Your morning jolt: Is Fox News biased against certain Republicans?

During the state GOP convention in Macon last weekend, a number of Republicans complained of bias in the national media.

Which normally would be as newsworthy as declaring water to be wet. Except that the complainers were Herman Cain supporters, and the object of their discontent was Fox News.

Herman Cain speaks to Georgia Republicans in Macon. AP/The Macon Telegraph, Grant Blankenship

Herman Cain speaks to Georgia Republicans in Macon. AP/The Macon Telegraph, Grant Blankenship

The cable TV network was ignoring the Cain campaign in favor of old friends who served as professional commentators, they charged.

This spring, Fox News suspended, then terminated, its contracts with former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich and former U.S. senator Rick Santorum, both of whom were considering GOP presidential runs.

But how to measure pro-Gingrich or anti-Cain bias? Why, you call Media Matters, the liberal organization that closely monitors Fox News. Spokeswoman Jess Levin provided a tally of Fox News appearances by possible GOP candidates between Jan. 1 and May 13 – the day before Cain’s speech to Georgia Republicans in Macon.

The results might surprise you. Cain actually made more appearances on Fox News than either Gingrich or Santorum. Though not as many as Donald Trump or Michele Bachman.

Mitt Romney was close to the bottom – mostly likely the result of his under-the-radar strategy.

Mike Huckabee, who bowed of the GOP contest on Saturday, topped all – but his tally includes episodes of his weekly Fox News show. Here’s the total:

– Mike Huckabee: 55

– Michele Bachmann: 29

– Donald Trump: 29

– John Bolton: 24

– Tim Pawlenty: 21

– Herman Cain: 19

– Ron Paul: 14

– Newt Gingrich: 13

– Rick Santorum: 13

– Sarah Palin: 12

– Rudy Giuliani: 8

– Haley Barbour: 5

– Gary Johnson: 2

– Mitt Romney: 3

– Buddy Roemer: 1

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On the Newt Gingrich front, AJC’s Politifact Georgia takes a look at Newt Gingrich’s declaration to Republicans in Macon last week that Barack Obama is the “food stamp president.”

And the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank issues a spirited defense of Gingrich as a needed voice of Republican moderation.

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Also in today’s Washington Post, reporters Phil Rucker and Lori Montgomery include this passage about the collapse of the Gang of Six effort at negotiating a federal deficit deal:

[U.S. Sen. Saxby] Chambliss suggested Tuesday that the group, at the very least, owes its Senate allies a report on its work.

Those close to the talks said trouble has been brewing for weeks. Earlier this month, the group appeared to be tantalizingly close to an agreement. But then, Democratic sources said, [U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla.] started bringing up new issues at every meeting, or demanding that old ones be reconsidered.

For example, Coburn began pressing for sharper cuts to Social Security than had been previously agreed to, according to sources familiar with the talks who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the negotiations. And during a three-hour session late Monday, the sources said, Coburn demanded deep and immediate cuts to Medicare that went beyond anything previously proposed.

On Tuesday morning, Coburn called Durbin to say he was dropping out. He later told reporters that the group was at an “impasse” and complained that Democrats were unwilling to do enough to cut spending, particularly on federal retirement programs such as Social Security and Medicare.

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Earlier this week, in an Atlanta appearance before Carter Associates, a real estate development firm, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson gave a relatively gloomy prognosis for the real estate industry in Georgia.

Recovery is “five to seven years away,” and new lending restrictions are counter productive. A clip:

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Also on the real estate front, Scott Henry of Creative Loafing has a look at the City Hall East deal in Atlanta:

But now I’m told the negotiations between the city and Jamestown are over and both sides are ready to sign on the line that is dotted. And yet, the whole deal could still go kablooey this week if the federal government doesn’t approve $15 million in tax credits that the city and the developer have already agreed to.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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68 comments Add your comment

Centrist

May 18th, 2011
10:19 am

The real bias is even mentioning a website that monitors Fox News. Here is a website that monitors all of the media: http://www.mrc.org/public/default.aspx

Here is a website that just exposes the New York Times bias which is copied by most big city newspapers like this one: http://www.mrc.org/timeswatch/

Hazel

May 18th, 2011
10:35 am

“Here is a website that monitors all of the media:”

Strangely, Fox doesn’t show up in the first 50 items in their bias watch. And only “liberal” bias does. Is one to assume there is only “liberal” bias?

