On Tuesday evening, November 15th, Megyn Kelly, FOX TV personality and anchor of the number one news show on cable took the stage at the Barnes and Noble Union Square book store in a much anticipated launch of her new book, “Settle for More.” Along with the hundreds of memoir aficionados, Megyn Kelly fans and hordes of media, Kelly was joined on stage by iconic CBS anchorman and talk show host, the incomparable Charlie Rose who served as interviewer.
“Settle for More” is a revealing and surprising memoir detailing Kelly’s rise as one of the most respected journalists working today. From the values and lessons that have shaped her career to her time at the center of the chaotic 2016 Republican presidential primary, this book offers an inside look at an uncompromising woman’s journey to the top of the news business.
This is Kelly’s debut book and it definitely does not disappoint. To say that it is a real page turner would be a gross understatement. The reader will undoubtedly find themselves riveted to each page and Kelly’s brutally honest assessment of her life in the news business essentially leaps off each page and into our collective psyche.
In “Settle for More” Kelly goes behind the scene of the stories and the storms that have made her one of the most talked about public figures in America. From growing up in a tough love family in Syracuse, New York where she had to earn her praise, to her father’s sudden tragic death while she was still in high school, to the news stories that launched her journalism career, Kelly traces the values and experiences – both good and bad – that landed her in the anchor chair.
While at the Barnes & Noble book launch, Kelly regaled her audience with a series of titillating anecdotes and touched on number of hot button topics, including her refusal to defend her old boss at FOX, (Roger Ailes) from the sexual harassment suit filed against him by former FOX host Gretchen Carlson. Soon thereafter, multiple women, including Kelly, came forward with similar claims. Kelly says Ailes made inappropriate advances and once implied he could end her job when she turned down a request for a kiss. Ailes stepped down in disgrace earlier this year.
Also related to FOX News, it appears that a war of words is escalating between Kelly and her Fox colleague, Bill O’Reilly. While she said that O’Reilly might have the number one rated show on cable news, she had the number one “news show” on cable news. While at first glance this may appear to be an argument in semantics, to Kelly there is a distinct difference, according to an AOL news report.
When asked by Rose to explain what makes her different from O’Reilly and the others in the anchor chairs at FOX, Kelly said, “His is an opinion show and there is a difference because, let me tell you, as a news person sometimes it’s harder to put ratings on the board because you just report the news. If the news is boring, it’s boring.”
Drawing laughter from the audience, Kelly said, “Well, we’re all different. Each of us is unique in our own way. I would say, in the primetime lineup, I’m different because I’m not an opinion host. I’m a news host.” She explained that sometimes she beats O’Reilly in the key demo of adults age 25-54, which “is not easy to do as a news person.”
According to the AOL news report, O’Reilly took his own shots at Kelly twice during an appearance on “CBS This Morning” Tuesday. “I’m not interested in making my network look bad at all,” he said when Norah O’Donnell asked about Kelly’s book.
Kelly addressed O’Reilly’s comment at the Wednesday night event, saying, “I believe that Roger Ailes made the company look bad.”
Regarding her tempestuous relationship with President-Elect Donald Trump, Kelly said their now public feud actually began prior to the first Republican debate, with Trump trying to confront her for not affording him the kind of coverage he felt was appropriate.
During the August 2015 debate, in a question directed at Trump, Kelly said, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” Trump went ballistic of sorts and launched a series of attacks aimed at the Fox News host in the days after the debate. He told CNN, “There was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
Kelly said that she also received death threats from Trump’s followers after their public clash.
In a recent interview with ‘CBS This Morning,’ Kelly told the hosts that ‘If a President Trump were to come after a journalist the way the candidate Trump came after me, I think it could be potentially dangerous.” She added, ‘And I think, hopefully, the book will provide somewhat of a road map for reporters on how, potentially, to handle him.’
They have since established a rapprochement but the Guardian of London has reported that Trump’s supporters still feel they have a score to settle with Kelly. Her book, they said “was the subject of a coordinated attack by Trump-worshiping trolls who deliberately drove down its Amazon rating with fake reviews.”
More than 100 one-star reviews of the book appeared within an hour of its release Tuesday, The LA Times reported – and that attack was renewed Wednesday.
The Guardian reported that “a squad of Trumpian trolls were plotting to undermine her on Reddit’s The_Donald forum, an unofficial hub for Trump fans.”
The book was quickly inundated with negative reviews from the group, which takes exception to Kelly’s combative relationship with Trump, and her claims in the book that he tried to intimidate her, according to the Guardian.
A screenshot taken by one The_Donald user showed that at one point, the book had 287 reviews, 92 per cent of which gave it one star.
After the trolling matter was reported to Amazon by Kelly’s publisher, Harper Collins, (which paid Kelly a $6 million advance for the book), the internet commerce giant began scouring the page of clearly biased reviews.
By: Ariella Haviv