Settle for More
by Megyn Kelly
Megyn Kelly has had quite a year, said Emily Jane Fox in VanityFair.com. The cable news anchor’s very public feud with Donald Trump “catapulted her from a star within the world of Fox News to a veritable household name across the country.” Months after that initial Trump dustup, she played a central role in deposing Fox News chief Roger Ailes by backing up a lawsuit’s allegation that her longtime boss was a sexual predator. Her new memoir goes deeper into both stories, helping send the book to the top of best-seller lists. But its post-election release of those juicy details raises questions about Kelly’s worthiness to be regarded as a heroine. Waiting until Nov. 15 to tell the public all she knew about candidate Trump stands as “one of the more calculating, cynical footnotes in a highly cynical, calculating election season.”
Settle for More isn’t mostly about Ailes and Trump, said Ken Tucker in Yahoo.com. Instead, “It’s about Kelly’s rise from middleclass girl—raised by a loving mom and a dad she adored who died of a heart attack when he was just 45—to the media presence she is now. It’s about a girl who was bullied in middle school, but who was raised with a strong work ethic that powered her first through law school and then rocketpropelled her to TV stardom.” From start to finish, the “flinty” persona that Kelly projects on air “serves her well as a memoirist,” enabling her to admit mistakes and flaws while insisting on the redemptive power of faith in oneself and hard work.
The new material on President-elect Trump is disturbing, said Erik Wemple in The Washington Post. Kelly suggests the candidate tried bribing reporters with free flights and resort stays; she says she refused but hints that others did not. She also reports threats he made against her and describes almost having to skip moderating a candidates’ debate after she fell suddenly ill under circumstances that suggest she could have been poisoned. Surely Kelly had reasons for holding back such anecdotes—including that she didn’t wish to become a focus of coverage. “Even so, journalists present stories when they’re relevant.”