Trump reveals his Achilles’ heel- UPDATED




My Spidey sense is tingling.

As you well know, there is an ongoing feud between Donald Trump and Megyn Kelly. Kelly called out Trump about with comments he made in the past about women:

The feud between Trump and Kelly first started last August at the very first Republican presidential debate. The two had a contentious back-and-forth.

In a question directed at Trump, Kelly listed derogatory remarks she said the GOP hopeful has made about women, from “fat pigs” to “dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.”

Trump does not like being embarrassed. He does not like being put on a spot he can’t control.  Following the first debate, Trump launched a war on Kelly:

Donald Trump is once again pushing the limit, bringing Megyn Kelly’s anatomy into a feud that had already opened him to charges of sexism — and the risk of losing support among the Fox News anchor’s rabid following.

After a day of escalating hostility, Trump took his attacks on Kelly to the next level on Friday night, apparently insinuating that the moderator had been menstruating when she questioned him during Thursday’s first Republican debate.

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her — wherever,” he told anchor Don Lemon during an appearance on CNN.

He hammered her non-stop on Twitter.

Since then the feud has waxed and waned, but the simmering has come to full boil once again. Trump is refusing to appear in the next GOP debate. Trump demanded that Megyn Kelly be removed as a moderator of the debate and Fox News refused:

Trump’s campaign followed up shortly after the press conference with a statement harshly criticizing the network.

“Unlike the very stupid, highly incompetent people running our country into the ground, Mr. Trump knows when to walk away,” the statement said. “Roger Ailes and FOX News think they can toy with him, but Mr. Trump doesn’t play games.”

Trump instead threatened to hold his own event during the debate to undercut Fox’s ratings.

Trump’s campaign manager issued a veiled threat to Fox and Kelly:

“In a call on Saturday with a Fox News executive, Lewandowski stated that Megyn had a ‘rough couple of days after that last debate’ and he ‘would hate to have her go through that again,’ ”

Trump continued to browbeat Kelly as a “lightweight” and “not a reporter” and then he whined when he got a stick on the eye retort from a Fox spokesman:

“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.”

Trump let them know that he’s special and need to be treated special:

“The point is with me, they’re dealing with somebody that’s a little bit different,” he said. “They can’t toy with me like they toy with everybody else so let them have their debate and let’s see how they do with their ratings.

Trump has a point there. The media eats out of his hand every single day. Everything on every network is “what did Trump say?” You have to hand it to him- he’s played the press brilliantly and they have been his useful idiots.

Thing is, Megyn Kelly has found Trump’s soft underbelly- his Achilles’ heel. He is intolerant of being reminded of how misogynist he is. He is intolerant of being tenaciously called on the carpet. The bully doesn’t like being bullied. He knows this and he’s afraid of her. His ego is driving the show and Kelly knows how to prick it, if you will. She will not be intimidated or bullied and he can’t stand it.

If Trump can’t handle Megyn Kelly how is he going to handle Putin?

I could imagine Putin sitting next to Trump and reminding Americans of how Trump calls women “fat pigs”, “dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.” Just to piss him off. what’s Trump going to do? Boycott the next START Treaty talks?

Does he think he can turn to Putin and say “Ya fyud”?



And my Spidey senses started tingling when I heard Trump boast about how great he gets along with Reid and Pelosi and how he could make deals with them. He sure as hell isn’t going to get along with Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio should he become President, and they are ones he’ll need on his side.

Unless he needs Reid and Pelosi more. Unless he really is a Trojan Trump.

Don’t forget that it was Trump’s good friend Bill Clinton who urged Trump to run.

I’m not liking the way this is going.


FYI: Just for fun, listen to the way Trump keeps repeating things, as though repeating words increases their validity.

