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By NWV Senior Political News Writer, Jim Kouri
Posted 1:00 AM Eastern
September 28, 2015

Is FNC a Mouthpiece for Establishment Republicans?

GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump on Wednesday morning Tweeted a message for all to see. The multi-billionaire real-estate tycoon and TV reality star said that the Number One rated Fox News Channel has “very unfairly” mistreating him and he has therefore decided that he’ll no longer appear on Fox shows at least for the foreseeable future.

According to the media covering the Republican race for the nomination for President in the 2016 election cycle, FNC’s head honcho Roger Ailes contacted Trump’s campaign in hopes of mending fences, especially since Trump was scheduled to appear on cable news’ top ranked show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” on Thursday night.

Donald Trump responded to Ailes’ message in his usual blunt fashion that has endeared him to a large number of American voters. Ailes had stated that Trump owed FNC star anchor, Megyn Kelly, an apology. But Trump replied, “I do not think Megyn Kelly is a quality journalist. I think her questioning of me, despite all of the polls saying I won the debate, was very unfair. Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves.”

Saying “I totally disagree” with what Ailes had to say, Trump added: “I will be in Iowa tonight with my speech being broadcast live on CNN and the other networks.”

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Trump campaign said, “As a candidate for president of the United States and the definitive front-runner in every poll, both nationally and state wide, including the just released poll in the state of Florida, Mr. Trump expects to be treated fairly. All you have to do is look at the tremendous ratings last night from ‘The Late Show’ with Stephen Colbert, where Mr. Trump was the guest, or the ratings from both debates, to fully understand the facts.”

For example, on Wednesday night National Reviews's Rich Lowry and Megyn Kelly discussed Trump and his campaign since the CNN debate and Lowry opened up the discussion by saying "Carly [Fiorina] cut off Trump's balls with the precision of a surgeon." Lowry's full quote, which is sometimes being edited by the media, is: "Look, Trump obviously attacks everyone, but she has become a much bigger target and part of what's going on here is that last debate, let's be honest, Carly cut his balls off with the precision of a surgeon."

Trump called Lowery a "loser" and he also counterattacked Megyn Kelly, whom he insists is a low-quality journalist. In fact, Trump has gone down a list of Fox News pundits who have taken potshots at him while they push Jeb Bush, one of the GOP's major RINOs) (Republicans in Name Only).

The following night, Kelly had the same guests and they again made negative comments about Donald Trump. “Anyone who watches Fox News must realize they have it out for Donald Trump, especially Megyn Kelly. Their mission is to bring him down in the polls and to pump up establishment candidates such as former Fox host John Kasich and Jeb Bush,” said political consultant Michael Baker. “What are they going to do at Fox? Every day bash Trump? That’s not the role of the media,” "Where is their 'Fair & Balanced'"? said Baker.

Slovenian born NewsWithViews editor Paul Walter said he was disappointed with Fox News Channel. “What is happening is FNC is becoming a mouthpiece for the Republican National Committee, who despise Donald Trump and other ‘outsiders’ while they support the present day John McCain's who lose to Democrats that shouldn’t even be considered for the Oval Office,” he said. “You have Fox for the establishment Republicans and CNN for the establishment Democrats. Fox News is attempting to bring down a candidate they don’t like, the hell with who the public likes. It's becoming apparent that Megyn Kelly is obsessed with hating Donald Trump and wants to control who the Republican nominee should be and it's all very subtle." he added.

Walter continues, "Trump has enough money to buy an island, land his plane with his family, retire, and let America go to hell. It's obvious to me that he's running for the love of the country. Shame on Fox, especially Megyn. No one is perfect, we all have issues and Trump is no exception. His love and dedication to save America is obvious to me. I for one am grateful, thank you Donald." "Illegitimi non carborundum." said Walter

However, Mike Baker points out that on September 19 Megyn Kelly discussed with her panel the Muslim question Trump got during his townhall meeting. One of her panelists seemed to entertain the idea that Obama could be a Muslim…but Kelly shut her down saying emphatically “Obama is NOT a Muslim, that we know that!

While few American voters who watched the first GOP presidential debate held on Fox News Channel will even remember who was participating in what turned out to be the most watched political debate in recent history, they've continued to remember one segment of that debate. Few of the 24-million viewers will forget watching a popular Republican candidate being attacked by Democrats, fellow Republicans and a debate moderator from a news organization before, during and after the highly-anticipated television event.

According to several critics of the overall debate, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, formerly a successful attorney, was a debate moderator who disappointed not only millions of voters but also many of her own fans with a deplorable performance. During her supposed unbiased questioning of Trump, she all but accused him of waging a war on women.

“She behaved as if she had a personal vendetta against him by using a theme being advanced by the Democrats: the war on women, a favorite with Hillary Clinton, who many believe Kelly favors,” said political strategist and consultant Warren Paul Toreen. “Her approach during the debate seemed to mirror the approach displayed by left-wing moderators such as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or CNN’s Candy Crowley, two people who should never be allowed to moderate a political debate,” said Toreen.

