Megyn Kelly Memoir: Fox News Leaked Debate Questions To Trump Campaign

You’ll recall just weeks ago Republicans railed against the DNC when an email from WikiLeaks seemed to confirm that Donna Brazile had leaked the Clinton campaign a debate question prior to one of the Democratic primary debates.

Outrage! Fury!

I wouldn’t hold your breath for the same reaction as we now learn that someone leaked debate questions to the Trump campaign as well.

From the New York Times report about Megyn Kelly’s new memoir:

Ms. Kelly writes that her problems started in August, the Monday before the first Republican presidential primary debate. She had just done a segment on her show, “The Kelly File,” that infuriated Mr. Trump. He refused to make his own scheduled appearance on her show unless she phoned him personally. “I almost unleashed my beautiful Twitter account against you,” she says he told her, “and I still may.”

Then, the day before the first presidential debate, Mr. Trump was in a lather again, Ms. Kelly writes. He called Fox executives, saying he’d heard that her first question “was a very pointed question directed at him.” This disconcerted her, because it was true: It was about his history of using disparaging language about women.

She doesn’t speculate where the leak came from. (She reports. You decide.) But that’s another unambiguous takeaway from this book: Parts of Fox — or at the very least, Roger Ailes, the network’s chairman until July, when he was given the boot after several allegations of sexual harassment were made against him — seemed to be nakedly colluding with the Republican presidential nominee.

Of course, the very first question Kelly asked was directed to Trump about his treatment and language towards women. Trump was so angry about the question he launched his much ballyhooed Twitter war against Kelly.

Billionaire Mark Cuban Gets Front Row Seat To 1st Presidential Debate

Mark Cuban

For months now, billionaire Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks, Shark Tank) has been an outspoken critic of Republican Donald Trump’s run for the White House.

Just last week, Cuban offered Trump $10 million if he would sit down to a four hour, one on one interview with Cuban. It goes without saying Trump didn’t respond.

But, Cuban will have a ringside seat to the first presidential debate at Hofstra University this coming Monday as news comes that the Hillary Clinton camp has given Cuban the best ticket they have so he can attend.

Cuban is famous for being down front, yelling at referees, throwing shade during his Mavericks basketball games, so expect some posturing from the Shark Tank star.

Moderators For Presidential Debates Announced

The Commission on Presidential Debates has announced the moderators who have been selected for the four showdowns scheduled between now and November 8th.

These are all highly qualified, fair people. No one will call anyone on this list biased.

From CBS News:

NBC News’ Lester Holt will moderate the first presidential debate, scheduled for Sept. 26 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.

According to the CPD, the debate will be divided into six segments of about 15 minutes each on major topics to be selected by the moderator and announced at least one week before the debate.

CBSN anchor and CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano has been named the moderator of the vice presidential debate, which will take place on Oc. 4, 2016 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. It will be the only veep forum between Democratic Sen. Kaine of Virginia and Republican Gov. Pence of Indiana.

Quijano will be the first anchor of a digital network to moderate a national debate in a general election campaign. In the vice presidential debate, the time will be divided into nine segments with about 10 minutes of discussion on each topic, and the moderator alone will determine the questions to be asked.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and ABC News’ Martha Raddatz will ask questions of the candidates in the second debate on Oct. 19 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

This debate will take the form of a town hall meeting, where half of the questions will be posed directly by participants. The other half will be asked by the moderators. Town hall participants will be uncommitted voters selected by the Gallup Organization.

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace will moderate the third debate on Oct. 19, which will be held at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas campus. The third debate will take the same format as the first forum.

Donald Trump Complains Presidential Debate Schedule, Set A Year Ago, Is Rigged For Hillary

GOP White House hopeful Donald Trump is already setting up the foundation for bailing on the three presidential debates, claiming the schedule is rigged in Hillary Clinton’s favor.

“As usual, Hillary & the Dems are trying to rig the debates so 2 are up against major NFL games. Same as last time w/ Bernie. Unacceptable!” Trump tweeted Friday night.

Of course, then there’s the fact the dates were set a year ago.

From The Hill:

Trump frequently took exception to the handling of the GOP primary debates, going so far as to skip the final event before the Iowa caucus amid a feud with Fox News.

This year’s general election is set to include three presidential and one vice presidential debates, all announced on Sept. 23 of last year by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates.

Two of the presidential debates do indeed coincide with NFL games: The first, on Monday, Sept. 26, falls the same evening as a matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints. And the second, set for Sunday, Oct. 9, will air opposite a game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers.

Sen. Bernie Sanders Calls Out #ChickenTrump Over Debate Snub

On last night’s edition of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” Sen. Bernie Sanders was feeling a different kind of “burn” after the possibility of a debate with presumptive GOP White House nominee Donald Trump fizzled.

“First he said he would do it,” Sanders said. “Then he said he wouldn’t do it. Then he said he would do it. Then he said he wouldn’t do it. So I would hope that if he changed his mind four times in two days, [he’d] change it a fifth time. You know, Trump claims to be a real tough guy, pushes people around. Hey, Donald, come on up. Let’s have a debate about the future of America.”

