August 14, 2015

Megyn Kelly’s questions for Trump at GOP debate proved she’s no legitimate anchor

Sid CamusRebel Blogger
 

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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commented 2015-10-27 17:17:50 -0400
Sid – Your article is little more than an ad hominem attack on Megyn Kelly – which does absolutely nothing to undermine or discredit her as a journalist. She took on Trump because of what Trump is: an ignorant political blow-hard and bully who mistakes name-calling i.e. ad hominems for rational debate, and who has not yet articulated and explained a single policy issue. He dances around hard questions and when former lawyer and prosecutor Kelly tries to nail him down on specifics he attacks her personally. This man does not know how to measure his words – or his temper – and especially in international politics that’s a potentially fatal flaw. In Obama we have an incompetent who can’t act; in Trump we have an incompetent who can’t think. In both cases, a man like Putin will emerge as the winner – alas!
commented 2015-09-16 07:38:01 -0400
Fox stands by its “fair and balanced” motto. So why wouldn’t Kelly have panel members answer charges put to them by the left as well? They get to face the whole spectrum which makes it interesting.
commented 2015-09-01 14:43:14 -0400
Unlike the PMSNBC/CBC/CTV liberal vision types who seem to hire women for their hairy armpits and comic book journalist degrees, FOX women are all well educated, smart, articulate, unafraid to ask the hard question and hot. I hardly think Megyn is taking direction from the Hildebeast.
commented 2015-08-19 04:18:45 -0400
Exactly right, Liza. She didn’t take it easy on anyone, and for Trump — of all people, given his track record — to complain about being asked some tough questions, is downright laughable.
Talk about double standards, too. Trump DID make some questionable comments about women recently. Moreover, he’s made millions off of the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss Universe pageants over the years. Megyn Kelly poses for some sexy (but arguably very tasteful) photos to accompany a magazine interview discussing her career in law and media, and Sid says this makes her a “soft-core porn actress” who can’t be trusted to deliver accurate or reliable news.
I throw it back to Sid, and ask him what he thinks Trump’s profiting off of beauty pageants (that exist solely to objectify women) says about his qualifications for President?
commented 2015-08-18 22:53:35 -0400
I agree Erin. Megan with her law background has always been smart competent and not particularly politically correct. At first I was a bit taken aback by her questions, not only to Trump, she gave everyone a roll for their money. She wasn’t easy on anyone, and went right for the jugular. Only so much time, and so many candidates to get reactions from. That was the thing. She designed her questions to push buttons on purpose. I thank her for it. How else are we supposed to get a sense of who these people really are. She did her job.
commented 2015-08-18 02:43:11 -0400
Come on, Sid. On behalf of the “loyal, conservative viewers” (I’ve subscribed to Fox News for several years), I was anything but angered by Fox’s coverage of the GOP debate, including Kelly’s questions as a moderator. I know you’re just expressing your opinion, but I vehemently disagree with your conclusions and especially your rude, demeaning characterization of Kelly. The GQ pics were certainly not what any rational person would call “soft-core porn”, and I personally find it disgusting that you use them as an excuse to entirely discredit her character, intelligence, journalistic competency and professionalism.
Yet, according to you, despite being an incompetent blonde bimbo, she somehow still managed to “ambush” Trump with her “leftist”/“outrageously biased” questions. Curious.
I note that you seem to have accidentally left out any reference to Trump’s blatantly sexist post-debate comment that Kelly was clearly “bleeding” from “wherever”, when she unfairly attacked him with her “GOTCHA!” questions.
If you really believe any of this crap, don’t you think you owe Kelly a bit more credit?
What’s the big deal, anyway? Trump is known for his non-conformity with political correctness, and so is Kelly. Her questions were entirely appropriate, and moreover, went directly to the heart of the primary differences between a lot of the GOP candidates.
commented 2015-08-17 15:32:34 -0400
What is wrong with gotcha questions? It creates a perfect opportunity for the candidate to show what they are made of. If all the questions were soft ball we would get a very limited picture of the candidate. Like the head of Vice interviewing Obama, it was so softball I had to take gravol to get through it.
The candidates have to be ready to be dragged through the mud, its what the opposition will do to whoever gets in.
commented 2015-08-17 00:55:32 -0400
I’m on Trump’s side in this Megyn Kelly squabble. Kelly is a hardened journalist and if she (or Fox) ask hard-assed questions of Trump, they should expect hard-assed answers. “Only Rosie O’Donnell” that was good. He and O’Donnell have a spat going back a long time, she was not very kind herself. Blood coming out of Kelly’s eyes, it is often said that hateful, vengeful persons have blood coming out of their eyes.
So where’s the problem? I thought he was doing OK until today, when he said he would deport all illegals.
That’s a draconian undertaking. That’s going to cost him.
commented 2015-08-16 23:20:04 -0400
Well put Sid.

