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Kelly's Sensationalism Sinking Her Media Future

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Jerry Springer watches during Game 4 in baseball's National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals, Oct. 14, 2015, in Chicago. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

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Tuesday, 27 Jun 2017 09:59 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The ceaseless pursuit of notoriety may not be working out for Megyn Kelly. Her former employer, Fox News, reports the ratings on her new "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" was only watched by 3.5 million viewers, while the venerable "60 Minutes" on CBS attracted 5.3 without any tinfoil hat wearing guests.

Maybe it’s just me, but I never found the name of her new program all that appealing. Spending Sunday evening with the glacial Kelly isn’t exactly like curling up by the fire with a hot toddy and a group of friends.

Kelly always gave me the feeling the show was more about how lucky the viewers were to be able to watch Kelly rather than some lesser news "celebrity." Her repeated confrontations with Donald Trump during the presidential campaign began to look like an attempt to keep her front and center rather than and genuine attempt to cover the issues of the day.

This sensationalism or confrontation for the sake of confrontation is evident in the issue of her show in question. What possible civic purpose is served by giving the bizarre Alex Jones the biggest platform he’s ever had to spout his deranged viewpoint?

In this instance it was Jones’ contention the Sandy Hook school massacre never happened and the parents on the news were actors. This is a vile and lunatic theory. Even Kelly acknowledges this. She stated, "I find Alex Jones’s (sic) suggestion that Sandy Hook was 'a hoax' as personally revolting as every other rational person does."

If that’s so, then why let him repeat it? What possible good can come of it? The Sandy Hook parents were so shocked and insulted by this choice of guests that Kelly was told not to attend an event commemorating the Sandy Hook attack.

Interviewing Jones is just sensationalism for the sake of being sensational. It’s a cheap attempt to hype her ratings. If this type of programming continues, Kelly will simply be Jerry Springer in a wig.

What’s more, this cheap attempt damaged ratings. Kelly’s debut show featuring an interview with Russian President Vladimir Putin that pulled in 6.2 million viewers, almost a million more than endured the Jones interview.

Jones also damaged revenue for the program. JP Morgan and several local advertisers canceled their ads for the program.

Kelly may be trying to hype her celebrity factor to justify the expensive contract NBC gave her when she abandoned Fox News. If interviewing Alex Jones is the best she can do, NBC is going to have trouble justifying her contract to stockholders.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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