Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Answer Is Obvious, Megyn

According to the Center for American Progress, 32 seconds after last night's presidential debate ended, GOP TV's Megyn Kelly maintained

And the questions! 11 questions asked in all, and some of which will certainly be discussed tomorrow. Topics that we haven’t heard at all in this campaign — equal pay for women, in fact there were a lot of women’s issues discussed…abortion, contraception, women’s pay as I mentioned. Some might argue it was obvious pandering to women because the female vote is so important in this election. Apart from equal pay for women, we heard a discussion about assault weapons ban, a question to Mitt Romney about how are you different from President Bush, and then a question to President Obama, what have you done to earn my vote? The one question on foreign policy by my count was about Libya, and seemed to cover ground that we already knew the answer to: it was who denied the request for increased security. Well, we heard great testimony about that last week, there were State department officials who answered that question. So there will be some questions about those selections, Bret.

CAP's Zake Beauchamp interprets this as "spinning the debate as biased as a consequence of the questions asked by the undecided voters."  There is an element of that, certainly, as one would expect of Fox News.  When Kelly argues "we already knew the answer to (sic): it was who denied the request for increased security," she simplifies a complex situation, one which includes the GOP House's decision to cut security funding requested by the Administration.

But Fox News is not only slanted as the communications arm of the Republican Party; it is ill-informed. If the remarks by Kelly- who refers to "the one question on foreign policy"- weren't taken out of context, she was perturbed that foreign policy was de-emphasized.

Gee, why might that have been?  What might the sole topic of the upcoming, third and final, debate?

October 22, 2012

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Topic: Foreign policy
Air Time: 9:00-10:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Location: Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida (Tickets)
Sponsor: Commission on Presidential Debates
Participants: President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney
Moderator: Bob Schieffer (Host of Face the Nation on CBS)
The format for the debate will be identical to the first presidential debate and will focus on foreign policy.

When considering GOP spin, sometimes it just gets too difficult to differentiate between bad ideology and basic ignorance.

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