Fox News Declared the 'Biggest Loser' of Debate Night: 'RNC, Fix This!'


Who you saw as the winner of Wednesday night’s Republican primary debate is largely a Rorschach test.

As is often the case with these wide-field debates, you could easily make a case for any of the candidates having had the best night. (Well, maybe not Chris Christie.)

What’s not nearly as debatable, however, is who had the roughest night of them all.

Fox News, which presented the debate, had its work cut out from the beginning. The network had the unenviable task of broadcasting the first Republican debate without the leading candidate, Donald Trump.

(The former president instead took to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, for a revealing interview with Tucker Carlson.)

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Even without the star attraction, however, Fox could’ve salvaged the night by keeping the candidates in check, keeping discussions brief and substantive, and sticking to topics relevant to what Republican voters actually care about.

By this writer’s humble calculations, Fox went an embarrassing 0-3 on that particular scorecard.

The first two failures (not keeping candidates in check and not keeping debates brisk) are somewhat common in any debate presentation, to be fair.

Still, it was rather comical seeing former Vice President Mike Pence ignore the time restraints to deliver his wooden message. It was jarring to see off-topic, Trumpian bickering among the candidates, particularly when things devolved between Christie and Vivek Ramaswamy.

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But again, these sins are hardly unique to Fox News. You will see the same criticisms hurled at CNN and MSNBC when they’re the ones hosting a debate.

No, where Fox really lost the plot was with its choice of questions.

At best, you could describe them as irrelevant. At worst, you could say that these questions exposed just how sorely out of touch Fox is with its purported base.

Where to even begin?

How about with a question about UFOs, which actually drew a snide remark from Christie and laughter from the crowd?

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Or how about the far-left cause of climate change? Whatever you may think of mankind’s ability to change the weather, it’s certainly not a winning topic for Republicans.

Viewers certainly noticed Fox’s peculiar choice of questions:

“Biggest loser in tonight’s debate? FOX News,” one X user posted. “RNC, fix this!” (For what it’s worth, The Hill agreed with that assessment.)

Just as noticeable as what was asked was what wasn’t asked — namely, a question on the red-hot topic of transgenderism. When something has torpedoed brands like Bud Light and Target, one can assume American voters care about it.

Fox hardly broached the subject at all, with the moderators only mentioning it once in relation to women’s sports.

So, Fox News exposed itself as horribly out of touch with Republican voters and probably turned off swathes of prospective viewers who may have tuned in to give the beleaguered network a second chance.

It couldn’t get worse… right?


The above is Trump’s interview with Carlson. It’s been embedded for your viewing pleasure, but there’s a good chance you’ve seen it already.

Why? Because that X video had garnered nearly 15 million views as of Thursday. That was enough to eclipse Fox’s viewership on Wednesday night.

It’s just another reason why Fox News will want to quickly forget about the first Republican debate.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than five years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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