Best of the Web: That Megyn Kelly walk back. One Nigerian Lost Girl found. SF's new modern art museum critiqued.
at 3:04pm by Joe Copeland
Donald Trump has just, with an imitation of aww-shucks imperial benevolence, been gracious enough to accept a fawning interview by Fox’s Megyn Kelly, while making it clear that, well, he might have to basely and crudely insult her again. In case you somehow missed last night’s broadcast of their interview, the New Yorker’s Amy Davidson this morning dissects it beautifully, offering up several tasty bits, and looks at how Kelly’s self-promoting self-abasement serves as a model for other Republicans to make peace with Trump. Opening words from Davidson:
“You are so powerful,” Megyn Kelly, of Fox, said to Donald Trump, with a note of wonder in her voice, as she interviewed him …
“Megyn Kelly’s guide to surrendering to Donald Trump,” the New Yorker.
A bit brighter news regarding mistreated women comes from Nigeria, where one of the 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 has been rescued and returned to her hometown. Amina Ali Darsha Nkeki told rescuers that the remaining girls are still in the Sambisa forest, apart from six who she said had died and 57 who escaped soon after the attack. Families express new hope of finding the remaining young women.
“Chibok abductions: family speak of joy after schoolgirl rescued,” the Guardian.
If you go to San Francisco … the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has just reopened with a 10-story (!) addition, nearly tripling its collection near the Moscone Center. The museum gets a very mixed assessment from Art in America on how well its doing in featuring West Coast artists. The museum received a much more upbeat assessment in the New York Times last week, just before the opening: “The West Coast Modern is not only bigger than the Museum of Modern Art in New York, it is poised — with concerted diversifying — to do for the late 20th and 21st centuries what its East Coast cousin did for the art of the late 19th and early 20th.” Writers for both publications pay special attention to huge role of collectors in shaping the museum’s exhibitions, with the Times’ Roberta Smith noting archly, “The predominance of new arrivals means that most of the shows are, above all, thank you notes to donors.”
“Local largesse: Collected in San Francisco,” Art in America.
“Review: SFMoMA’s expansion sets a new standard for museums,” New York Times.