Thursday, August 06, 2015
Fox News Debate Panel Came Out With Guns Blazing At Trump
I'm not supporting Donald Trump's candidacy, although I sympathize with some of the blunt things he says about the issues of the day the other presidential candidates, both Democrat and Republican, are too timid to speak about. What I don't like is the blatant manner in which the media tries to shape our way of viewing a particular candidate. That was on full display during the first Republican presidential debate in Cleveland tonight hosted by Fox News, as illustrated in the video clip above when Trump was asked about his supposed war on women asked by Megyn Kelly or Chris Wallace's question on illegal immigration shown at the bottom of this post.
The Fox News debate panel of moderators, Wallace, Kelly and Bret Baier, are all pro-establishment Republican in their political leanings. They clearly had their marching orders from Roger Ailes, and those orders were to take down Donald Trump. The questions they asked of Trump were loaded and crafted to elicit a negative view of Trump by the viewing audience. I thought Trump handled the obviously biased questions asked of him well under the circumstances, and he put the panelists in their place to the cheers of those who could see right through the moderators.
Roger Ailes and Karl Rove, who support the coronation of another President Bush, had the entire event scripted, right down to the faux Republican focus group following the debate moderated by Frank Lutz, who has been openly grinding an axe against Trump's candidacy. His scripted message with his focus group was that Trump's support had collapsed among the focus group during the debate because they were so turned off by him. Not surprisingly, their talking points aped those repeatedly spewed by Karl Rove over the past couple of months.
Jeb Bush's performance could not have been more lackluster and uninspiring. If any candidate shined above expectation tonight it was probably Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who was buoyed by the hometown advantage of the debate's venue. I've been a fan of Sen. Rand Paul, but I was totally disappointed in his performance tonight. He was totally off his game, and Trump was spot-on when he noted that after Paul tried to pounce on Trump's past support of a single-payer health care system. Walker, Rubio, Huckabee and Christie were pretty flat, even if they acquitted themselves as well as they could. Ted Cruz had his moments, but between his raspy voice and droopy, Brent Musburger-like eyebrows, he's just grating on the nerves. Dr. Ben Carson is a nice guy, but it's insulting that he was given a spot on that stage tonight when you consider the number of more serious candidates relegated to the second-tier debate where he belonged instead.