Centrist

May 18th, 2011
10:42 am

I only offer the other side of leftist AJC blogging – I don’t care for the right wing of the GOP, Trump, Huckabee, or Gingrich. I’ve defended Obama’s personal integrity from right wing posters – but don’t agree with all of his politics which gets me slammed by BOTH political extremes here.

The Obama administration has a history of punishing the few media outlets which don’t genuflect before it: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1338789&position=1

If you want to see real right wing media lambasting: http://www.ihatethemedia.com/

Commonsenseagitator

May 18th, 2011
10:45 am

If FauxNews isn’t at the top of the list then the list is BS.
They have the most bias against anyone that isn’t hard core tea bagging looney toons.

DannyX

May 18th, 2011
10:51 am

“I only offer the other side of leftist AJC blogging”

LMAO! Because that’s what “centrists” do.

Hazel

May 18th, 2011
10:54 am

Media Matters seems to be the only site that really monitors what Fox says. Their coverage of what they view as not “Fair and Balanced” is pretty straight.
Having grown up in the Midwest, i find the description of the AJC as leftist amusing. Corporate shills, yes; leftist, not so much.

Listen, . . . you just might learn propaganda

May 18th, 2011
10:57 am

Is WSB Radio biased against certain Republicans?

The Radio Station ignores every candidate except Hermain Cain.

BillS

May 18th, 2011
11:00 am

Saxby Chambliss and his “gang” want to cut the debt. But they don’t want to cut the profits of the big oil companies with a windfalls tax because that might hurt their real allies: big business. Who pays for Saxby’s campaign? Big business. When will Republican voters who aren’t corporation CEO’s learn that they are voting again their own interests????? And remember Republican Nathan Deal? Approved tax breaks for Delta (campaign supporter) and rejects holding off 3-cents-per-gallon increase in the state gasoline tax. Oh yeah, he’s really for the little folks, isn’t he???

DawgDad

May 18th, 2011
11:05 am

Hazel, if you don’t realize the AJC slants left (even in news coverage) you need to seek help. The AP slants left, so how can the AJC not??? That’s not necessarily a criticism, just a reality.

I’ll give you one glaring example that has stuck in my mind over the years – the AJC ran a profile on Reagan, highlighting his firing of the striking air traffic controllers but FAILING TO NOTE the strike was illegal. That is bias, in black-and-white. Give me time and I could find a million other examples.

Now to the topic at hand. I’m a conservative and I watch Fox News. Fox clearly is slanting its coverage of presidential candidates to (1) the perceived front-runners, and (2) the people working with or friendly to Fox News. Cain has suffered in the early going because the preconceived story line out of South Carolina was Pawlenty and who wasn’t there. They are catching up, but they are no different than other media outlets in their scripting of story lines, only different in the agenda and perspective. Given that most other media outlets on TV have gone out of their way to offend me at one time or another (or daily, in many cases), I’ve tuned them out.

Hazel

May 18th, 2011
11:11 am

You miss the point. What seems “leftist” in Georgia is “conservative” in other places.

DannyX

May 18th, 2011
11:17 am

“That is bias, in black-and-white. Give me time and I could find a million other examples.”

Things change. Reagan was once considered a conservative, now look at his record, he comes off as a flaming liberal. Reagan raised taxes, increased the deficit, gave amnesty to millions of “ILLEGALS,” and created a new big government cabinet level department.

Oh, and he also said this…

“The full consequences of a default — or even the serious prospect of default — by the United States are impossible to predict and awesome to contemplate. Denigration of the full faith and credit of the United States would have substantial effects on the domestic financial markets and the value of the dollar in exchange markets. The Nation can ill afford to allow such a result. The risks, the costs, the disruptions, and the incalculable damage lead me to but one conclusion: the Senate must pass this legislation before the Congress adjourns.”

Obvious

May 18th, 2011
11:22 am

It’s pretty OBVIOUS that the GOP doesn’t have their act together!
FOUR MORE YEARS!!!!!

See Ya!

DawgDad

May 18th, 2011
11:27 am

Hazel, I grew up in the Midwest. I attended a State University and graduated from a private University there. I go back there to visit friends and relatives regularly. I know the pulse of the Midwest, and I know the pulse of my friends and neighbors here in Georgia.

