"Yes, we all have to worry about numbers to some extent. That's the reality of TV news in 2016," the Fox News anchor said Wednesday at Lincoln Center in New York. "But we also have to worry about our souls, and journalism."
Kelly said she's been bothered that some television executives have viewed Trump's candidacy as good for business. She suggested that Trump's rise in the polls was spurred by the staggering amount of media coverage he's received.
"And then the media would sit there and say, 'It's amazing how the polls are just up, up,'" Kelly said.
"It's like, you're putting your thumb on the scale. It's not an anti-Trump thing. It's a responsibility as journalists thing."
She said she's proud that her own nightly program, "The Kelly File," doesn't go wall-to-wall with Trump's campaign events.
"Why? Because we don't do that for other candidates, so it's not fair," Kelly said.
Her concerns over how to cover Trump apparently began last summer when networks started airing his press conferences in their entirety. Kelly said it prompted a conversation with her producer.
"I said, 'When the post-mortem is done on the coverage of Donald Trump, wherever this race goes, let's make sure we're on the side of the angels,'" she said.
Kelly made the comments during an interview with Katie Couric held in conjunction with the seventh annual Women in the World Summit. The event was spearheaded by former Newsweek editor Tina Brown.