In case you haven’t heard, Donald Trump has decided not to participate in the Fox News/Google debate on January 28th, 2016. This is the last debate before the 2016 Iowa Caucus (the first real stress test of a presidential campaign). Trump will hold a fundraiser for veterans instead of attending the debate.
Did we really need another debate with 8 people on stage? Honestly, it’s become very clear that Fox News only cares about ratings… They are a TV network so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised and I guess technically it’s okay, they probably should stop using the tagline “Fair & Balanced” though. Honestly, I’m sick of these debates, the candidates get asked maybe three or four questions and the babble on for several minutes (always exceeding the allotted time) talking about whatever they want. The debates serve no purpose, we need to cut the candidates down 5 so we can actually have some real debates about policy instead of the moderators asking ridiculous questions that result in a circus event.
I’m not sure how Donald skipping the debate will impact his poll numbers or his results in the Iowa Caucus but from perusing social media I’ve found two things. Those that supported Trump before, still support Trump & those that didn’t support Trump before have resorted to name calling.
Trump had proposed the idea of not appearing at Thursday’s debate as a result of Megyn Kelly being one of the debate’s moderators. Trump and Kelly have been at odds ever since the first debate where Kelly asked Trump a slew of “gotcha” questions instead of ones pertinent to running the world’s most powerful country… Trump finalized his decision after Fox News released this statement on Trumps plans to not attend the debate
“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 network spokesman said regarding the social media “poll.” “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.”
Not exactly the type of message a ‘news’ organization should be sending an individual…
I support Trump’s decision to skip the debate, it shows that he doesn’t back down and follows through with his promises, those are two things his supporters value most about Trump. Going back to my first paragraph I really don’t think we need any more of these circus debates, Trump’s (and everyone else’s) time is better served helping veterans than fetching ratings for network circus.
Once again Donald Trump has made his campaign more about himself and less about the American people. When he decided to not attend the GOP debate that was last night, I saw it as once again here’s the Donald making this more about his ego than the American people. I think that he has forgotten the fact that the purpose of these debates are so that you have a national stage to talk about the major issues that affect the American people.
So what if you didn’t like the questions that Megyn Kelly asked you! I think he said something in the last week or so that she would be biased at the debate towards him. Uh dude, welcome to national media man! Does he not think that MSNBC or CNN or any of the many other national broadcasting stations aren’t biased in their broadcasts? I mean he had no problem going on ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ a few months when Jimmy was throwing him some curveballs in the interview making him squirm a bit with his answers that made it seem like he was trying to take jabs at Donald during his campaign. Or even when he interviewed with Anderson Cooper on CNN. It was the same situation, you had an interviewer representing a news channel that has a specific audience that sides on one way or the other on the political fence. Obviously, CNN and NBC are primarily liberal media outlets.
But what I can’t get over is the fact that he would pass up an opportunity to tell the American people in more detail (more than a thirty second commercial “We will make America Great Again spot) about what he’s going to do as president and more importantly how he’s going to do it. But it doesn’t surprise me because Donald has even said at one of his rallies that his supporters are so loyal that he could go down the street and shoot somebody committing cold blooded murder and they would still support him! And they applauded this like saying, “yeah, we’re fucking idiots who have no care about how you’re going to afford a wall or improve the economy in some way”. It’s like he’s mocking his own supporters in how blindly and misinformed they are by following him. And that’s what’s amazing about how stupid people are in our country! He will some how GAIN supporters because of this. How could passing up an opportunity to inform the American people as to what you’re going to do as their president gain you more supporters?!
Now, as far as Fox News is concerned, I’ve always had my skepticism about Fox News cause I’m not really sure what they are. They say they’re news but I just think they’re great television. From what I’ve seen from them I don’t see much real “news”. I mean I watched just a little bit from the debate last night and it was a circus! The questions from the moderators were more to do with a he said-he said format if you will. It was like, ‘Marco Rubio you said that you supported amnesty but your history says otherwise and Ted Cruz called you a liar because of it’. They were making it into this WWE Smackdown like event where you’ve got four or five parties getting after each other over this bullshit and I’m just sitting there thinking how the hell does this help me decide who to vote for president?! But that’s Fox News for you! They certainly make it entertaining to watch, but if you really want to learn about the issues you better go somewhere else.