Fox News hits back at ‘bitter’ Newt Gingrich over claims of campaign bias

April 13, 2012

By Ewen MacAskill, Guardian UK

Fox News has attacked the struggling Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, after an outburst in which he blamed the network for the failure of his campaign and claimed it was biased in favour of Mitt Romney.

The channel, where Gingrich had a contract before hitting the campaign trail, dismissed the accusations and claimed his criticism of the network was motivated by a desire for a job at rival CNN.

Gingrich’s outspoken criticism of Fox came at a meeting in Delaware on Wednesday with Tea Party activists.

According to the RealClearPolitics website, which was given access to the meeting, 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.”

Fox hit back in a strongly personal attack. In a statement provided to the Guardian, it said: “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.”

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2 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I just sent you a message about the News Media endorsing Mitt Romney from the beginning of this campaign. I read right after I send it that you said I had already said whatever I said. I have never sent a message before, so I’m wondering if you will ignore my previous comments. I am for Mr. Gingrich and would love him to be the next president of the U.S.A….

  • I do believe that the entire News Media has been “endorsing” Romney from the beginning of this campaign. I am a very conservative person and do not feel comfortable with Mr. Romney becoming our next President. All we have heard and read has been ” Mr. Romney is most electable of the candidates.” Why are all the members of the News Media cramming Mr. Romney down our throats? We do not need the Media telling us who to vote for, we can vote for whomever we believe will be the best person to defend and protect our country. I believe that Mr. Gingrich would make a darn good President who will not be afraid to step on any one’s toes and tell them what is good or not for our country. The Media has been telling him to get out of the race forever, why? Let the people decide. You do not need to do our thinking and voting for us. We need to get the current President out of the White House, period!!!! Mr. Newt will be my choice and has been from the beginnig. I hope he will be my next President, oh, and I don’t care what kind of package he is carrying, no body is perfect. We need a President with a steel backbone, and in my opinion Mr. Gingrich does!

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