When asked about Ted Cruz’s “New York values” charge, Trump said, “The truth is, he’s a nasty guy. Nobody likes him. Nobody in Congress likes him. Nobody likes him anywhere, once they get to know him. He’s a very — he’s got a edge that’s not good. You can’t make deals with people like that, and it’s not a good thing for the country. Very nasty guy.”


That’s one example. Listen to him. He does it all the time.

UPDATE via Jim Geraghty’s Morning Jolt

Donald Trump is out of Thursday night’s debate? Fine.

Back in 2011, Trump planned to moderate a GOP debate in Iowa; only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum agreed to participate. In an interview with Megyn Kelly at the time — pause for irony — Trump said, “We’re not seeing a lot of courage here, are we? Not lots of courage, these Republicans. They’re supposed to be brave.” He went on to add, “Say what you want about Newt, Newt heard about the debate, ‘I want to do it.’ So there’s a certain courage or confidence or something.”

A joking exchange with Kelly later:

KELLY: “Do you really think you’re a better moderator than I am?”

TRUMP: “No. I could never beat you. That wouldn’t even be close. That would be no contest. You’ve done a great job. I mean it.’


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Trump screwed up this time, I think. He has revealed what gets to him and how he will react when gotten to. Already, Cruz is, I believe, poking at Trump trying to goad him into an unwise response. We will see.

While I appreciate the tendency to directly call out a wrongful accusation from anyone in the media (which would come in quite handy were he the Republican President), he is obviously way off the mark here. He should realize that no matter what the question is, all he has to do is answer it. He wins.

However, don’t you just hate how Fox bends over backwards to cater to the Republicans and their front-runner? How disgusting.

Thus far I have not found any commentator or poster making the observation that Trump has gone full Alinsky on Fox News. It is not just Megan Kelly; it is also Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch.
Does no one else see this?
Personify it. Isolate it. Mock it. Deride it.
Trump has the stage. Fox wants to take the stage away.
So Trump has issued the invitation: go on without me. See how you like it!
About time someone other than the Dems used Alinsky tactics.


I disagree. If Trump is the political guru he fancies himself to be, he would be able to take a negative (his feud with Kelly) and turn it into a positive (a “I’m paying for this microphone” moment). Now he just appears to be running from a woman he doesn’t think he can control. His “I’m not playing if I can’t write the rules” schtick is wearing quite thin. Using Alinsky tactics is one thing; being able to take those tactics and making them fail is another.

Do you really want such an egomaniac as President? Haven’t you already had 7 years of that? Do you really want a President that makes decisions based on Twitter polls?

Trump has shined a spotlight on one of Washington’s best kept secrets: namely, Fox’s role via its founder Rupert Murdoch in pushing an open borders agenda.
The Trump campaign is a direct threat to Murdoch’s efforts to open America’s borders.
Well-concealed from virtually all reporting on Fox’s treatment of Trump is the fact that Murdoch is the co-chair of what is arguably one of the most powerful immigration lobbying firms in country, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE).

Partnership for A New American Economy (PNAE) was a prime lobbyist for one of the biggest open borders pushes in American history: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)79%
’s 2013 Gang of Eight immigration bill.

While Trump has pledged to deport those illegally residing in the country and temporarily pause Muslim migration, remember that Rubio’s immigration bill would have granted immediate amnesty and eventual citizenship to millions of illegal aliens, would have doubled the annual admission of foreign workers, and would have dispensed 33 million green cards to foreign nationals in the span of a single decade.

In the first Fox News debate the Fox moderators lobbed Rubio a series of softballs, such as asking him if he could put God and veterans in the same sentence. No questions about Rubio’s Gang of Eight Amnesty Bill.

Donald Trump was not going to stand there and watch Rubio get a pass while he got all the hardballs.
Fox’s lack of neutrality on amnesty/open borders is as hidden as possible, but some are starting to see.
Murdoch wrote a Wall Street Journal editorial for open borders and amnesty for all illegals – back in 2014!
Murdoch also wants an unlimited H-1B visa program.
So, if Fox ”wins,” prepare to teach your replacement foreign-born worker to take your job for a fraction of what your boss is paying you!
Add yourself to the 11 million 11 million Americans with degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) who lack employment in these fields.

