Cat Fight Between the Cheshire Cat and Fox News (UPDATE)

UPDATE:

The feud continues.

The man — the Daily News called him a “Cry Baby” back in 1995 — who “closed down the government because Clinton made him sit at back of plane,” now has an even more devastating revenge in store for Fox News.

Jeremy Peters over at The Hill informs us that Gingrich and Callista will be sitting at CNN’s table, not Fox, at the White House Correspondent’s dinner.

Referring to his newly found enemy Gingrich says, “They know I don’t care about their opinions … I don’t go to their cocktail parties. I don’t go to their Christmas parties. The only press events I go to are interesting dinners when the wife insists on it, so we’re going to go to the White House Correspondents’ dinner because she wants to. And we’re actually going to go to CNN’s table, not Fox.”

Talk about raising the food fight to a new gastronomical level.

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There is no love lost between Fox News and me and there is no love lost between Gingrich and me.

So it gives me great pleasure to read that — at least for the time being — there is no love lost between Gingrich and Fox.

According to the New York Times, “The fight for the Republican nomination is no longer just candidate versus candidate. It’s candidate versus Fox News.”

After Gingrich accused Fox News of dooming his flagging campaign by slanting its political coverage to Mitt Romney‘s benefit, of distorting its coverage of him and even accusing Rupert Murdoch of pulling the strings behind the scene, the Times reports:

“I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’ ” Gingrich was quoted as saying. “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.”

And, unbelievably, Gingrich added:

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.

What did Fox have to say about all this?

According to the Times:

In a prepared statement, Fox News said Thursday that Mr. Gingrich appeared to have other motives: “This is nothing more than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN. That’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention, he’s still bitter over the termination of his contributor contract.”

And you can take all this to the bank — along with $2.50 — and get a gallon of gas.

To read more of the delicious bickering between a faux candidate and faux news, click here.

         

Author: DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

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  1. “And what little there was wasn’t flattering,” Pew noted. That’s a bit snide isn’t it? :-)

    I’m not going to waste one minute worrying about Messers. Gingrich and Santorum’s future notoriety/income-from-books-and-public-appearances. Grifters will do well or ill depending on their talents at grifting.

    But I will say Mr. Gingrich has a point about the percentage of coverage candidates receive by the MSM and that point is the reason third party candidates have so far been unable to break that glass ceiling.

    Imagine Sarah Palin launching a third party campaign. Does anyone really think she would not get as much air time as any male candidate? And if she were as good as she is now really bad (presidential-material-wise), that coverage would be even greater, or so I would think.

  2. @TheOhioan

    Thanks for your comments.

    “But I will say Mr. Gingrich has a point about the percentage of coverage candidates receive by the MSM and that point is the reason third party candidates have so far been unable to break that glass ceiling.”

    IMHO, during these primaries, the MSM (cable news networks, including Fox) have given the GOP candidates (including Ron Paul) more coverage than ever — and more than they deserve. Actually Ron Paul has turned down some invitations to appear on some of these channels (e.g. Fox)

  3. Dorian

    I agree that lots of air time was devoted to the MANY Republican primaries and more to the winners, but if you weren’t a winner or down in the polls, not so much.

    Mr. Huntsman is a prime example of a more interesting candidate than all the others together, and the coverage? Again, not so much. Politics is covered as a horse race, not as one of the most integral part of our national discourse.

  4. Gingrich never ceases to amaze me with his childishness. Could he be a bigger cry baby? He so would have had the election if only FOX news hadn’t been so mean to him. Good lord. The man has only gotten worse with age.

  5. “I agree that lots of air time was devoted to the MANY Republican primaries and more to the winners, but if you weren’t a winner or down in the polls, not so much.”

    You and I may want more exposure given to the “losers.” However, life and reality are not so magnanimous and the most attention ( and airtime) usually goes to “the winners.”

  6. I have to admit that I, for one, am grateful to Newt Gingrich for entertaining me during what would otherwise have been a dull primary season. His incessant demands that the networks conform to his needs during the debates, his promises to cut a trillion from the budget on his first day in office, his sworn testimony that we would have 2.50 a gallon gas, he was the gift that kept giving. So, now it is no surprise that His Pettiness is extending his perpetual Victimhood to include Fox News.

    I guess Newt’s life will never be this entertaining again once he goes back to his work as a “historian”!

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