Fox News Knocks Trump Over Megyn Kelly ‘Conspiracy Theories’

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…Kelly began a 10-day vacation after her Wednesday night broadcast. Fox says the vacation was planned well ahead of time. But some bloggers and commentators have circulated theories that Kelly was sidelined as a result of the Trump dispute.

“The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly‘s vacation rank up there with UFO’s, the moon landing and Elvis being alive. Megyn is on a pre-planned, annual summer vacation with her family, which is much deserved. To imply otherwise as Donald Trump and his campaign operatives have is not only wildly irresponsible, but downright bizarre.”

In an interview with Newsmax TV on Friday, Trump indicated that he was inclined to believe the theories.

“There probably was” a connection, he said. “But I wouldn’t know about it.”

He added that “people were very very surprised that all of a sudden she decided to go away for 10 or 11 or 12 days.”

Fox News responded with a sharply worded statement on Friday night.

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 “Perhaps Mr. Trump thinks it’s advantageous to his poll numbers to keep talking about Megyn, but that doesn’t change the fact that Roger Ailes has fully supported her and her tough journalistic questioning since day one and is thrilled with the added exposure from the debate, which resulted in even higher ratings of ‘The Kelly File’ this week.”

“The conspiracy theories about Megyn Kelly‘s vacation rank up there with UFO’s, the moon landing and Elvis being alive,” a network spokeswoman said. “Megyn is on a pre-planned, annual summer vacation with her family, which is much deserved. To imply otherwise as Donald Trump and his campaign operatives have is not only wildly irresponsible, but downright bizarre.”

The spokeswoman added, “Perhaps Mr. Trump thinks it’s advantageous to his poll numbers to keep talking about Megyn, but that doesn’t change the fact that Roger Ailes has fully supported her and her tough journalistic questioning since day one and is thrilled with the added exposure from the debate, which resulted in even higher ratings of ‘The Kelly File’ this week.”

[Read the full story here, at CNNMoney]

Kelly talked on Wednesday’s program about how she hasn’t had a real vacation for six months. She’ll be back on August 24.

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Speaking with Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg on Friday, Trump said that Ailes “couldn’t have been nicer” when the two men spoke by phone on Monday.

Trump refuted a story published by CNNMoney earlier this week that said days of tension between his campaign and Fox News ended with a “very blunt” talk with Ailes.

At one point in the phone call, according to anonymous sources, Ailes said to Trump, we “can resolve this now, or we can go to war.”

Malzberg asked Trump about the quote, and Trump said “that story was a false story.”

“Roger knows that’s not the way to talk to me, because if people talk to me that way, you know what happens,” Trump said.

“That was not Roger,” Trump added. “It’s not the way he deals with me.”

The CNNMoney story relied on sources from both sides who asked to remain anonymous. Spokeswomen for Trump and Ailes declined to comment at the time.

At the crux of the dispute was tough questioning by Kelly and the other moderators at the first GOP presidential debate. Trump thought the questions were unfair.

In the Newsmax interview Friday, Trump also revealed that he had multiple phone calls with Ailes leading up to the so-called truce.

Previously he had only confirmed a Monday morning call, which resulted in interviews on Fox with Steve Doocy and Sean Hannity the next day.

But Trump told Newsmax that Ailes “called me up on a Saturday, and he said, ‘How do we get this thing solved?'”

This matches the timeline that sources described earlier this week…(read more)

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One Comment on “Fox News Knocks Trump Over Megyn Kelly ‘Conspiracy Theories’”

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