The Donald vs. The Roger

by Lloyd Grove | The Daily Beast  |  published on August 26, 2015

Donald Trump—self-avowed “ratings machine” though he might be—has finally gone too far for Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.

The Republican presidential front-runner, who has spent the past day tweeting and re-tweeting nasty insults about Fox News star Megyn Kelly, owes her an apology, Ailes demanded in an extraordinary broadside against the reality-show billionaire, issued on Tuesday afternoon.

“Donald Trump’s surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last night is as unacceptable as it is disturbing,” Ailes said about Trump, who has been a frequent interview guest on Fox & Friends, The O’Reilly Factor, Hannity, and other Fox News programs since the Republican presidential debate that Fox News broadcast on August 6 at which Kelly asked him a tough question about his history of calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.”

  • Jimbo

    I was a big fan of Megyn until she ambushed Trump in the first debate. She gave everyone else on that stage policy questions. Not so with Trump..

    Not that I have decided Trump is the best candidate for the job yet. But I want the news media to be fair. I want to hear a debate on the issues. And I like the way Trump speaks his mind and stands up to the PC speak the media has crammed down our throats.

  • mebach

    For your information, I have stopped watching Fox, but have never watched Kelly, she is so egotistical, so arrogant and I can’t stand her.

  • DEW

    Trump will apologize when it snows in hell and I agree. Maybe he’ll get them both fired if they keep shooting off their mouth!!!

  • Richard Schwartz

    This blaw blaw is an act. First question is who loses? Kelly’s ratings go up and so does Trumps. Soap box TV. People watch fox to see what happens next !!!!
    I predict Kasich gets more air time.

  • 7papa7

    The bottom line is if I have to make a choice of supporting Foxnews or the Donald, I will side with the Donald especially if it is between the Donald and the bimbo kelly. She gets no respect from so many because she has not earned it. She has put out false information, apparently does NOT check her sources and just goes with that which will bring numbers regardless of it being factually correct or not.

  • drmdellis

    Only a blind, deaf, and moron could possibly believe that Trump owes Mrs. Kelly an apology after she attacked him about matters not true and definitely not part of a political debate for presidential debate.

  • Mike Olson

    We definitely need to be aware of changes at Fox. Rupert Murdoch is pushing Bloomberg for president. I’m sure Ailes is hyping this “feud” between Trump and Kelly for ratings and a chance to hurt Trump. He is misjudging his core listeners. Half a brain is all that’s needed to understand why Trump is getting so much attention. People like to hear that there is a chance to reverse the downward slide our country has been in for the past 30 years.

  • jcadla

    There is no question as to who started this mess. The Fox panel went after Trump specifically with the ‘pledge’ crap and by wording Kellys question so it appeared Trump referred to all women when he called out Rosie O’Donnell after she insulted him in the View 8 years ago. The apology should be from Fox to Trump. Kelley and Trump were friends and Kelley showed her no class side by asking him a question based on a lie. She could have responded with, “Well, Donald, it looks like you caught us for sure…but you can take it,” making light of it instead of denying what they were doing. Trump would have laughed about it and it would have been over. Fox is wrong about this. But Trump should forget it and go on with his business. We need to let Fox know how we feel about this by sending our opinions directly to Ailes.

  • deltainny

    While I haven’t been following this feud, I find that Trump USUALLY calls a spade a spade. Both women and men can be, “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” Ever seen Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Moore?
    Did he actually call Kelly any of these?

  • teaman

    Kelly and Ailes owe Trump an apology! They can lie all they want but FOX went after Trump in the first debate. That is why Luntz said before the debate that Trump would fall afterward. I am really surprised Trump hasn’t jumped all over Brian GumBall for his stupid tirade Tuesday morning!

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  • liberty49

    I used to watch Fox exclusively, until they got rid of Glenn Beck. They just keep moving to the left to appease the left. When I found out how much of Fox is owned by Saudi Arabia, that did it. So, now where can we conservatives go/

  • Philip Allen

    People need to quit watching Fox News. When their ratings plummet the Roger Ailes will get the message. He may realize that his job could be in jeopardy. Fox News has gotten to big for it’s britches. Needs to fall down a bunch of notches. Even Bill O’reilly thanks he knows more than the candidates for President…He want shut up long enough for the people he has on his show to talk. Newsmax is a good new channel to get your news from! Did you hear of Fox News new slogan “Unfair and Unbalanced” to whom they decide to target Goodbye Megan Kelly and Bill O’Reilly Won’t be watchin’ you no more!.

    • teaman

      I agree we should all stop watching until Ailes gets his head out of his arse and returns FOX to it’s roots. It has been slipping for sometime now. Fair and Balanced is great. We don’t need reporters personal views….PERIOD. What we need is good investigative reporting and the complete reporting of the truth, whatever that might be.

  • disqus_tKlEuAw2uq

    Fox star background

    She use sex or anything else she can to get what she wants. I wonder what she is giving her boss to stay on the air?

  • disqus_tKlEuAw2uq

    I have always watch Fox news but NO MORE, FOX does not realize or don’t care how many people that they are losing and will boycott companies that advertise with FOX

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