November 25th, 2007
07:00 PM ET
11 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. Charles, NY

    Bashing the only conservative-leaning news network is a wonderful way to court conservative voters. More proof of Fred Thompson's intelligence, for those who needed it.

    November 26, 2007 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  2. Pall Forloney, Riomaggiore, Italy

    From what I have seen on the news, is that he lacks that jump start good feeling. I know that I am overseas and don't see all news shows, but aren't they all about selling ad space and hype. I don't know how many times I have see Wolf Blitzer try to put words into someones mouth, so later they can do a sound bite to discredit the person. The news is not about news, it is all about selling.

    November 26, 2007 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  3. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    Interesting to note that the two postings supporting Faux News are both by "Anonymous"

    Looks like they are too ashamed to post their names with their opinions or too embarrassed to admit they are conservatives who watch this station ... one of their guilty pleasures??

    November 26, 2007 05:07 am at 5:07 am |
  4. Ebbs, Newport News, VA

    To the poster from Center Harbor NH, I'll leave your name out of this Alice. Yes, I'm conservative, but I don't go around slamming someone who has an opposing thought. Funny how so called "liberals" who claim themselves as freethinkers and progressive feel threatened by those who may not agree with them on some issues. It is amusing they have to resort to stereotyping and name-calling. To me that is an indication of narrowmindedness and childishness. Have a nice day Alice.

    November 26, 2007 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  5. AJ; Montpelier, VT

    Hey Fred – not even your own people (meaning conservative fanatics at Fox) want you. Go home!!

    November 26, 2007 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  6. Ray, Sarasota fl

    Wallace asked a legitimate question. But it doesn't change the fact that Faux News is anything but 'fair and balanced". I guess Fred has just not positioned himself far enough to the right to suit Roger.

    November 26, 2007 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  7. Al, NY NY

    Anyone who compares Faux News to the other networks' political leanings is missing the point. CNN and MSNBC have no "catch phrase" attached to their name. Since they do not claim to be "fair and balanced" their opinions are what they are. Faux News with their ridiculous moniker set themselves up for criticism by adding that. Since they are a right-wing outlet and their opinions, stories, and commentators are mainly composed of GOP schills, they deserve any smackdown they get for slanting their news coverage.

    November 26, 2007 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  8. J.Crobuzon

    Actually, FAUX News is about right on the Thompson campaign. He came late and seems old and confused, and hasn't really excited anyone except his fans from tv. His main function seems to be making poor John McCain seem young and vital by contrast.

    But now he's a goner, because no Republican can win the nomination without the support of FAUX News. Goodbye, Thompson, and be sure not to criticize the 'fair and balanced' reporters on your way out. My prediction: He'll be an employee of FOX by February, commenting on the election.

    November 26, 2007 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  9. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Fox News spanking CNN in the ratings – and CNN trying to find anything negative to print about no...seems legit

    November 26, 2007 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  10. Leo Colon, New York City

    I would tend to agree whole-heartedly with Senator Thompson. He is honest, pragmatic, and capable. Unfortunately that means he is not controversial enough. I for one think we sensationalize weak candidates like Guiliani, and downplay viable one like Thompson for the sake of ratings.

    November 26, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  11. Chris, Pensacola FL

    Everyone should know by now that FOX intends on Rudy to win. It's blatantly obvious. I don't know their obsession with the man, but they have it. I wonder if the cast and crew like Rudy or they are forced to read teleprompters the "good news" of Rudy?

    I'm really embarrassed as well because I used to watch Fox and think it was good stuff, but they really are false. CNN isn't any better, but at least they'll let us debate their false information right here. It's funny how the internet news sites have given me truth and accountability that the corporate media doesn't have.

    You want to see polarizing? What candidate is CNN pushing? Clinton. What candidate is FOX pushing? Rudy. I'm serious, it is the networks that are attempting to DIVIDE America. It seems to be working too.

    November 26, 2007 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  12. Ebbs, Newport News, VA

    "....CNN and MSNBC have no "catch phrase" attached to their name...."


    That is a ridiculous argument, it's like judging a book by it's cover. So the absence of moniker eliminates any accusation or claim of bias? WHAT? You sound immensely familiar with all the networks, including FOX, but are you really? If you lambast FOX, as you do, it seems logical that you shun and avoid it totally. And if you don't watch it how are you so certain? Sounds more like bias on you part borrowed directly from the talking points of your favorite liberal. Boy, that open-minded.

