Fox News and Trump are both right about each other

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It’s one of the basics of journalism: “Report the story: Don’t become the story.”

Fox News, with its unprofessional handling of Donald Trump, has become the story.

Sure, Trump is a puffed-up jerk. Sure, Trump’s threat to boycott the Thursday night debate unless Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was removed as a moderator was an act of spite and weakness. Fox has every right, and indeed a journalistic obligation, to stand by Kelly and insist that she will participate as planned. If Trump decided that he couldn’t handle her presence, that would be his decision.

But that’s not exactly how it played out. After issuing his threat, Trump got on Twitter to ask followers their opinion about his course of action. That inspired the following statement from Fox News:

“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.”

I admit I laughed, because it’s kind of funny. However, it was also petty and unprofessional. It validated Trump’s claim that the network is biased against him and really left him no choice but to carry out his boycott threat. It altered the course of presidential politics. With that statement — which presumably had to be approved by someone pretty high up in the Fox chain of command — Fox News went from an outlet covering the news to a very real participant in the news.

Of course, Trump being Trump, he too couldn’t take the high road. As you may recall, the question that originally got Trump so angry at Kelly involved his habitual verbal misogyny, in which he has questioned the intelligence, looks and moral virtue of women who dare to challenge him.  He continues to prove the question valid:

Neither party in this feud comes out ahead. It diminishes both of them. Trump’s camp is spinning this as a decision by Fox, as part of the conservative establishment, to join the establishment counterattack on their candidate, much as National Review did. They’re probably correct. But Fox News is also correct: Trump isn’t bigger than the process, and if he can’t handle tough questions from Kelly, his tough-guy persona is more schtick than reality.

As to how this plays out, I have no real idea. It’s already splitting conservatives into those who support Trump and those who support Fox. As noted above, it’s another indication that the conservative establishment is summoning its courage to try to block a Trump takeover of their movement. And it raises the bizarre possibility that we live in a world in which the Republican presidential nominee enters the general election campaign at war with the official Republican cable network.

It might also become the spark that pushes Trump into an independent campaign.

UPDATE: Gabe Sherman at New York magazine reports:

“As the war between Fox News and Donald Trump ratchets up, Roger Ailes is fighting off criticism from his senior executives over his handling of the crisis. According to one highly placed source, last night, Ailes sent out the now-famous statement mocking Trump as being scared to meet with the “Ayatollah” and “Putin” if he became president. “That was Roger 100 percent,” the source explained. “A lot of people on the second floor” — where top Fox executives work — “didn’t think it was a good idea….

In a further challenge to Ailes’s power, Bill O’Reilly is scheduled to host Trump. Last night, Ailes directed Sean Hannity to cancel Trump’s interview. O’Reilly’s refusal to abide by a ban adds a new dynamic to the clash of egos. For O’Reilly, this is an opportunity to take back star power from Kelly. Sources say O’Reilly feels he made Kelly’s career by promoting her on his show, and he’s been furious that Kelly surpassed him in the ratings.”

That O’Reilly interview is scheduled for tonight.

 

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Janice Hudson
Janice Hudson

FOX NEWS, & GOP, " YOUR FIRED"!!!! TRUMP HAS PLAYED YOU ALL AS FOOLS!!!! GOOGLE, PEOPLE MAGAZINE, 1998 TRUMP ARTICLE!!! HE OUTLINED JUST WHAT HE IS DOING NOW!    

Janice Hudson
Janice Hudson

I THINK TRUMP JUST TOLD ,POLITELY, FOX CABLE NEWS & THE GOP[RED PARTY], "YOU FIRED!!!!!!!  

carterjoseph1950
carterjoseph1950

Trump, O'Reilley, Aisles and his Fox "News" network, are mere bullies. They can dish it out, but can't take it.


realestaterichard
realestaterichard

Bottomline, petty as it may seem, Trump is intimidated by Kelley's questions, and if he's afraid to face her, I personally don't want him in the Oval Office facing the leaders of the world. It's not all about "let's make a deal" or "your fired". The arrogance is beyond belief for the job he's seeking.

