What the Heck Was Fox News Thinking?

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What the heck was Fox News thinking? That's the question I left with after watching last night's second Republican primary presidential debate

Not to say some candidates didn't acquit themselves very well, including Ron DeSantis, Doug Burgum, and Vivek Ramaswamy (in my opinion), but it is to say that the overall production hovered somewhere between a dumpster fire and testicle cancer. All of that can be traced back to the moderators. As was mentioned in my post-debate article about Univision's Ilia Calderón, who was inexplicably allowed to be a moderator by Fox News and the Ronna McDaniel-led RNC, it felt like you were watching an MSNBC primetime show at points. 

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To give one example, Calderón actually blamed United States citizens for the fentanyl crisis in an astonishing attempt to pass the buck from Mexico and China. 

That's a talking point I'd expect to hear from the lips of Kamala Harris, not from a moderator at a Republican debate. It is insulting and disgusting to solely blame users while absolving the very cartels (and the nations supporting them) who are providing the deadly drugs in the first place. That's not to say people don't have agency, but addiction to hard drugs quickly becomes involuntary. 

In another example, Calderón decided to white-knight for the Mexican government, sharing their criticisms as some kind of authority. That was in response to some candidates suggesting military action to take down the drug cartels that are killing hundreds of thousands of people a year via their distributions, never mind the associated violent crime. 

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Then, there was this exchange in which Calderón claimed that gun violence is "unique" to the United States.

That's just completely false. Mexico is a haven for gun violence, as are several Central American countries. Further, as is pointed out above, if things are so awful here, why is illegal immigration overwhelming the Southern Border? Pick one. 

But that was the theme of the night for Calderón. Her entire schtick was presenting America as some kind of hellscape while fluffing foreign interests. Is that really what GOP voters should be getting at their own debate?

It wasn't just Calderón, though. The other moderators also did a terrible job of managing the stage, and there was one especially horrible "question" at the end of the event. 

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I'm not trying to be hard on Dana Perino, but her attempt to get the candidates to play a faux game of Survivor was ridiculous. It perfectly encapsulates why so many have turned away from Fox News. We don't want silly, manufactured drama. We want results, and we want a "conservative" news network that can keep its eye on the ball instead of morphing into the equivalent of a CNN broadcast.

Thankfully, DeSantis was ready to step in and shut the entire ordeal down. Perino then appeared to get upset and randomly challenged him on his poll numbers (something completely unrelated to the segment). The Florida governor responded in flawless fashion, actually turning it into one of his biggest wins of the night, but it never should have gotten that far. 

Fox News needs to do some soul-searching over its production and debate questions, and the RNC shares the blame when it comes to choice of moderators. I understand wanting to appeal to a broader demographic, but forgetting who you are is how you end up broke and busted, both as a news organization and as a political party. GOP debates should not include rabid illegal immigration advocates as moderators. The candidates shouldn't be constantly asked questions framed from a left-wing standpoint. There is no controversy in saying that.

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