Who do you cheer for in a story where there don’t appear to be any good guys?
This story from a book excerpt in New York Magazine, for instance. Who do you root for? Steve Bannon? Megyn Kelly? Steve Ailes?
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon in 2015 called former Fox News host Megyn Kelly “pure evil” during a vitriolic exchange with former network CEO Roger Ailes, according to a book excerpt published Monday by New York Magazine.
Bannon, who later became President Donald Trump’s campaign CEO, had several contentious exchanges with Ailes after their respective news outlets clashed over then-candidate Trump, according to the report adapted from an upcoming book by reporter Joshua Green.
Then the chairman of conservative outlet Breitbart News, Bannon published a series of articles critical of Kelly after she asked Trump difficult questions during the first Republican primary debate.
The story says Ailes asked Bannon to knock it off with the Megyn-bashing, telling the oafish Bannon, “This is killing us.”
“Fuck that,” Bannon replied, according to Green.
As Bannon kept up the attack, author Joshua Green says Ailes sent a personal representative to throw cold water on Bannon’s hot, fat head. The representative told Bannon that if he didn’t lock his stuff down, no more Trump on Fox.
Bannon responded with more attacks on Kelly, who he said would “turn on” Ailes “one day,” according to the report.
“She’s pure evil,” he said, as quoted by Green.
Bannon also promised to intensify his attacks. “We’re going full-bore. We’re not going to stop. I’m gonna unchain the dogs,” he said.
He told Johnson Jr. to “quote” his response to Ailes in person: “Go fuck yourself.”
Now, Ailes is disgraced and dead. Kelly is gone from Fox with a failing show on NBC. Bannon is the President of the United States. Kinda.
So, who won?