Megyn Kelly got to take a victory lap on her Fox News Channel show tonight after becoming one of the Big Stories of last week’s GOP debate. It all started when she asked candidate Donald Trump a question about how he has characterized women in the past. It’s a question some of her news competitors have said since was appropriate and needed to be asked. But it so irked Trump that, over the weekend, he gave an interview to CNN’s Don Lemon in which he said of Kelly, “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her…. wherever.”
Hours before Kelly’s program aired, a male reporter attending TCA asked CBS News chief David Rhodes and political director John Dickerson if they thought it was time to move on from “talking about Megyn Kelly’s menstrual cycle.”
Apparently Kelly has struck a nerve.
Shortly before her show aired, her boss Roger Ailes issued a statement of support, saying:
“Donald 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.”
“You may have heard there was dustup involving Yours Truly and presidential contender Donald Trump,” Kelly said on her show tonight. She said she had decided not to respond to Trump’s remark, adding that he has declined to apologize and “I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism.”