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.