Megyn Kelly debuted her new prime-time NBC show, Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly, sitting across from Russian President Vladimir Putin. In an exclusive interview, Kelly asked the Russian president about Moscow’s role in the 2016 US election hacks.
Putin primarily stonewalled, suggesting instead that the same CIA who orchestrated John F. Kennedy’s assassination may have also framed the Kremlin.
“He magnanimously claims that ‘I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings,’ but Washington ‘everywhere, all over the world, actively interferes with the electoral campaigns of other countries.’ Kelly presses him. ‘With respect, sir, that sounds like a justification.'”
Several times during the interview, Putin appears annoyed, notes Waldman, as Kelly tries to elucidate the ties between Ambassador Kislyak and the Trump campaign machine but he sticks to his story, suggesting that the media created a sensation out of nothing to use against the current president. His arguments sound eerily reminiscent of Trump’s own.
Kelly must have known that Putin would not give her a straight answer but, says Waldman, she does not push. Instead “She seems to want his high-handed evasions, spliced with her context-rich voice-over passages, to speak for themselves.”
NBC, it seems, “wants to filter current events through Kelly’s Goldilocks brand of femininity: traditional but modern, tough but compassionate, beautiful but strong,” argues Waldman. “The prototypical Kelly surrogate is an empowered white woman who really listens.”