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  • Rasmussen: A pollster made for Fox News

    ››› ››› NED RESNIKOFF

    Poll results from Rasmussen Reports consistently overstated Republican performance in the midterm elections, according to The New York Times' Nate Silver. Rasmussen polls and analysis have been criticized by polling experts who note that they often harmonize with narratives favored by conservatives and Republicans. Indeed, the polling company is a favorite of Fox News, which has cited Rasmussen polls at least 94 times in the past three months.

  • Bush source reportedly claims W thinks Palin "isn't qualified to be President"

    Blog ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN

    Uh-oh! Sarah Palin's bid for President just received a pretty credible non-endorsement. According to New York's Daily News, former President George W. Bush "has told friends the ex-Alaska governor isn't qualified to be President and criticizes Arizona Sen. John McCain for putting Palin on the 2008 GOP ticket and handing her a national platform." And, if there's anyone who knows being unqualified to be President, it is George W. Bush.

    What's Fox going to do now?

    According to the Daily News, "'Naming Palin makes Bush think less of McCain as a man,' a Republican official familiar with Bush's thinking told the Daily News. 'He thinks McCain ran a lousy campaign with an unqualified running mate and destroyed any chance of winning by picking Palin.'"

    We've detailed the simmering feud between Palin and Fox News contributor and former Bush advisor Karl Rove, which culminated in a half-hearted apology to Palin on last night's Hannity. Rove had reportedly claimed that her Discovery Channel show would harm Palin's potential presidential bid (that and her general lack of "gravitas") and on Hannity, Rove apologized...for his comments about her television show.

    Anyone want to make any bets on who the Daily News' anonymous Republican source is? By the looks of it, it seems entirely possible that the Palin/Rove 2012 feud is not over--it's just been taken underground.

  • American Spectator's Jeffrey Lord sides with Palin in Fox 2012 Primary: "Rove Gets It Wrong"

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    In an American Spectator blog post, Jeffrey Lord opined on the Fox 2012 Primary, writing that Karl Rove is "wrong," in his criticisms of Christine O'Donnell's unsuccessful, Palin-backed candidacy for the Delaware Senate race. Lord wrote that Rove's criticism "is setting the boundaries for a very serious discussion to come."

    From Lord's November 2 American Spectator post headlined, "Rove Gets It Wrong: O'Donnell's Loss is Conservative Win":

    What startles in the Karl Rove declaration that there is a "lesson" in the defeat of Christine O'Donnell is that he simply doesn't get it.


    Ms. O'Donnell deserves conservative thanks.

    Karl Rove is setting the boundaries for a very serious discussion to come.

  • FoxNews.com weighs in on Fox 2012 Primary: Rove, Palin still sparring

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    FoxNews.com writes that Fox News contributors Sarah Palin and Karl Rove "butted heads" on election night Tuesday, continuing their fight for the Fox 2012 Primary.

    From a November 2 article, titled "Rove, Palin still Diverge on Christine O'Donnell":

    Karl Rove and Sarah Palin butted heads again Tuesday over Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell - even as O'Donnell conceded the race for the Delaware Senate seat to Democrat Chris Coons.

    Rove drew fire from Palin and other conservatives earlier this year after O'Donnell won the Republican primary in a surprising upset, saying that O'Donnell was unelectable, had made too many mistakes and carried too many skeletons in her background, and would prove detrimental to the party. Palin and others immediately critized Rove's comments.

    Tuesday night, in the wake of O'Donnell's defeat, the two FNC contributors showed they still haven't come to an agreement.

  • Fox & Friends: The GOP's first stop on its victory train

    Blog ››› ››› JULIE MILLICAN

    Since the midterm elections, Fox & Friends has served as a revolving door of sorts for victorious Republican candidates, as well as their favorite Republican guests. Since Wednesday morning, Fox has hosted the following conservatives to do a nationwide victory lap around the curvy couch:

    Dana Perino

    Eric Cantor (R-VA)

    Karl Rove

    Mike Huckabee

    Nikki Haley (R-SC)

    Michael Steele

    Lt. Col. Allen West (R-FL)

    Gov. Haley Barbour (R-AL)

    Rand Paul (R-KY)

    Chip Cravaack (R-MN)

    Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)

    Rick Perry (R-TX)

    Tim Scott (R-SC)

    Pat Toomey (R-PA)

    But, hey! To be fair, today they also hosted Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), you know, for balance.

