Democrat Bernard Whitman struck a nerve with Megyn Kelly today during a Fox News focus group convened to attack discuss Candy Crowley’s role as moderator of the presidential debate last night. Whitman said, “It’s sort of amazing that in the face of a relatively poor performance by Romney, all we’re talking about is the moderator, Candy Crowley. That sort of underscores…” Kelly cut him off.
It started when Whitman asked, “Can I talk about a larger point?”
Kelly said, “No, I want to stay on this.”
Whitman, a News Hounds Top Dog. wisely ignored her and proceeded with his comment, “It’s sort of amazing that in the face of a relatively poor performance by Romney, all we’re talking about is the moderator, Candy Crowley. That sort of underscores…”
Kelly snapped peevishly, “Bernard, Bernard, don’t start with me. This is a two-hour program, this is what this panel is focused on. We got a lot of other things in this show.”
Yet Kelly had just allowed Republican Tony Sayegh to cast doubt on Obama’s performance when he said, “Shouldn’t the president be the one defending himself? …Barack Obama was sitting in that chair, you could see it in his face… (Romney) had him on the ropes and Candy Crowley was his lifeline. Let’s remember one thing. What do Republicans want to talk about? It’s the inconsistency of this president on Benghazi-gate. So she’s actually handed us a real opportunity as Republicans to now talk about this.”
Kelly did not interrupt Sayegh.
I’ve long said that Democrats should never just accept Fox News’ framing of any discussion and should do what they can to reframe it when applicable. Whitman did get a chance to speak again and he worked in Romney’s debate performance very quickly.
You may notice that nobody said Romney won the debate.