Thursday, August 13, 2015

News-a-tainment Claims a Scalp

So, before the Republican debate last week (has it only been a week!), the Fox News Hosts prepared questions and, of course, ran them by Fox.

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The first question was Megyn Kelly's to of Donald Trump about his comments about women.  Again, all of this had to go through the Fox management.  The question was:
"You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs, dogs, and disgusting animals' ... how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton ... likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?"
The Fox and Trump universes (not completely one and the same, but there is a big overlap) then went ballistic.  They screamed that Ms. Kelly was being unduly harsh on Donald Trump.  That is if you could put a complete thought stream together by threading through the derogatory words, death threats, and misogyny.
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By the by, the question, itself, is a totally fair question.  Particularly when you consider that President Obama and Democrats in general have benefitted from a very very large preference of woman to the Democratic candidates.  If Trump did become the Republican Candidate, does anyone doubt that those tweets will played in a loop somewhere.
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But Mr. Trump objected to that question and others.  And the next day Mr. Trump suggested Ms. Kelly was in her menstrual cycle.
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Ms. Kelly is a Fox correspondent, so this is not some quick knee-jerk defense by me.  To her credit, she took the high road and ignored the comment.  That wasn't enough for the legions of Fox fans who twittered outrage not of Donald, but of Megyn Kelly.  And called Donald Trump a hero for "saying it like it is".  I could repost hundreds of nasty comments and death threats towards Ms. Kelly, but why reward their vitrol?
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Then, to teach them a lesson, Donald Trump essentially boycotted Fox news.  He has been a mainstay and ratings gold.  Trump showed up on MSNBC, CNN and called into other shows.  Fox President Roger Ailes had a panic attack over the mere concept of losing access to the Donald.  So the President of Fox News called Donald Trump up and apologized.
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Let me say that again.  The President of Fox News called a candidate to apologize for asking hard - but eminently predictably - questions in a debate.
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And what of Megyn Kelly?  The Fox News It Girl before the debate.  The woman Fox News President put up against Donald Trump to ask the hard questions.
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She is on an sudden and unexpected two week vacation.
Fox News rep says it was pre-planned, but had no answer for why it wasn't announced before, or why it started mid-week.  But it was pre-planned.  I am saying yes, pre-planned by Roger Ailes and Donald Trump earlier in the day during their phone make out session.

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