Donald Trump Says Debate With Bernie Would Be “Inappropriate”

Running out of cash in the days running up to the California Democratic primary on June 7th, Sen. Bernie Sanders threw a ‘hail Mary’ in his attempt to debate GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Trump appeared to take the bait at the time, but later said he was joking.

But Sanders has run full steam ahead hoping for the exposure in lieu of buying expensive TV time in California.

Trump finally put the idea to rest today with this statement:

“Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher,” Trump said.

“Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders – and it would be an easy payday – I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.”

Moments before Trump’s statement was released, Sanders’ campaign team told the media that ABC and CBS had offered to make multi-million dollar donations to get the right to air the proposed debate. ABC later confirmed that, but CBS says they made no commitments regarding charitable donation.

Additionally, technology company Traction and Scale offered $10 million to help make the debate happen.

I think most folks never believed Trump would really debate with Bernie.

Senate Democrats Growing Weary Over Bernie Sanders’ Trump Debate

Some Senate Democrats are groaning over Sen. Bernie Sanders recent attempt to debate presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in advance of the California primary on June 7th.

Via Politico:

“Bullshit,” said Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia. “That confirms what we’ve been saying. Why would you expect Bernie should be considerate or be nice or be working to bring everyone together? Why? He’s not a Democrat.”

The party’s frustrations are boiling over with Sanders as the primary season winds down: Namely that Sanders seems unwilling or unable to admit that Hillary Clinton is on course for the nomination. The ire toward Sanders began earlier this year among the loudest Democratic cheerleaders for Clinton — and now it’s seeping into nearly the entire Senate Democratic caucus.

Lawmakers reacted with puzzlement, sarcasm and barely veiled anger as Sanders’ campaign and Trump himself played up an event that would exclude Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“I don’t know why he would do that. I think it’s time to start to winding down the primary,” said Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.). “It’s time to move on.”

“It’s peculiar,” said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). “It’s all about Bernie trying to get the advantage in California. It’s not going to work.”

Bernie Sanders Accepts Donald Trump’s Offer To Debate

During an appearance by Donald Trump on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, the subject of a final Democratic debate came up.

Sen. Bernie Sanders’ campaign wants a one more debate with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton before the June 7th California primary. Clinton has declined.

So, Sanders sent a message via Kimmel to invite the Trumpster to a one-on-one debate before the California primary.

The Donald’s answer? “Yes.”

“If he paid a sum toward charity I would love to do that,” Trump said. “If I debated him, we would have such high ratings and I think I should take that money and give it to some worthy charity.”

Sanders immediately tweeted that he accepted the invitation, and today his campaign peeps are looking into moving ahead with trying to make it happen.

From The Hill:

Bernie Sanders’s campaign manager says “back-channel conversations” are underway with Donald Trump’s staff about setting up a bipartisan debate between the two presidential candidates.

“I think it would benefit voters from across the country and I have to believe it would be one of the most-watched debates in presidential politics,” Jeff Weaver said Thursday on MSNBC.

“Let’s see if he has the courage to go one-on-one with Bernie Sanders,” he added.

The Sanders campaign is seeking to ramp up pressure on Trump to follow through on his Wednesday night remarks to late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel.

“The senator wants to do it,” Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs told The Hill. “We’ll see if Trump meant what he said.”

The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.

A Trump official earlier Thursday characterized the mogul’s remarks as “tongue-in-cheek.”

It’s not clear to me if the DNC might have an issue with such a debate between candidates of the two parties when the Democratic candidate hasn’t been officially chosen yet.

Update: Donald Trump told reporters today he would be willing to debate Sanders for $10 million for charity.

Bernie Sanders Wants One More Debate

Bernie Sanders campaign wants one final debate with front-runner Hillary Clinton in California ahead of the Golden State’s primary on June 7th.

From The Hill:

In a Wednesday afternoon statement, Sanders campaign manager Jeff Weaver said the Vermont senator has accepted an invitation from Fox News to debate “with the understanding that we can reach mutual agreement on the debate moderators, the format and other details.”

Weaver said both campaigns in January agreed to hold a debate in May in California, adding that the Clinton campaign has “balked at keeping that pledge.”

“More than half way through the month of May, we hope Secretary Clinton will soon make good on her campaign’s commitment and agree to a time and pace for a debate,” Weaver said in the statement.

In my opinion, I can’t imagine what voters could learn from one more evening of Bernie sniping at Hillary.

And on Fox News, no less. Clearly, it would be an opportunity for the right-wing news outlet to attack Clinton.

Watch :30 Of GOP Debate As It Devolves Into Chaos

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30 seconds of chaos at the GOP debate
Here’s where the GOP debate went completely off the rails.
Posted by Ezra Klein on Thursday, February 25, 2016

This is just fascinating. Grown men acting like this trying to win votes?

Wolf Blitzer got terrible reviews for doing practically nothing to moderate the debate.