For the best coverage of all this google Mickey Kaus fox news immigration law.
He’s done some yeoman’s work.

@Nanny G:

Trump has shined a spotlight on one of Washington’s best kept secrets: namely, Fox’s role via its founder Rupert Murdoch in pushing an open borders agenda.
The Trump campaign is a direct threat to Murdoch’s efforts to open America’s borders.
Well-concealed from virtually all reporting on Fox’s treatment of Trump is the fact that Murdoch is the co-chair of what is arguably one of the most powerful immigration lobbying firms in country, the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE).

Which has exactly what to do with the reason Trump gave for not attending the debate?

What your last entry did, Nan, was try to engage in a reasons shell game.

Donald Trump was not going to stand there and watch Rubio get a pass while he got all the hardballs.

Why not? Is Trump incapable of turning a negative into a positive? That is the goal of debating; being able to turn your opponent’s words on them.

I have really tired of Trump’s playing the victim card. Reagan did not do that, nor did Romney who clearly had reason to, especially with Candy Crowley and the other left wing hacks. It is the moderator’s purpose to try to trip up the candidates, and if Trump can’t take the heat, he needs to get out of the kitchen.

I’m surprised at you, Nan. You have always proffered reason and logic. If you have fallen for the Cult of Personality schtict, I suggest you stand back and ask yourself how you would feel about Trump 2012 before he had his conservative epiphany.

I wasn’t wild about trusting Ronald Reagan at first, either.

But Fox News’ Roger Ailes dumped his communications expert PR man* and is using Peter Johnson Jr., in his place.
It was a combo of these two men that created the horrid mocking taunt about Putin that caused Donald Trump to make up his mind about the debate.
That said, Donald Trump will be on Fox News tonight.
He is scheduled for the O’Reilly Factor tonight.
There are some deep schisms being created between various Fox executives and ”stars.”

* Ailes accused this man of using his close relationship with him in an unauthorized biography of Ailes which was not all that flattering.

@Nanny G:

It was a combo of these two men that created the horrid mocking taunt about Putin that caused Donald Trump to make up his mind about the debate.

So what? All that shows is that while Trump doesn’t hesitate to make disparaging comments about others, he feels he should be immune to the same treatment.

If you want another President Stompy Foot, then get out and work for Trump, because that is what he will be. Go ahead and ignore that he is the sum of ALL his parts, not just the conservative ideals he seemingly recently discovered. And some of those parts are not very flattering even if his acolytes want to ignore them.

When one is campaigning, any campaign strategist will tell you that four parts of winning an election are name recognition, name recognition, and name recognition and the other 25% is staying in the news.

Fox, who has given Trump more time than any other candidate, has not been unfair to him. They simply refuse to bow to him. Good on them.

Donald Trump Fox Debate Boycott and The Ridiculous Fox News Response. Conservative Treehouse posted by Sundance


Anything you get from that website will be so over-the-top-Trump that it will make your head hurt. Disagree with Sundance in the comments sections and Bang! you will be gone quicker than a flash never allowed to return again.


That’s not true.
Just today I corrected a mistake Sundance made (claiming this debate was added after most debates were agreed on.)
Not true, there were three more debates that were added, but this one was in the soup back in Jan of 2015.
Also there had been failed attempts to add extra hours to a debate because it would be such a big draw that MSNBC could make more money by selling more ad time.

I corrected Sundance in the comments section after wondering why I couldn’t find any proof of his statement.
Later I pointed out that there was proof it was an originally planned debate. (Link)

BTW, this is the 2nd time I corrected him.

How much does fox make on the debates??

@Nanny G:

That’s not true.
Just today I corrected a mistake Sundance made (claiming this debate was added after most debates were agreed on.)

