Early in the election cycle (yes, it’s been going on forever, but it is still early), very strange things are happening in the media. While the supposed “mainstream” media has been giving Republicans a free pass on almost everything, it’s been right-wing Fox News that has, at least on occasion, stood up to the Republicans on the trail.
We all know that Donald Trump and Fox’s Megyn Kelly have been involved in a one-sided feud, with Trump throwing tantrums because Kelly dared to ask him a question about his previous feuds with women. No, irony is not Trump’s strong suit. The feud culminated on Thursday when Trump petulantly stayed out of the debate, which of course, gave even more rise to his poll numbers.
On Sunday, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace interviewed Ted Cruz, who was put in the awkward position (for a Fox employee) of defending Obamacare.
Chris Wallace:But senator, the fact checkers say you’re wrong. Since that law went into effect, the unemployment rate fell from 9.9 percent to 5 percent as 13 million new jobs were created and 16.3 million people who were previously uninsured now have coverage. Now don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of problems with Obamacare, but more people have jobs and health insurance than they did before Obamacare.
Ted Cruz: Chris, the media fact checkers are not fair and impartial. They are liberal, editorial journalists and they made it their mission to defend….
Wallace: There’s certainly no question that more people have jobs and more people have health insurance coverage.
Cruz: Yes, there is question. Number one, we have the lowest percentage of Americans working today of any year since 1977. That’s a fact.
Wallace: Out there have been 13 million jobs created, sir. That’s a fact.
Cruz: The fact is that from 2008 to today, we’ve seen economic growth of 1.2 percent on average….
Cruz: Chris, don’t interrupt me. I’ll give an answer.
Wallace: That’s changing the subject. 13 million new jobs have been created.
Transcript via Daily Caller
Here’s the video:
Why is Fox News, who have long been crying that Obama care is communism and will destroy life as we know it, suddenly seeming moderate? Perhaps it’s as simple as the fact that they know that Ted Cruz (and for that matter, Donald Trump) are both incredibly weak candidates. Either could win the nomination, but their abrasive personalities are destined to have Republicans choosing to stay home. Trust me, they’d rather be beating up on Hillary or Bernie than a Republican, but first, they need to get the Republican they want. Too bad Jeb Bush won’t be that for them.