Blame Fox When GOP Loses
Network has pushed talk show candidates on the nation: Guardian columnist
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2011 1:12 PM CST
Newt Gingrich appears on the Republican Presidential Forum on "Huckabee," on Fox News, Dec. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

(Newser) – Given the state of the economy, President Obama should be a goner—yet he's comfortably ahead in most polls. Why? Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian has "one compellingly simple, two-word answer: Fox News." Obama's ahead only because of "the dire quality of a Republican field almost comically packed with the scandal-plagued, gaffe-prone and downright flaky." And you can blame that field squarely on Fox, which seemingly has absolute sway over the GOP base; the candidates it favors with airtime invariably shoot up in the polls.

As Fox commentator Dick Morris recently observed, "You don't win Iowa in Iowa … you win it on Fox News." But Fox's outrage machine "favors bluster over policy coherence. Its ideal contributor is a motormouth not a wonk, someone who makes good TV rather than good policy." It also forces candidates into rigid ideological parameters, damaging their ability to compete in a general election. "It turns out it is not liberals who should fear the Fox—it's conservatives."

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Cat-Lover
Dec 17, 2011 6:20 PM CST
As long as the GOP-WAR candidates play up to the ultra-right they're playing up to 30% of a party that has 23% of registered voters. Simple math: The GOP-WAR candidates are campaigning to 8% of the voters. BYE, BYE GOP!
Count-Spatula
Dec 14, 2011 10:42 PM CST
I've summed up the Republican platform as a service to all you good readers: "Never ever talk policy! Righty voters don't understand policy, and you (insert candidate) have no policy knowledge. Always point at a scapegoat - from the approved list - and Shriek Loudly!" (refer to Sarah Palin, Herman Cain, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Christine O'Donnell, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilley, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager, Michael Reagan, Michael Savage, Tom Delay, Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, Condi Rice, Oily Taint & self-loathing Jew Michael Lavine pronounced "LAVenn")
Ucantusethatname
Dec 14, 2011 10:41 PM CST
If Barry Soetoro were re-elected, America would no longer be the home of the brave. It would be the home of the stupid.