Thursday, January 28, 2016

#Trump debate Withdrawal Backfiring on Fox News

Trump and Fox News, the Republican front leader in the presidential race and the cable network of choice for many of the party’s voters, continued their feud about news anchor Megyn Kelly as the debate moderator. Trump demanded she be removed after inappropriate statements in the last debate. The network, showing no signs of weakness and impartiality, said no. Trump has responded by withdrawal from the debate.

Why stop there? The child's game escalated when Kelly tweeted,

We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.

Right or wrong, Fox News should be eliminated from the debate process as entirely impartial. Perhaps the public, generally more interested in the orchestrated drama of reality shows than impartial presentations of Presidential candidates, likes it better.

Fox News views challenging Trump's character as important part of the Presidential race, it must be applied to all candidates on the stage. If not, the process is essentially no better than history 'show trials' in which the defendants' guilt is the only focus of the court.

Headline: Trump debate withdrawal is backfiring big-time on Fox News

Donald Trump’s criticisms of Megyn Kelly have been weak, sexist, thin-skinned. His decision to back out of Thursday night’s debate is childish and reflects a fear of having to debate his competitors on issues facing the country.

All that said, this dispute is turning into a spectacle with two losers. Fox News unwisely sent out a statement yesterday designed to mock the Republican front-runner for his decision to launch a Twitter poll on whether he should participate in the debate. Here’s what that statement said:



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