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28 августа 2015, 21:07

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28 августа 2015, 02:41

Stifling Biden's bid

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28 августа 2015, 02:20

The 'Happy Hour' debate is back

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CNN released a trailer on Thursday for the second GOP primary debate, to be held on Sept. 16 in California, and revealed that once again, the lower-tier candidates will be relegated to a debate which will start hours before the main event. Candidates who are in the top 10 average of recognized polls from July 16 through Sept. 10 will participate in a primetime debate airing at 9 p.m. ET. The rest of the candidates, those who have registered at least one percent in three national polls, will appear in an earlier debate at 6 p.m. ET. The amount of time between the two debates is especially problematic for a candidate like Carly Fiorina, who did well in Fox News' earlier debate (which was four hours ahead of the primetime debate) and is angling to make it to the main stage for the second round. Fiorina is charging that the Republican National Committee should be doing more to ensure that the debate stage represents the true top 10 candidates. At issue, her campaign says, is that CNN should not be giving as much weight to the earlier polls conducted before the first debate. Fiorina began surging in the polls after the first debate, but it's unlikely that enough polls would be conducted, or that Fiorina's surge will be strong enough, to push her into the top ten. If the debate were held today, the candidates who would be in the 9p.m. debate are Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Ben Carson, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John Kasich and Chris Christie. Those in the 6p.m. debate would be Rick Perry, Carly Fiorina, Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, George pataki, and Lindsey Graham. UPDATE (10:15p.m.): In a statement, a CNN spokesperson said that the debate criteria will not be adjusted due to FEC guidelines, but that the network believes they are fair. "CNN published the criteria for the CNN-Reagan Library debate on May 20th. It will encompass polling data from three weeks prior to the first debate and five weeks following. Federal Election Commission guidelines make it clear that these criteria cannot be changed after they have been published. We believe that our approach is a fair and effective way to deal with the highest number of candidates we have ever encountered," the spokesperson said.

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27 августа 2015, 19:24

Roger Ailes' real message to Trump

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Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes took a stand against Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling on the GOP frontrunner to apologize for his Twitter attacks on Fox News host Megyn Kelly. But about 20 minutes later a modified version of that message was being sent from Fox News headquarters to Trump, when Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted at Trump with some advice: Stick to the issues--you're so good on the issues!--and leave Megyn Kelly alone. "My friend @realDonaldTrump has captured the imagination of many. Focus on Hillary, Putin, border, jobs, Iran China & leave @megynkelly alone," he wrote. Hannity also tweeted that he told Trump the same thing privately. Hannity's message is a useful one for Ailes, who has been characterized as being in something of a Trump conundrum: He must defend one his most valued stars, Kelly, while keeping some semblance of a relationship going with the man who is currently the Republican front runner (and, more importantly, ratings gold). The push and pull between Trump and the network has produced a surprising result: nothing has served both sides as well as this perception of conflict between the two. (Kelly's show was number one in the key 25-54 audience demo on Tuesday night.) It seems that neither peace nor war has been as good for the network or the candidate as this carefully managed, "fragile" detente. So how to navigate this current ripple, the dispute between Kelly and the candidate? Simple. Suggest that Trump is "so good on the issues" that he should focus on them instead of on Kelly or Fox, while Kelly takes the high road and stays quiet (save for a funny quip about buying her husband a Donald Trump tie for his birthday on Tuesday night). On "The Five," a few hours after Hannity's tweet, host Juan Williams read Ailes' statement (as nearly every Fox News host did on Tuesday) and added a bit of commentary of his own: "Trump has certainly been successful to this point in the GOP primaries. But if he hopes for that momentum to continue, he may want to focus on more serious issues facing this country," Williams said. "As for Megyn her journalistic credentials speak for themselves, and all of us sitting at this table and at throughout Fox News are honored to call her a teammate and a friend." "Wouldn't that be smarter, to focus on the issues!" Hannity proclaimed on his show later that evening. "He's winning on the issues and he should stay focused on the issues," said "Outnumbered" host Andrea Tantaros, appearing alongside Hannity. As Fox insiders have told POLITICO, much of Ailes' messages can be discerned from watching Hannity. While it's not clear whether an explicit directive from Ailes told anchors to promote the "focus on the issues" line, the evidence shows it became a sort of network-wide mantra. "Megyn Kelly is extraordinary, I point to her as someone my daughter should look at as how to handle most issues. Donald Trump should just stick to the issues," "Fox and Friends" host Elisabeth Hasselbeck said on Wednesday morning. "Which he's strong on," co-host Steve Doocy added. "Speak to immigration, speak to the war on terror, speak to the issues we're facing here on the economy and stop aiming at Fox News," Hasselbeck continued. "Yes move on," co-host Brian Kilmeade said. The supposed feud did very little to quiet coverage of Trump on the network. His town hall on Tuesday night was carried live on Fox, taking over most of Greta Van Susteren's show and his tussle with Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos was often the top story on Wednesday, with hosts like Bill O'Reilly saying Trump was right to kick Ramos out of his press conference. Not long after "Fox and Friends" on Wednesday morning, Fox News contributor and radio host Laura Ingraham, had Trump on her radio show. "You're so powerful on the stump, and you're getting such huge crowds. The kind of late night tweets reacting to what's happening on [Kelly's] show, I mean, I personally don't think that's helpful. Now you don't need my advice, I mean who the heck am I, but I just think your message on trade and globalism and immigration and middle class renewal is really a serious platform of ideas," Ingraham said. And then finally, less than 48 hours after his initial tweets, Trump brought news of a new truce and told Ingraham there wouldn't be any more late night Twitter rants. "Roger Ailes is great, Roger Ailes is a special guy, a good friend of mine. We just spoke two minutes ago, I mean Roger Ailes is a great guy. And, no I have no problem. And, I actually liked [Kelly's] show very much last night, if you want to know the truth," Trump said.