Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich slammed Fox News on Wednesday, citing bias in its presidential election coverage. Gingrich accused Fox News of slanting coverage in favor of Mitt Romney, the leading Republican presidential candidate. The network shot back at Gingrich on Thursday, calling him bitter.
Gingrich began the verbal quarrel when he told members of a Tea Party gathering in Delaware that he believed Fox News distorted the campaign coverage in favor of Romney. He also accused Murdoch of controlling the bias in the presidential race coverage. “I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’ ” Gingrich said. “And there’s no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches Fox.”
Gingrich also added: “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.” In a prepared statement, Fox News said that Gingrich was priming for a position on CNN and that he is bitter that he is bitter that his contract with Fox News was terminated (his contract was terminated when he announced his intentions to run for the Republican nomination).
Accusing Fox News of bias is like accusing Bernie Madoff of being greedy; everyone already knows it, therefore there is no reason to announce it. It seems as though Gingrich was fine with it, as he was a former commentator for the network, but as soon as the bias started affecting him, he decided to draw attention to the problem. Perhaps Gingrich needs a refresher on blatantly obvious truths: Dogs will bark, the sun will rise, and Fox News will always be biased. (You’re welcome, Newt).