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  • Politico: "Fox platform gives Kasich a boost"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    From the March 2 Politico article, titled, "Fox platform gives Kasich a boost":

    John Kasich, who served nine terms in the House before becoming a Fox News host, is now testing whether the revolving door between politics and the media works in both directions.

    It clearly goes one way, with many former elected officials having followed a path into cable news. Recently ousted New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine is now reportedly in talks with CNBC, while former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has become an MSNBC regular. And Fox now has a trio of prominent former Republican officials: Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich.

    It's quite possible that one of those three could run for president in 2012. But in the meantime, it is Kasich, host of "Heartland With John Kasich" from 2001 to 2007 and guest host on Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," who is running against Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio and finding that the old ties to Fox can be very handy.

    Since first talking publicly about running for governor in February 2008, Kasich has made more than 25 appearances on Fox News, five of them since formally announcing his candidacy last June. O'Reilly has introduced him as "John Kasich, our man in Ohio," while Fox's Sean Hannity talks up the "future governor of the great state of Ohio." Gingrich spoke favorably of Kasich as a candidate while appearing on "The O'Reilly Factor," the night before Ohio newspapers reported that Kasich was filing papers to raise money.


    But it remains to be seen how his national cable news presence plays out locally. Former Fox News analyst Angela McGlowan, now running for Congress in Mississippi, recently told POLITICO that her on-air time could be an asset in the primary. "It helps me with the conservative base," said McGlowan. "But being associated with Fox News will not win me the election."

    In addition to actively using social networking, Kasich has courted the Republican base beyond "Hannity": He recently made a minute-long video for RedState that addressed readers of the influential conservative blog.

  • Campaign Arm: Fox promotes GOP campaign video, which suggests Becerra laughed at the Pledge

    ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Fox News has repeatedly promoted a video shot by Republican Congressional candidate Ari David's campaign of what they claim is Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) laughing at the recommendation that a meeting he was attending begin with the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Fox News has frequently promoted other campaign videos by Republican candidates, and in some cases, let them raise funds on-air.

  • "Political Star" Marco Rubio is the latest Fox News candidate

    ››› ››› BROOKE OBIE

    Fox News has declared that "A Political Star [Was] Born" at CPAC on February 18: Marco Rubio, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from Florida, who Fox News personalities have described as a "rising star" and an "amazing leader" who "knocked it out of the park during his speech." Rubio is the latest in a long line of GOP candidates who have been bolstered by Fox News in its role as the Republican Party's communications arm.

  • Fox News, the new NRSC

    Blog ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN

    Following Sen. Evan Bayh's surprise announcement of his intentions to retire, Fox News has wasted little time in attempting to influence the race. Yesterday, Fox & Friends hosted Tamyra D'Ippolito, a long shot Democratic candidate who was being promoted by right-wing bloggers who believed she would be an easily beatable candidate. D'Ippolito did not obtain enough signatures to be placed on the ballot for the Democratic primaries -- in fact, she didn't even come close -- despite the best efforts of Fox & Friends and the blogs to assist her in doing so.

    Now that the race is wide open, Fox & Friends is already taking shots at Democrats who they think may end up choosing to run in Bayh's place. Today, Fox & Friends hosted two Indiana University journalism students who back in September 2009 were told that they could not videotape Rep. Baron Hill's town hall meeting, which they were attending. They claim Hill informed them that he had a policy of not allowing his town halls to be filmed because the films tended to end up being edited and exploited on YouTube. Judging by the town hall spectacles of last summer, it's easy to understand why Hill would hold such a position, unless, of course, you work at Fox (also, despite Hill's policy, Fox managed to find some video of the exchange between Hill and the student). Doocy repeatedly sniffed that most people probably wouldn't know about this story because the "mainstream media" didn't cover it. Doocy wasn't even subtle about his motivations for reporting on the story now: "[T]his got so little coverage from the mainstream media. We're bringing it up because it sounds like this guy is on the short list for Evan Bayh's seat."

