by Tim Jones 8/9/15
Following the Republican debate in Cleveland Thursday night, there were a lot of complaints by conservatives that the moderators Chris Wallace, Megyn Kelly and Brett Baier, were no better than their counterparts at the other cable news outlets and mainstream media.
It seems as though they were recycling many boilerplate questions in trying to get the candidates to explain a weakness or criticism. But guess who and what was the biggest elephant in the room that they did not ask to comment on: Barack Obama.
Here we have the most radical left-wing president in the country’s history who is not only transforming the country for the worse before our very eyes, but just may have the most scandal-ridden administration in history as well.
The very first question directed at a candidate came from Megyn Kelly to Ben Carson:
“Your critics say that your inexperience shows. Your critics say that your inexperience shows. You’ve suggested that the Baltic States are not a part of NATO, just months ago you were unfamiliar with the major political parties and government in Israel, and domestically, you thought Alan Greenspan had been treasury secretary instead of Federal Reserve chair.”
This is a typical straw man kind of question where the source is not cited and puts the candidate immediately on the defensive, kind of like “I’ve been told you’ve stopped beating your wife. Is that true or are you still going at it?” For the uniformed viewer, a negative image is immediately created regardless of it truthfulness and fairness.
And rather than attacking Trump about past misogynistic comments, maybe next time they should try asking him some questions on how he would specifically implement his policies as president. The three moderators seemed to be trying to make the debate into something you would see on the E! Channel or The View by getting him to respond in his typical bombastic way. They were probably thrilled with his attack on Megyn Kelly, something that made for great television and that they were hoping for so that the 24 million viewers wouldn’t be disappointed. And now the exchange will be repeated and discussed ad nauseam on the Fox News Channel and other media outlets.
I’ve compiled a list of questions they should have asked during the debate:
1) Since Obamacare has been in place for three years now, it is now a fact that all of its promises have been broken, including that you will be able to keep your doctor, that you will be able to keep your existing healthcare plan, and that your premiums will decrease on average $2,500 per year. Will you make a verbal commitment tonight to begin the repeal process of Obamacare the first day you take office?
2) Beginning with the Fast & Furious scandal, to the IRS targeting of conservative groups, the Benghazi scandal and the Obama Administration’s illegally snooping on journalists at the Associated Press and our own Jim Rosen, will you continue the investigations started in Congress, broaden them beyond those conducted by Trey Gowdy and Darrell Issa in the House of Representative, and finally hold someone accountable for all of these illegal activities by getting the FBI and Justice Department to investigate them?
3) Will you rescind Obama’s executive order on illegal immigration and the EPA’s new regulation on the power industry?
4) How will you reduce the $18+ trillion in debt, and would you consider eliminating any departments, such as Energy and Education, in reducing the size of government and spending?
5) Finally, the country has spent over $22 trillion on the War on Poverty since it began 50 years ago, and clearly poverty has won. The welfare roles have skyrocketed since Obama took office. What would you do differently to lift the underclass out of poverty instead of maintaining the status quo?
It seems as though Fox has the same mindset as the rest of the media. There is one standard for Republicans and an entirely different one for Democrats. Fox may not be so “fair and balanced” after all. • (848 views)