In an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham this morning, presumed GOP nominee Mitt Romney praised Fox News, saying it gives him better “play” than other networks:
ROMNEY: In a network that is fair and balanced, our network gets a good, fair play. But there are some networks that do not give us the fair play. We’ve gotta put some of our people there.
“Fair and balanced” is, of course, Fox’s slogan, but most watchers would likely agree that the network — the least trusted on TV — is anything but.
Even fellow Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has charged that the conservative network is in the tank for Romney. “I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’” Gingrich said last week. “Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year,” Gingrich said of he and his wife.
Rick Santorum agreed, saying of Romney earlier this year, “He has Fox News shilling for him every day.”
As an analysis conducted by the Columbia Journalism Review before Santorum dropped out noted that the non-Romney candidates were “hard to find” on Fox. “Judging from the lopsided tenor of most of the coverage during the broadcast day on Fox News…Mitt Romney already had been anointed as the GOP nominee,” CJR noted.