The following column by Ann Coulter appeared in The Hollywood Reporter:
So far, polls show Donald Trump has been the resounding winner of every debate. He’s also the only reason these debates are drawing 20 million viewers.
Still, the Republican National Committee decided to add a seventh debate to the schedule, not because six wasn’t enough — the Democrats have only had four — but to throw some advertising money Fox’s way. And the only reason a debate is worth a lot of money to a network is because Trump is there.
So when Fox issued a smart-ass press release yesterday, Trump walked. He decided to do a charity event for veterans instead — which will have a lot more viewers than any debate sans Trump.
And look who’s in the driver’s seat now. Fox is desperate to get Trump back, so they pretend they never issued a trivial and self-important press release — while accusing Trump of being trivial and self-important.
He may complain, but Kelly’s “war on women” question during the first debate about the un-P.C. remarks Trump has made, gave him the biggest laugh line of that debate (“Only Rosie O’Donnell.”) as well as the biggest applause line (“I don’t frankly have time for total political correctness. And to be honest with you, this country doesn’t have time either.”).
The problem wasn’t the question, per se, but that so many of the questions to Trump were these silly “gotcha” questions, while the other candidates were given softballs.
Consider that the Fox News team actually spent time poring through old reality TV clips for spicy quotes from Trump, but didn’t bother to ask Rubio one question about the amnesty bill he pushed through the U.S. Senate just two years earlier — a bill that happens to be detested by Republican voters.
It would be the equivalent of the debate moderators in 1980 fixating on petty Hollywood gossip about Reagan’s divorce from Jane Wyman — while neglecting to ask President Carter anything about the Iranian hostage crisis.
Read the rest here.