"Megyn Kelly characterizes the Presidential selection process as 'fun', dismissing the millions of Americans that find it much more serious," petitioners said. "We deserve better than Megyn Kelly."
The petition then lists what it says are reasons for keeping Kelly away from future debates. The list starts with an accusation that Kelly had a "clear agenda" to "attack" media mogul Donald Trump.
The petition also says Kelly was more focused on personal issues than "things more relevant to a Presidential candidate." The petition also says Kelly failed to cover issues like Jeb Bush's support for Common Core and Sen. Marco Rubio's s-called "gang of eight" immigration bill many see as amnesty.
"Ultimately, neither she nor Fox News lived up the 'fair and balanced' standard," the petition adds. "[W]ere it not for closing statements, the American people may have viewed an entire debate without understanding a single issue for which the candidates stand."
The first question was designed to embarrass Trump in front of a national audience of Republicans. Bret Baier began the debate by asking, "Is there anyone on stage, and can I see hands, who is unwilling tonight to pledge your support to the eventual nominee of the Republican party and pledge to not run an independent campaign against that person?"
Trump had already made clear that he wouldn't take that pledge. But Fox News began the debate by making sure every Republican in the country knew Trump wouldn't take that pledge. It was a question designed to embarrass him, and Baier kept turning the screws.
"Experts say an independent run would almost certainly hand the race over to Democrats and likely another Clinton," Baier told Trump. "You can't say tonight that you can make that pledge?"
And, for Trump, it went downhill from there.
Megyn Kelly's first question for Trump exposed his rampant misogyny in front of a national audience. "You've called women you don't like 'fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals,'" she began.
Trump, of course, interrupted. "Only Rosie O'Donnell," he said with a smile.
Kelly wasn't having it. "For the record, it was well beyond Rosie O'Donnell," she replied. "You once told a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice it would be a pretty picture to see her on her knees. Does that sound to you like the temperament of a man we should elect as president, and how will you answer the charge from Hillary Clinton, who was likely to be the Democratic nominee, that you are part of the war on women?"
The next question to Trump came from Chris Wallace. And here, again, the question was designed to embarrass the candidate.
"Mr. Trump, it has not escaped anybody's notice that you say that the Mexican government, the Mexican government is sending criminals -- rapists, drug dealers, across the border ... you have repeatedly said that you have evidence that the Mexican government is doing this, but you have refused or declined to share [that evidence]. Why not use this first Republican presidential debate to share your proof with the American people?"
But the demolition effort didn't end with the questions. As soon as the debate ended, Fox News cut to a focus group being conducted by pollster Frank Luntz. The entire segment was about how the focus group came in liking Trump and left loathing him. It was a festival of Trump hatred. "
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Now, look. I'm no fan of Donald Trump, I don't like his ignorance or his politics. But the blatant character assassination is beyond the pale - the point being they don't ask these kinds of questions of the other candidates, just Trump. Like happy little morons they again demonstrate that the right doesn't have any ideas of their own but they are very skilled at tearing down others.
I think it's time to say: no, Fox, this is unacceptable