November 25th, 2007
07:00 PM ET
10 years ago

GOP presidential hopeful skewers FOX

Fred Thompson on "Fox News Sunday."

(CNN) – Presidential hopeful Fred Thompson accused FOX News of being unfairly critical of his White House bid, after anchor Chris Wallace asked the Tennessee Republican Sunday to respond to criticism that he has run a lackluster campaign.

“This has been a constant mantra of Fox, to tell you the truth,” Thompson responded to Wallace on “FOX New Sunday.”

The former Tennessee senator accused FOX of highlighting only the negative analysis offered by the network’s commentators and its own poll to support its conclusion that he is not running a successful campaign.

"For you to highlight nothing but the negative in terms of these polls, and then put on your own guys, who have been predicting for four months, really, that I couldn't do it, you know, kind of skews things a little bit," Thompson said.

The GOP hopeful was speaking directly to conservative commentators Charles Krauthammer and Fred Barnes criticism.

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soundoff (59 Responses)
  1. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    This is why intelligent people call this network "Faux News" ... its the only place Dick Cheney and his ilk feel safe ... and only the fool-aid drinkers take it seriously.

    Welcome to the real world, Fred.

    November 25, 2007 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  2. Candace Peters, Poulsbo, WA

    Fred understands, as anyone who reads or watches C-Span regularly, that there is nothing fair and balanced about Fox or any network. Regardless of one's political leanings, it would be foolish to trust the networks to present accurate news.

    November 25, 2007 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  3. Garrett, Provo, UT

    It is too bad that the news networks don't report the news in an unbiased way and instead let the people make an "educated" decision. As it is, our decisions are not educated by watching or reading CNN and FOX. We all know that CNN wants us to elect Hillary and FOX wants us to elect Guliani. As such, their stories are slanted.

    November 25, 2007 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  4. Ron Nebraska

    This is really very funny! A Republican complaining about Fox news skewing opinion! What's next, debating the 'fair and balanced' tag?

    November 25, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  5. Andrew, Nj

    Maybe instead of complaining he could actually start campaigning?

    There is a reason he has dropped like a rock when he declared. Didn't live up to the hype.

    November 25, 2007 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  6. MS Johnson City, TN

    Welcome to the world of "fair and balanced".

    November 25, 2007 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |

    Great spin, he DIDN'T answer the question, did he? He IS running a poor johnny-come-lately campaign, and I guess the only way to not get caught in the trap of answering the question is to go on the offensive and shoot the messenger.

    November 25, 2007 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  8. Robert, Shelton, CT

    I don't know what to tell you Fred, of course Fox News is skewed; like it or not; my best advice is you go out and give it hell on the campaign trail to show them up.

    November 25, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  9. Daniel, NY

    Thompson's goal is now to reposition himself as the conservative candidate, and he is having an increasingly difficult time to do that. He is now only ranked fourth in these newly updated detailed rankings and analysis of where the Republican presidential race stands today.

    November 25, 2007 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  10. William Courtland, Waterford, Ontario

    Because who is good for FOX...

    If we ask 'Party A' questions they have a hard time responding to, then, ask 'Party B' questions they have studied: who looks better in a corporate news-media hosted event?

    Mind that, the corporation running the bias will make it seem fair, and protect the favorites.

    November 25, 2007 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  11. Benjamin "Reticuli", USA

    Fox News is mostly a propaganda outlet for Murdoch. I don't understand why anyone would want to associate with them. Like some fairy tail monster, they thrive on being paid attention to. If you ignore them, they'll eventually go away.

    November 25, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  12. Don Logan,Ia

    Quit complaining Fred...your campaign is a disaster!You rarely show up here in Iowa!You complain as much as your buddy Mike(raise all taxes in Arkansas)Huckabee!

    November 25, 2007 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  13. Rex, Toledo, Ohio

    Awww, come on Fred. We all know that Faux news is "fair and balanced"

    November 25, 2007 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  14. Benjamin Lucas Baton Rouge, LA

    Now you sound like Hillary. arrrrrrrrgh. Is this a Left Wing Conspiracy?

    November 25, 2007 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. Cable King Pittsburgh PA

    Hey Fred,

    Too bad you forgot to duck when Fox finally got one right.

    November 25, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  16. Caspar - Lancaster, PA

    Fred Thompson – Actor.
    Fox News – Entertainment for conservatives who aren't interested in thought-provoking facts.

    November 25, 2007 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  17. Anonymous, Ames, IA

    It'd be nice if the folks who slam FOX would be kind enough to reveal their favored news sources. Funny how people align themselves, liberal or conservative, to networks that are within their comfort zones. How many of you liberals watch, say, MSNBC?

    November 25, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  18. Anonymous, VA

    "Entertainment for conservatives who aren't interested in thought-provoking facts."


    Wow, impressive statement...witty and deep....obviously not from a conservative.

    November 25, 2007 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  19. Ebbs, Newport News, VA

    Is this all liberals do in forums is regurgitate nonsense that has been drummed into them by Soros and Company. What's the deal with FOX News and you guys? Talk about the effectiveness of liberal propaganda from MSNBC, etal.

    November 25, 2007 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  20. Jessie Phoenix AZ

    Who is this Fred fellow?

    November 25, 2007 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  21. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Fixed Noise "talent" like the smirking Chris Wallace richly deserve to be skewered just as Bill Clinton did. They are nattering nabob-headed journalistic hos and it's encouraging to see the right wing hammering away at this pathetic mouthpiece masquerading as a news organization.

    November 25, 2007 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  22. Name Withheld Walnut Creek, CA

    There's no doubt that Thompson is right. Fox News is the farthest thing in the world from "Fair & Balanced" on any political issue. I saw a segment on Fox last year entitled "Is George W. Bush the best President ever?" I never watched the network after that day.

    November 25, 2007 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  23. kim, dallas, TX

    I'm not a Thompson fan, but he is right. Fox News is a complete joke. I stumbled upon it the other day and could not believe the rudeness of the newscast people. Constant interruptions and not letting them speak was the style seen, as well as confrontational when not in agreement. I will never watch it again. It's clear they have an agenda on their show. Freedom of speech is not the way they work at Fox....they are clearly Bush supportive, neocon agenda...corporate sponsors.

    November 25, 2007 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  24. Chris, Chicago, IL

    This guy played the President on TV, which means he has to read his lines all the time, not just while he is giving a speech. Kudos.

    November 25, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  25. Bryan, Firestone, CO

    Fred, are you talking in your sleep again?

    November 26, 2007 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
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