Fox News Thinks Moderators Should Attack Candidates

by JOEL B. POLLAK  |  published on January 29, 2016

The media consensus after the first GOP debate in August was that the Fox News moderators had done a good job. The idea that they had done poorly was a minority view, outside of the fervent gallery of Donald Trump supporters.

Yet Thursday night’s Fox News debate–the last before the Iowa caucuses–had all of the same weaknesses, without the theatrics around Trump to save the moderators from a weak approach focused on attacking the participants.

Several candidates faced a direct attack. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) got the worst of it, with a video montage of his campaign promises to oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants. Certainly the question, which came from moderator Megan Kelly, was long overdue. But the lead-in was over-the-top. Likewise with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who faced his own clips from the Gang of Eight debate and a question based on the false premise that he had partially supported the bill.

  • kathy diamond

    Fox has a strange view on Moderating. I think the moderators should ask questions about what each candidate will do to change the way our country is after Obama. I don’t think it is their job to incite, embarrass, intimidate, the candidates. I also don’t feel Megan Kelly should moderate anymore, she got to big for her britches and Roger & Murdock gave her a leash that was too long for her to handle. She needs to be roped in

  • regulus30

    you mean like the liberal media minions have attacked “BARRY SOETORO”?

  • cae973

    As independents we chose not to watch this debate because of the moderators…wallace puts us to sleep and kelly thinks it her show…we did watch the last debate because of the moderators..cavuoto and maria did a terrible job. They were Real moderators who asked good questions and did not insert themselves into the debate ! Seems to me the only difference between kelly and candy crowley is 100 lbs!

  • EmmaKate1Von Plouse

    I agree with you, Swampfox1965.

  • Anthony

    if I want to listen to fresh news I listen to BBC almost right up to the minute, I never list to fox news, their news is like playing the oldies.

  • bones1941

    Playing games for ratings doesn’t get it with me and all these moderators on Fox and other menus don’t impress me. All they do is try and trap someone into making mistake. Trump said screw you Fox I want come and I think he is right.

  • bones1941

    That is fine as long as you ask everyone the questions and not throw their attitudes in to the mix. Personally think all of the debates should held by others and the news media kept the hell out !

  • kathy diamond

    If you remember, Kelly’s first statement was ” WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT THE ELEPHANT THAT IS NOT IN THE ROOM” SHE IS ARROGANT AND I BLAME FOX. THEY GAVE THIS DOG A LEASH THAT’S TOO LONG.FOX STARTED THIS, ONCE AGAIN. SHE EVEN SAID SOMETHING TO RUBIO ABOUT TRUMP BEHIND THE CURTAINS AND THEN BLAMED HIM FOR SAYING IT. OF COURSE FOX BELIEVES THIS TROUBLED WOMEN AND ONCE AGAIN THEY ARE DEFENDING HER.

    • Larry

      Faux is history in my book,slimebags like the rest

  • joe s

    Megan please leave FNC ,as your way too big for this little channel please go to the big and important MSNBC,CNN,PBS,CBS ABC, but please go.

  • harlansteve@ymail.com

    Just always keep in mind Murdoch is 100% for open borders and he owns box along with 25% of the being owned by I believe Saudi Arabia

  • mtmountainman

    Megan Kelly is a left wing blonde bimbo political hack. She should stick to posing in lingerie, it’s the only thing she’s good at. Kelly and Wallace are both radical left wing hacks and should be on CNN but at the very least — NEVER monitor another debate. Big loser of the night Fox News integrity.

  • Pat Cross

    you call those bullshit sessions DEBATES?

  • Swampfox1965

    I don’t watch FNC much anymore. “Fair and Balanced?” NOT!!!

    Megyn Kelly’s attack on Trump some months ago was the beginning of the end for me, and last night’s fiasco was the frosting on the cake. When I spend my time watching a debate between candidates I expect see just that. What I don’t expect to see is the moderators manipulation of the candidates so the sponsoring organization (FNC in this instance) can push its favorite(s).

    “We report, you decide” has become “We’ll tell you what to believe” — not much different from the rest of the left wing media outlets.

    • Glatik

      AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      You spoke for me too.
      I now watch Newsmax TV.

      • Swampfox1965

        GOOD FOR YOU!!! Newsmax is the only outlet a conservative has these days.It has replaced FNC as my “go to” place when I want accuracy in the media.

        • Glatik

          They are not PC, Thank goodness.

          • Swampfox1965

            Definitely not PC. Not the least bit liberal, either, as far as I’ve been able to tell during my many, many visits to their web site and their TV News program.

          • Glatik

            Hope you listen to Steve Malzberg who had the nerve to call obama “that bum”.
            They have a new program also: Dennis Michael Lynch UNFILTERED.
            I don’t miss Fox at all.

  • JIMBO

    Moderators should question the candidates: however, To say they should selectively ATTACK them is wrong and unfair.

    • 657241

      To be fair, Same question asked to all candidates, limited to issues. It is like, we want to know where the candidates stand on the same issue without hearing each others answers. and let the voters decide.

  • maquignon

    I am thoroughly disgusted by these so-called moderators with the exceptions of Neil Cavuto and Maria Bartiromo on the Fox Business debate and with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. The rest have all seemed to think that it was their duty to instigate as much animosity between the candidates as possible. They seem to think that a debate is a blood sport. Have they never even seen a real debate! By far the worst was the CNBC circus. The three stooges: Carl Quintanilla, John Harwood and Becky Quick should never be allowed on television again. A close second was the Fox News trio of Chris Wallace, Bret Baier and Megan Kelly on BOTH of their debates. Mike Wallace would be so ashamed of Chris. It is apparent that the tv networks are INCAPABLE of conducting a debate and someone else should take over.

  • cccarr

    Here’s a news flash for moderators…we do not want time wasted with candidate past positions. We want to hear their present day positions. Moderaters are into gotchas and I am sick of it. There must be another format for debates that will eliminate these media showboats. The candidates are the spotlight.

    • Larry

      Megan Kelly wanted to draw limelight by busting Trump’s chops and being a big Faux personality. So far all she has done is come across as an angry BIMBO.

      • kathy diamond

        Larry, You are right and her attitude has actually caused every bit of this trouble, NOT TRUMP

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