Fox News Could Not Have Been Kinder to Newt Gingrich – Business – The Atlantic Wire
After that, he went to the top of the food chain, saying the chairman and CEO of Fox’s parent company News Corp. was responsible for the slanted coverage. “I assume it’s because [Rupert] Murdoch at some point [who] said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’” Gingrich said. He attributed the network’s decision to “write him off” in June and July to his defiance in attending media soirees. “I don’t go to their cocktail parties,” he said. “The only press events I go to are interesting dinners when the wife insists on it, so we’re going to go to the White House Correspondents’ dinner because she wants to. And we’re actually going to go to CNN’s table, not FOX.” Take that, Fox!
In truth, Fox News has been one of the few safe harbors for Gingrich among conservative news outlets. For starters, some of Gingrich’s most important endorsements came on Fox News airtime. Sean Hannity’s 9 p.m. program, for instance, was a veritable clearinghouse for Gingrich buy-ins. In January, Sarah Palin first gave Gingrich her seal of approval, telling voters for the first time, “I’d vote for Newt,” which she eventually did. Shortly after that, Hannity invited on former Senator Fred Thompson to pledge allegiance to Gingrich. “I have come to the growing realization for me anyway that Newt Gingrich is the guy who can articulate what America is all about,” Thompson said. How about Palin’s husband Todd? He decided to divulge his love for Gingrich on Greta Van Susteren’s show Off the Record.