- NBC host Megyn Kelly was not happy with a description of her in one of Maureen Dowd’s columns for The New York Times.
- Dowd has occasionally irked the political and media class with sharp, colorful descriptions of their actions.
Megyn Kelly was not thrilled by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd’s description of her as then-candidate Donald Trump’s “chew toy.”
In a 2016 column, the Times columnist wrote about tensions between Fox News and Trump after the then-Republican presidential candidate repeatedly blasted Kelly, who was then a primetime anchor at the network.
“Due to his inability to let go of his chew toy Megyn Kelly, Trump drew a remarkable rebuke Friday night from Fox News after he called for a boycott of her show and tweeted that she was ‘crazy’ and ‘sick.’ Fox painted Trump as a stalker, saying he had an ‘extreme, sick obsession’ with the anchor. Unable to resist, even though he knows I respect Kelly, he also described her to me as a ‘total whack job’ with ‘no talent.'”
During an interview at Business Insider’s IGNITION conference in New York on Wednesday, Kelly said that she was not pleased with Dowd’s description, saying Trump “continued to try to bully me.”
“I didn’t like that at all and objected. I didn’t like the way she phrased it,” Kelly said. “It was bulls—.”
She added: “I never backed down from him, I never stopped covering him fairly, I was never cowed out of fear.”
Kelly said although she had regrets about some statements she has made as an anchor, she did not regret the way she covered Trump during her time on Fox News, despite the president’s frequent rhetorical jabs at her.
Dowd’s columns have long delighted and irked the Washington and New York media and political class, a fact she has relished, but that has occasionally garnered criticism for its perceived flippancy.
In an interview with Business Insider last year, the Times columnist said she regretted nothing besides a negative column she wrote about the 90’s television sitcom “Seinfeld.”