But, something else Kelly said in that speech at Drew University in New Jersey was even more cutting. His subject? Fox News Channel.
Then there’s this: A majority of Republicans (and Republican-leaning independents) don’t trust ANY media company even close to as much as they trust Fox News. The next three most-trusted media sourced among Republicans? CBS, NBC and — wait for it — the Sean Hannity radio show, all of which are trusted by 3 in 10 people. Eighteen of the 30 media sources that Pew asked about were trusted by less than 1 in 5 Republicans and Republican-leaners.
While the disconnect between Fox and the rest of the news business is pretty obvious, it’s still a powerful moment when someone like Kelly, a man who spent nearly two years as Trump’s most senior adviser, says it. Because what Kelly is saying, when you think about it, is that the conservative message machine at Fox, which Trump used to get elected and then to conduct a full takeover of the Republican Party, isn’t telling the truth — or at least isn’t telling all of the truth.
“How about these fraudulent writers at The New York Times? They get Pulitzer Prize and they got it all wrong. They have to give back their Pulitzer Prize. But that’s a fix also, isn’t it? I’ve just won the Pulitzer Prize for talking about Trump and Russia, but they were all wrong now. Now, the people that were right, like Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson, Judge Jeanine and Watters, my Watters.
“And frankly, the best show by far in the morning is Fox and Friends. Also got the best rater. And Lou Dobbs, how about Lou Dobbs? And Varney, he’s great. You know, Varney’s great and Maria Bartiromo. And you know what? And — and then many others, many others, many others. But they get it right.”
Will Kelly’s warning fall om deaf ears in this White House? Oh, you bet.