Fox News and Newt Gingrich (who once held a Fox contract) are exchanging blows today after Newt Gingrich accused Fox of an overwhelming bias in favor of Mitt Romney and, even worse for diehard Fox fans, said that CNN offered more balanced and fair coverage. Fox responded that Gingrich was auditioning for “a CNN gig.” That might be a needed job after Gingrich’s $500 check to enter the Utah primary bounced. Now Gingrich is selling the names and addresses of his donors to the highest bidder.
At a meeting with Tea Party activists in Delaware, Gingrich said: “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.” I guess he did not see the positive value of the prior Fox story from the Fox News Psychiatrist saying that Gingrich’s serial infidelity make actually make him a better president.
The response from Fox was equally to the point: “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.” Wow, this was an official statement from the network, not the usual unnamed Fox executive. The network believe Gingrich was the right “kind of man” when it paid him as a contributor.
Gingrich is not the only conservative denouncing Fox News over bias.Rick Santorum previously said that Romney has “had Fox News shilling for him every day.” Santorum was also a paid contributor with Fox. There is no word from Fox on what kind of man Santorum is.
Of course, Fox is not alone is such intra-family squabbles that go public. MSNBC had the equally poisonous breakup with Keith Olbermann with the same personal attacks.
As for liability, this all falls well within the protection afforded to opinion under defamation law — on both sides.
24 thoughts on “Gingrich: Fox News Is Not Fair Or Balanced”
Gingrich is such a whiner. It is IMO his most predictable and least appealing trait. Whine, whine, whine.
“Livingston called Flynt a “bottom feeder.” Replied the unrepentant Flynt: “Sure, I’m a bottom feeder. But look what I found when I got down there.””
Thanks for that quote MichaelM, I never like Hustler but I do have some passing respect for Flynt. Your point that every journalist should be a bottom feeder is good advice to young journalists but not advice likely to be taken, journalism as celebrity gets you invited to more parties.
I recall an interview with Truman Capote (from decades ago) and he was shocked that he was shut out of the New York social set after excerpts from his unfinished roman a clef about the NY social set were published. He said that whenever anyone asked what he was doing he told them “I’m writing a book, what did they think it was about?” He could not believe they would not still want him as a guest and it hurt him terribly.
Everybody wants to get invited to the parties.
I take that back, everybody but Stephen Colbert- he got invited to the biggest party of them all and told everyone in the room from the Emperor to the lowliest sycophant that they had no clothes. Good man that Colbert.
When I see these Tea Party people talk about their views of the world and then they invoke this American Revolutionary name tag I try to place them in 1776. How many would be for George Washington at Valley Forge for example and how many would be sipping tea with the Redcoats for King George in Philly? Huh? Think about em. And why do they call this group, which is at best a cult, a party, when they are clearly a cult within the Republican Party?
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