Study: Megyn Kelly Features Fewer Female Guests Than Her Rivals
'The Kelly File' had the lowest percentage of women as guests (15 percent) compared with five other Fox, CNN and MSNBC shows observed in a recent GenderAvenger study: "She doesn’t have a lot of guests, but when she does, they tend to be men."
Megyn Kelly's very public feud with Donald Trump might have come to an end May 17, when the two had a congenial sit-down during her Fox primetime special, but the spat served to establish the Fox News anchor as the face of feminism in the political media. Still, when it comes to guests on her popular show The Kelly File, she's not exactly a crusader for women, according to a report on the proportions of male and female analysts on TV. Data collected from Feb. 29 through May 13 reveals Kelly File had the lowest percentage of female analysts (15 percent) compared with five other Fox, CNN and MSNBC shows observed in the study.
Even more, when Trump accused Hillary Clinton of playing "the woman card," Kelly File was one of three shows that featured an all-male panel discussing the remarks. "She doesn't have a lot of guests, but when she does, they tend to be men," says Gina Glantz, founder of GenderAvenger, which conducted the study with the Center for American Women and Politics and the Women's Media Center. "It's a sad reflection of the coverage today." While CNN's Anderson Cooper is by far the most balanced host with nearly 50 percent female representation on Anderson Cooper 360 and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is a close second with nearly 40 percent, the other shows' male-to-female ratios are only marginally better than Kelly's. "It's disappointing in that most of them are very consistently under 30 percent at a time when there are so many really smart, experienced women analysts, journalists and political consultants," says Glantz, who will be keeping track of the numbers through November.
This story first appeared in the May 27 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.