Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday blasted his former employer, Fox News, accusing them of being in the tank for rival Mitt Romney "all the way through."
During a private campaign event at Wesley College in Delaware, the former House Speaker asserted that News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch had personally turned Fox News against him, according to Real Clear Politics.
"I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through," Gingrich opined. "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."
I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point [who] said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,'" he continued. “And there’s no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches Fox.”
Gingrich was dismissed by Fox News as a contributor early in 2011 when it was clear he was preparing to seek the nomination.
Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum has also recently complained that the conservative news network was supporting Romney.
“He has Fox News shilling for him every day,” Santorum told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade in March. “No offense, Brian, but I see it.”
Unsurprisingly, Romney found no fault with the way the Fox News was covering the Republican primaries.
“I don’t think you are shilling for anyone to tell you the truth,” the former Massachusetts governor insisted. “Each one of the people I meet has their own opinions. My guess is different ones of the commentators have different people they think have a better shot. But you don’t hear that from the network or from the individual commentators.”
“I think it’s, as you say, pretty fair and balanced,” he added. “The truth is you report it all and you give us a chance to respond. That’s all we can ask for.”
(h/t: The Hill)