Republican presidential candidate Andy Martin says that the continuing series of attacks between Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly and Fox News has a back story. Liberal media are fascinated by the contretemps between Trump and the so-called “conservative” news channel. Andy has known all of the major participants for decades and explains what he thinks is really going on.
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Republican presidential candidate and author Andy Martin explains why Fox News and Donald Trump are battling again
In the fourth of his “Letters From the 2016 Presidential Campaign” Andy explains why Donald Trump is attacking Megyn Kelly
Andy says Trump is using Kelly as a proxy for Fox owner Rupert Murdoch
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(New York)(August 27, 2015) Dear American:
Wednesday night liberal foghorn MSNBC was filling the airwaves with discussions of the media’s latest conspiracy conundrum: why is Donald Trump continuing to attack Megyn Kelly? Rachel Maddow even rolled out ancient CBS News war horse Daniel Rather to opine. Maddow and Rather speculated Fox and Trump might have created an elaborate conspiracy where they attack each other for mutual profit. I doubt the existence of such a conspiracy.
In my opinion, there is a motive behind Trump’s attacks. I can’t say that my views are entitled to any greater weight than those of others, but there is one significant difference: I am the only one who has known many of the players for thirty years.
In the 1980’s, Trump and I ended up on a list of prominent New Yorkers. Again in the 80’s I was battling Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch’s lackeys and I tangled again in 2008. Murdoch was groveling to Barack Obama and ordered his flunkies to throw me under a bus, which they did. I have no love for Fox News or Murdoch, who I believe is increasingly senile.
While I am by no means an insider, I have been on the inside/outside of many media battles over the decades. And because of all of these tussles I can look inside the players to see what really motivated them. So here are my thoughts.
- Who is a journalist?
Is Megyn Kelly a “journalist?” She calls herself one. Is Jorge Ramos a “journalist?” He also claims to be one. Neither of them are journalists, that is unless you define the term “journalist” into meaningless.
Ramos is a criminals’ advocate who agitates for a state of lawlessness across the United States. He is a media thug who is paid to arouse his audience and to keep his viewers in frenzy against the “gringos” that Ramos excoriates as the oppressors of his “community.” Ramos has a Castroite view of America; all he lacks is complaints of “Yanqui imperialism” to make him a full-fledged Fidel Castro acolyte. How Ramos acts has more in keeping with wearing a brown shirt and lederhosen than it does with the practice of journalism as the neutral reportage of news. Tuesday Ramos went to a Trump event to crate a disturbance, not to act in the role of a bona fide journalist. Ramos succeeded in creating a fracas. But he also blew his cover. Going forward, no genuine journalist should refer to Ramos as a legitimate “journalist.”
And where was Ramos on Wednesday night? Why on Megyn Kelly’s show attacking Trump. Surprise! Ramos won’t go on the O’Reilly Factor, also on Fox News, but he popped up on Kelly’s nightly shebang. Hmmm. What does Kelly have that O’Reilly lacks? Winners and losers at Fox News? Playing favorites? A conspiracy? You be the judge.
Kelly is an attractive, intelligent person who tried the practice of law and decided she could make more money appearing on TV. She has succeeded. She also claims to be a “journalist” but she is not. Kelly is an entertainer and she is by no means a free agent in what she says and does. She is merely a major actor in a kabuki drama that is orchestrated by Fox News to entertain conservatives every day and to make piles of cash for Murdoch every year.
I watch Fox News, and it is entertaining. Roger Ailes, who created Fox News, would like you to believe it is a “conservative” political outlet. And Fox hosts do indeed espouse conservative views from time to time. Some, like Sean Hannity, may even be true believers. But the straightforward goal of Fox News is to make money, lots of it, nothing more and nothing less. Rupert Murdoch is a businessman who will – in true Trumpian confessional fashion – do and say whatever it takes to make more money. Despite his increasing senility Murdoch still controls the Fox Empire.
- Is Megyn Kelly really a free agent?
What most viewers do not realize is that TV “hosts” do not create their own programs each day. There is a vast army of people who labor behind the scenes. To be sure, Kelly and others like her help sculpt the final product, and they present the program on the air, which is why they are called “presenters” in England. But the “product” is actually produced as a collaborative effort behind the scenes, not in front of cameras.
