Come Thursday night, it is a question that millions are asking. How did a news agency, who cut its teeth on conservative issues and politics, sink to name calling, begging and derogatory comments while trying to navigate hosting a Presidential debate? Two words, Donald Trump. The Republican candidate for President and the front runner for the nomination from the Republican Party, has angered, has changed the rules of a Presidential campaign and has put the media company, Fox, back on its heels. The news agency once the darling of conservative voters is now persona non grata. Televisions across the country that once tuned in for their daily dose of Fox reported politics have now tuned out.
The very first Republican debate, way back in August, was what set the course for this week’s events. Fox News had 3 moderators to handle the questioning of the candidates but it was one fiery exchange between Donald Trump and Fox’s Megyn Kelly that changed everything. Kelly asked, “You’ve called women you don’t like fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals,”, Trump countered, “Only Rosie O’Donnell,” but Kelly insisted to continue her task by asking: “Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president?”
Call it the new shot heard round the world. Trump was having none of it. He was not going to play by standard media rules. He saw what he perceived as a trap and an unfair question. As an executive, CEO and successful television personality Trump went into business mode and damage control. Trump called on his supporters who saw what he saw. Although, Trump participated in other debates this weeks on Fox was not happening. Especially after what Fox said about Trump. There was a tweet from Brit Hume that had the image of Trump as a baby, saying that “I Want My Binkey.” Fox contributor Marc Thiessen said on the January 26, “How Can Trump Defeat ISIS If He Can’t Handle Tough Questions From Fox News?” Then there was Fox contributor Erick Erickson who called Trump a “wimp” and “loser” in a January 26 Resurgent article, saying he can’t “handle tough questions from Megyn Kelly” and Fox’s press releases made “him run away like a little girl”.
The final insult though came directly from Fox News and it was a doozy. Fox News mocked, “We learned from a secret back channel that the Ayatollah and Putin both intend to treat Donald Trump unfairly when they meet with him if he becomes president — a nefarious source tells us that Trump has his own secret plan to replace the Cabinet with his Twitter followers to see if he should even go to those meetings.” That was it. It was over. Trump has caused a revolution and Fox News was not sincere enough to realize that their job as an impartial news agency had been compromised and now, there is no going back. Trump has walked away. His loyal and large group of supporters too. We will have to wait and see how the ratings go for Thursday night’s debate but it’s not looking good for Fox.