    November 26, 2007 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  13. Al, NY NY


    I do watch the networks. CNN and MSBNBC do slant left. If you like their opinions you follow their lead. Fox News leans right. If you do not acknowledge that, then "Sounds more like bias on you part borrowed directly from the talking points of your favorite conservative." I am pointing out that there is no preconceived notion of ideology on CNN/MSNBC. They are liberal, that's true. Fox News is conservative. They try to portray themselves as fair but they are not.

    Why should I shun the Fox news? I love tohear the daily trumpeting of Shammity for his (and the networks candidate) Rudy. If CNN touts HRC, so be it

    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.

    Posted By Ebbs, Newport News, VA : November 25, 2007 10:42 pm

    Is this all that conservatives do in these forums is regurgitate nonsense that has been drummed into them by Murdoch, Hannity, and the pill popping windbag Rush? What's the deal with you and CNN/MSNBC?..............

    November 26, 2007 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  14. Ebbs, Newport News, VA

    Actually Al, I agree with you about the leanings of the various news organizations, and, frankly, I don't want to be in the position to defend any news organization, including FOX because, honestly, don't care. But what caught my IRE, is the notion that the FOX alternatives and their viewers are beyond reproach in terms of bias. They are biased, as the "other side" stop throwing bombs from your glass houses! Let's face it, people tune in to news outlets that reflect their leanings. BTW, I don't listen to Rush (never have), and as for Hannity & Colmes, they are NOT news anchors. H&C, but are intended to raise political discord from both sides for pure entertainment...TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT! Geeeez.

    November 26, 2007 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Dan, Portland, OR

    Whether it's CNN, FOX or ABC, all the news networks have some sort of bias and slant, not only in it's political reporting but in it's everyday reporting. What should be discussed more than poll numbers is where the candidates stand on issues and what they have laid out as their platforms. Very few of the candidates, including Hillary Rob'em Clinton and Rudy, have brought forth proposals as well laid out, easy to understand and in-line with the vast majority of American principals as Fred Thompson. If the news networks focused on the issues facing the USA today, there wouldn't be another candidate that could come close to Fred.

    November 26, 2007 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It appears that Fox News (such as it is) already picked a candidate. It appears that they will hinder any one else. I guess Fred is not their man. I wonder who it could be? I know that most of their commentators and "reporters" would never support a democrat. Look at their website and compare it to MSNBC and CNN; there are no editorial cartoons on as well as sections like this. I find that some what suspect. Could it be "believe what we tell you and don't challenge it."

    November 26, 2007 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  17. SR, NY

    Which is why you should watch the only news program that matters. Daily Show by Jon Stewart.

    November 26, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  18. Surrealist, Fort Myers, Florida


    November 26, 2007 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. spinstopper

    Fox News has twice as many viewers as CNN and MSNBC combined. This forum is an excellent representation of why..

    November 26, 2007 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. Max, Boston, MA

    FOX News is a joke.
    CNN is honestly not that much better.

    I can tolerate biased news and judge for myself, but today's press is so far off the scale that my TV's been off for years.

    November 26, 2007 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. Ebbs, Newport News, VA

    "Fox News has twice as many viewers as CNN and MSNBC combined. This forum is an excellent representation of why.."


    ...and, perhaps, why FOX is seen as a "threat" requiring all the "put downs". Sorry, Al, I agree with this poster as well.

    November 26, 2007 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. MJ Seymour,CT

    I don't know what to tell you Fred. Ron Paul has been mistreated by the major media networks the entire campaign. Suck it up and if your support is real they will rally behind you. How was Fred's Giving Day by the way? no comment?...Tea Pary '07 December 16th when Americans join together and show who they really support!

    November 26, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  23. Milo Janus

    Thompson wasn't complaining when Hannity had him on Fox several times prior to joining the race, including co-hosting with Hannity during a televised debate of the other candidates. How many other candidates got that kind of exposure?

    Thompson needs to stop whining and realize that when you show up late, cancel events, and put people to sleep when you talk you're not going to win many people over. Imagine how boring he'd be if he didn't have wife of his to look at.

    November 26, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Gary, Detroit, Mich.

    FAUX News... official propaganda network of the Fourth Reich.

    November 26, 2007 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  25. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    And if this clown gets the GOP nomination, he'll be kissing Faux News' behind in a New York minute!

    Funny, Fred, when Faux news posted a half-truth story about your last Senatorial opponent, you went mute!!!

    November 26, 2007 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
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