FOX’s GOP debates were watched by 24 million viewers, making it the highest-rated primary debate in television history. For perspective, the first GOP primary debate four years ago, also on Fox, attracted 3.2 million viewers and the most-watched primary debate that year, broadcast by ABC, reached 7.6 million.
You might disagree over which candidate fared best in the Republican debate, but one thing is indisputable — Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace all lost. For over two hours, they demonstrated that Fox News offer’s no safe harbor for Conservative values.
It was clear from the get-go that Fox News had nothing but softball questions for Jeb Bush aimed at highlighting his family legacy and accomplishments. Meanwhile, the questions directed at Donald Trump were accusations and insults, which had nothing to do with running the country.
And jus’ as the Democrats have already crowned Hillary their nominee; Progressive Republicans have crowned Jeb theirs. If this continues, we’ll all get to go to the voting booths next November and once again choose the least offensive candidate.
But as we begin the low-road to ever-more Progressive governance and leadership, the debate is also the beginning death-knell of Fox News. This follows the departure of Rupert Murdoch as the head of the parent company – 21st Century Fox.
Murdoch is one of two people who created Fox News. The other is Roger Ailes, whose contract is running out and most likely won’t be renewed.
That’s because Murdoch has two sons — James, who was publicly characterized as an “effing dope” by Ailes and Lachlan, who was fired by Ailes. Unfortunately for Ailes, James will become the new CEO while Lachlan will become an executive co-chairman.
And if that wasn’t enough, the candidates had to share the stage with Facebook, who co-sponsored the debates. The three FOX News moderators reportedly used questions taken from the popular social networking site.
Social media users tend to be younger and generally more Progressive in their mind-set. And now you can understand more fully, why softballs were lobbed at Bush, and missiles fired at Trump.
Oh, and if there’s any doubt that FOX News missed the mark — The New York Times praised Kelly, Baier and Wallace for their so-called ‘fair and balanced’ approach to the questions asked.