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  • Fox Figures Turn On Fox Contributor Erick Erickson For Organizing Meeting Aimed At Thwarting Trump

    ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    Multiple current and former Fox News figures criticized fellow Fox contributor Erick Erickson for organizing an "anti-Trump" meeting aimed at finding ways to either deny Trump the Republican nomination or run a third-party candidate, calling Erickson a "Benedict Arnold" and criticizing his tactics as a "suicide mission" against Republicans that could help elect Hillary Clinton.

  • Fox Pushes "Regular Guy" And Contributor Scott Brown For Trump VP

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Fox News contributor Scott Brown's network colleagues are pushing him as a potential running mate for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The network -- where Brown has worked on and off as a contributor -- has been boosting the half-term senator's political ambitions for years. 

    During a January 16 event in New Hampshire where Brown introduced Trump, the business mogul responded to an audience member's suggestion that Brown should be his running mate by replying, "He's central casting! A great guy and a beautiful wife and a great family. So important!" On February 2, Brown officially endorsed Trump for president, calling him "a change agent."

    Since his endorsement, Brown's Fox colleagues have regularly floated him as a potential Trump running mate. For instance:

    • Fox Business host Trish Regan interviewed Brown about him potentially being Trump's vice president. Regan agreed with Trump's assessment that Brown could be a VP candidate out of "central casting." Regan also explained that "what a lot of viewers may not realize about you -- because, you know, when you come on set here you're all spiffy, dressed in your nice suit -- is that you're a pretty regular guy. I mean, you drive a pickup. You work assembling bikes at Gus' Bike Shop in North Hampton." She later asked him, "vice-presidential nominee, potential, would you consider it?" Brown replied he's "flattered" but it's "highly, highly unlikely." [Fox Business, Intelligence Report, 2/3/16]
    • Fox Business host Charles Payne told Brown that people are thinking about him as Trump's running mate and commented, "you look good in that seat." Brown dodged Payne's question about whether he would accept the slot. [Fox Business, Making Money with Charles Payne, 2/3/16
    • Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo asked Brown about the prospects of him being Trump's running mate. Brown dodged the question. [Fox Business, Mornings with Maria, 2/3/16]
    • Fox News host Martha MacCallum asked Trump about whether he was thinking about a running mate and mentioned Brown. Trump replied, "I like Scott Brown because he endorsed me," but said it's too far in advance to think about. [Fox News, America's Newsroom, 2/9/16]
    • Neil Cavuto, senior vice president and anchor for Fox News and Fox Business, said when he saw a picture of Trump and Brown together, he thought: "Hey, that could be the ticket right there." [Fox News, Your World with Neil Cavuto, 2/9/16, via NewsHounds]

    Fox News has spent years trying to further Brown's political career. The channel spent significant time boosting his only successful Senate run in 2010. After he lost his reelection bid in 2012, Brown was hired by Fox News. He then left the network and received major but ultimately unsuccessful help from Fox in his New Hampshire Senate bid. He was rehired by Fox in 2014. 

  • Conservative Media Figures Object To "Stupid" Third Romney Run

    Blog ››› ››› BEN DIMIERO

    As Mitt Romney is reportedly considering a third presidential run, several conservative media figures are calling foul, labeling the idea "too stupid" and suggesting another Romney bid would be "preposterous."

    After repeatedly claiming he was done with running for president, last Friday Romney apparently reversed course, telling a group of Republican donors in New York City, "I want to be president." Since then, Romney's team has reportedly been working "to reassemble his national political network."

    As part of his efforts to kickstart another run, Romney reportedly reached out to several conservative media figures.

    According to The Washington Post, he recently invited Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham to his ski home to discuss "politics and policy," and also made phone calls to CNN analyst Newt Gingrich and Fox News contributor Scott Brown. In a subsequent appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, Ingraham initially told viewers that between Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, and Romney, her support would "probably be a tie between Romney and Walker." Pressed by O'Reilly, she added, "I'll just say Romney because he's been through the grist mill before." (Ingraham explained that Romney had made her and her daughter "cocoa and soup" when she visited his ski house.)

    During an appearance on Fox News' Your World, Brown said that when Romney recently called him, "I encouraged Mitt to run." Brown told Fox News viewers that Romney "was right" on a variety of issues and that he "absolutely" wants Romney to join the race. 

    But not everyone in the conservative movement is as supportive.

    In an article for the New York Times, reporter Jonathan Martin writes that despite the "excitement among his loyalists in the Republican donor class" for another Romney run, "interviews with more than two dozen Republican activists, elected officials and contributors around the country reveal little appetite for another Romney candidacy."

    Romney also faces a hurdle in several prominent conservative media figures and outlets that are less than enthusiastic about the idea of another Romney run.

  • Revolving Door: Scott Brown Reportedly Rejoining Fox News After Second Failed Senate Bid

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    Former U.S. Senator Scott Brown, who lost his comeback bid to New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen, is reportedly rejoining Fox News as a contributor. Fox's decision to rehire Brown comes after the network served as a launching pad for Brown's political return, and attempted to assist his failed New Hampshire campaign with fawning coverage.

    The Boston Herald reported that Brown "is rejoining Fox News as a contributor" and "will make his first appearance Tuesday as the 'One Lucky Guy' on 'Outnumbered' (noon-1 p.m. weekdays), Fox News has confirmed."

    The network spent significant time boosting Brown's only successful Senate run (in Massachusetts' 2010 race) -- during one segment, Fox hosts even played with a Scott Brown action figure. Fox first hired Brown after he lost his 2012 reelection bid.