The biggest differences are the much larger union presence in the midwest, the more intense racial segregation that remains there to this day, and the Catholic vs. Baptist social influences. Your average Democrat and Republican in Missouri are not much different than here in Georgia, except that half the Republican party here has fled over from the Dems and not so much up there. I can tell you the leading newspapers in the midwest are every bit as disgusting in their leftist bias as is the AJC. I can also tell you there are a lot of Democrats in Congress from the Midwest who are in big trouble in the upcoming election.

Commonsenseagitator

May 18th, 2011
11:52 am

What the looney right considers leftist is the truth, please don’t tell us the truth we might not go to church or support the tea baggers in their attempt to destroy America.

Amazing

May 18th, 2011
11:53 am

Here is the reality. The media is biased. The left has the AJC, MSNBC & NYT. The right has Fox, WSJ and Washington Post. There are very few media outlets that are truly unbiased today. Therefore, I read NYT and the WSJ to get a more complete picture to form my opinions.

DannyX

May 18th, 2011
12:00 pm

Amazing is right. Not only do you have traditional media outlets to feed your bias, you now have the Internet. Drudge, HuffPo, blogs, Red State, etc.

The lame ‘liberal media’ routine is as outdated as a Reagan conservative.

gsueagle

May 18th, 2011
12:01 pm

i see where Saxby is gop leader in the gang of 5. all he wants to do is raise our taxes. be glad when i can vote against him.

Aquagirl

May 18th, 2011
12:02 pm

DawgDad, you might want to check that pulse you’re so proud of monitoring. Just because someone mumbles “umm-hmmm” while you’re ranting does not mean they agree with your viewpoints. It just means they don’t want to be splattered by saliva, because expressing their opposition causes you to foam at the mouth.

Centrist

May 18th, 2011
12:21 pm

@ Amazing – I mostly agree with you as you sound like a centrist, and I can’t find any real unbiased media outlets either. You can add network news and big city newspapers to your leftist list.

Except I think you were referring to the Washington Times being on the right, since the Washington Post is firmly on the left.

John

May 18th, 2011
12:52 pm

Please… wake up people. You think there is independent reporting today? Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, AP, Reuters… they are the same at the end of the day. They all follow the same “biased” gamebook.

Here is Herman Cain… leading in all the polls… why don’t the MSM cover him? Ask yourself, why do ALL the MSM focus only Paul, Romney, and Newt?

south ga. possum

May 18th, 2011
12:53 pm

If you wanna go left take the AJC. I”tll take you West all the way to Nancy Pelosi county.

Real Athens

May 18th, 2011
1:29 pm

News media and the “infotainment” it provides is controlled by corporate, advertising dollar$. The days of independent reporting are long over.

You have to digest news from several sources and and come up with your own result. Don’t look to the TV to inform or show you any kind of “reality”.

Do yourself a favor, turn off the TV.

jconservative

May 18th, 2011
1:32 pm

The AJC on line has Bookman & Tucker on the left side and Wingfield, Barr & Wooten on the right.
Fairly balanced except Bookman turns out more work than the others combined.

The editorial page writers are mainly left. The reporters are basically a combination of left and right.

But I would suspect that a review of all journalism school graduates would suggest that like most graduates of the “liberal arts” side of the college curriculum, the journalism graduates are more left leaning.

ByteMe

May 18th, 2011
1:36 pm

The Daily Show is also biased against Herm Cain. They rarely mention him at all, while often holding Gingrich’s media appearances up for ridicule. Start an investigation at once!

DannyX

May 18th, 2011
1:40 pm

“Here is Herman Cain… leading in all the polls…”

The latest Gallup poll has Cain at 0%.

Romney 20%…Palin 18%…Gingrich 11%…Paul 8%…Bachmann 5%…Daniels 4%…Pawlenty 4%…Santorum 2%…Huntsman 2%…Johnson 1%…CAIN 0%

What poll shows Cain leading?

Centrist

May 18th, 2011
1:47 pm

The AJC is a logical place to get local news (and sports), but culprits and police will be given equal standing. Anything to do with politics will be slanted left. Most intelligent readers understand this, and discount the bias like they do with the other media outlets.

