Fox News anchor, Megyn Kelly, alleges in her new memoir that President-elect Donald Trump tried to bribe her and other journalists with gifts.
In her book, titled "Settle for More," Kelly writes that Trump's favor-currying "is actually one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign...I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage...Trump tried to work the refs, and some of the refs responded."
The Associated Press notes: "When it became obvious that some reporters were 'in the tank' for Trump, she alleges in one chapter, 'certain TV hosts' would work with the candidate in advance on occasional Trump criticism so they would appear unbiased. She didn't identify them by name or media outlet."
This news might come as a shock to those who have been in a coma for the last 15 months, but for everyone else, this should be about as revelatory as Clay Aiken coming out of the closet.
Throughout the campaign, many believed that certain media outlets (one in particular) were either coordinating with Donald Trump, or simply unwilling to print or say anything negative about him. These allegations haven't been substantiated with hard evidence, but sometimes, such proof is unnecessary.
Some media personalities have been startlingly upfront about their coordination with the president-elect. For example, Fox News' Sean Hannity gave Donald Trump hours upon hours of free advertising, hosting multiple "town hall" interviews with the GOP candidate. He even appeared in a Trump campaign video without telling the network.
After The New York Times reported that Hannity was informally advising Trump during the campaign, the Fox News host seemingly confirmed as much, saying:
"Do I talk to my friend who I’ve known for years and speak my mind? I can’t not speak my mind...I don’t say anything privately that I don’t say publicly."
Kelly, for her part, says she declined all of Trump's gifts, such as his alleged offer to "comp her 'girls weekend' stay at his downtown New York City hotel, or fly her and her husband to visit his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida."