I’m wild again – Beguiled again – A simpering, whimpering child again – Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I….Rogers & Hart.
Megyn Kelly – notoriously attractive and creatively serving up The Kelly File for Fox News, has emerged as a “creation” of Fox leadership – a product of massive Fox promo/creation. Morphing into a “news” person with potential problematic chutzpah, she carries a hard scent of arrogance, leaving Fox executives in a swivel concerning her aggressive celebrity.
Has FNC become the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelly (author of Frankenstein) of cable television creation? In dealing with “Ms. Megyn”, there’s no Gothic novel here; it skims closer to true science fiction with a dominatrix, now launched, following her unhindered behavior – a self creation if you will. Could Megyn become television’s new commentator Monstress?
Believing Fox News Channel (FNC) became a sanctuary for “fair and balance” reporting, I now feel skepticism on the planned direction. Those first 15 years or so brought optional news choices to Americans…who knew they were being had…. indoctrinated by an imposing leftist ideology.
Many see Megyn’s recent image morphing into a “hubris inclined creature”. Since her August debate’s performance of rapt nastiness for twenty-six million viewers – the conduct left many traditional FNC viewers in a quandary. Wha happened? Her sketchy role on Fox’s first debate – the network’s subsequent defense of the spectacle – seemed to alter the culture of FNC overnight.
Ah, for the days of those long ago show biz news ladies: Louella Parsons, Shelia Graham, and Hedda Hopper – now looking better by the day. As a loyal viewer of the Kelly File, I took time to write her a serious letter expressing my concern, expecting no reply, and getting none.
In the Shelley novel the Frankenstein character is identified by such words as “monster”, even “demon”. He referred to himself as “the Adam of your labors.” FNC and the network’s leader, Roger Ailes, must be, at least superficially, self- examining that creation by a fear of transforming her into “the Eve of their labors.”
Excessive promotion, creating a fresh attractive news – lawyer – star is always brilliant TV strategy, but chancy – especially the push-jump from her mid-day gig to the spot where Bill O’Reilley brings her a huge entre, and rapid success. The story is as old as in Biblical days. Often we know…by unknowing, wrote Thomas Merton.
Kelly is a very attractive lady, recovering lawyer – no doubt the Fox info-babe who currently is working out just great – maybe more than fleetingly. But it appears that Fox News is really self-stuck…better yet, cornered. Good ratings for the present, but consequences bequeathed with a hubris-filled lady, can pierce painfully.
Ms. Kelly can certainly behave as she pleases and will. For instance, appearing on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” taking a swipe at O’Reilly’s show exposing: “If you’re not live at night – because the show before me and the show after me are taped – you lose al lot.” Sadly, O’Reilly spent abundant time helping her become Fox’s brightest light. By her appearance on that CBS Show, she elbowed the guys that “brung ya” to the dance, and is following a well worn path. It’s enough to frighten the Fox “suits.”
If you are of age to recall Arthur Godfrey’s episodic antics during the fifties and sixties – only ask Julious La Rosa, Frank Parker, and company, how “star” meanness can be destructive. We all recognize star – célèbre will ebb and flow, often becoming measured by preceding decades of tragic debris, spread alongside that infamous celebrity dirt road.
Older movies taught – wonderful Walter Matthau in his role of Mel Miller (A Face in the Crowd, 1958) said to a disgraced fraud, Lonesome Rhodes: You’re gonna be back in television. Only it won’t be quite the same as was before. There’ll be a seasonable cooling-off period and then somebody will say: Why don’t we try him again in inexpensive format. People’s memories aren’t too long….Oh, you’ll have a show. It just won’t be quite the same as it was before. Then a couple of new fellows will come along. And pretty soon, a lot of your fans will be flocking around them…then somebody’ll say: “Whatever happened to, a whatshisname?”
I liked Megyn Kelly; we’d loyally watch The Kelly File, but shifts emerged last summer…self importance and an uncool disposition grew. It became uncomfortable to witness; FNC has some important contemplation to kick around. Mary Shelley put the “Adam of your labors” in a strengthful role…what’s a Fox executive to do with their potential “Eve of your labors?”