NEW YORK – Megyn Kelly’s response to Donald Trump is Trump-esque: she’s not apologizing.
“I certainly will not apologize for doing good journalism,” she said.
After days of Trump’s attacks against her, Kelly started her Fox News program on Monday night by saying it’s time to move on.
Shifting the spotlight off of herself and onto the evening’s news is exactly what she did, but only after briefly addressing the controversy.
Kelly acknowledged that Trump was “upset” with her questioning at last Thursday’s GOP debate.
“I felt he was asked a tough but fair question,” she said about Trump’s record of misogynistic comments. “We agreed to disagree.”
“Mr. Trump did interviews over the week that attacked me personally,” she added, without elaborating on what the attacks were.
The comment that mostly dominated news coverage in recent days was Trump’s statement on CNN Friday night.
Trump complained about Kelly’s “anger” at the debate by saying there was “blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever.”
Many thought he was insinuating something about her menstrual cycle. Trump denied it, and Kelly decided not to respond.
When asked by interviewers, Trump said he would not apologize to Kelly.
On Monday morning, he took it a step further, saying on MSNBC that he thought Kelly should apologize to him. Thereafter, Kelly pointedly said she would not be apologizing to anyone for her journalism.
“I’ll continue doing my job without fear or favor,” she said. “And, Mr. Trump, I expect, will continue with what has been a successful campaign thus far.”
“This is a tough business, and it’s time now to move forward,” Kelly concluded.
Kelly made no mention of another more recent criticism Trump leveled against her.
On Monday morning, he tweeted a link to a favorable article about him from the website Newsmax. The article dredged up Kelly’s 2010 appearance on The Howard Stern Show, when she was asked about her sex life.
“Oh really,” Trump wrote, telling his Twitter followers to check out the “innocent” discussion and adding that he’s “the innocent (pure) one!”
After days of conflict, Trump and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes have apparently struck a fragile truce. And, on Monday morning, the two men spoke by phone.
“We discussed our concerns, and I again expressed my confidence in Megyn Kelly,” Ailes said in a statement. “She is a brilliant journalist, and I support her 100 percent.”
“I assured him that we will continue to cover this campaign with fairness and balance,” Ailes continued. “We had a blunt, but cordial conversation and the air has been cleared.”
Although Ailes’s statement seems to defend Kelly, there are those who think he sided more with Trump than his employee.