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UPDATED – That’s how Fox anchor Megyn Kelly kicked off her first question in the Fox-RNC debate in Iowa last night.
KELLY: So let’s get started.
Senator Cruz, before we get to the issues, let’s address the elephant not in the room tonight.
Roger that. The elephant wasn’t in the room, and although I don’t have the numbers to prove it, I think Trump’s boycott served him well. Fox did okay in the ratings, but Donald didn’t suffer either, and he will dominate yet another news cycle because of it.
All along I have held steadfastly to the premise that anyone who fired Gary Busey cannot be all bad. But regardless of your opinion of Trump, you have to admit the guy is a master at driving media.
And it’s no secret to the few of you who drop by everyday that I am not a Megyn Kelly fan. She’s a celebrity anchor, and that more than anything I can point to, well, other than liberal bias, is what is wrong with news in this electronic age.
I don’t care about Kelly’s new hairdo and I don’t care about her life and I don’t care about her tacky GQ spread or her Vanity Fair interview, and I certainly don’t care about her personal Donald Trump stories.
Really? This is as good an excuse as I can think of for reading a good newspaper. What happened to Never become the story?
For a long time now I have advocated changing the way moderators are chosen for RNC debates. Toss out the newserati and bring in think tank nerds. Let the candidates themselves chose their moderators, just the way judges are selected in arbitration cases. Give each campaign preemptive challenges until the final panels are selected.
Let the Democrats have their media love fests; the GOP is supposed to stand for principals above the dreck that drives most news cycles.
Am I saying that last night’s debate wasn’t substantive? No. But I am saying Ted Cruz was right when he accused the moderators of picking fights between the candidates.
WALLACE: Senator Cruz, now you get a chance to respond.
CRUZ: Chris, I would note that that the last four questions have been, “Rand, please attack Ted. Marco, please attack Ted. Chris, please attack Ted. Jeb, please attack Ted…”
CRUZ: Let me just say this…
WALLACE: … It is a debate, sir.
CRUZ: … Well, no, no. A debate actually is a policy issue, but I will say this. Gosh, if you guys ask one more mean question I may have to leave the stage.
Yep, that was certainly a shot at Trump, but there is no question that the anchors in all Republican debates are more interested in good television than they are in putting the issues front and center. It happens in every debate and the RNC should stop it.
I realize that I am just a regular guy and no one is likely to take my suggestions seriously.
But, then again, they didn’t take Trump seriously, either.
And look where that got them.
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