    So, imagine my lack of surprise when about an hour later, Fox hosted Dan Coats, the former Indiana senator who is likely to be on the Republican ticket for Bayh's old seat. Coats preemptively attacked whoever ends up being Democratic nominee because this candidate will be chosen by the Indiana Democratic Party, rather than the "people." Yesterday was the deadline for Democratic candidates to submit signatures to be added to the primary ballot. Given that Bayh announced his retirement on Monday, this didn't really afford prospective candidates much time to collect the neccessary signatures. No matter. Coats also attacked Obama for failing to deliver the hope and "change" that Indiana voted for and declared that "liberals" have steered this country on the "wrong track." Impressed, Doocy said to Coats: "Now, Dan, you have technically not officially declared yet. We have a camera, pointing right at ya. Anything you'd like to say?" Coats demurred from making a formal announcement, but all but announced his intentions to run anyway.

    While interviewing Coats, Doocy did point out that there are "three other Republicans in addition to you" in the running for the Republican nomination. Any bets on how long it will take before they, too, get invited to appear on Fox & Friends?

  • After describing Palin's "pitch-perfect populism," Broder's poll coverage ignores America's unfavorable views of her

    Blog ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    On February 11, Washington Post columnist David Broder wrote his impressions of former Gov. Sarah Palin's address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, in which he described her as "by all odds a threat to the more uptight Republican aspirants such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty -- and potentially, to [President] Obama as well." Broder attributed her power to her "pitch-perfect recital of the populist message that has worked in campaigns past":

    Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville and her debut on the Sunday morning talk show circuit with Fox News' Chris Wallace showed off a public figure at the top of her game -- a politician who knows who she is and how to sell herself, even with notes on her palm.

    This was not the first time that Palin has impressed me. I gave her high marks for her vice presidential acceptance speech in St. Paul. But then, and always throughout that campaign, she was laboring to do more than establish her own place. She was selling a ticket headed by John McCain against formidable Democratic opposition and burdened by the legacy of the Bush administration.

    Three days after this stirring tribute to the former governor, Broder devoted his latest column to the recent Washington Post/ABC News poll. Given his assessment that Palin has "locked herself firmly in the populist embrace," it should come as no surprise that Broder's coverage of the poll results completely ignores one of the most significant findings: that very few Americans actually hold a favorable view of Palin, and even fewer consider her to be qualified for the presidency:

    Although Palin is a tea party favorite, her potential as a presidential hopeful takes a severe hit in the survey. Fifty-five percent of Americans have unfavorable views of her, while the percentage holding favorable views has dipped to 37, a new low in Post-ABC polling.

    There is a growing sense that the former Alaska governor is not qualified to serve as president, with more than seven in 10 Americans now saying she is unqualified, up from 60 percent in a November survey. Even among Republicans, a majority now say Palin lacks the qualifications necessary for the White House.

    Palin has lost ground among conservative Republicans, who would be crucial to her hopes if she seeks the party's presidential nomination in 2012. Forty-five percent of conservatives now consider her as qualified for the presidency, down sharply from 66 percent who said so last fall.

    Among all Republicans polled, 37 percent now hold a "strongly favorable" opinion of Palin, about half the level recorded when she burst onto the national stage in 2008 as Sen. John McCain's running mate.

    Among Democrats and independents, assessments of Palin also have eroded. Six percent of Democrats now consider her qualified for the presidency, a drop from 22 percent in November; the percentage of independents who think she is qualified fell to 29 percent from 37 percent.

    If this is Palin at the top of her game ...

  • Fox Nation promotes GOP's Valentine's Day fundraiser

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    From The Fox Nation, accessed February 11:

    Screen capture of Fox Nation headline

    Why the GOP 'Hearts' Dems

    The Republican National Committee is sending out a fundraising e-mail that urges donors to send GOP Valentine's E-Cards to loved ones, with online contributions of anywhere from $10 to $100.

    Donors can choose from 18 different Valentine's cards that the RNC has created, including one that features Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claiming they didn't craft the card behind closed doors, as they did with their "government-run health care experiment."

    Another has President Obama claiming he's saved or created millions of Valentine's, "just like his party has claimed that the wasteful, pork-filled stimulus bill has created or saved thousands, 1.5 million or 2 million jobs depending on which Obama administration official you ask."


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  • More GOP promotion: Fox News lets Hayworth plug his website


    On Fox News' Your World, guest host Stuart Varney let former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) promote his candidacy for Arizona's U.S. Senate seat and encourage viewers to visit his campaign website. Fox News has promoted the political campaigns of other GOP candidates this year -- including helping them raise funds and solicit volunteers.