As stated by “Amazing”, “DannyX”, “John”, and “Real Athens” above – also reading Fox, WSJ, and Drudge links, etc. will often give you the other side to get the centrist gist of national news and politics.

Corey

May 18th, 2011
1:55 pm

@DannyX 1:40 What poll shows Cain leading?

The Finally We’re validated by a black who thinks like us Goober Poll.

khc

May 18th, 2011
2:02 pm

johnny blames fannie and freddie for the debacle…..selective remembrance. there was more than enough blame to go around but as usual both parties blame a sliver for the problem that should also include themselves

Last Man Standing

May 18th, 2011
2:16 pm

Commonsenseagitator:

“or support the tea baggers in their attempt to destroy America.”

The TEA Party will never get a chance to “destroy America”. Obama and the leftists are already busily doing exactly that, and doing it very successfully.

Truth

May 18th, 2011
3:33 pm

Herman Cain for President !

tim

May 18th, 2011
3:47 pm

Screw em cuz we know they’re all crooks.

Terd Fergesun

May 18th, 2011
3:53 pm

As a frequent FNC watcher, I learned about Cain watching FNC a couple of weekends ago. They recently interviewed him and Chris Wallace also had an interview with him as well. By the way, I would vote for Herman if the election was held today. I don’t know what the deal about FNC is except certain people don’t like them, like anyone who hates the truth and facts.

LC

May 18th, 2011
4:03 pm

BillS,
You want a ‘windfall profits tax’? Go for it. Oil Companies have thinner margins than most industries – far less than the pro-democrat technology companies, particularly Google. I just want that tax to be even handed. Guess who owns those oil companies? Teachers, union members, investors and probably yourself if you have any type of retirement plan that is professionally managed be it in a mutual fund or a fund manager like CALPERS. They are owned in these things called public shares in blocks of $30 or $40 per share. And again, the margins for Google or almost any silicon valley company are far fatter than the oil companies. There’s just a lot more shareholders of the oil companies. Know what happens when you tax those oil companies? They do what most anybody else would do – pass those increased costs along to the public so that they can maintain their responsibilities to their shareholders and try to maintain their quarterly dividend. Furthermore, many will relocate their operations to the UK or Canada where the tax burden is lower, again which is showing their corporate responsibility tot heir shareholders. If you want lower fuel prices, stop stirring up tensions in the Middle East, stop issuing drilling moratoriums and start opening up oil leases on Federal lands so we control our own energy supplies and stop begging these ruthless middle eastern governments to keep the spigots open.

Notch Johnson

May 18th, 2011
4:13 pm

Herman Cain is my name and I served on the Danville Train.

gm

May 18th, 2011
4:17 pm

surprise, surprise, did Cain expect those bigots at fox to support him just because he is a Rep?

Hello, Hello, Richard Steele””

When will these uncles Cain, Thomas , Steele learn, you call talk conservatives you can bash Obama but you will still be African American to these idiots.

joe

May 18th, 2011
4:22 pm

Ah, Dx distorting the facts again…take a look at the SC straw poll after the GOP debate, which clearly showed Cain won. Also, he recently won another Ft. Lauderdale straw poll. The reason libs like you and the national mainstream media fear Herman Cain is because you know that a black GOP conservative would hammer Obama in a debate and….negate all the “racist” labels you love to throw around when conservatives say we dislike Obama’s policies, not the color of his skin. Keep it up and I hope you see Herman Cain winning the nomination, or at least picked for a running mate for VP. Either way, that scares the bejeezus out of you and the rest of the loony libs.

joe

May 18th, 2011
4:23 pm

Gm, I love reading your posts as they serve as a great example for intelligent, educated liberals and their clearly thought out points of view….keep it up!!

Atlanta Native

May 18th, 2011
4:29 pm

Unbiased media that we all pine for was an historical anomaly. After the end of WWII we, as a country, were working together and the newspapermen and other media had generally worked together against a common enemy, the Axis, and returned to this Country after the war with a common sense of purpose. That was then focused against the USSR in the cold war, and the anomaly continued through the 1960’s. Then, when we began to battle against ourselves – Viet Nam, Civil Rights, drug culture – the media then took one side or another. This returned us to the yellow journalism that was rampant from the dawn of this Country.

So quit complaining about bias in media, it is, was and has been the norm for centuries!

