Her Allegations against Roger Ailes are important but they are more a Profile in Marketing than Courage
Last week, I sat down to tape an interview with CNN to talk about Megyn Kelly™’s accusation that she, too, was sexually harassed by ousted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. This shouldnâ€™t really be a surprise for anyone. Let™’s not forget why Roger Ailes is no longer at the network. It™’s because Gretchen Carlson detailed wide-ranging and systemic harassment by him. When you have a culture of harassment at the top like that, it™’s a tragic no brainer that Fox™’s golden child would have experienced it too.
Kelly™’s star has been on the rise at Fox News, and for good reason. Megyn Kelly has broad appeal to Fox Newsâ€™ core audiences and, even more importantly, to viewers who are outside of that core. Even more liberal viewers will watch â€“ and admit to liking â€“ Megyn Kelly when they are turned off by everyone and everything else on the network. As Fox looks to rebuild from the Ailes years, she is going to be a big part of Fox News programming and their reach across the aisle. She represents a bridge to credibility that will filter down to the rest of Fox™’s programming.
However, it is slightly suspect that she comes forward with this now â€“ slightly more than a week before her book is slated to be released. That makes it hard to give her a real profile in courage award (that goes to Gretchen Carlson). With Ailesâ€™ ship completely sunk and no chance of his return to the network, this is instead a great profile in marketing as she is clearly going to sell a lot more books because of this latest bombshell.Â
Weâ€™ll all be staying tuned to see how this shakes out after the dust settles.