If not for the chronic background laugher and Chris Wallace’s pomposity, I could agree with those who called FoxNews’ “First in the Fall” presidential debate a “success.” In fact was pleasantly shocked by how much time Fox gave to Ron Paul, especially compared to CNN’s shameful blackouts of Dennis Kucinich and Mike Gravel.
But by the end of the debate my patience had worn thin for Chris Wallace and his thoroughly rehearsed (yet still unfunny) pot shots at Paul. I was simultaneously disgusted by and embarrassed for Wallace. The one thing more annoying than Sean Hannity is watching the Chris Wallaces of the world obsessively imitate him.
Wallace’s pathetic performance aside, the even bigger asshole was that anonymous cackler, giggling hysterically like a schoolgirl whenever one of the moderators addressed Dr. Paul. The chuckles weren’t just limited to situations in which the hosts were making fun of Paul–which incidentally occurred way to frequently for a network that self-applies the bogus “fair and balanced” label–but whenever the candidate spoke, as well as any time someone with a microphone mentioned Ron Paul’s name or ideas.
That this guy wasn’t booted the first time suggests the laughter was as staged as Chris Wallace’s weasel-like hitjobs. Don’t pose as a journalist covering the news objectively, and then laugh at the person you’re pretending to interview.