The Fox Primary By the Numbers, October 24 - 30

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Five seconds: That's how long Fox Business host Neil Cavuto's comment hung in dead silence during an interview with Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on the October 25 edition of Cavuto.

In discussing the European debt crisis, Perry stated that "bailing out -- whether it's somebody on Wall Street or whether it's a big company in America -- makes no more sense than bailing out the French." Cavuto responded, "You sound like one of those Occupy Wall Streeters," while the show played b-roll of the ongoing protests. Perry did not even acknowledge his host, and Cavuto subsequently moved on with just an "OK."

Fox News: where the candidates can flat out ignore a question or comment without consequence.

So who's winning the Fox Primary? Each week at Media Matters, we watch the interviews, crunch the numbers, and tell you what Fox is up to in the presidential campaign.

Last Week's Results

Total time: 2 hours and 35 minutes; Total appearances: 14

Most Total Airtime on Fox: Rick Perry (58 minutes)

Most Total Appearances: Ron Paul (4 appearances)

Fox Show with the Most Total Candidate Airtime: Hannity (30 minutes)

Fox Show with the Most Candidate Appearances: Hannity (3 appearances)

Longest Candidate Interview: Fox News Sunday (27 minutes with Rick Perry)

Softball Question(s) of the Week: During the October 26 edition of Hannity, host Sean Hannity asked Herman Cain:

HANNITY: You know, in the last debate, I mean, it's gotten so insane right now that they actually, you know, were saying that Rick Perry made a big mistake because he called you "brother" in that debate. And, you know, I spoke with you about it, and the first thing you did is what you are doing now, you laughed. What is your reaction to that?

(A table of the October 24 - 30 data is available here.)

The Numbers Since June 1

Total time: 53 hours and 51 minutes; Total appearances: 455

Most Total Airtime on Fox since June 1: Herman Cain (7 hours and 41 minutes)

Most Total Appearances since June 1: John Bolton (67 appearances)

Fox Show with the Most Total Candidate Airtime Since June 1: On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (8 hours and 32 minutes)

Fox Show with the Most Candidate Appearances since June 1: On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (67 appearances)

Longest Candidate Interview since June 1: Stossel (40 minutes with Gary Johnson)

(A table of all the data since June 1 is available here.)

Previous Fox Primary Reports

June 1 - 5
June 6 - 12
June 13 - 19
June 20 - 26
June 27 - July 4
July 5 - 10
July 11 - 17
July 18 - 24
July 25 - 31
August 1 - 7
August 8 - 14
August 15 - 21
August 22 - 28

August 29 - September 4
September 5 - 11
September 12 - 18
September 19 - 25
September 26 - October 2
October 3 - 9
October 10 - 16
October 17 - 23


Media Matters searched the Nexis database for all guest appearances on Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and Fox News Sunday for the 10 declared and potential presidential candidates in question: Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Buddy Roemer, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum.

For programs where a transcript was unavailable, Media Matters reviewed the raw video.

Changes to the reports

Media Matters added McCotter to the data beginning on June 20 and Roemer beginning on July 21. We stopped including McCotter on September 22; he dropped out of the race that day.

We stopped including Pawlenty and Trump in the data beginning on August 14; Pawlenty dropped out of the race on that date. And while Trump stated that he would no longer seek the Republican nomination but may instead run as an independent (on June 1, the beginning of this report), we decided to drop him from the data on this date.

We stopped including Bolton in the data beginning on September 6; Bolton decided not to run on this date.

We stopped including Palin in the data after her decision not to run was made on October 5.

We stopped including Giuliani in the data after he announced on October 11 that he would not run.

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Fox News Channel, Fox Business
FOX News Sunday
2012 Elections
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