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    Default Fox News to make big profit from hosting debates?

    I don't like when someone messes with something that is better left to turn out on its own. And when the chief motive is financial gain, it's a thousand times worse.

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    Did someone at Fox News Channel contrive the whole debate set-up scheme mainly to put more advertising revenue in the network's pockets?

    If so, the first candidate to ‘buy’ into it may be Chris Christie.

    Yesterday, reported on the New Jersey governor’s $250,000 ad buy on Fox News:
    Gov. Chris Christie's newest television campaign video includes a $250,000 ad buy to the news network hosting the first Republican presidential debate, the campaign confirmed.

    Christie's ad, titled "Protect America," will air nationally on Fox News, campaign spokeswoman Samantha Smith confirmed. Christie's camp is spending $250,000 on the national ad buy.
    And, today, the same source reported on an additional buy via Christie’s super PAC, America Leads, bringing the governor’s total to $1 million in Fox News advertising:
    Gov. Chris Christie and a group supporting his presidential campaign plan to spend close to $1 million dollars for ads on Fox
    News, the television channel sponsoring a Republican candidates debate next month.


    The PAC declined to say how much it would spend on the ad buy, but a person familiar will the details who was not authorized to discuss the cost said the American Leads plans to invest about $750,000 in the ad buy.

    The Christie campaign is spending $250,000 on the ad titled "Protect America," that will appear on Fox News, campaign spokeswoman, Samantha Smith confirmed.
    Advertising on a national venue like Fox News, in August, makes no sense for a candidate if the target audience is in primary states with first votes being cast months from now.

    However, if your goal is to get onto a debate stage based on performance in national polls focused on likely GOP voters, there is only one place a candidate should be spending his or her money: Fox News.

    Is this potential to turn the debate structure into a money-maker for Fox mere coincidence? Some are beginning to ask that question, albeit liberal sources so far.

    On Friday morning, Media Matters posted an article entitled, "Chris Christie Spending Big Money To Get Into Fox News Debate" with the opening:
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is reportedly purchasing $250,000 of advertising time on Fox News in an attempt to help secure a place at the network's August 6 debate. Christie's ad buy is more evidence that Fox News' debate -- the first of the presidential cycle -- is proving lucrative for the network.
    Raw Story reports on Rachel Maddow's program highlights that evening:
    While the younger Paul is having trouble raising money, Maddow said, supporters for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie have bought $250,000 worth of advertising time on Fox News in an effort to boost his national profile ahead of the first GOP candidate debate.

    The conservative network has already said it would allow just the top 10 candidates in the polls to participate, Maddow said, effectively forcing them to buy national ads instead of focusing on traditional campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire.

    “It’s a great racket that Fox has set up,” she said, adding, “Ka-ching! Must be very nice for Fox.”
    And today, the morning after, Daily Kos writes:
    Huh, who would have thought that the Republican Party putting Fox News in charge of how their presidential debates will run would turn into a giant money funnel for the network.
    Will the GOP have more boldness than a local Fox affiliate is allowed? Might they seize upon this -- whether it can be proven or not -- as a way to insist Fox take their profit margin out of the equation by allowing all candidates on the debate stage? Or might the party pull its candidates, not wanting the selection of their potential nominee to be determined by a network more interested in lining its pockets than giving every credible candidate his or her chance in front of all the American people?

    As the current Fox debate format is becoming less and less popular among the candidates and the people, it's something the party should consider. Holding Fox to account in a way that brings all candidates to the debate would be welcome by practically everyone involved -- except Fox News.

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    The conservative media empire of Rupert Murdock is split over Donald Trump.

    One major component, the Wall Street Journal, has been bashing Trump; Fox News has been supporting him.

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    No. They're not split at all. Did you even see O'Reilly try to torch Trump several days ago? Fox News is for Bush and whatever contigency plan that comes after him. Just look at Krauthammer, Rove, Leprachaun, Wallbanger, Tantaros, Perino, etc. They want the establishment NWO RINO globalist Republican. That's why O'Reilly gave Trump the Ron Paul treatment.

    Quote Originally Posted by Green Man View Post
    The conservative media empire of Rupert Murdock is split over Donald Trump.

    One major component, the Wall Street Journal, has been bashing Trump; Fox News has been supporting him.
    Last edited by DontTreadonMe7; 07-25-2015 at 09:29 PM.

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    You have to remember why these people are in business. It is not to inform (or mis-inform) you, it is to make a profit. In the end, all that matters is dividends to the stock-holders.
    Even as men wrecked upon a sand, that look to be
    washed off the next tide.

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