Megyn Kelly Premiered On 'Today' This Morning And People Weren't Having It

This morning, Megyn Kelly—formerly of Fox, but of course, after her breakout 2016, you probably know that—began her debut hosting an hour of the Today show. She talked to the stars of Will and Grace, as well as fellow Today anchor Kathie Lee Gifford, but all their charm combined apparently wasn’t enough to save her from rough initial reviews. And the big question everyone seems to have is: Why are we pretending that the conservative anchor who famously once insisted that Santa Claus was white isn’t political?

Consider how harsh this review of her initial performance was: “The debut was like watching a network try to assemble its own Bride of Frankenstein, using parts of Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Ripa and whatever else it can find. The resultant lovely creature, dressed in a mauve, pussy-bow blouse and skintight pants, moved stiffly and waved her arms around in broad gestures in a bizarre attempt to generate excitement from an audience that was already standing and cheering as duly instructed. She interviewed people nervously and so awkwardly that they were cowed into giving monosyllabic answers. She also never missed an opportunity to talk about herself.”

That’s not from a blog. That’s from The Washington Post. Time, CNN, and even USA Today had similar reservations.

The big issue is that it might actually be impossible to be apolitical these days. At one point, Kelly asked an audience member, “Is it true you became a lawyer and gay because of Will & Grace?” (As the Post points out, the cast of the show also could not talk about a plot point in the revival involving the Trump administration.) 

She also interviewed a white nun working to prevent gun violence on the south side of Chicago, which she called “like a war zone,” according to USA Today‘s review. “Chicago’s gun violence is another issue that’s been politicized, particularly by President Trump, but her focus is on the feel-good aspect of the nun’s ‘Peace Garden,’ and her efforts to bring the mothers of violence victims and perpetrators together. While that serves its own purpose, it doesn’t make the issue entirely apolitical.”

In a revealing interview with Elle, in advance of the episode, Megyn Kelly “stands up and turns toward the door” when the journalist asks her about the president’s treatment of ESPN journalist Jemele Hill. It’s not hard to see how Kelly’s avoidance of “politics” is its own political stance.

Of course, it’s only the premiere episode. Kelly will probably become more natural in her role as the show goes on. But many people feel that if you exist in the world, your existence itself is political. A lot to think about, right?

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Scientists Think You Should Ignore Your Mom And Not Make Your Bed In The Morning

When you were a kid, and likely while you’ve been an adult, your mom probably yelled at you for being lazy and not making your bed in the morning. But research out of Kingston University in the United Kingdom has shown that your mom might have been damaging your health all along. 

How? Dust mites. Dr. Stephen Pretlove is advising people leave their beds unmade to banish the beasts that could prove problematic for people with asthma or allergies. 

The average bed is home to around 1.5 million house dust mites according to Pretlove. Since they produce allergens, they can potentially cause issues for people with existing conditions. 

His research, which was carried out on a complex computer model, found that a home with neatly made beds had more dust mites in it than the exact same home when beds weren’t made. 

Why? A dust mite’s worst enemy is air and sunlight. If they’re exposed to either, they quickly become dehydrated and die. Letting your bed air also removes any moisture that you may have excreted over the night, denying the mites any moisture. But in a made bed, moisture is kept in and a warm and humid environment is created. Those are the exact conditions that dust mites thrive in. 

So if you have an allergy or asthma, Pretlove recommends defying your mother and keeping your bed a mess.

The next stage of his research will include putting mite pockets into beds in 36 houses around the United Kingdom to test their computer model and will investigate how people’s daily routines affect mite populations.

Why go to all this trouble? According to Pretlove, the British national health service spends around £700 million on treating mite-induced illnesses.

“Our findings could help building designers create healthy homes and healthcare workers point out environments most at risk from mites,” he said. 

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