Reporter Megyn Kelly says that the media is partly to blame for the pro-Trump rallies that took place in Washington, D.C. earlier this month.
Kelly told Katty Kay on BBC’s Newsnight that the press could not conceal how they felt about former President Donald Trump.
"They hated him so much, they checked their objectivity," Kelly said. "It wasn’t just CNN, all of them did. They just couldn't check their own personal feelings about him."
"He’s been called a narcissist... [but] you don't become president of the US if you're not a narcissist."— BBC Newsnight (@BBCNewsnight) January 20, 2021
Speaking to @maitlis last night, journalist @megynkelly says Donald Trump's temperament "sullied his legacy on his way out of the door" https://t.co/tQ874THGUx#Newsnight pic.twitter.com/GSxRbrqBKP
"Part of the reason we saw what happened at the Capitol here two weeks ago is because there has been a complete lack of trust, a destruction of trust in the media, and people don’t know where to turn for true information."
According to Kelly, journalists felt they "needed to cover [Trump] differently, that you needed to outwardly call him a racist, a sexist, a misogynist, all of it, and that that was important for history. And I think too many journalists agreed with that at their own peril."
However, Kelly initially disagreed with Trump when he blasted CNN for allegedly being biased against him when he first was a presidential candidate.
"CNN may be a little boring but it is fair and it's factual and it's not biased against Trump," Kelly thought at the time. "Then they spent the next four years proving him right, me wrong."
The former Fox News anchor believes that the media "destroyed itself," but Trump laid a trap that he fell into.
"Only 18% of Republicans trust the media. The refusal of the msm to consider their role in causing this is inexcusable, but predictable. If they want to kill their own medium, that’s their choice, but GOP voters (75m of them) will find other options," Kelly shared on Twitter.
Only 18% of Republicans trust the media. The refusal of the msm to consider their role in causing this is inexcusable, but predictable. If they want to kill their own medium, that’s their choice, but GOP voters (75m of them) will find other options. https://t.co/5Z7e8VpvTT— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 25, 2021
"I’m sorry but I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous as Megyn Kelly saying on BBC Newsnight that Trump mobs attacked the Capitol because they didn’t trust the media — not Trump lying that the election was stolen," reporter Hugo Lowell tweeted.
I’m sorry but I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous as Megyn Kelly saying on BBC Newsnight that Trump mobs attacked the Capitol because they didn’t trust the media — not Trump lying that the election was stolen— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 24, 2021
"Denial of guilt on the part of those who defend the way FOX NEWS enabled Trump to spread his poisonous lies about the election, saying other news agencies like CNN went too far in calling his lies out, is clearly a problem. There is no justification for enabling propaganda," one user replied to the BBC.
Several others asked why the outlet gave Kelly "a platform" to begin with.
Kelly also looked back at her infamous feud with the president as a "canary in a gold mine."
Kelly and Trump butted heads in 2015 during the first Republican presidential debate when the reporter asked Trump why he called women he disliked "fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals." Trump told CNN that Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her whatever."
Although the pair patched things up, Kelly said that she did not have a "cult-like" adoration for Trump or "Trump Derangement Syndrome," either.