As for why the MSM leans to the left? They grew up on a diet of Sesame Street, Norman Lear sit-coms and music from the 60’s. The movies they grew up on are post 1968 and the enemy was always anyone against the left (ministers, authority, the military, etc.) and the hero leaned left. It is what the majority was spoon fed (not as a conspiracy, just what happened) and to think otherwise is to upset their world view, which people generally do not like, right, left or center.

Terd Fergesun

May 18th, 2011
4:39 pm

gm

May 18th, 2011
4:17 pm
surprise, surprise, did Cain expect those bigots at fox to support him just because he is a Rep?

Hello, Hello, Richard Steele””

When will these uncles Cain, Thomas , Steele learn, you call talk conservatives you can bash Obama but you will still be African American to these idiots.

gm, I think you are running late for your new black panther meeting. Another liberal ignorant bigot rears it’s ugly head. You libs own the market on racism and that is a fact.

MrLiberty

May 18th, 2011
4:43 pm

Fox news is the mouthpiece of the neocon big government establishment wing of the republican party. If there was a bias against anyone it would be against Ron Paul because he is none of those things while the positions of virtually every other republican candidate are right in line with their status-quo objectives.

Thankfully there are freedom-promoting shows on Fox like Freedom Watch and Stossel so there is some real balance of opinion on the station.

echothedog

May 18th, 2011
4:53 pm

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echothedog

May 18th, 2011
4:57 pm

Sorry if this ends up as a double post, I just signed up. Anyway…

For the clown who said based on Gallup the Hermanator is 0%, chew on this….

http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/Gallup-Cain-Huckabee-Bachmann/2011/05/18/id/396859

The Goobernator

May 18th, 2011
5:01 pm

Personally, I don’t want to hear about any candidate for at least 8 months.
As for FoxNews, they should just change their name to FoxRants, since all the have are biased commentator-talking-heads on their so-called news shows.

Last Man Standing

May 18th, 2011
5:02 pm

I believe gm might be a Blackfoot soldier. Better be careful with him!

Terd Fergesun

May 18th, 2011
5:07 pm

If that is true Last Man Standing, then we should see him at a polling place in 2012 with a bat in one hand and the black panther constitution in the other. Of course the AJC will say it is his right to freedom of speech.

DannyX

May 18th, 2011
5:09 pm

“For the clown who said based on Gallup the Hermanator is 0%, chew on this….”

I’m that clown and all that article states is that Herman Cain is well liked by fellow Republicans but those same Republicans do not plan on voting for him.

ZERO percent of the Republicans polled said they will vote for him. Zero%, nada%, zilch%.

Don’t worry though he may be up to 1% soon. Btw, where are those polls showing him out in front? Still waiting…

Last Man Standing

May 18th, 2011
5:11 pm

Terd Fergesun:

That would be too brave an act for a Blackfoot soldier. They love assassination of police officers and celebrate them. In fact, I think they celebrate the death of any white at the hands of black people.

jw

May 18th, 2011
5:14 pm

If McCain is still Republican – Fox doesn’t hate him – it’s been tough on them since Democrats took over.

Terd Fergesun

May 18th, 2011
5:25 pm

DannyX

May 18th, 2011
5:09 pm
“For the clown who said based on Gallup the Hermanator is 0%, chew on this….”

I’m that clown and all that article states is that Herman Cain is well liked by fellow Republicans but those same Republicans do not plan on voting for him.

ZERO percent of the Republicans polled said they will vote for him. Zero%, nada%, zilch%.

Don’t worry though he may be up to 1% soon. Btw, where are those polls showing him out in front? Still waiting…

Any idea Danny where Obama polled in 2006-7? Come on fool, the more he gets in front of people the more his numbers will go up. He may not be the man who comes out on top but, it will not be because of his color. What liberals forget is if it was not for the independent vote, the white vote, and some regisitered Republicans vote Obama would not have won in ‘08. Racism is the defense of liberal fools who are not intillegent to debate facts. And they are LOADED with that type of person.

Terd Fergesun

May 18th, 2011
5:26 pm

jw

May 18th, 2011
5:14 pm
If McCain is still Republican – Fox doesn’t hate him – it’s been tough on them since Democrats took over.

Took over what? Did you sleep through the 2010 election or are you in denial? Ignorant is the third choice.