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Bill Cosby
04-13-2012, 11:17 PM
April 12, 2012, 2:14 PM
Gingrich Accuses Fox News of Bias
By JEREMY W. PETERS
The fight for the Republican nomination is no longer just candidate versus candidate. It’s candidate versus Fox News. (http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/gingrich-accuses-fox-news-of-bias/)

Newt Gingrich became the latest Republican candidate to lash out at the cable news network:mad: , accusing it on Wednesday of dooming his flagging campaign by slanting its political coverage to Mitt Romney‘s benefit.:lmao2:

Mr. Gingrich quickly found that Fox News’s tenacity is a match for his own. The network shot back on Thursday, calling the former House speaker bitter.:lmao2:

The sniping started when Mr. Gingrich, a former Fox News commentator, told a gathering of Tea Party supporters in Delaware that Fox News had distorted its coverage of him. And he accused Rupert Murdoch, chairman of the network’s parent company, News Corporation, of pulling the strings behind the scenes. His comments were reported on Thursday morning by Real Clear Politics, which gained access to the Delaware event.

“I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’ ” Gingrich was quoted as saying. “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.”

He went on to add: “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 Thursday that Mr. Gingrich appeared to have other motives: “This is nothing more than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN. That’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention, he’s still bitter over the termination of his contributor contract.”

Mr. Gingrich, like Rick Santorum, found his Fox News contract terminated last year after the network suspended the two men while they pursued a run for the presidency. Mr. Santorum, who ended his campaign on Tuesday, had also accused Fox News of favoring other candidates in its coverage.

But if Fox News covered other candidates — namely Mr. Romney — more often, they weren’t the only ones. The Pew Research Center, which conducts regular studies on the amount of media coverage the candidates receive, has found repeatedly that Mr. Romney is covered the most.

In its most recent survey, which covered last week, Pew found that Mr. Romney was a significant figure in 66 percent of campaign news stories, meaning he appeared in at least 25 percent of the story. Mr. Santorum was a significant figure in 33 percent of the stories, while Mr. Gingrich registered as a significant figure in just 1 percent of the coverage.

“And what little there was wasn’t flattering,” Pew noted.

Signs that Mr. Gingrich holds such a grudge against Fox News weren’t apparent in the full segment he taped with Fox News Sunday this week, or the appearance he made on Sean Hannity’s Fox program on Monday, or the interview he gave “America’s Newsroom,” the 9 a.m. Fox News show, on Wednesday.