OK, so pointing out something that was misinformation is like going there and disagreeing with the authors about their worship of all things Trump? Try that and see how far it gets you. Point out Trumps faults and you will be resoundingly chastised, if not verbally attacked. See how many times you can Trash Trump and still have comment privileges.

I have been reading how the same thing is going on at Breitbart. Ironic, isn’t it? Because Donald Trump is exactly the kind of Politician Andrew Breitbart would have ripped apart.

I noticed you didn’t deny that the Treehouse is in the tank for Trump. Did they bother to do an negative entry on Cruz and his loans (that were nothing more than the secure loan you take out on your home) while they have blatantly ignored the thousands of people that were harmed by Trump’s company’s four bankruptcies?

@retire05: Megyn Kelly’s tweet to Chris Stirewalt, it was not going to be “fair and balanced”.


I went to your link. WoW! I don’t really know what to say. This person claims to own a campaign services (she didn’t mention what type. It could be a printing company that sends out mass mailings. But some things are clear: either she doesn’t know how campaign finance reports are done, or she is deliberately misleading her readers. Either way, she is trying to create whole cloth out of fairy wings, but fails miserably.

If that is the kind of garbage you buy into, you are no more informed than all the millions of voters who went to the polls in 2008 and 2012 and voted for “Hope and change.”

If you want to debate the claims of this person you linked to, I will be more than happy to explain to you how she is trying to pull the wool over your eyes. Fortunately, from some of the responses she got, not everyone is stupid enough to buy her spin.

Can’t say that I fault Trump for deciding not to be in this debate, when I have felt that the GOP candidates did themselves a disservice allowing leftist media hacks “moderate” debates on MSNBC and CNN.

OTOH, it certainly seems bizarre to see the quotes from Trump previously praising Kelly as being a better debate moderator than he himself would be, juxtaposed with his more recent quotes against her. Should this be perceived as Trump being able to change his opinion based on changing situations, or is it an example of weakness in the face of likely opposition? Will viewership be drastically lower without him on the stage, as he seems to be gambling? Or will his absence give the remaining candidates greater opportunity to make their respective cases to enough voters to change the outcome in Iowa?

Seems we won’t know until the caucus results are known. If Trump wins, his gamble will have paid off. But if he loses Iowa badly enough, this will be seen, I believe, as a mistake.

Another thought…should Trump not win the GOP nomination, will his atypical campaign behavior lead him to decide to run as an independent despite his pledge to support the GOP nominee? (Provided it is legal for him to change his party affiliation for the general election in time – a question about which I do not know the answer.)

Such a development, I fear, would almost certainly result in the demomarxist winning the white house.

@Pete: Pete I got an E-MAIL today from my fellow V.N Marine Vet and Navy Cross recipient Jim Webb, He spoke of his frustration with the choices offered, indicating he may be close to getting into the race as an Indie. I sent him a few bucks and told him I’d do all I could on the ground here in Cal, if he decided to run.

Allow me to address a side issue:
“He is intolerant of being reminded of how misogynist he is.”
Right. This is a man who has hired so many women to management positions that they are in the majority.
All of the claims of misogyny are coming from outside his employ.
Not one employee, or former employee, has made a claim that Trump is a misogynist.
Not even his ex-wife.
The people who know him the best, through personal contact, support him.
I’ll give their opinions more weight than those of elite, high-rise journalists any day.

FOX is losing this. 86% of viewers have voted that they will not be watching this Trump-less debate. The FOX moderators had also conspired to plant a Bernie Sanders supporting anti-Trump Muslim activist to “question” ambush Trump. FOX should of all networks be responsibly asking the same “in your administration…” questions of each of the candidates so as to allow the viewers a “fair and balanced” debate. But no, they want to play the loyal Establishment toady game with gotcha questions to some candidates, while throwing softballs to their GOPe darlings.

