Megyn Kelly: O'Reilly, CNN Should've Done More for Me
She says journalists need to stick together in the face of Trump
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2016 12:05 PM CDT
Megyn Kelly says she wished colleague Bill O'Reilly had done more to defend her when he interviewed Trump before a January debate.   (Chris Carlson)

(Newser) – Fox News' Megyn Kelly is taking notes on who she feels could've been more supportive when she was attacked by Donald Trump, the AP reports. It's a list that includes both Bill O'Reilly and CNN. Kelly, in an interview with Charlie Rose to air on CBS' Sunday Morning this weekend, said she wished O'Reilly had done more to defend her when he interviewed Trump before a January debate that the Republican skipped because he wanted Kelly removed as a moderator. She also wishes CNN hadn't aired portions of a Trump rally on the night of that debate. Her remarks laid bare tension between Fox's two top personalities. O'Reilly's prime-time show has been the most-watched on cable news for many years, but has been challenged recently in the ratings by Kelly, whose show airs directly after his.

Trump has been badmouthing Kelly, mostly via Twitter, ever since he was taken aback by her tough question in an August debate on his comments about women. In his interview, O'Reilly asked Trump to reconsider missing the Fox debate in Iowa, but it was noted by many that he didn't rush to defend Kelly when Trump attacked her during the interview. Kelly called it a "dark moment" and said she would have done more to defend O'Reilly if the positions had been switched. "I think Bill did the best he's capable of doing in those circumstances," Kelly said, which Rose said was "damning with faint praise." But she conceded the fight with Trump has done something for her. "I'm gonna have to give him that point," she said. "I certainly think it's gotten me much more exposure."