When Trump questioned the veracity of her question, Ms. Kelly reiterated almost verbatim the accusation by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats that the Republican Party is at war with America's females. At an example for Trump’s anti-woman attitude she used a years-old rift between Donald Trump and the lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell when she made mean-spirited comments about Trump and he retaliated.

"You’ve called women you don’t like 'fat pigs,' 'dogs,' 'slobs,' and 'disgusting animals'" Kelly said to Trump, who replied, "Only [to] Rosie O'Donnell." In response to Kelly’s questioning of his track record with the ladies, Trump explained that the “big problem” today is political correctness, and that he is a candidate who will speak his mind.

Despite Trump's numbers actually rising in the post-debate polls, many observed that she wasn't going to allow Trump to dismiss her criticism of him. “Megyn Kelly appears hell-bent on stopping Trump from winning the Republican presidential nomination in 2016," said political strategist Michael Baker. "In fact, I would venture a guess that Kelly and others on Fox News Channel would like to see a weaker candidate go up against Hillary Clinton," Baker added.

On September 15, during her show Megyn Kelly interviewed four Republican presidential hopefuls -- Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Marco Rubio and Rand Paul. She gave them what can be considered leading questions the way a defense attorney would question his own client during a criminal trial.

Megyn Kelly made certain not to ask so-called "gotcha questions" to any of them and many believed she did her best to help Carson and Fiorina. But since that first debate, each time Kelly had a guest from either political party or any of the candidates running for the coveted nomination, she appeared to many viewers to “have it out for The Donald.”

According to a number of conservatives who support Trump or at least hope for a true political outsider to run against the likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Kelly has been exposed pushing her own point of view, rather than being an impartial newswoman. If anything, she failed to uphold Fox's oath to be "fair and balanced and unafraid."

"The Donald" -- as his friends like to call him -- employed some of a political playbook for defeating opponents advocated by his former, longtime aide, GOP campaign strategist Roger Stone. He developed over the years what he calls “Stone’s Rules.”

While Stone may have helped Trump in his battle against Megyn Kelly and Fox News, even though Stone is often billed “a Fox News contributor.”

"You have to be blind and deaf not to notice that Fox News Channel's so-called conservatives, such as Washington icon George Will, are anti-Trump. They almost sound as if they're going to cry that someone like Jeb Bush or Scott Walker are destined to not be the GOP's presidential gladiator to go up against the likes of Hillary Clinton," said national-security policy writer George O'Malley. "Hillary is a political animal who is capable of lying faster than an opponent can respond. The GOP needs someone who is capable of knocking her off her stride during a debate," he said. “That someone is Donald Trump, who has repeatedly said he’s against “politically-correct crap.”

While Fox News Channel is still the top cable news outlet in the United States, with conservatives and so-called moderates relying on FNC for their news, the top people at Fox are not conservatives in the strictest sense. Even they majority of those criticized as being right-wingers -- the panels on two top-rated shows: The Five and Outnumbered -- are not very conservative. Critics on social media websites routinely complain that at best FNC’s news staff are Republicans in the tradition of Nelson Rockefeller, Jeb Bush, and John McCain.

For a while, when she first started anchoring her own show during the daytime, Megyn Kelly appeared to be the anchor to reckon with, especially with liberal-left guests. She made a name for herself by taking on some of the most dishonest and deceitful Democrats and leftists and used her legal career skills to her own advantage.

Upon having her show move to primetime following “The O’Reilly Factor” and being the lead up to the Sean Hannity Show, many viewers claimed they noticed a change. “I think she went from being a sort of Mark Levin, another attorney-turned-talker, to being a Shepard Smith liberal who believes a fair and balanced story entails him and a liberal who agrees with him,” said a loyal viewer, who said she is looking elsewhere for a tough conservative who’ll cut through what Trump calls “the politically-correct crap.”

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Megyn Kelly's debate performance reminded some viewers of CNN's Candy Crowley during the debate between incumbent Barack Obama and candidate Mitt Romney. When Romney claimed Obama refused to call Benghazi a terrorist attack, Crowley interrupted Romney and defended Obama. The next day, Crowley quietly admitted Romney was right and she -- and Obama -- were wrong, but the damage was done. Those watching FNC’s GOP debate believe Kelly attempted to pull a “Crowley” on Trump but that it backfired.

“I’d like to see Megyn Kelly’s ratings lately. I think she turned off a large number of viewers who wanted to learn about Trump’s ideas and plans for turning the nation around after being subjected to Bush’s ‘compassionate conservatism’ and Obama’s ‘fundamental transformation’ and his New World Order agenda,” said Dora Coldwell, a GOP campaign worker in waiting. “Instead, Kelly seemed intent on ‘channeling’ Hillary Rodham Clinton when she attacked Trump right out of the gate.”

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According to several critics of the overall debate, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, formerly a successful attorney, was a debate moderator who disappointed not only millions of voters but also many of her own fans with a deplorable performance. During her supposed unbiased questioning of Trump, she all but accused him of waging a war on women.