Megyn Kelly Disputes Parts of NYT’s Review of Her Memoir

A possible debate-day poisoning? Kelly says no.

Jennifer Senior‘s New York Times review of Megyn Kelly‘s new memoir has everything, including some pushback from Kelly herself on Senior’s descriptions of Kelly’s election-related accounts.

On the possibility that Kelly was poisoned during the day of the debate, Senior writes this:

On the day of the debate, Ms. Kelly writes, she woke up feeling great. Then an overzealous, suspiciously enthusiastic driver picked her up to take her to the convention center. He insisted on getting her coffee, though she’d repeatedly declined his offer. Once it was in her hand, she drank it. And within 15 minutes, she was violently ill, vomiting so uncontrollably that it was unclear if she’d be able to go on and help moderate that evening. It was so bad that she kept a trash pail beneath her desk throughout the debate, just in case.

Ms. Kelly never says outright that someone tried to poison her. (A stomach bug was going around, she notes.) But the episode spooked her enough that she shared it later with Roger Ailes and a lawyer friend of his. Foul play? Again: She reports. You decide.

And Kelly reiterates on Twitter her belief that it was indeed a stomach bug.

On the possibility that Donald Trump, too, appears to have benefitted from receiving questions before the debate began, Senior writes:

Then, the day before the first presidential debate, Mr. Trump was in a lather again, Ms. Kelly writes. He called Fox executives, saying he’d heard that her first question “was a very pointed question directed at him.” This disconcerted her, because it was true: It was about his history of using disparaging language about women.

And on the probable source:

She doesn’t speculate where the leak came from. (She reports. You decide.) But that’s another unambiguous takeaway from this book: Parts of Fox — or at the very least, Roger Ailes, the network’s chairman until July, when he was given the boot after several allegations of sexual harassment were made against him — seemed to be nakedly colluding with the Republican presidential nominee.

But Kelly denies this as well.

There are also accounts of bribery attempts.

“This is actually one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign,” Ms. Kelly writes. “I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage. Many reporters have told me that Trump worked hard to offer them something fabulous — from hotel rooms to rides on his 757.”

No denial about that, but some wondered why it remained an untold story until now, rather then what likely would have been yet another inconsequential bombshell thrown into the Trump-related news abyss of the election season.