Trump made the right decision, and the other candidates should be agreeing with him in demanding fair and equitable debates – to compare the differences between candidates. Not the chickensh*t schoolyard “He said this about you” egging-on crap and strategically biased “gotcha” questions. If the other candidates want to ask “gotcha” questions of their opponents, that’s fine but debate moderators should never be taking sides.

FOX has finally dropped all pretense of being a “conservative” news agency. They’ve shown themselves to be entirely GOPe and they will lose viewers because of it. Time to switch to the OAN network.

You are ignoring the Muslim/Illegal Alien ambush Fox had planned for the “debate.”
You ignore that Trump HAS NOTHING TO GAIN by engaging in such theatrics.

You – as do the hubris-filled media hacks – equate these reporters with WORLD LEADERS. They are NOT…as much as they would like to imagine themselves.

When Kelly asked Trump the question about his attitude towards women, which most certainly would be an issue whipped up by Democrats, was she not doing Trump the same favor he has been doing for Cruz by emphasizing the birth certificate issue and giving him a heads-up before the Democrats use it?

@Kauf Buch:You are ignoring the Muslim/Illegal Alien ambush Fox had planned for the “debate.”
You ignore that Trump HAS NOTHING TO GAIN by engaging in such theatrics.

I hadn’t even heard about that!
google’s hand in the debate was to pick ”You Tube Rock Stars.”
And that was who they picked???

What I recalled was learning that Megan Kelly had promised to ”take out one of the candidates, he will drop out by 11PM tonight,” and the Bret Beir plan to escort Trump out of the debate early because they had hoped to ambush him into quitting the 1st Fox debate.
I had figured they were planning on trying again, but a Muslima and an illegal?
Ambush is the correct word.

@Nanny G: ” hadn’t heard about that.” Probably because it’s bullshit.
Trump’s got the lead in Iowa and he’s smartly running out the clock.
He hurt Cruz with the “Canadian question.”
Cruz hurt himself with “N.Y.attitude” remark during last debate. Gave Trump a chance to show his compassionate side–Yeah right.

@DrJohn: Exactly–if Trump gets nom. he can thank the MSM for their help. Lemmings.

Freedom of speech and opinion died with third wave feminism…
just look how silent the swedes are about their imported rapists for their rape culture

they can say nasty things about men in general, but a man cant say a nasty thing about them specifically… how equal… some are more equal than others.

“I want to see a man beaten to a bloody pulp with a high-heel shoved in his mouth, like an apple in the mouth of a pig.” — Andrea Dworkin

“The male is a domestic animal which, if treated with firmness…can be trained to do most things.” — Jilly Cooper, SCUM (Society For Cutting Up Men)

“When women can support themselves, have entry to all the trades and professions with a house of their own over their heads and a bank account, they will own their bodies and be dictators in the social realm.” — Elizabeth Cady Stanton

“In a patriarchal society all heterosexual intercourse is rape because women, as a group, are not strong enough to give meaningful consent.” — Catharine MacKinnon

I feel that ‘man-hating’ is an honorable and viable political act, that the oppressed have a right to class-hatred against the class that is oppressing them. Robin Morgan, Ms. Magazine Editor

The proportion of men must be reduced to and maintained at approximately 10% of the human race. Sally Miller Gearhart, in The Future – If There Is One – Is Female

40 years of that and you still cant tell a woman her butt is big…


think so?

well maybe its not about him, or kelly
maybe its about letting the losing candidates beat up on cruz for a while
and give cruz no one to share that, and no one to gang up on
and of course, maybe, just maybe, it might influence the news centers to ask questions that matter not bs feminist angre crudola

we have had alcholic presidents and the one in office now is a drug user
we have had some really nasty stuff in elections, like making fun of a candidates illigitimate children, not liking them cause they are catholic, getting into duels that can kill, violating the constitiution, and on and on.

and people think that saying disparaging words about some really nasty women is the key here…

March 2002: Proving to be a publicist’s nightmare realized, here’s how O’Donnell responded to criticism that her professed love of Tom Cruise misled people about her sexuality: “I said I wanted him to mow my lawn and bring me lemonade. I never said I wanted to blow him.”

