Putin schools Megyn Kelly. Comey takes his best shot at Trump
Putin schools Megyn Kelly. Comey takes his best shot at Trump

Maybe the second act will go better. The first act flopped. Chalk up a win for Putin, a loss for NBC and Megyn Kelly.

The hoopla, in case you’ve been out of town, was Megyn Kelly’s first show for NBC since she left Fox News, and expectations ran so high that they placed her Sunday night against “60 Minutes,” the most popular news program since television was invented.

Well that didn’t work out. CBS still came out ahead in the ratings – despite running repeats, mainly the one about Russian journalists suffering under Putin.

Running that was a flash of genius because Putin was precisely the subject for Megyn’s interview. For her, serious journalism.

For Putin, Comedy Hour… though it lasted no more than about 20 minutes, but was billed in advance as the interview of the century – the rumble in Moscow.

Putin couldn’t keep a straight face. He thought she was funny. He thinks Americans are funny, particularly our journalists. He thinks we’re gaga over nothing. 

He kept chortling and wisecracking while she kept peppering him with the same question -- if it was true that he fixed the election in favor of Trump. 

He said: "You created a sensation out of nothing and out of this sensation, you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president [Trump]."

It’s the only quote you need and if you hate Putin, okay, but the man has a point. 

We are…yes we are embarrassing ourselves over this obsession and we sent Megyn Kelly to scapegoat for all our sins of journalistic malpractice. 

It was Megyn Kelly who was supposed to bring back the goods. 

It was NBC’s new star who was expected to get the definitive answer about Russian meddling and she failed. She failed for NBC, but she also failed for all the networks and all the newspapers and all the Democrats who want Trump destroyed through Putin and some dark conspiracy that does not exist. 

Putin didn’t take her seriously. He thinks we’re all a joke for going after Trump as if there is nothing else under the sun.
This week, in Washington, it was fired FBI Director James Comey’s turn to help Senate Democrats pursue their obsession to ruin President Trump through Red Scare innuendos – shades of HUAC and Joe McCarthy. There is no there there, as Gertrude Stein remarked about Oakland. 

So it wasn’t Megyn Kelly’s fault that she came up empty, and it wasn’t her fault that the Liberal side of our country has turned all of us together into a laughingstock. 

No wonder Putin didn’t take her seriously. He thinks we’re all a joke for going after Trump as if there is nothing else under the sun.

For Megyn Kelly, this was no opening night to celebrate. It was an ordeal. He was relaxed. She was tense. She was grim and without the usual flair.

This may have ended her career. She’ll be back, but the descent has already begun.

It began the day she decided to leave Fox News and it is a pity to watch so public a decline and fall…over which I take no pleasure. She may never recover.

Readers know that I wrote a novel about her, “News Anchor Sweetheart.” I tracked Fox News from the day Roger Ailes “stacked the house with chick power,” over which Megyn Kelly reigned as queen. But that wasn’t enough when there were bigger networks to conquer. This too I clocked and foresaw her doom….but with a twist that could still save her.

There it was, a woman out of sorts, out of her element, because she reached too far. She was no match for Vladimir Putin. NBC is no place for her. 

It’s a different America over there. 

That’s too bad. She was perfect for Fox, her native soil. Many hated her for being too left or too right. But she was a sharp journalist. At times, the best.

At Fox, she was the champ. She had brains. She had beauty. She had top ratings. She had everything.

“What happens” – I ask in the book about her – “when all your dreams have been met? Sounds positively tragic.”

Putin only rubbed it in.

New York-based bestselling American novelist Jack Engelhard writes regularly for Arutz Sheva. His books, including “The Bathsheba Deadline,” are available from Amazon and other retailers. Engelhard wrote the international bestseller “Indecent Proposal” and the award-winning Montreal memoir “Escape from Mount Moriah.” His latest is “News Anchor Sweetheart.” He is the recipient of the Ben Hecht Award for Literary Excellence. Website: www.jackengelhard.com