Megyn Kelly should have done her homework

Sound, solid research is a marker of a good journalist. That’s our brand – to be informed, to be prepared, to be accurate. Important, prevalent information should be at the tip of our tongue.

Written by Radhika Iyengar | Updated: June 2, 2017 1:23 pm
megyn kelly, megyn kelly twitter, narendra modi, narendra modi twitter, modi twitter, modi twitter followers, vladimir putin, megyn kelly video Megyn Kelly with PM Narendra Modi and President Vladimir Putin (Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS)

Ahead of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in Russia, Megyn Kelly held an exclusive interview for NBC News with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Russian President Vladimir Putin. This interview would be Kelly’s NBC News debut.

On Friday, the channel released a quick 39-second teaser which shows Kelly greeting the two world leaders in Konstantin Palace. As Modi approached her, he informed her jovially that he had seen her photograph “with the umbrella” in St. Petersburg, which Kelly had posted on twitter. In response, Kelly quizzically asked him, “Are you on twitter?”

Sound, solid research is a marker of a good journalist. That’s our brand – to be informed, to be prepared, to be accurate. Important, prevalent information should be at the tip of our tongue, or our fingertips. In the age of technology, it would take a handful of seconds to perform a quick Google search, which would inform you that Modi is the second most popular political world leader on twitter (30.3 million followers), sailing right behind President Donald J. Trump (31.2 million).

Of course, one cannot expect a journalist to know everything all the time, but these are world leaders we are talking about. The stakes are high. Social media outlets like twitter then become a crucial source for harvesting information. A leader’s page not only gives you a snapshot on his/her policies and programmes (that may or may not have international ramifications), but also provides an insight into the leader’s ideological leanings and beliefs. If navigated intelligently, twitter can be a goldmine, which can aid a journalist in asking pragmatic, informed, and sometimes tough, questions.

On June 1, 2017, Kelly announced that she would be holding an exclusive “one-on-one” with Putin. Mentioning Modi, however, was not on her radar:

She did, however, give a perfunctory mention about Modi in one tweet:

Formerly with Fox News, Kelly’s journalistic career has been mired in controversies, the most noted one has been about her feud with Trump, which began at the first Republican presidential debate back in August 2015.

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    george Jones
    Jun 6, 2017 at 2:21 am
    What comment with a bunch of Dot heads Sand niggfers camel jockey s
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      george Jones
      Jun 6, 2017 at 2:19 am
      megan Kelly is a PERIOD!!!~
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        chakm
        Jun 3, 2017 at 5:59 am
        Is it important in any way that anyone is supposed to know whether anyone has a Twitter account! What's so important about that! There are many more things happening domestically that are far more significant than the celebrity status of an elected leader who is elected to serve the duties of an office and not to be judged or hailed by the sheer magnitude of the number of followers in a social media account. There is nothing even close to journalistic reporting in this article.
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          Swain
          Jun 3, 2017 at 3:02 am
          Megyn Kelly didn't know about Modi's twitter account and it provoked a 1000 word "article"? Said "article" also provides no context, no further details on what was covered in the course of the interview, and why should her audience be more concerned about Modi right now when Putin stands accused of tampering with the US elections? It's ironic that this is a piece questioning journalistic savoir faire when it finds itself lacking in such a glaring fashion. If I could roll my eyes any further, I'd be looking at the back of my skull...
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            Murthy
            Jun 2, 2017 at 5:08 pm
            You got it guys. That's the true popularity of Modi. Brahmin American Foundation has decided to Sue Meghan for not knowing who Modi even is-PM OF TWITTERETTI TTI TTI
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              MLBD2385
              Jun 2, 2017 at 4:44 pm
              She is real real representative of ugly ignorant American!!!
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                sdas
                Jun 2, 2017 at 4:14 pm
                She is going down....fast !
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                  statham
                  Jun 2, 2017 at 3:04 pm
                  who gives a f about 3rd world anyway.
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