Washington Post: ‘Don’t Look Now, but Fox News is Doing a Very Good Job of Covering the Republican Primary’

Megyn Kelly, right, listens as Fox News colleague Chris Wallace begins introductions during the first Republican presidential debate on Aug. 6 in Cleveland. (John Minchillo/AP)

Fox News ‘Very Tough’ on Republican Front-Runners 

Callum Borchers reports: There was a moment in Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate when Donald Trump, as is his custom, complained about unfair lines of questioning.

[Read the full story here, at The Washington Post]

In an interview with Trump less than 24 hours later, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly gave the GOP front-runner another chance to air his grievances with CNN, which broadcast and moderated the rhetorical showdown from Las Vegas.

But Trump didn’t want to gripe about CNN anymore. He wanted to knock Fox, instead.

O’REILLY: Do you think CNN dislikes you — the news organization itself?

TRUMP: Well, honestly, I think I get better press from CNN than I do Fox, Bill, if you want to know the truth.

O’REILLY: Well, that’s because we’re the toughest network.

Laugh all you want, Fox haters, but O’Reilly might be right — at least as far as the 2016 Republican presidential primary goes.

You’d have to be in a Rumpelstiltskin-esque slumber not to know that Trump has been carping about Fox coverage for months now. The thing that really set him off was a debate question in August from Fox News host Megyn Kelly, who confronted him about his propensity for ad hominem attacks on women. That, of course, led Trump to remark the next day that Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever” — a perfect confirmation of her question’s premise — and Trump has continued to blast Kelly and the network ever since.

Now, it’s certainly true that Trump has targeted seemingly every media outlet for ridicule, at some point. And making a candidate unhappy isn’t the same as covering him well.

But Fox has gotten under Trump’s skin more often than most, with tough questionsand reasonable critiques on proposals like blocking all Muslims from entering the United States and building a wall along the Southern border to keep out Mexicans.

And it’s not just Trump getting a thorough vetting from Fox. Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) wilted in an interview on Wednesday when Bret Baier pointed out that Cruz’s recent statements about never supporting a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants is inconsistent with what he said two years ago….(read more)

Source: The Washington Post

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