Yesterday on Twitter when I went through my rankings on the debate I was asked a question on how I came up with my rankings:
I based it on what the goals of each individual candiate would have The goals were not the same for each @manlycatholics
— Peter Ingemi (@DaTechGuyblog) August 7, 2015
All candidates have different short-range goals designed to enable their long-term goal of winning the nomination, which contrary to what some on twitter think, was not decided last night.
But There were other people on that stage.
Chris Wallace, Brett Baier and Megyn Kelly were all on stage and their goal was two fold to raise their own profile and Fox’s. Based on the print media coverage they got high marks the Washington Post:
Megyn Kelly/Bret Baier/Chris Wallace: Moderating a 10-person debate that includes Donald Trump is no easy task. The Fox trio managed the back and forth very well and, more importantly, asked good, challenging questions without venturing into “gotcha” territory. With the exception of the weirdness that happened between 8:50 pm and the start of the debate (more on that below), they were outstanding.
They took each of the 10 Republicans onstage to task. They held each of them to account. They made each address the most prominent blemishes on his record, the most profound apprehensions that voters feel about him, the greatest vulnerability that he has.
It was riveting. It was admirable. It compels me to write a cluster of words I never imagined writing: hooray for Fox News.
Additionally every single. cable show since 11 PM struck has been talking Megyn Kelly vs Donald Trump. That is the primary topic everywhere and furthermore every single MSM and cable outlet from CNN to MSNBC have been talking it up and complementing Megyn Kelly.
And that’s the whole point.
For a long time the MSM has been painting Fox news as the mirror image of themselves, just an arm of one side of the argument whose goal is to advance a philosophy. That’s just not the case.
“He’s feeling unrewarded because Fox News beats him on the amount of money we make, on ratings and on popularity. I’m sure it’s very depressing when he sits home at night and worries about it. We never did,” Ailes said.
In that same spirit the Goal of the Fox team at the debate was not to protect the GOP, was not to look professional, it was to generate ratings in the short run and the long run
The short run goal was met spectacularly.
16% of United States homes with TV sets tuned in.
Fox News usually has 1% or 2% of the household audience.
For the sake of comparison, the highest-rated Republican primary debates in 2011 and 2012 were watched by approximately 5% of households.
The Democratic primary debates in 2008 were bigger, but none of those ever topped 10%.
And with every single person on TV talking Megyn Kelly what do you think her ratings are going to be tonight? (I’m writing this Friday afternoon). I predict they’ll be through the roof.
Furthermore all of this is diametrically opposed to the MSM meme that Fox can not be trusted, that it is not “Fair and Balanced and how many of those people who will tune into fox for the first time over the next few days might decide to stay and frankly it’s not like the conservatives who are upset have anywhere else to go.
Roger Ailes must be dancing in the streets.
Does anyone seriously believe there any chance at all that any of the other networks will be as hard on the Democrats as Fox was on the GOP
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