In the last three days, Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has sent his 7 million Twitter followers 13 derogatory tweets about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly.
This prompted Fox News to issue an unusual statement today blasting Trump’s “extreme, sick obsession with her,” and his “crude and sexist verbal assaults.”
Trump’s missives repeatedly refer to Kelly as “crazy @megynkelly,” and culminated in Trump’s call early this evening for Kelly’s Fox show to be boycotted.
Trump has had a stick in his craw about Kelly since the Fox GOP debate in August, when Kelly asked Trump some pretty touch questions. Immediately after that debate, Trump tweeted:
I really enjoyed the debate tonight even though the @FoxNews trio, especially @megynkelly, was not very good or professional!
Shortly thereafter, Trump talked about Kelly to CNN:
“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever.”
Trump had also previously referred to Kelly as a “bimbo.”
Well, the “bimbo” was having none of it the night of that August debate. The NY Post documents their exchange:
Trump’s fury was sparked by Kelly’s opening question, asking if calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals” is behavior befitting a president.
Trump quipped that he had only called Rosie O’Donnell those names, but Kelly said he had bad mouthed other women “well beyond” the comedian.
Before I get into the issue of Fox News’ newfound calling as the great defender of women, you really need to see Trump’s tweets from the past three days. They’re the kind of thing experienced Internet hands might associate with a crazed serial commenter or an angry drunk:
Fox News is right to blast Trump for what surely looks to be sexism, and borders on cyber-stalking. But considering Fox’s abysmal record on women, see below, one has to wonder how long the enlightenment will last.
Media Matters, which has long been tracking Fox, has documented “70 awful displays of sexism on Fox News.” It’s worth a quick look. I only managed to get halfway through it before I couldn’t take any more.
So will this be a new page in Fox News’ sudden defense of women against the onslaught of sexism they face online and on TV?
A girl can dream.
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