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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Cavuto & Wallace Are Wrong

Look, I don't disagree that journalists are there to ask the tough questions.  (If only they'd be consistent and ask them of all candidates.  Has Barack Obama ever cheated on his wife?  We don't know.  He's never been asked.  In fact, there's a host of questions that he's never been asked.  The double standard is what riles us.)

And I think asking Newt Gingrich about his ex-wife's allegations is fair.

But this is over the top:
John King Defended By Fox News' Chris Wallace And Neil Cavuto
Fox News

Fox News hosts defended CNN's John King on Friday for asking GOP candidate Newt Gingrich about the bombshell interview his ex-wife gave ABC before Thursday's Republican primary debate.

King started the debate by asking Gingrich if he would like to discuss the allegations his ex-wife made during the interview. Gingrich said he did not and blasted ABC for airing the interview days before the South Carolina primary. He also lashed out at CNN and John King for using what he called "trash" to open a presidential debate. King received a considerable amount of backlash from the debate audience.

On Friday's "Fox and Friends," Fox News' Chris Wallace defended King for asking Gingrich the question. Wallace told the "Fox and Friends" hosts that he would have "absolutely" opened the debate with the same question if he were the moderator.

"Our job isn't to be popular, our job is to ask what's on people's minds...I thought it was a legitimate first question to ask," Wallace said.

Later on Friday, Fox News host Neil Cavuto also defended King. Cavuto opened his show by telling his viewers that it was King's duty as debate moderator to ask Gingrich about his ex-wife's recent interview. Cavuto said, "Enough with making CNN's John King a villain for asking it, and Newt Gingrich a hero for effectively dodging it." Cavuto echoed Wallace's statement and said that he would have opened the debate with the same question. [link]
So what are these two overlooking in their zealous defense (deployed from a rather too-high horse) of their colleague, John King?

The question was asked at a debate by a debate moderator.  How exactly were the other three participants expected to debate the question?

No.  King, in his effort to be the first to have the opportunity to ask the sensational question, stepped out of bounds.  And Cavuto and Wallace are wrong.  There's a time and place for everything.  And the ABC journalist chose the wrong ones.

Think it through, fellas.  Loyalty is admirable.  Being blind in judgment is not.