’re not MSNBC. But nobody ever asks that when the commentators are left-leaning. We get that at Fox because the right-leaning commentators are a problem for certain reporters, and they feel the need to ask straight news journalists whether they want to be associated with that. In my view, that is your bias talking. That says nothing about Fox or me.
Read the full interview here.