The field of Republican presidential candidates, and those participating in the nominating process by attending debates, have attracted negative attention in recent months for what some see as mean-spirited outbursts during debates. For example, allegations swirled around Thursday’s Fox News/Google debate that audience members “booed” a gay soldier.
But Bret Baier, the host of Fox News Channel’s “Special Report” and one of the debate’s moderators, contended on the Fox News Radio Network’s “Kilmeade & Friends” show that what TV audiences heard was just a few isolated individuals.
“First of all, the audience was, I think, 5,500 maybe — [a] huge, huge audience,” Baier said. “And the boos on that gay soldier may have been two people, maybe three out of 5,500. Now, it was loud. It was audible. It was a cavernous facility, the Orange County Convention Center.”
“It would be painting with a broad brush to say, ‘Hey, this crowd booed a gay soldier,’” he continued. “And I think the same is true for the clapping of seeing the person die in Wolf Blitzer’s debate.”