The Associated Press obtained an advanced copy of Megyn Kelly's upcoming memoir, "Settle for More," and it may prove that Donald Trump will be the most corrupt president in modern history.
The reporter's insight and behind the scenes information she reveals are striking. She alleges that Trump offered extravagant and luxurious gifts to her and other journalists in an obvious attempt to woo positive coverage of himself and his campaign:
“This is actually one of the untold stories of the 2016 campaign: I was not the only journalist to whom Trump offered gifts clearly meant to shape coverage,”
It is a shame this didn't come out before the election, because it shows in no uncertain terms just how corrupt he is. When examining his vindictive past and absorbing what insiders have told us, it seems clear that he will also do everything in his power to hurt those who speak out against him.
Kelly's book outlines that "certain TV hosts" would work with Trump in advance to shape criticisms of him in order to appear unbiased while actually working to paint him in a positive light. This a dark preview of what will basically be and unabashed state-controlled media (Fox News) and a step towards the very definition of a fascist government.
"Trump tried to work the refs, and some of the refs responded," she said.
When it became obvious that some reporters were "in the tank" for Trump, she alleges in one chapter, "certain TV hosts" would work with the candidate in advance on occasional Trump criticism so they would appear unbiased. She didn't identify them by name or media outlet.
Another shocking revelation is that he apparently knew at least Megyn Kelly's first debate question prior to the first primary debate. You know, the one that earned his "blood coming out of her wherever" comment? Yet Trump would later use his opponent, Hillary Clinton's possibly knowing debate questions in advance as an attack against her. According to the AP:
It was at the first GOP primary debate last August that Kelly questioned Trump about derogatory comments he'd made about women. The day before, Trump had called Fox News executive Bill Sammon to say he had heard that Kelly's first question would be a pointed one aimed at him, she wrote.
"'How could he know that?' I wondered," Kelly said, not answering the question but clearing her Fox colleagues on the debate team of any suspicion of leaking it to him. Trump was agitated out of proportion in the phone call, she wrote, calling it "bizarre behavior, especially for a man who wanted the nuclear codes."
Did someone volunteer the question or did Trump ply someone with expensive gifts? We may never know.
This book may just be the definitive proof we didn't yet have that Trump has no interest in the role of a free and fair press in America. And despite Trump's constant criticism of the media, he actually does have a great deal of use for them, as long as they say what he wants them to say.
We are in very, very dangerous waters here.