Fox Corp. board member Paul Ryan has been the subject of fawning praise from Fox News

Fox Corp. board member Paul Ryan has been the subject of fawning praise from Fox News

››› ››› ZACHARY PLEAT

Fox Corp., the parent company of Fox News, announced on March 19 that former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) will serve on its board of directors. Ryan had been the recipient of fawning praise from Fox News personalities in the past for his right-wing budget proposals and his selection by Mitt Romney as his vice presidential pick for the 2012 presidential election.


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Then-News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch on Ryan being selected as Mitt Romney’s running mate in 2012: “Thank God! … Paul Ryan almost perfect choice.”

[Twitter, 8/11/12]

Former Fox correspondent James Rosen described Ryan as having “a politically savvy intellect that is the equal to” that of then-President Barack Obama. [Fox News, Special Report with Bret Baier, 8/11/12]

Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade raved that Ryan “can answer all the questions” about policy and is “the guy that snuck out in college to sneak back into his dorm room because he wanted to work on federal budget ideas.”

BRIAN KILMEADE (GUEST CO-HOST): This is the one thing about Paul Ryan which I find intriguing, and I didn't know about Sarah Palin, wasn't sure about Dan Quayle, and you wonder at times with others, with maybe President Bush sometimes -- he can answer all the questions. I've seen him in the sparring sessions; he knows the numbers inside and out. He's the guy that snuck out in college to sneak back into his dorm room because he wanted to work on federal budget ideas. He's the guy who leaped over seven different people with seniority to become budget director and senior member at Congress. So it's very intriguing to see a 41-year-old, who’s been in Congress since 28, who has these ideas that are new and that it’s created such anger on the other side. [Fox News, The Five, 8/11/12]

Kilmeade: “I’ve got to give Paul Ryan a ‘C’ for courage” for releasing a “forward-leaning budget proposal.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/20/12]

Kilmeade to Ryan: “Everyone respects the work you’re doing and how you’re attacking the debt and deficit.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 3/21/12]

Kilmeade on Ryan’s 2011 budget proposal: “He might be a genius, I’m pretty sure.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/4/11]

Former The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros ticked off praise for Ryan: “He sounds very Reagan-esque, he has a very positive message, and he's likeable.” [Fox News, The Five, 8/11/12]

Tantaros praised Ryan for having “some courage to start a discussion about” cutting government benefits. [Fox News, The Five, 3/20/12]

Former Fox contributor Pete Snyder said Ryan is a “rock star” on critical issues. [Fox News, America's News HQ, 8/11/12]

Former Fox contributor Peter Johnson Jr.: Ryan was a “bold, transformational pick” for Romney and “set the world on fire” with his policy ideas. [Fox News, Fox & Friends Saturday, 8/11/12]

Johnson Jr. also said Ryan “kind of looks like Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends Saturday, 8/11/12]

Johnson Jr.: Ryan is “kind of the rock star of American politics.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends Saturday, 8/11/12]

Former Fox contributor Charles Krauthammer in 2012 praised Ryan as “Kennedy-esque” and “the future” of the Republican Party. [Fox News, Fox & Friends Saturday, 8/11/12]

Former Fox chief political correspondent Carl Cameron described Ryan as “an Energizer Bunny” who “rocketed to the top of Republican politics.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends Saturday, 8/11/12]

Former Fox contributor Monica Crowley on Ryan pick for Romney’s VP: “Brilliant choice” and “the coolest. Period.”

[Twitter, 8/11/12, 8/11/12]

Fox host Sean Hannity: Ryan pick for VP was an “outstanding choice.”

[Twitter, 8/11/12]

Hannity said of Ryan’s 2011 budget: “I love the budget.” [Fox News, Hannity, 4/5/11]

A Fox promo for a Hannity appearance by Ryan asked, “So how much does Paul Ryan think he can save America?” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 4/5/11]

Hannity offered his shows to Ryan to promote Obamacare repeal: “You have my TV and radio show to do anything you want.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Sean Hannity Show, 3/9/17]

Fox contributor Mike Huckabee: Paul Ryan will “look like the adult in the room” during the 2012 election. [Fox News, Fox & Friends Saturday, 8/11/12]

Former Fox contributor K.T. McFarland: The Romney-Ryan ticket is “like Reagan again.” [Fox News, America's Election HQ, 8/11/12]

Former Fox contributor Michelle Malkin gushed over Ryan on her website: “Fresh, young, energetic, smart, courageous, and ready for prime time.” [MichelleMalkin.com, 8/11/12]

Former Fox host Glenn Beck: “Thank God for Paul Ryan.” [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 4/12/10, via archive.org]

Beck called Ryan “a god among conservatives” and said to him during an interview: “I love you.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 4/12/10]

Beck and Ryan told each other during an interview: “I love you.” [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 4/5/11]

Beck proclaimed “man-on-man love” for Ryan over his 2011 budget proposal. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Glenn Beck Program, 4/5/11]

Fox News Sunday gave Ryan a birthday cake. During a January 2012 appearance by Ryan on Fox News Sunday, Fox anchor Chris Wallace ended the interview by noting that it was Ryan's birthday, and a staffer brought out a cake to mark the occasion. Wallace joked that the dollar sign on the cake represented the "federal dollar" and said Ryan should "cut into that sucker." [Fox News, Fox News Sunday, 1/29/12]

Fox anchor Bill Hemmer: Ryan releasing his 2012 budget plan "is going to go down as the single most important event in government history in our lifetimes." [Fox News Radio, Kilmeade & Friends, 3/21/12]

Fox host Dana Perino: Ryan “stands up on the merits” and “knows more about” Medicare “than anyone.” [Fox News, America's Newsroom, 5/25/11]

Former Fox host Juliet Huddy: Ryan was “breaking a lot of hearts” by “announcing he is not going to be running for the White House.” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 8/23/11]

Former Fox host Gretchen Carlson praised Ryan as courageous for his 2011 budget proposal: “Isn't this all about the fact that ... no politician has ever gone where you have gone before?” [Fox News, Fox & Friends, 5/25/11]

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