    This certainly isn't surprising. As Media Matters has repeatedly shown, Fox functioned as the communications arm of the Republican Party throughout the midterms. And, now, it's poised to play a key role in the GOP's 2012 presidential primaries, as the network employs numerous potential candidates. At this point, Fox really ought to consider renaming its network GOPTV.

  • Fox News cancels Thursday segment on NV "Voter fraud" after Angle's poor showing

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    Las Vegas Sun political columnist Jon Ralston posted the following to his Twitter profile this afternoon:

    At least we know what Fox News was planning, had the Senate race between Majority Leader Harry Reid and Tea Party darling Sharron Angle been tighter.


  • Palin vs. Rove continues: Rove says there's "a lesson" to be learned from O'Donnell loss

    Blog ››› ››› ADAM SHAH

    We've noted that an October 31 Politico article reported that Fox News contributor Karl Rove seems to be among GOP leaders who are on a "mission" to "halt" Fox News contributor Sarah Palin's "momentum and credibility," viewing her potential 2012 presidential nomination as a "disaster in waiting." Indeed, Rove and Palin have recently traded attacks, including over failed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell, who had Palin's strong backing.

    Rove has criticized O'Donnell, saying that her primary opponent, Rep. Mike Castle, would have picked up the seat. In return, Palin told Rove to "buck up" over O'Donnell's primary win.

    Politico noted yesterday that the sparring between Rove and Palin continued on Election Day with Rove saying:

    "It gave me no pleasure to say that she was unlikely to win," he said. "But this again provides a lesson. This is a candidate who was right on the issues, but who had mishandled a series of questions brought up by the press."

  • Fox conned its viewers into thinking Bielat had a chance

    Blog ››› ››› JUSTIN BERRIER

    Leading up to the midterms, Fox News, the GOP's campaign arm, targeted numerous Democratic seats, either by engaging in their normal campaign of misinformation, or by almost exclusively hosting Republican candidates and promoting their campaigns. But there were few races Fox obsessed over more than Rep. Barney Frank's (D-MA). Fox engaged in an all-out attack on Frank by repeatedly hosting his opponent, Sean Bielat, claiming over and over that Frank's seat was in danger, and that Bielat had a good chance of winning. Dick Morris repeatedly implored Fox viewers to donate to his PAC so he could help to "defeat" Frank.

    Turns out, it wasn't true that Bielat could win.

    Despite weeks and weeks of Fox portraying Frank as battling for his political life, the truth was that Frank's seat was never in danger. The non-biased campaign website Five Thirty Eight estimated Frank's chances of winning as ranging from 97% to 100%. And the unofficial results show that Frank handily won the race by over 10 points.

    Sean Bielat was never going to win that race, regardless of Fox's incesssant smears, insults, misinformation, and fundraising on Bielat's behalf. Speaking of which, just how much money did Dick Morris con out of Fox News viewers to make that case?

  • How do you spell Murkowski?

    Blog ››› ››› CHELSEA RUDMAN

    This is either the one of the best pranks Fox News has ever pulled, or one of their worst copy-editing mistakes.

    This morning, to kick off their election night recap, Fox & Friends interviewed Sen. Lisa Murkowski from Anchorage about the status of the Alaska Senate race. At the top of the 5:00 am (ET) hour, "total write-in" votes were ahead of Republican Joe Miller 40 percent to 35 on Fox's ticker.

    At one point early in the interview, co-host Gretchen Carlson observes, "One of the things that the people had to do in order to select you was to actually spell your name correctly."

    True enough, Gretchen. How do you spell Murkowski, anyway? It seems that someone at Fox doesn't know:

    Merkowski misspell

    To be fair, they're not the only ones who made this mistake: so did Murkowski's campaign.

    Fox showed their graphic not once, but twice. Watch:

    UPDATE: In case the wording in the post is confusing, to clarify, as Sen. Murkowski explains in the video, write-in ballots that do not spell her name clearly will not automatically be discounted -- each ballot will be examined to determine "voter intent."