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Sherman writes: "Gingrich said: '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.'"

The mole at Fox caused Roger Ailes (above) to lose control of a story, about Fox. (photo: Reuters)
The mole at Fox caused Roger Ailes (above) to lose control of a story, about Fox. (photo: Reuters)

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+31 # humanmancalvin 2012-04-14 10:44
The one & only thing Gingrich & I can agree on. Period.
+52 # Montague 2012-04-14 11:13
He tells journalism students not to "wet your pants" because Fox puts out an "alternative point of view" - why on earth should a NEWS (sic) network promote ANY particular point of view?!?
+12 # jwb110 2012-04-14 11:13
Everybody wants to be a King Maker! Well, Roger Ailes may have done what the rest of the GOP has been doing this year and overplaying their collective hand. If this primary has taught anyone anything it is that having Gingrich as a fellow candidate is much better than having him as an enemy.
Calculated or not Fox News looks like a Senior Project in a communications school and as much as Ailes thinks he has entered the big time it just ain't so. The remark from another GOP member saying, we thought Fox worked for us and now we see that we worked for Fox, has not stopped resinating the their party. When slanted reporting starts being pandering and King Making and the relationship between active Party members and Fox takes on a whope other meaning. Now their ox is being gored anad they don't like it.
The Fox Network's credibility has been called into question and now the GOP sees what it feels like to be a Democrat. Weel, well...
+13 # dick 2012-04-14 11:20
I wonder why FAUX groupies are not upset that that they were steered toward a Pro-Choice, Romneycare mandate, "Mass.Moderate" , corporate raider-dismantl er. Shows what bleating sheep they are. "Tell us what our core principles are today, tell us what to believe, tell us whom to HATE. We love you. Big Blubber."
+16 # cadan 2012-04-14 11:40
Man i'm so naive.

The thing that struck me most about this article is that Fox is paying the candidates, literally. And i guess other networks do also, because they leaked the fact that they paid Santorum a 5-figure salary to damage his negotiations in a different contract. Which means of course that they're paying other candidates 6-figure salaries (i.e., at least $100,000).

So obviously i don't know what's going on.

But i think the Main Stream Media (MSM) really may be our biggest problem. It's not just that they dumb down the public on everything from evolution to climate change to the cost of war, but they actually employ those who may actually run the government.

Did i read this right?? Maybe i didn't understand the article?
+20 # X Dane 2012-04-14 15:32
No, you got cadan thy are scum.
It is sickening that so many people watch Fox, for we know that they are worse than uninformed....t hey are....MISINFOR MED.
+23 # noitall 2012-04-14 13:30
Isn't it just amazing that Fox Noise has profitted Billions? I've seriously tried to watch it (to try to understand the other world view) and didn't make it 10 minutes. I think its the grade school, meanness of the delivery that doesn't even allow me to get to the bias and inaccurate reporting. Amazing that so many Americans are so dead set against themselves; the self-less for the selfish. Go figure.
+12 # Carbonman1950 2012-04-14 22:13
It is not the least bit amazing that Faux Neuz has made billions. P.T. Barnum told us why more than 100 years ago when he said... "No one ever went broke by underestimating the intelligence of the American people."

But I agree about its "meanness of delivery." To be "American" used to mean, among other things, to be kind and generous and polite, to be honest and forthright and modest, to be fearless and humble and gracious. These are all traits that Faux and its viewer are quite proud not to have.
+15 # ABen 2012-04-14 14:24
In the same way that a scientific experiment designed with the expressed purpose of proving a theory rather than testing a theory is termed "junk science," the "news" coming out of Fixed Noise is "junk journalism." Alternative analysis and competing points of view are part of a healthy media, but selective reporting to hide facts, prevarication, and flat out lying seems to have become a staple of most of the programs on Fixed Noise. Shepard Smith is one notable exception.
+11 # dick 2012-04-14 18:44
re "I tried to listen to FAUX to understand a different point of view." Nice idea, but they have no philosophy or even ideology, certainly NOT conservatism (Reagan & Bush BS, Borrow & Spend, is good, Obama Borrow to Save Economy Is Bad). Their only agenda is to manipulate their groupy dupes into supporting the 0.01%. All else is just noise.
+14 # sameasiteverwas 2012-04-14 20:15
It's kind of a game: I watch Fox until they tell a lie. Have never made it past 7 minutes, and usually it's within the first 30 seconds. Sometimes it's the first words I hear -- so switch -- back to MSNBC, BBC, CNN, CSPAN -- used to include Current, now just watch Stephanie in the morning. Waiting for the day I can make it through an entire segment of FOX without them telling an outright, demonstrably provable lie.
+12 # Texas Aggie 2012-04-14 20:51
I wish the journalist students he was talking to would have asked him about the plethora of surveys showing that people who watch Fixed Noise are the least informed members of our society, even worse than people who don't watch anything.
+10 # TrueAmericanPatriot 2012-04-14 22:19
How do you know when "Faux News" is lying?

+6 # chinaski 2012-04-15 09:03
I wonder what the journalism students thought after years of hard work and exposure to what was hopefully the finest writing and reporting to learn from, to be plopped down at their graduation and be 'rewarded' by the likes of "don't wet your pants" Roger Ailes?
I remain hopeful that they saw through this delusion and used the experience as a cautionary tale; here's how NOT to do it.

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