Fox News host Megyn Kelly slammed media coverage of the Josh Duggar scandal Monday, questioning how little attention was paid to the fact that someone leaked the then-teen’s private police records to In Touch Weekly.
The records revealed that Duggar molested five underage girls when he was 14. Four of the girls were his sisters.
“Josh Duggar’s private personal sealed records have been improperly released. It doesn’t excuse any of his behavior,” Kelly said while talking to Fox’s media critic Howard Kurtz. “It’s one thing if the Duggars want to talk about it… [but] the media didn’t even pause. And there is a question about why they were so excited to feast on this carcass.”
Kelly and Kurtz also criticized outlets like CNN for dinging GOP candidates who have associated themselves with the Duggars, the focus of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting. Reruns of the unscripted show, which chronicles a conservative Arkansas family, have been pulled from the network in light of the reports about Josh Duggar, who is now 27 and married with children.
“Bill Clinton was accused of rape. He has been accused by several women of sexually assaulting them,” Kelly said. “But the fact that a presidential candidate has posed with some random member of the family that’s going through this issue is somehow a problem for the GOP’ers?”
Kelly also teases her interview with the Duggars, which will air Wednesday.
“This isn’t going to be a cross-examination of a family. It’s going to be an interview. I want to hear their story,” she said. “And I think America wants to hear their story now.”