November 2003: Despite having lost her mother to the disease, O’Donnell allegedly told a cancer-survivor employee of her magazine that “You know what happens to people who lie. They get sick and they get cancer. If they keep lying, they get it again.” O’Donnell later apologized.

March 2007: Displaying a characteristic love of broad strokes and snap judgments, Rosie called “American Idol” “weightist and racist” after they kicked off contestant Frenchie Davis for shots.

[the site wont let you say a word that means you have no clothes on]

February 2011: For no particular reason, O’Donnell wondered to the press why “Glee” didn’t hire a “pretty heavy girl” as opposed to actress Ashley Fink. “They should’ve gotten someone beautiful like Brooke Elliot,” she complained.

April 2011: O’Donnell even has trouble being gracious while being honored. Accepting an award in New York, she thanked her publicist, but didn’t miss a chance to add a putdown: “Without her, I don’t think I’d be here. I’d be on the macadamia nut farm with Roseanne Barr.”

Taxpayers Spend $3.5 Million to Find Out Why Lesbians Are Fat

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.”

– H.L. Mencken, the Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

@Artfldgr: “downright fool and complete narcissistic moron,” Iowa is the first step. Great prediction H.L.

@Petercat: good points about the misogyny..

they tried to snag him on it and he pays better than feminist hillary…

in fact, trump has NEVER had good press.. which is part of his attitude issue after over 40 years… i met him more than once, and the second time a year later he remembered me and not the fake way… he asked a question…

i was signed doing photography for one of the top 4 agencies… so i have met the clinton family (and photographed bill but dont know the two of them – though i do know that clinton went to school in the soviet union under fulbright scholarship), the hearsts daughters, the hiltons, bloomberg, and a few others. out of all of them, and ignoring the hearst girls as young clubbers, only the hiltons and trump remembered me and were nice to me and so on…

watching this is like watching people complain that the water they drink from the press is dirty and never clean

then watching them the next day complain that the coffee must be bad cause it tastes funny forgetting how the water is..

Goebbels, Walter Duranty, John Reed, Sergei Eisenstein, and Willi Munzenberg all knew people more than they knew themselves!!!!
[you can throw bf skinner in there too.. among others]

@Artfldgr: Interesting comments/quotes by ”feminists.”
It is ironic that ”feminists” are buckling to Islam in Europe even as ”femen” are getting incredible backbone.
This week a feman (woman who used to be male, added breasts and it looks like he either was very cold or had also had his genitals redone) hung himself from a bridge in Paris to protest France welcoming Iran’s Rouhani.
His act mirrors perfectly the hangings Iran does of teenage boys who the regime claims are ”gay.”
Meanwhile what are ”feminists” doing?
They are keeping quiet about the rapes, the improper touching, the spitting, the taunting.
It is the non-feminist housewives and youngsters who are insisting something be done.
And, for that, they are being called ”racists.”

Just finished watching the clip of Reagan’s address to the nation after the Challenger disaster 30 years ago.

Nice to remember what a REAL president was like.

RIP, Ronald. You are sorely missed.

@Richard Wheeler: Too late. His prediction was already proven from 2009 to present.

Trump bailing on this debate not only proves he’s a misogynist, afraid of Kelly’s questions and can’t really handle tough questions anyway, he’s also convinced he should be able to control the media. A sign of what his Presidency will look like. This and the ‘liberal’ CNN covering Trump’s Veterans Event are making righty’s heads explode! TBaggers eating their own! Gotta love it! Anyway…Vets don’t want his money:

@Reem: So, the fact that no Democrats would participate in a Fox debate says….. what? The fact that Hillary will not be interviewed by anyone from Fox says… what?

