Fox News Channel star Megyn Kelly took to Twitter tonight to make statements about her new book, after a New York Times’ review of “Settle For More” in which is discussed a possible poisoning and a leaked debate question to Donald Trump.
Kelly tweeted this evening:
The New York Times, in its advance look at Kelly’s book, said it includes a recollection about Trump calling Fox executives before a debate. Here is the passage:
Then, the day before the first presidential debate, Mr. Trump was in a lather again, Ms. Kelly writes. He called Fox executives, saying he’d heard that her first question “was a very pointed question directed at him.” This disconcerted her, because it was true: It was about his history of using disparaging language about women.
She doesn’t speculate where the leak came from. (She reports. You decide.)
But that’s another unambiguous takeaway from this book: Parts of Fox — or at the very least, Roger Ailes, the network’s chairman until July, when he was given the boot after several allegations of sexual harassment were made against him — seemed to be nakedly colluding with the Republican presidential nominee.
To be clear, the New York Times does not say in its review that Kelly’s book says a question was leaked to Trump. The New York Times does say the information that she would ask him a “very pointed question” was leaked to him.
Kelly also tweeted this tonight:
Coincidentally, the NYT review includes a passage saying this:
Her story becomes more byzantine. On the day of the debate, Ms. Kelly writes, she woke up feeling great. Then an overzealous, suspiciously enthusiastic driver picked her up to take her to the convention center. He insisted on getting her coffee, though she’d repeatedly declined his offer. Once it was in her hand, she drank it. And within 15 minutes, she was violently ill, vomiting so uncontrollably that it was unclear if she’d be able to go on and help moderate that evening. It was so bad that she kept a trash pail beneath her desk throughout the debate, just in case.
Ms. Kelly never says outright that someone tried to poison her. (A stomach bug was going around, she notes.) But the episode spooked her enough that she shared it later with Roger Ailes and a lawyer friend of his. Foul play? Again: She reports. You decide.
For the record, as Kelly likes to say, she does not name the New York Times or the reviewer in either tweet. We’ve reported. You decide.