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April 15th, 2012

Newt is pissed off because Fox News is biased:

During a meeting with 18 Delaware Tea Party leaders here on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich lambasted FOX News Channel, accusing the cable network of having been in the tank for Mitt Romney from the beginning of the Republican presidential fight. …

“I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said during the private meeting … at Wesley College. “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.”

He’s OK with the network being obsessively biased in favor of conservatives, but is pissed when they are unfair to him. We all know that the man’s not such an idiot that he actually believes Fox is “fair and balanced.” I mean, if the man seriously thinks that Fox News is usually less politically biased than any other network, he’d have to be the blindest dumbass ever. Which he’s not. Which tags him as a whining hypocrite.

Another category to file it under: “Waaahhhhh.” Or, “Irony’s a Bitch.”

  1. Troy
    April 16th, 2012 at 04:14 | #1

    if the man seriously thinks that Fox News is usually less politically biased than any other network

    you’re falling into their game. Fox was established to be and still is explicitly a creature of the Republican party and movement conservatism in general. CNN and the broadcasters are simply corporations involved in presenting the news, since news has market value and there’s a profit to be made from its creation and presentation to viewers as content.

    Individuals may be their biases into the job with Fox’s competitors, but Fox is biased at the institutional level.

    Tooling around the internet last week — doing research on the Trayvon issue — I had to go to rightwing sites to see what evidence they were digging up.

    The apparent mindset of these sites is incredibly appalling in its totality of messaging. To go Godwin, these people literally scare me in their proto-fascism and belief in bullshit.

    On the financial level, Fox is wise to cater to and thus profit from these millions of people who want to see the world in this twisted way.

    If what these conservatives are saying isn’t an act, we have a foundationally sick — as in mentally ill — society.

    50 years ago this was present but only in the margin, in the JBS etc. Now it’s the center of mass of conservatism and thus the Republican party.

    Digby had a piece yesterday about the founder of freerepublic going off on Romney:

    “I’ve stated many times since Romney started running for the presidency way back when that I’d never vote for him and I will not. He cannot lie his way out of his decades long record of support for abortion, Roe v Wade, planned parenthood, gay rights, gun control, global warming, amnesty, liberal judges, big government, compulsory or socialized health care (RomneyCommieCare), mandates, Keynesian economics, support and approval of TARP, bailouts, stimulus packages, i.e, every damn liberal progressive issue that comes down the pike.”


    Now, I can understand heartfelt and even strident opposition to elective abortion, for there’s room to differ if not really accommodate peoples’ philosophies on the right-to-life of the fetus (and indeed, a future society may look at our allowance of abortion to be barbaric). (Also, I respect conservative opposition to ‘amnesty’ or other liberalization of immigration — opposition to the cultural changes a more mult-cultural society requires is certainly an understandable and even defendable political position).

    But this guy tips the hand he’s playing by painting mandated health insurance as “CommieCare”. Conservatism is an ever-inchoate reaction against change and the reforms our society needs to do in the socio-economic sphere.

    Since there’s so much that needs changing, the worse things get the more conservatism grows in strength.

    Digby had another good article:


    talking about the Republican party’s divergence from moderation post-Nixon.

    There is no common ground any more, no bridge to be constructed to ConservativeLand. They’re all off in Cloud CuckooLand, most of the time.

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