BuckeyeGa
BuckeyeGa

Gov Snydar said it's a lot of work to take the lead pipes out of Flint.  I believe Doom asked a question why the pipes weren't removed in the past.  Well after this crisis, Snydar is leaving the lead pipes installed.

RantNRave
RantNRave

Trump "The Chump" says, 


"give the money to Wounded Warriors Project"


Well that's a problem:


Wounded Warrior Project Spends Lavishly on Itself, Insiders Say

"Since its inception in 2003 as a basement operation handing out BACKPACKS to wounded war veterans, the charity has evolved into a fund-raising giant, taking in more than $372 million in 2015 alone — largely through small donations from people over 65.


It has spent millions a year on travel, dinners, hotels and conferences that often seemed more lavish than appropriate, more than four dozen current and former employees said in interviews. Former workers recounted buying business-class seats and regularly jetting around the country for minor meetings, or staying in $500-PER-NIGHT HOTEL ROOMS."

Sarah "The Idiot" Palin says Obama does not care about the veterans.
NOW WE KNOW WHO DOES NOT CARE ABOUT VETERANS.

popgun
popgun

I agree with TPCP 100%.


Also, Trump might have said, "Why should I stand on a stage for 2 hours to answer 3 or 4 questions, and have to listen to comments from lightweights who are polling at less than 10%. The field should be down to 4 or 5 by now. 

RantNRave
RantNRave

@PoopGun


If the Chump don't like the rules


he should drop out of the race.


As president (GOD FORBID) will Trump


throw a HISSY FIT with Iran, China, Korea


if he does not like to play by the rules??


MargaretHolt
MargaretHolt

Neil Postman wrote his book years ago called Amusing Ourselves to Death.  He was so right.


breckenridge
breckenridge

On the latest installment of his "Foundations of Freedom" series, David Barton echoed the claim put forth by former Rep. Michele Bachmann in an earlier episode when she stated that America can never enact laws that legalize things like abortion or gay marriage because they contradict the moral law established by God.

Well yes.  Except for a couple of minor details......

 Roe v. Wade


Obergefell v Hodges

TPCP
TPCP

Journalism, politics, and entertainment have all slipped to the lowest level in my lifetime. As Jay stated, journalism no longer wants to report the story, they want to be the story. That shift does not serve our country well. We need competent, objective journalism to pose the tough questions in order to keep government accountable. I'm tired of hearing "he said - she said" questions in these debates simply to start a little heat going between the candidates. Ask real questions about the economy, foreign affairs, healthcare, etc. American politics is a mess. We are 19 trillion dollars in debt. What are we going to do about it? That's what I want to hear.  

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

It must be contagious and KUTGF caught it too!  Present facts and, POOF, gone, like a fart in a storm.

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany Downs you are the opposite of that fart and smell  twice as bad. 

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

The establishment of both sides is praying to whoever that Hils gets it, because Hils is the only one who will keep this failed system in place. And that's only temporary.

This System is going down, now, or soon.

Peachs
Peachs

@St Simons he-ne-ha it is almost like too big to fail on steroids. I think we should bite the bullet let it fail even elect Trump and let him drain it dry with his cronies on Wall Street while he runs woman through the White House, maybe then these thick headed non scientific but if God say so it must be true, and you are a liar before you open you mouth people will see for once and for all it take more than a simple explanation and a Bible to run this country. 

bealzebubba
bealzebubba

I'm cannot lie: watching this whole thing play out makes for great entertainment.

Trumpy: I'm not going to be at the debate because Megyn Kelly is going to moderate and she's a big meanie.

FNC: Trump can't hang..he's he going to handle Putin?

What are FNC fanboys to do when their 'fair and balanced' network buts heads with the Great Trumpy Two Times?


Better yet...how far to the right are they going to have to go to in order to be satisfied with news coverage their getting?


Pass the popcorn?

Infraredguy
Infraredguy

Hillary Clinton is as pure as the driven snow, why else has Bill been bopping the gals all these years

Peachs
Peachs

@Infraredguy like the two guys being chased by the wild bear in the woods, all the one guy has to do is beat the other guy in a foot race does not matter how fast the bear is. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Rimsky...put your money where your mouth is.  Dispute my math.  I dare 'ya!