@Bill: Add to that the fact that OBAMA tried to claim Fox News was not a legitimate news organization and have it removed from the White House Press Pool early in his 1st term.
Seems the Left is far more interested in getting control of ”the media,” than those on the Right.

Trump’s one-man alternative to the republican debate is being carried live in the same time slot by MSNBC. It’s also being broadcast live online here. Interestingly, the linked live feed is via a FOX channel—FOX 10, out of Phoenix.

@Greg: C-SPAN is also airing this.

I think tonight marked the beginning of the downturn for Trump and the rise for Rubio—I’ve been watching Rubio for years and never seen him lose. He’s dynamic ,focused and has the best chance of beating Clinton or Sanders.

@DrJohn: #22
I don’t think he’ll want to. In fact, I think he’ll look forward to it.
As will conservatives and libertarians across the nation.
A one-on-one match of Donald Trump vs Hillary will probably be the most watched debate in television history.
Donald will destroy Hillery, and he knows it.
A better question is, will Hillary avoid debating Donald?

@Petercat: The Donald vs Hillary–The two most despised pols in America–To echo Pete “God help us if it comes to that.”

@Artfldgr: Lesbians are fat, because they eat too much.

All of this discussion, because hack moderators want to appear clever with gotcha questions; however, could you imagine the outrage, if Obama had been asked such ignorant and biased questions?

Think back to the debates of college; were they conducted differently? Of course, they were; they were actual debates, not reality shows of media personalities. It’s time to elevate the playing field and drop the Kardashian nonsense.

@Greg: One wonders why CNN and MSNBC would provide Trump with such a sympathetic platform… just to try and gouge Fox’s ratings? While I think Trump made a big mistake not debating, I would not be a bit surprised for this, once again, to result in a major boost to his campaign.

@Skookum: What has been lost in the fog here is that this is exactly what the media is supposed to do. They should be probing and intimidating and if they ask a stupid question, the candidate has the opportunity to turn that around on them and enhance their prestige.

The difference is, they are expected to treat EVERY candidate the same, which is what has been notably absent.

We have actually seen what happens when Obama is asked a variety of questions. When he is asked tough questions and not allowed the opportunity to dance out of an answer, the questioner is vilified. However, when Obama is interviewed by an ignorant rapper or some goofball from a bathtub full of cereal, this is a break-out event.

Hillary has been running from anything that might develop into a questions asked situation, for obvious reasons. Not a lot of media coverage of that transparent fear of exposure.

@Rich Wheeler: I agree Rich, I am not convinced Trump is the guy, in fact he runs good cover for the real candidate just like Bernie. Bernie is a smoke screen to hopefully keep the MSM away from the failures and lies of Hilldabeast. No one has more scandals and failures in their closet than Hilldabeast.


…they are expected to treat EVERY candidate the same, which is what has been notably absent.

Exactly. And this election season has finally shown to the voters that there is no longer any question of debate bias by the media.


Think back to the debates of college; were they conducted differently? Of course, they were; they were actual debates

Yes, think back to college debates. Did they allow ‘gotcha’ questions by moderators, did moderators conspire to stack the deck against one specific debater to remove them from the debates? Were moderators allowed to present ad hominem attacks on a debater? Were moderators allowed to debate the debaters? Of course not.

Yes, tough questions should be asked of political candidates, but there should also be fairness and balance in asking tough questions of ALL the candidates, not only of a candidate the moderator has a negative bias towards. It is not the moderators job to “prepare” the candidate for future debates. Every candidate has people on their team specifically paid to do that.

What has also been seen is that there is a decided difference in how debate moderators (and the news in general,) has treated candidates from one party when compared with the other. The blinders are off. The public has become aware that they can no longer trust any of the news to be fair and neutral parties when anything involving politics is involved, so how can they trust anything else the news tells them?