Presidential campaign or ‘The Godfather?’ Fox says Trump camp threatened Megyn Kelly.

Coverage Type: reporting
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That’s a nice TV host you have there. It’d be a shame if anything happened to her. According to Fox News Channel, this is basically the message Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s campaign delivered, as Trump tried to bully the network into removing Megyn Kelly as a moderator of the candidates' debate in Des Moines (IA).

Here’s Fox’s version of events: Capitulating to politicians’ ultimatums about a debate moderator violates all journalistic standards, as do threats, including the one leveled by Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, toward Megyn Kelly. In a call with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn had a “rough couple of days after that last debate” and he “would hate to have her go through that again.” Lewandowski was warned not to level any more threats, but he continued to do so. We can’t give in to terrorizations toward any of our employees. This behind-the-scenes threat is Exhibit No. 738 of Trump’s stepping over the line. And yet … I guarantee his supporters will back him up on it. They’ll say it shows what a tough negotiator he is, what a shrewd deal-maker he is — exactly what we need in the White House. And when the ratings for the debate drop, they'll say Fox made the wrong call. The reality is that this was never about business acumen. It was a power struggle, and Trump apparently thought he could win by acting like some kind of 1920s New York gangster.


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