- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Former Fox News host Megyn Kelly said corporate news lives to “stoke outrage” and is kept alive by using President Trump as ratings gasoline. 

The journalist sat down for a wide-ranging interview this week with The Daily Caller when the topic turned to her conclusions about the state of the industry.

“The media gets paid to get eyeballs, right? To get you viewing them,” she said Wednesday. “And the way you do that is to stoke outrage. That’s why whenever you turn off the television from cable news, you feel pissed off. You may not even know they’re doing it to you, but that’s what they’re doing to you. It’s one of the reasons I wound up leaving.”

Ms. Kelly, who also had a brief stint at NBC, said the outrage model of reporting is “kept alive by one man: Donald Trump.”

“They need him,” she said. “As long as he stays somewhat active, [corporate media will] have a little bit more of a lifespan. But their ratings are going to go down, I have very little doubt: Without Trump in the office every day, there’s no way, especially CNN and MSNBC, sustain the numbers they are getting.”

The “Megyn Kelly Show” podcast host added that people will continue to be drawn to independent journalists across social media platforms because they aren’t rhetorically shackled.

“There’s no way, when people sort of understand what’s happening in the digital world and how forward-looking it is and how much more meaningful and substantive it is, and how much more honest you can be here, that they would choose that other model,” she said.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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