Was Fox News Pulling For Romney?

Fox news channel 2 SC Was Fox News Pulling For Romney?

According to the RealClearPolitics website, Newt Gingrich recently told a Tea Party meeting in Delaware, “I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through. In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact.”

Fox News swung back hard and released a statement attacking Gingrich saying, “This is nothing other than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN — that’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention that he’s still bitter about the fact that we terminated his contributor contract.”

Obviously, there is no affection between Fox News and Gingrich.

But Gingrich isn’t alone in his complaints. In March, Rick Santorum complained on air about Fox News bias. Santorum said of Romney: “He’s had Fox News shilling for him every day.”

Fox News holds a special place in Republican primaries. The network was built as an alternative to overtly biased news dispensed at competing mainstream networks. Roger Ailes, the programing genius that constructed Fox News, understood the power of counter-programming against an overtly biased and monolithically liberal competition.

Fox News programing builds a large and loyal audience with Republican sympathies. Thus, a charge of bias in the primary is a significant allegation.

We speak to many conservative activists around the country with fears similar to Gingrich. Some activists make the even more serious charge that Fox News is morphing into just another liberal- leaning voice similar to their mainstream cousins, CNN and MSNBC.

These activists point to the sacking of Glenn Beck and Judge Andrew Napolitano as examples of conservative and libertarian voices being silenced.

Some pro-Israeli organizations also believe that Fox News Middle East coverage has changed also.

Fox News is an important vehicle for sharing right-leaning ideas with a large audience. In our opinion, they have never been pro-conservative, but they allowed conservative ideas to get equal billing. Conservative ideas don’t need promotion by any news outlet, but they do need expression in an outlet.

If Fox News does change, it will lead to the growth of more alternative media. The Internet is the future of news, and if Fox alienates its current right-of-center constituency, then they will move to places with a fairer and more balanced approach.

Fox News is number one because of fair and balanced coverage, but if they become one sided (or don’t allow competing views), they will soon shrink and lose their preeminent position.

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4 comments to Was Fox News Pulling For Romney?

  • Upaces

    THAT a year-old video of a speech by Ann Coulter is now making the rounds on the Internet, showing the conservative pundit warning that the nomination of Mitt Romney as the GOP presidential candidate will lead to a Democratic victory in November.
    Speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February 2011, Coulter said: “If we don’t nominate [New Jersey Gov.] Chris Christie, Romney will be the nominee and we’ll lose.” …..
    Flash forward to the present day: Coulter has changed her stance and now supports Romney’s candidacy. She has even penned a column titled “Three Cheers for Romneycare.”
    She writes: “One difference between the healthcare bills is that Romneycare is constitutional and Obamacare is not.”
    Continue Reading: http://www.newsmax.com/InsiderReport/Jews-Shift-t

  • jiminidaho

    I agree with Newt. I heard some very obviously Romney biased comments from O’Riley and Ann Coulter, especially. I just hope that whoever it is they win and get Obama and his wrecking crew out!

    • Upaces

      I am right there with you. Romney is being shoved down our throats! He will continue where Obama left off.

      He is referred to as Decent? Would you call anyone decent who lies about the Dream Act just to get votes?
      Yes, he states he is AGAINST the Dream Act while running an Ad in Spanish:

      Video: http://www.conservativeactionalerts.com/2012/01/r….

      Do you remember the raid in Texas years ago where the house was burned to the ground?
      Mormons were living there with multiple wives and children.
      Romney also states he would have voted for the NDAA;
      Romney states "…only talk about re-distribution of wealth behind closed doors";
      Romney states he is like Obama.
      George Soros states Romney is like Obama.
      Both the WH and Soros approve of Romney running for President — why not! He is just like Obama;
      Romney committed a Federal Crime through wire fraud by wiring Millions of his $$ to the Cayman Islands as well as accepting foreign $$ for campaigns.
      Romney was part of the Medicare fraud;
      Romney's Mormon religion — Founder, Joseph Smith says he wants to be the 2nd Mohamed.
      Video: Romney exploits American Business with Foreign $$; http://www.kingofbain.com/
      Romney "claimed" he created Thousands and thousands of jobs and refused to prove it;
      Romney states (I believe it was 2008) that he thought we needed Healthcare like Hezabola;
      Romney made the same mistake Cain did by stating, "Islam not inherently violent."
      While Mormons teach against Alcohol, drugs, prostitution and gambling…they own a casino in Las Vegas
      Admits his only connection to GOP is he is a registered Repubican.

    • Upaces

      Newt is the ONLY one who is standing up against Sharia Law and the Muslim Infiltration in Our Country; while Romney stated: "Islam is NOT inherently violent."

      Video: Newt Gingrich — Ban Sharia Law in the U.S. = full explanation