Newt Gingrich on Wednesday met with 18 Delaware Tea Party leaders and in that meeting the GOP presidential hopeful blasted FOX News Channel, accusing it of being a Mitt Romney supporter from the start. The attack against FOX is unusually because Gingrich has worked for the network on various occasions, including a stint with the network as early as 2011.
RealClear Politics captured this juicy tidbit of information:
“I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” and “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.”
Gingrich gave his answer after a Tea Party leader asked him what he though of his campaigns treatment by conservative media outlets.
The presidential hopeful didn’t just attack FOX News, he went all the way to the top of News Corps. command, naming Rupert Murdoch as a key component in the networks bias:
“I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point [who] said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’ ” Gingrich said. “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 then turned his attention to why the network likely dismissed him, Gingrich claims that despite two decades in Congress he was the “least establishment candidate since Ronald Reagan.”
Gingrich says he wouldn’t attend cocktail parties, didn’t do Christmas parties and only attended dinner parties that his wife insisted on attending.
In the meantime at the upcoming White House Correspondents’ dinner Newt Gingrich plans to sit at CNN’s table, not FOX.