Fox News tried to "prove its chops" during the presidential debate Thursday night by asking scripted questions that led the candidates to lambaste each other instead of the Democrat in the White House, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show Friday.
Limbaugh said the mainstream media probably delighted in the slickly produced format because Obama did not appear to be the intended target.
"That debate last night was produced," he said on his "Open-Line Friday" radio broadcast. "The only thing spontaneous, obviously last night, were the answers."
The fact that the Republicans were "tearing each other up" during the debate, when the Democrats never seem to be pitted against each other, was the result of weeks of meticulous planning by Fox News to appeal to the major networks, Limbaugh said.
Correspondent Byron York's question to Michele Bachmann about whether the Minnesota congresswoman would remain submissive to her husband if she won the election was provacative, he said.
"The stuff that was embarrassing, they liked," Limbaugh said. "Fox is trying to prove its chops with its tough questions."
The debate should have been themed "Get Rid of Obama," he said.
"We're here to save America," he said. "We're here to revive the ecomony. The problem with our country, Mr. President, is you."
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