Donald Trump: Kelly claims CNN ‘checked their objectivity’
US commentator Megyn Kelly has claimed media outlets like CNN are “part of the reason” why the Capitol riots happened two weeks ago. She went on to claim that Americans “don’t trust” the media anymore. Speaking to BBC Newsnight, Ms Kelly said: “They hated him so much, they checked their objectivity, and it wasn’t just CNN, all of them did.
“They just couldn’t check their own personal feelings about him.
“The media destroyed itself, but Trump certainly helped.
“He sort of set a trap that walked right into and it worked really well.”
She added: “I remember listening to all of Trump’s disparaging comments about CNN when he first became a national figure as a presidential candidate, and I watched a lot of CNN even though I was on Fox.
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“I was like this is unfair. CNN may be a little boring, but it’s fair and it’s factual.
“It’s not biased against Trump. Then they spent the next four years proving him right – proving me wrong.
“I think too many journalists agreed with that at their own peril.
“Part of the reason we saw what happened at the Capitol here two weeks ago is because there had been a complete lack of trust in the media, and people don’t know where to turn for true information, they don’t trust the media anymore and it’s a major problem.”
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It comes as the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Thursday asked the FBI to investigate the role Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far right, played a role in the violence at the US Capitol.
Representative Carolyn Maloney, who chairs the panel, cited press reports that detailed violent threats on Parler against state elected officials for their role in certifying the election results before the January 6 attack that left five dead.
She also noted numerous Parler users have been arrested and charged with threatening violence against elected officials or for their role in participating in the attack.
Reuters reported this week that Parler partially resumed online operations with the help of a Russian-owned technology company after being shut down by Amazon Web Services, which said it had failed to moderate violent content effectively.
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Maloney asked the FBI to review Parler’s role “as a potential facilitator of planning and incitement related to the violence, as a repository of key evidence posted by users on its site, and as a potential conduit for foreign governments who may be financing civil unrest in the United States.”
Maloney asked the FBI to review Parler’s financing and its ties to Russia after she noted the company had re-emerged.
Maloney cited Justice Department charges against a Texas man who used a Parler account to post threats regarding the riots that he would return to the Capitol on Jan. 19 “carrying weapons and massing in numbers so large that no army could match them.”
The Justice Department said the threats were viewed by other social media users tens of thousands of times.
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