Many conservatives who watched last week’s GOP presidential debate on Fox News were stunned by the Fox News panel’s aggressive and disparaging questions for Donald Trump, by far the frontrunner of a largely unimpressive field of candidates (if you don’t count Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, of course!), particularly from the blonde Megyn Kelly.
To be fair to candidates and viewers, panel moderators should ask questions that don’t sound like they’re the basis of attack ads put together by a candidate’s opponent. There’s a difference between “tough” questions—which many Fox News personalities used to describe and defend Kelly’s outrageously biased mishandling of the debate—and “GOTCHA!” questions that almost seemed like they were talking points straight from the Hillary Clinton attack-machine camp, the GOP nominee’s obvious rival.
Here were some of Kelly’s questions for Trump, paraphrased by me:
- - How would you respond to Hillary’s potential accusation that you’re part of the “War on Women,” given the time you told a female contestant on “The Apprentice” that it’d “be a pretty picture to see her on her knees?”
- - How do you respond to people who criticize you for the times you called women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals?”
Oh, c’mon already, Megyn Kelly!! Just admit that you’re taking direction from the Hillary camp! When your questions sound like the basis for attack ads that third-party groups supporting Hillary would put out to character-assassinate the GOP candidate—groups like MoveOn et al—then it’s crystal clear that these questions had an agenda behind them.
Trump, rightly so, even went after the ultra-blonde Kelly on Twitter, which furthered the criticism of her debate mismanagement.
As for me, I’ve always never been impressed with Kelly for two reasons: Her leftist tendencies on commentary (she’s very liberal on social issues like gay marriage and abortion and even doesn’t really care about judicial tyranny too much), which have garnered her praise from liberals over the years - she admitted she was an independent two months ago, too, by the way. Conservatives: Stop drooling over her marginal attractiveness…she ain’t no conservative sympathizer!
Then, there was the very disgraceful, Maxim-style photo spread she did five years ago for GQ magazine, which was extremely unbecoming for a professional news anchor or for any professional woman who wants to be respected or taken seriously in the workplace. Fox News would like you to forget about it, but I never have because, when your news anchor poses like a soft-core porn actress complete with popping cleavage and a “come hither” look, you know you can’t count on her for much in the way of accurate or reliable news reporting.
As for Trump, some of the liars at Fox News have spun his debate performance as being too aggressive or defensive in response to Kelly’s ambush questions, yet the evidence disproves them completely. The Real Clear Politics average from July 30 to August 10 (including post-debate polling) has Trump dominating the heck out of the GOP candidates by almost double his closest rival (Jeb Bush). Further, a new CNN poll from this week shows Trump leading both Iowa and New Hampshire for the Republican primaries.
So what has this debate shown us? Megyn Kelly’s no real, unbiased anchor; Fox News has been drifting more and more to the left ever since getting rid of John Gibson and Glenn Beck and moving Sean Hannity to 7 pm PST to make room for Ailes’ favorite, Kelly, at 6 pm PST; and Fox News will further move left during election season to snag more viewers, at the expense of angering its loyal, conservative viewers.
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