Gingrich: Fox News Is Not Fair Or Balanced

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.

Source: Guardian

24 thoughts on “Gingrich: Fox News Is Not Fair Or Balanced”

  1. “The key word here is blackwhite. Like so many Newspeak words, this word has two mutually contradictory meanings. Applied to an opponent, it means the habit of impudently claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts. Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this.” — George Orwell, 1984

    Substitute “fair and balanced” (or “CNN and Fox Noise”) for either “black” or “white” (it makes no difference which) and you have yet another lurid Orwellian epsiode of incestous infighting in the corporate reactionary leper colony. Most Corporate Media outlets just want to report on a meaningless, over-hyped “horserace,” even if the Republicans only have bedraggled rats running as their preferred entries. When even the rats start calling each other “vermin,” one has reason to suspect a breakdown of Party discipline.

    Appearing on Fox News (or CNN, in many instances) would demean the reputation of a saint, but since most of the hosts and guests of Corporate Media Marketing (CMM) have no public-interest — let alone saintly — motivations, few reptilian reputations need fear falling lower than the bottom. When former Republican Representative Bob Livingston had to resign the House Speakership moments after accepting it because Hustler publisher Larry Flynt threatened to make public Livingston’s adulterous relationship with a lobbyist before his committee, 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.”

    Getting down to the bottom of the rampant corruption in American government ought to consume every ounce of energy of every last journalist in America. Instead, we mostly see the shameless selling of “the perfect bottom” attainable by anyone who purchases (for money and/or their own soul) the brand-of-the-moment political pair of pants. And should anyone — especially a woman — try to break through the right-wing religious/corporate/political stereoptyping of them, they would no doubt encounter what happens when a Maligned Madame does Fox News.

  2. rcampbell,

    You have that correct…..

    Raff and mespo,

    You mean the Easter Bunny isn’t real…..Damn….. Better cancel my subscription to the natural bunny…..

  3. Gingrich: Fox News Is Not Fair Or Balanced

    Fox News: Gingrich Is Not Fair Or Balanced

    works either way

  4. Hah! Newt is admitting that Fox News might be biased? Mespo is right. Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny are next on his disclosure list.

  5. rcampbell, interesting yet bigoted question regarding Conservatives. Another question is what does it say about those on the left who lie to themselves, pretendibg that only Fox News is biased?

  6. I can’t figure out to whom Newt’s revelation was aimed. We on the left have known this fact about Faux Noise for many years and the dunderheads on the right either already know it and like it that way or are so far gone they think Newt’s making it up or has become one of Allen West’s targetted commies. Does Conservatism cause insanity or is it the other way around?

  7. In this Gong Show of a Republican Primary race, Newt was just another ding-a-ling.

  8. If his $500 check bounced, is Newt close to bankruptcy? Where does that place him on the Ayn Rand morality scale?

  9. You don’t say….. Since when….. I am aghast…… Well it for NBC keeps its reporting standards as in the Zimmerman matter…… He may find a new gig…..

  10. Bouncey, bouncey.

    Right on out the door of American political life, Newt.


    Be sure to let the door repeatedly hit you in the head on the way out.

    Real hard.

  11. Somehow, I don’t think Newt’s going to get his old job back when he’s done campaigning.

  12. Awww! Poor widdle bunny! 🙁

    Seriously? Newt’s surprised about Fox News not being “fair”? That deserves both a face palm and a head slap.

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