Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly: A Sit-Down Or A Showdown?

By Jeffrey Fleishman and Stephen Battaglio
Los Angeles Times

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Megyn Kelly goes head to head with Donald Trump tomorrow night in an exclusive prime time interview. It has been (to say the least) a contentious election season thus far between the Fox News journalist and the presumptive Republican Candidate. Whatever goes down, Kelly has shown herself to be tough, fair and in control thus far….we expect no less tomorrow night.

Los Angeles Times

Ted Kennedy was sailing in the polls in 1979 as a challenger to fellow Democrat President Jimmy Carter when he sat down for a nationally televised interview with CBS correspondent Roger Mudd. Prim and coiffed, the senator tilted his head and looked very much the scion of a dynasty. Mudd took a seat and asked a simple question: “Why do you want to be president?”

What followed was excruciating. Kennedy rambled and stammered; he was drained of eloquence. He droned on, and the more he spoke, the more incoherent his answer became. He never recovered. The exchange marked the turning point when a prospective candidate began his slide into a cautionary tale that allowed Carter to push ahead and win the nomination.

Such interviews can be snapshots of a nation’s psyche, a time when clarity is distilled from clamor. They make for compelling television, turning unexpected moments into mythology while illuminating strengths, weaknesses and sometimes painful falls from grace, such as Richard Nixon’s apology years after the Watergate scandal with David Frost and Sarah Palin’s vacuous comments on foreign policy and her newspaper reading during the 2008 campaign with Katie Couric.

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