The Republican primary debate hosted jointly by Fox News and Facebook was a hot mess. For those tuning in for drama, it was likely a thrill. For those who wished for an honest discussion about serious issues, however, it was a cross between Jerry Springer and House of Cards.
The hosting of the debate can best be compared to that kid on the playground that we all knew- you know the one, the kid that sought to exploit tensions, hoping to prompt a fight by saying, “I heard Johnny was talking mad crap about you. Are you going to take that?”
Well, these kids existed in my day. With schoolyard fights being treated like domestic terrorism these days, I am unsure if this role still exists in schools. But you get the point…
It seems that I am not alone in my eye-rolling. Conservative radio host and unabashed truth-teller Mark Levin also blasted the debate format, claiming that Fox hosted a “National Enquirer” debate and owed America an apology.
In an interview for the Breitbart News Saturday radio program, Levin claimed,
“I think that we were all duped. The fact of the matter is that this was a ratings gambit.”
Levin said that the people were overlooked in the furtherance of a ratings ploy. “Even today, it’s all about who has Megyn Kelly’s back. We the people, this is our process. We don’t get that many opportunities to go through the primary process. There are only nine debates,” he complained.
Levin referenced the grilling of Donald Trump, a fact that is virtually undeniable. Questions were, seemingly, custom-tailored to sink The Donald such as immediately asking who would not be willing to dogmatically support whatever Republican candidate emerges as the GOP’s candidate. This included, of course, the famous back-and-forth between Megyn Kelly and Trump as Kelly shamefully parroted the left’s talking points and advanced the preposterous “war on women” narrative.
“This isn’t a matter of who I support but a matter of basic fairness and what a debate is to be like,” Levin clarified.
He also expressed disgust over the lengths at which Fox, apparently, went into opposition research. Discussing Kelly’s question that referenced Trump allegedly stating on his program, The Apprentice that he wanted to see a woman “on her knees,” Levin pointed-out that Fox had to comb-through 185 episodes of the show to come up with “a line that they had to take out of context about some lady on her knees. He didn’t tell her to get on her knees, They brought it up to him. He responded to it, but not in a sexual context.”
Levin pointed-out that Kelly was a “lawyer, she was law review, and she should know better.” He also blasted Fox for offering a “National Enquirer Debate, and not a Republican Debate” and called it an “embarrassment as far as I’m concerned… while the New York Times and CNN praised the event, I considered it an exploitation of the process, which is supposed to inform the American people. Not gotcha questions, not gossip… I think the American people are owed an apology.”
Levin is absolutely right. While it’s undeniable that, unfortunately, to gather the short attention span of most Americans, there should be some thrills in the debate, Fox had a chance to shine a light on important issues and, instead, opted for cheap thrills and an unsubtle crusade to swamp Donald Trump who, like it or not, is the current frontrunner of the GOP pack.