Following the announcement that anchor Megyn Kelly would be leaving Fox News to work for NBC, social media exploded with various reactions to the surprising decision.
As a Fox News reporter, Kelly has made some controversial statements in alignment with very conservative views, particularly on the subject of race.
Kelly is set to host a daytime news program at her new network and an “in-depth” Sunday program, RawStory reports. However, many people on Twitter — including some fellow journalists — expressed concerns about her joining the NBC team.
NBC enhances its lineup by hiring veteran of racist right-wing propaganda mill. https://t.co/OfEsNcmBwI— Steve Yelvington (@yelvington) January 3, 2017
what is perhaps worse than fox news is the idea of a fox news diaspora https://t.co/EM09wvADbG— Deaux (@dstfelix) January 3, 2017
Fox News ideologues are now interchangeable with mainstream media journalists.— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) January 3, 2017
Kelly has been at the center of a few controversies lately, starting with her heated feuds with President-elect Donald Trump during his campaign, followed by her sexual harassment accusations against former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was also accused by other female colleagues.
It seems that separating herself from the network is an appropriate move professionally and personally, however, moving to NBC — which is largely considered a more moderate to left-leaning network — appears to be making people question the ethics of mainstream media.
In addition to those who believe Kelly is racist, others also voiced concerns about victim-blaming comments she made about a 15-year-old who was assaulted by a cop.
Don't forget: Megyn Kelly is a racist. Even racists can object to being sexually assaulted, denigrated. NBC has hired a racist. https://t.co/Ag1slUuIMg— Phil A. Buster (@onekade) January 3, 2017
Megyn "Pepper spray is a food product" Kelly is finally leaving Fox News, headed to NBC.— Zachury (@ZombieCheney) January 3, 2017
Shoutout to when Megyn Kelly insisted that Santa Claus and Jesus were absolutely white, no questions allowed.— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) January 3, 2017
Is Megyn Kelly going to be less of a racist on NBC?— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) January 3, 2017
Whether or not Kelly will shift gears to be more moderate while on NBC is yet to be seen, but it seems her Fox News reputation has already preceded her. She has much to prove to viewers who don’t believe her ideologies align with the network or its audience.
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