Bernie Sanders did a good job of smacking down Chris Wallace’s argument that Fox News should hold a Democratic candidates’ debate. But Wallace’s disingenuous argument was probably proof enough that Fox would not be the fair moderator Wallace claimed.
Near the end of the interview, there was this exchange between Sanders and Wallace (with my emphases):
WALLACE: Finally, sir, the Republicans have held debates on all the networks, but the Democrats, so far, have refused to hold a debate on Fox. You are coming on here tonight. We’re very grateful. I hope you feel that you haven’t been mistreated. Would you be willing to participate in a Democratic debate on Fox News?
SANDERS: If we went—were clear to understand what the game—the guidelines were and what the rules were and to make sure that they were fair and the DNC was in favor of it, I would have no objection.
WALLACE: Well, you—I assume you’ve seen this interview we just did. I hope you’ve seen the interviews we’ve done with the Republicans.
SANDERS: Well, I have seen this interview—Chris, I have seen this interview, but I have also seen other interviews. So if I could have a guarantee and knew who the questioners were and if the framework for the debate was fair, I would have no objection.
WALLACE: Well, I’ll take that as a definite maybe. Senator Sanders, we want to thank you so much for coming on. Please come back, sir.
SANDERS: OK. Thank you very much, Chris.
While Wallace was trying to suggest that Democrats were afraid of tough questions that Republicans willingly faced, he “forgot” how the Republicans suspended NBC from the debate calendar after complaints about the CNBC debate.
Also, the GOP debate schedule so far includes no debates from either MSNBC or PBS.
Watch the complete Bernie Sanders interview below, from the Feburary 14 Fox News Sunday.
The first question at a FOX debate with any Democrat would be: Why do Democrats hate this country and support ISIS?
Bernie missed a good time to really go after Fox and he failed miserably………..Weak…
If even right of center Kasich is saying no you can imagine how the candidates view “F&F’s” audience and what their expectations are as to a reception.
In the past, Fox has polled its right-wing audience for questions to attack Democrats. A classic example is Fox’s ridiculously crazy interview of Bill Clinton (who agreed to it expecting the bulk of it to promote his charity – surprise, you’re screwed). What percentage would be devoted to Hillary conspiracy theories re #Benghazi!, email-gate, charity-gate, her feelings about Monica, etc.? She’d be lucky to get a single policy question in 2 hours. 👍
Fox News has repeatedly demonstrated that it is not an impartial place of journalism. These two candidates for the Democrat party in particular have been the subject now of multiple attacks, some getting fairly personal.
What kind of conduct could we expect from Fox News debate moderators, not to mention the audience? Keep in mind that this would be a debate being conducted on a network devoted to making sure that these two candidates lose. So do we get potpourri questions about Benghazi and emails for Hillary Clinton? Gotcha questions about whether socialism has any chance to Sanders? More gotcha questions to Clinton about her husband and scandals from 20+ years ago? Questions to both that are really just Fox News policy positions with a question mark on the end? Questions that are really designed to make the candidates accept completely false premises and/or look foolish in front of the Fox News core audience?
What’s not to like about this scenario if you’re Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders?
Or maybe it is the better part of discretion for them to spend their time where it will be best served: on other networks where actual news is being reported and not just right wing GOP opinions.