Blame Fox When GOP Loses

Network has pushed talk show candidates on the nation: Guardian columnist

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Dec 14, 2011 1:12 PM CST

(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."

Newt Gingrich appears on the Republican Presidential Forum on Huckabee, on Fox News, Dec. 3, 2011.
Newt Gingrich appears on the Republican Presidential Forum on "Huckabee," on Fox News, Dec. 3, 2011.   (AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)
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