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany Downs you are so desperate when this means so little, she is going to be the next president whether you are right or wrong because so many more important things she does better than your party.   People consider her moderate a work the south Georgia liberation army of radicals have forgotten the meaning of.  

rimsky
rimsky

@DownInAlbany Even if I take your presumptions it was not 18%.  It was something like 14.5%.  Not much different though.  But your basic presumptions are wrong.  

Peachs
Peachs

@rimsky @Peachs @DownInAlbany I like Downs but he is stewing down there in Albany only gets one channel and a few propaganda news sites, can't blame his accent on this. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@gotalife I'm betting that the jury of their peers laughs the DA out of the courtroom.  Arresting folks for a fake I.D.  Dayum, when you can come up with legitimate charges, any 'ole charge will do.

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany @gotalife why do you want a man to be elected when your hope is based on this nonsense, maybe you should look at Hillary with the facts on the table, you might vote for her at least over Trump, i have a lot of Republicans in Atl tell me they are voting for her if Trump gets the nod. 

Paul42
Paul42

@DownInAlbany

Regardless of what the DA does (I'm betting the fake documents is a slap but the attempt to buy body parts will cause them problems) the very fact they have indictments will mean a PP civil suit will result in awards that will put those folks in a world of hurt, particularly if the group and the people are sued individually.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

Like Petraeus, Clinton did not have the authority to remove classified information from secure locations. “Simply being secretary of state does not allow Hillary Clinton to ‘authorize herself’ to deviate from the requirements of retaining and transmitting classified documents, materials, and information,” Cuccinelli says. “There is no known evidence, and Clinton has not asserted, that her arrangement to use the private e-mail server in her home was undertaken with proper authority as it relates to classified documents, materials, or information.”

Not even for sake of convenience, huh?

rimsky
rimsky

@DownInAlbany Looks like Cuccinelli is doing what the Republicans party wants him to do.  It is all politics.  If you hang your hat on half baked opinion of every tom d!ck and harry the Republicans trot out, I feel sorry for you.

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany Cuccinelli?  Really sweetie, you are going with that partisan nutcase for an authority?  LOL

KUTGF
KUTGF

@DownInAlbany @KUTGF Sweetie, post the actual evidence with legal analysis together with the statutes and the supporting case law and we can discuss the merits.  Until then the "messenger" is a partisan pundit with a political objective who has said nothing to back up his claim and you love it because you have Hillary derangement.  But go for it sweetie. 

NWGAL
NWGAL

@DownInAlbany Colin Powell also had a non governmental server. He has also admitted to losing most of the emails he sent during his tenure as Secretary of State. The problem  was a gray area, now corrected.

RantNRave
RantNRave

@Down In Out In Albany


Enough about those


d@mn e-mails.


Let's discuss those hillbillies


in Oregon.


Let's discuss the Governor


poisoning children in Flint.


K

RantNRave
RantNRave

@Down In Out In Albany


Merits??


Merit = the quality of being particularly good or worthy, especially so as to deserve praise or reward.


Translation


Your comments are not good or worthy to deserve praise OR A  RESPONSE.


K

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany Petraeus was getting sexual favors for information that "lady" could publish in a book for not only one enemy but all enemies foreign and domestic to see.  I will hand it to him he was not gay which seem to be a deal killer with you guys. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@KUTGF @DownInAlbany (1) Was she an employee of the federal government?  (2) did she obtain documents containing classified information?  (3)  Did she knowingly remove such documents?  (4)  Did she have the authority to remove them?  (5)  Did she retain those documents in an unauthorized location?

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany @gotalife @KUTGF the general knew he was operating with his crotch, and was wrong, this has done in many a good Republican, Hillary was not that clear and her intent was not that profitable so to speak. 

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@RantNRave I would very much appreciate it IF you would allow me to choose my own soap box.

Peachs
Peachs

@DownInAlbany @KUTGF not to have sex for the favor with someone else receiving the favor, huge difference. GP bartered his information for a little sex, that got him in a lot of trouble and actually should not be a common practice of our US generals in case that hasn't occurred to you Downs.