Rachel Maddow Excoriates Fox News’ Handling of GOP Debate: They Have ‘No Idea’ What They’re Doing! (Video)

maddow-fox-news-gop-debateAt long last the first Republican presidential debate is finally here – although when you have seventeen candidates running for your party’s nomination, “circus” is really a much better word for it. Especially when you factor in just how inept Fox News has been at figuring out how the heck they’re going to conduct a debate with this many candidates.


As Rachel Maddow brilliantly explained Monday evening, we’re just a few days away from the event and American’s most watched conservative entertainment network still hasn’t really said how they plan to pick the candidates who’ll appear on stage or even which polls they’re going to use to make that decision.

As she pointed out, in almost every poll the vast majority of candidates fall within that poll’s margin of error, which for credible polls is typically +/- 3 percent. Meaning that if Ted Cruz is polling at 5 percent and Ben Carson is polling at 2 percent, they’re technically at a statistical tie based upon the margin of error – which makes it impossible to really determine who the “top 10” candidates are when all but three or four fall within the margin of error.

Yet, here we are, just a few days away and even the candidates themselves don’t even really know what’s going on.

“It’s this week!,” Maddow exclaimed, mocking Fox News’ bumbling of the entire process.

She then went on to discuss how several national polling places are either suspending polling leading up to the debate or including text in their new polls explaining how margin of error works as to point out that the results for many of these candidates show they’re statistically tied.

It is absurd that we’re just two days away from this first debate and Fox News has kept practically everyone in the dark as to how they’re going to select the candidates who are allowed to participate in the first step toward electing a new president.

That’s the harsh truth of it; this debate isn’t just some random right-wing event. This is a legitimate presidential primary debate being hosted by America’s highest rated cable news channel – and it’s an absolute mess.

But the saddest part is, this isn’t overly complicated. As Maddow pointed out towards the end of the segment, they could still just set-up two events with a random process to select which candidates would be a part of which event. That way no one is left out.

It’s really not that complicated, yet Fox News has managed to completely botch this whole thing.


Then again, should we have expected anything less? After all, with Donald Trump as the leading candidate this is quite literally a political circus filled with seventeen clowns and Fox News is one of the GOP’s biggest ringleaders.

Watch the segment below via MSNBC:




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Allahu Akbar!

    Trump is walking away with this while Hillary circles the drain.The questions is who will Trump have as VP to join him in the White House?

    • Al Johnson

      Ha, ha, ha . ha . ha …

    • K.e. Presley

      He would want someone similar in clarity of thought and ability to communicate, so I suggest Michelle Bachmann or Sarah Palin.

      • Allahu Akbar!

        Yes a billionaire must indeed be less than intelligent.

      • Eg Kbbs

        Or conversely, you seem to think it takes intelligence to make sure you are born to a rich family.

      • PRIME79

        You equate lots of money with intelligence…..seriously?

        *points at you and laughs uncontrollably*

      • Jim Valley

        Or a large order of fries.

    • PRIME79

      Thats easy, the VP will be whoever it is that invites him to come visit the white house after the election.

    • Creeayshun Sighuntist

      That is comedic genius! I didn’t know that you understood sarcasm, but it’s apparent that you have mastered it with that comment.

  • utopia27

    meh. they’re all so loony toons, i’m really OK with the clown car leaking oil, blowing smoke, and flinging springs into the air – a very visible, humorous, and moderately humiliating reminder of just what a farce this is. I just hope it will be so blatantly bad that it convinces everyone involved that none of the clowns is presidential material.

    • Allahu Akbar!

      Do you really think Hillary is going to survive the email controversy?Not a chance.She is going to be ripped to shreds if not imprisoned.That leaves you Bernie Sanders.America will never elect a self admitted socialist.

      • Allahu Akbar!

        Hillary Clinton’s popularity is
        plunging among white women, a slice of Americans she desperately needs
        to win over if she is to become president.

        A poll released Tuesday by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News found
        that just 34 per cent of Caucasian females have a positive view of the
        former secretary of state. That figure has dropped 10 points in the last
        month.

        Her ‘unfavorable’ number among the same group climbed by ten points.
        Now 53 per cent of white women in the U.S. simply don’t like her. Even
        in America’s suburbs, Clinton is ‘under water’ by five points, with more
        of those voters seeing her negatively than positively.

      • noah vail

        i just ran my cursor over your avatar…that told me all i need to know about your “character” or lack thereof

      • PRIME79

        Survive the email contraversy? You mean the way Obama didnt survive Benghazi and Fast and Furious and the IRS and his birth certificate? And how Romney won in a landslide? Lol! You people are a trip, yall cling to the same shit over and over and it fails constantly.

        And socialist is only a scary word to cowardly/ignorant people that use boogey man tactics when they aren’t really aware of the meaning of the word……or many many words for thst matter.

      • noah vail

        he NEVER said he was a socialist…he said he is a social democrat,, you know like our allies in europe that are doing so much better than we are socially and materially…

  • Reader

    Fox was just woofing for the Koch brothers to have their “event” in California to be “told” who the candidates were to participate in the debate. Fox will probably be announcing now if they haven’t already – I don’t watch Fox So don’t know if announcement has been made!

  • Eg Kbbs

    Agree with article. For weeks I’ve been mystified on just the basic time constraints (divide available time by the number of questions and the number of candidates and find that there isn’t time to answer even a single question with more than a sound-bite).

  • Jim Valley

    I think the thing that bothers me the very most about today’s conservatives is how stupid they are.

    • MarcoZandrini

      In reality (did I write that) the clowns’ behavior merely mimics that of their constituents.

      Freedumb!