When Fox and Sean Hannity needed me to make news and promote a program in 2008, they worked with me. When orders came down from Rupert Murdoch to have me shot, they took out their pistols and started shooting. Hannity, Kelly and others are not free agents. In reality, they do what they are told; and what they tell their viewers is often manipulated from behind the scenes by producers and corporate handlers.
Bottom line: what Kelly does (and I am not picking on her) is entertain. Journalism is not a part of her job description. That is merely her fantasy. Kelly’s producers create a list of guests and “contributors” and she guides her program with gestures and intonations intended to entertain. Before the now-notorious Fox News presidential “debate,” Kelly and others made a grand scene of telling us how they were “preparing.” It was all part of a dramatic ruse. Always lurking behind the public facade were the corporate bosses. And the corporate bosses were under orders to destroy Donald Trump. Because Rupert Murdoch wants to destroy Donald Trump.
The “debate” questions that were directed at Trump were not “tough” questions as they were falsely portrayed. They were smears intended to demean Trump in front of the other candidates. The tactic backfired with the actual viewing audience. People could see that Kelly and Chris Wallace were asking unfair questions of Trump and asking relative softballs of the other candidates on the stage. The others were asked about “issues;” Trump was asked questions about personal matters that were taken out of context and intended to demean him and distort his image. After the debate I wrote about the dirty tactics of Fox, and I only repeat now because Trump still does not trust Fox News to be fair.
- Who is Trump’s real Target?
After the debate debacle boomeranged on Fox News Roger Ailes tried to make nice by calling Trump. A truce was declared, or so it seemed.
Why did a new round of accusations erupt earlier this week prompting Trump tweet new attacks against Kelly, and prompting new round of accusations against Trump from Fox News management? Here are the facts: Rupert Murdoch is apparently sailing off the coast of Australia on a luxury yacht, bored, restless and itching for a rematch with Trump. I am not suggesting Murdoch is gaga, but he is on the road to gagadom. All along, Murdoch planned to play king maker, and to select one of the GOP “16” as his champion for the White House campaign of 2016.
Trump exploded Murdoch’s strategy by coming on strong and pushing the other “candidates” out of the media’s eye. Like many super-wealthy people in declining years and with declining powers, Murdoch is frustrated, probably angry and trying to reverse the pending collapse of his grand political plan. Trump is proving to be a much more durable and acceptable candidate than Murdoch ever imagined he could be.
And despite being a little gaga, Murdoch loves to tweet. Murdoch has not hesitated us his Titter account to attack Trump. Over the weekend, Murdoch damned Trump with faint praise, claiming Trump was now a “serious candidate.” What Murdoch really meant was that Trump is a serious threat to Murdoch’s grand strategy. Murdoch went on to raise the ante by promoting a new idea, that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg should run as a presidential candidate, though of which party it is not clear.
Murdoch’s tweet of a Bloomberg candidacy was merely a tweak intended to irritate Trump, and Trump did not take long to respond. Within a day of Murdoch’s move, Trump fired back by renewing his attacks on Kelly. Here is why my analysis comes into play.
Trump is no fool, and he also has an impish streak (which many do not understand and falsely attribute to malevolence). Trump knows that Kelly is the “crown jewel” of the Fox News prime time lineup. Why would Trump attack Murdoch, when many people have no idea who Murdoch is and Murdoch himself may not have any idea where he is (for the record, off the coast of Australia)?
Rather impishly, Trump chose to attack Kelly, whom everyone knows and with whom he had already had a fracas. Roger Ailes could and probably should have ignored Trump’s latest machinations but Ailes either could not restrain himself or orders came from the yacht sailing off the coast of Australia to retaliate against Trump with a searing response whose intensity bore no relationship to Trump’s mischief.
And so it goes. Apologies are demanded, and denied. Charges are made and put aside. Kissing-and-making-up is a constant process. The “great game” for supremacy in the 2016 presidential race between the egos of Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch continues unabated.
At least my theory makes sense. With all due respect to Dan Rather and Rachel Maddow, theirs does not. Tit-for-tat is one of the oldest of tactics.
We have not heard the last from Murdoch, a King Lear-like figure sailing off the coast of Australia and lamenting Trump’s usurpation of the 2016 presidential campaign. And we have not heard the last from either faux journalists and criminals’ advocates such as Ramos, or smooth and suave entertainers such as Kelly. Luckily, I’m the outsider who can give you the inside analysis even while I campaign as a presidential candidate to advance my own agenda of issues.
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