Thompson Lays Into Fox News

Candidate objects to 'constant mantra' that campaign is troubled
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2007 6:56 PM CST
Republican presidential hopeful and former Sen., Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., looks down the sight of a rifle while at The Land of the Sky Gun Show on Saturday during a campaign stop in Ladson, S.C. (AP Photo/Stephen...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Fred Thompson isn’t buying “We Report, You Decide.” The Republican White House hopeful yesterday blasted Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," accusing Rupert Murdoch’s network of skewing its election coverage against him. Thompson said belittling his campaign and calling it troubled has become “a constant mantra" on Fox, the Politico reports.

The candidate, the first Republican to allege Fox bias, had opted for the network when launching his campaign and to offer softball questions when he hit early rough spots. But the honeymoon is apparently over. Thompson bristled when Wallace showed clips of pundits expressing disappointment in his campaign. “I understand the game of buildup and I understand the game of takedown,” he snapped.