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I was asked several times within the last week, for me to comment on the Departure of Megyn Kelly from FOX News. So after thinking about it, I decided to write more comprehensively about all the Media, focusing Primarily on FOX News.
I REALLY DO KNOW SOMETHING ABOUT MEDIA . . . because I spent more than 35-Years of my Adult Life in the Field of Media – Buying and Selling Advertising. Writing, Directing, and Producing Television and Radio. PLUS Writing and Publishing Print Media . . . and this BLOG. Which means that my perspective is just about from very angle.
SO . . . I’m not speaking from what I heard, read, or garnered from a second or third party. I’m writing from PERSONAL FIRST-HAND EXPERIENCE & KNOWLEDGE.
ANYONE READING THIS BLOG . . . probably watches some FOX News, and if you’re at all like me, you probably think FOX News is (was) the last Standing DEFENDER of Conservative Thought on Television, WHICH IS KIND OF TRUE.
BUT, FOX NEWS . . . is like any other Media, where it’s all about THE TWO R’S . . . RATINGS & REVENUE. And make no mistake about it . . . The News Shows have nothing whatsoever to do with HONESTY & INTEGRITY, but everything to do with selling their “PRODUCT”.
And the people who Host the Shows, who we all “BELIEVE-IN” are SCRIPTED & CONTRIVED. And will more or less say anything the Broadcaster wants them to say on any given subject.
AND DON’T BE FOOLED TO BELIEVE . . . that any ON-AIR Host isn’t Expendable if they don’t do as instructed, since they all are, and all can be changed for someone else.
Whenever I felt a bit Uppity as a kid doing a job, my Dad used to remind me . . . “That for every chair, there’s more than one ASS to fill it”. And that’s MORE than TRUE, especially in the Broadcast Media.
ALSO . . . what you see and hear on Television, is far removed from the TRUTH. And as LOVEY-DOVEY as all the Hosts seem to be to each other, some of it might be TRUE, but almost in all Reality, all the Hosts HATE Each Other, because of Egos, Opportunities and Competition.
SOMEHOW . . . along the almost Meteoric Rise of FOX News, the Programmers, Owners, and some of the “STARS” . . . seem to have forgotten how, who, and what got them to where they were. So, just maybe . . . they’re sort of waking-up to the fact that what got them to where they are, might be worth keeping as it was.
WHEN FOX NEWS CAME ONTO THE SCENE . . . Their Competition was the Same Old Same Old LEFTIST BS, which all the Networks tried to Package as being Different. But FOX News really was Different, and took a Hard Conservative Position on Politics and Social Issues, packaging them with Hot Looking Women, with Long Hair, Long Legs, Short Tight Skirts and Beautiful Smiles.
And then they started to become Ordinary, with their Fair and Balanced CRAP, which didn’t please a huge segment of their Audience.
I WAS SAD TO SEE GRETA VAN SUSTEREN LEAVE . . . because she was smart, well informed, tough, articulate, and didn’t make her show all about herself.
I don’t know if she swung RIGHT or LEFT. I kind of assume that she Leaned in Both Directions depending on the Issues, which was part of what made her worth watching. Also, we learned things from her show, since she was well informed. And something else that made her Exceptional, is that she wasn’t a FOX News FLOOZY.
I know what the Media said about WHY Van Susteren left FOX News . . . But I’m not sure that I know the Real Truth, since Van Susteren CAN’T wait to get back on Television, doing the exact show, exactly the same way she did it for FOX News, but, this time on MSNBC, which to me, is nothing more than a FAILED Network going Nowhere Fast, even with Greta Van Susteren on their Air.
SO . . . If the Time Slot isn’t Important to Van Susteren, and if the Show Content will be the same as it was with FOX News – why in the world would Van Susteren have given up FOX News Gold . . . For MSNBC Iron Pyrites?
I have to assume . . . that for whatever reason, Greta Van Susteren probably didn’t leave under her own volition. But who knows if I’m right? But nonetheless, I wish Greta Van Susteren well, because she seems to me to be the Real Deal, who will never get back from MSNBC . . . what she lost by leaving FOX News.
When Megyn Kelly first Burst onto the Media News Scene on FOX News, she was REFRESHING. She was pretty, smart, talented and she related to her audience . . . and then, as if all of a sudden, Megyn Kelly was struck with the SIN OF HUBRIS, where everything became about Megyn Kelly.
AND IT WASN’T SUBTLE . . . her Pretty Long Blond Hair changed almost from show to show, going from the look of the Girl Next Door, to the Punk-Girl you wouldn’t want to see your son going out with.
FROM SPEAKING LUCIDLY TO HER AUDIENCE . . . all of sudden, Megyn Kelly started using BABY-TALK, as if she was speaking to Morons, while Laughing at her own Jokes, which weren’t all that funny.
AND AS FAR AS I AM CONCERNED . . . The two things that actually did Megyn Kelly-In, which finally Sealed the Deal for her EXODUS from FOX News, were how she began Talking Down to many of her Guests, as if she was smarter than them, AND WHAT SHE DID TO DONALD TRUMP ON THE NIGHT OF THE DEBATE.
I don’t for a second believe that leaving FOX News was necessarily the choice of Megyn Kelly, just as I don’t for a second believe that she turned down $20-MILLION from FOX News, just to accept LESS from NBC.
From everything I was able to GLEAN from Limited Research, because the career choice of Megyn Kelly really doesn’t amount to a Hill of Beans to me, so I didn’t waste much time looking, is that she SHOPPED HERSELF to all the Big Networks, INCLUDING CNN, who either didn’t have a spot for her, couldn’t afford her Salary, or just weren’t interested.
AND AS I SEE IT . . . and from what I know about the Media, which is plenty, FOX News was very kind to Megyn Kelly, in as much as they let her hang-on until the end to PROMOTE her Book ON-AIR, which is something they didn’t do for Andrea Tantaros, Gretchen Carlson, Bob Beckel, or Kirsten Powers.
SO BEING COGNIZANT . . . of all the Sexual Harassment Law Suits AGAINST Fox News, and the MEGA MILLION DOLLAR Settlements Fox has already paid to Settle out of court, and away from its Audiences’ Prying Eyes and Ears, what did Megyn Kelly have on FOX News for them to be so kind?
ANY WAY . . . Megyn Kelly won’t be missed, and her Audience is NOT going to follow her to NBC – and within a year or so, much like most of the MEDIA LEGENDS IN THEIR OWN MINDS . . . Megyn Kelly will become a name most people will soon enough forget.
FOX News seems to me, to be RESURRECTING itself as a Truly Conservative Voice, with an Exciting, Fresh, and Conservative LINE-UP during Prime Time, with Martha McCallum at 7:00pm, Bill O’Reilly at 8:00pm, the very EXCITING Tucker Carlson at 9:00pm, and the Very Reliable and Predictable Sean Hannity at 10:00pm.
The FOX News Weekend Shows, which include Watter’s World . . . who is indeed a RISING STAR like none other, and Judge Jeanine Pirro, who is all FIRE & BRIMSTONE . . . offer MORE Red Meat than Conservative News Junkies Could Ask For.
Best Regards . . . Howard Galganov