The NYT and CNN both approved. That’s enough to raise my eyebrow.

I lost another load of respect for Fox during that debate. I have never watched anything on Fox directly because there are a plethora of good news sources available now. Cable networks eventually all seem to become MSM repeatnicks of NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CBC, Global, CTV, etc. I foresee Fox News becoming more widespread on Canadian cable/satellite suppliers as Fox becomes a homogenized, socialist, government sucking mouthpiece like the rest of the MSM.

Megyn Kelly likely provided some moments that will be repeated on Democrat attack ads.

The debate was an opportunity to discover details of each person’s plan to get the U.S. out of the sick economic times they have been in since 2008. The stock market is a joke today. It nosedived in 2008, especially when it became clear that Barack Obama was likely going to become president. The media had worked hard to destroy the image of G.W. Bush and the Republicans, spending years describing a failing economy when, in fact, it had been growing. Since then they have spent years trying to talk up an anemic economy that has 94 million Americans not working, producing, or earning a regular paycheck. With a real double digit unemployment rate, the MSM have spent years spewing out the Obama administrations fudged numbers with glee. The MSM have spent years talking about how well supported the Obama healthcare plan is. If the most optimistic numbers are used, it covers 5-6% of the population.

Instead of learning each person’s plan, how they perceive recent political and economic history in the U.S., and how they would handle important questions like health care(important to us Canucks, enough said), Iran, Cuba, Russia, Israel, Hamas, Hezbollah, NATO, China, etc.,etc., we got low information questions that nobody knew the context of, and were meant as ambush, Gotcha questions. I expect that from the MSM that I haven’t seriously watched in ….. I can’t remember how many years. So if Fox wants to go that way, good riddance. There are lots of good news sources out there these days. If one wants to go down that yellow brick road, fill your boots. I won’t be following.
commented 2015-08-16 17:36:35 -0400
I use to like the Kelly file and was really taken by surprize as to her asking trump a embarrassing question which really has had no basis as far as what the debate was for and about . typical blond bimbo in my opinion
commented 2015-08-15 21:49:30 -0400
“From the blonde Megyn Kelly”? I’m sure you have scintillating views on blacks and Jews to go along with your derogatory comments about blondes but that aside, if real journalists don’t ask real questions then you get CNN, ABC, NBC, CBC, Global and the rest. If Trump can’t handle a few tough questions, he’s unfit. Your sniveling doesn’t change that fact. Dial 911 if you still need a Waaaahmbulance.
commented 2015-08-15 00:15:17 -0400
Trump is vindictive, that makes him a wild card. Having said that, If he can get his Republican butt into the White House, I won’t complain. I just want a Republican who can win.

I don’t care that Megan Kelly, asked the Donald a question or two that ticked him off, it is her job to ask hard ones, and it was a test for Donald. He failed it in my opinion. He could have done better. When he thinks somebody doesn’t love him, he lashes out. He should get a handle on it.
commented 2015-08-14 22:56:00 -0400
Reminded me of Candy and Romney.
commented 2015-08-14 18:12:52 -0400
If he can’t take the heat from Fox News and other Republicans – what does he think is going to happen when the liberal media and Democrats get a hold of him during their debates.

It’s not Megyn Kelly’s job to hold Trump’s hand.
commented 2015-08-14 17:38:23 -0400
The attack on Trump by Megyn Kelly was obviously an attempt to neutralize his candidacy, and it was not her place as a journalist to appoint herself as the person whose job it is to “save the public” from a candidate she does not like. In this respect she is no better than the hacks on MSNBC or CNN. Most telling, though, it that at the end of the debate followup program she gave that meathead Wasserman-Schultz an interview, allowing her to spout her leftist rhetoric, unchallenged, as if she was a legitimate source of information.