    Brown then used his Fox employment to collect a paycheck ($136,538) and position himself for another run for office, this time in New Hampshire. His Fox commentary sounded like campaign stump speeches, and he touted his ties to the state, claiming he had "long and strong ties to New Hampshire, you know, going back generations." Brown even credited his Fox employment for motivating him to run for office the third time, stating that "being on Fox ... really charged me up to get involved again."

    When Brown finally became an official candidate in 2014 and formally left the network, Fox News still tried its hardest to bring him to victory. It aired an anti-Obamacare documentary that was so flattering to Brown that the campaign repeatedly screened it for voters. Fox hosts also parroted Brown campaign talking points, attacking his opponent Shaheen as "a rubber stamp for Barack Obama." One Fox host even got the talking points confused, praising Brown -- who was elected in 2010 -- as an independent who was "not a rubber stamp, an automatic rubber stamp for George Bush's policies."

    Fox News has had no problem rehiring Republican contributors who left the network but failed in their political bids. Recent examples include Liz Cheney, who dropped out of her Wyoming Senate primary run; Angela McGlowan, who lost a Mississippi congressional primary; and Pete Snyder, who was unsuccessful in his primary bid for Virginia lieutenant governor.

    Democratic New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is eligible for reelection in 2016 and may choose to run for the U.S. Senate, potentially setting up another round of Fox's ethically-challenged employment of Brown. 

  • Fox & Friends Host Caught Rewriting History In Glowing Interview Of GOP's Scott Brown

    Blog ››› ››› SOPHIA TESFAYE

    Fox News proved that love is blind in its latest interview with former Fox employee and current Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown.

    With less than a week before the 2014 midterm elections, Brown was welcomed on the set of Fox & Friends with no disclosure of his prior affiliation with the network. Instead, hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade praised Brown for "doing really well" in the polls and getting "within two points" of Shaheen. Kilmeade added: "I think both sides are saying you're one of the finest politicians they've seen because you like people."

    Fox's softball questions didn't attempt to delve into Brown's platform, instead echoing Brown's own attacks on Shaheen's voting record. Doocy mistakenly congratulated Brown, who was elected Massachusetts Senator during Obama's presidency in 2010, for having an independent record under the Bush administration and claimed that, unlike Brown, Shaheen has served as a "rubber stamp" for her party's policies:

    DOOCY: You just touched on something. When you were in the U.S. Senate you were not a rubber stamp, an automatic rubber stamp for George Bush's policies. However, you've been very effective in this particular senate race. Jean Shaheen has been a rubber stamp for President Obama.

    BROWN: I was there with President Obama, not with President Bush, but that is correct, I was the most independent senator in the United States Senate. Senator Shaheen is the most partisan. So, we need to change direction.

    Doocy failed to mention that his line about Shaheen being a "rubber stamp for President Obama" comes directly from the Brown campaign. During an October 6 debate Brown said, "You will have a clear choice, someone who is rubber stamping for the president's policies or someone who will be independent on the issues." Brown's "rubber stamp" attack has also been echoed by the Republican National Committee on Brown's behalf.

    Fox has a long history of working to boost the electoral prospects of its former employees and has given Brown a particularly cozy platform to promote his campaigns. While Brown was still employed at Fox, its hosts repeatedly asked him whether he planned to run again, calling it a "terrific" idea. Brown has also said that his time at Fox "really charged me up to" run. Since his primary victory in New Hampshire, the network has repeatedly offered him free airtime to attack Shaheen.

  • Fox Hosts Ex-Employee Scott Brown For A Victory Lap After Senate Primary Win

    Blog ››› ››› ELLIE SANDMEYER

    Fox News celebrated the Senate primary win of former Fox News contributor Scott Brown by offering him over four minutes of free air time to attack his Democratic opponent and promote his campaign without disclosing his previous affiliation with the network.

    Brown clinched the Republican nomination for New Hampshire's Senate seat on September 9 and will now face Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen in the general election. He previously served as a senator for Massachusetts before losing to Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2012, and he was hired by Fox News in 2013.

    On the September 10 edition of Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade told Brown "I wasn't surprised that you won" and lobbed a series of softball questions at him that underlined how Brown had beaten expectations and pushed a message that "resonated" with voters. Kilmeade also vouched for Brown's work ethic, saying "I know when it comes to the endurance, no one is going to outwork you." At the end of the segment, Fox gave Brown a platform to plug his campaign website:

    BROWN: People can go to Let's go make Harry Reid the minority leader. Need your help. Thank you.

    During Brown's last run for the Senate, the network gave his campaign fawning coverage and repeatedly offered him a platform to promote his views and directed viewers to his website for information on "how to help with donating and volunteering." Fox News contributors pleaded with viewers go online to "help elect" him and pushed arguments like "your 401(k) could do well" if Brown won. Fox hosts even played with a Scott Brown action figure during one segment.

    Brown then spent over a year building his profile as a paid Fox contributor, during which time he attacked Shaheen and Senate Democrats over health care and burnished his New Hampshire bona fides after moving there. While Brown was employed at the network, Fox hosts repeatedly asked Brown if he planned to run again and even called it a "terrific" idea. Brown has said that working at Fox "really charged me up to" run for office again.

    The network continued to help Brown during his New Hampshire primary. In August, the network aired an anti-Obamacare documentary tailor-made to boost Brown's campaign. Former Sen. Bob Smith, one of Brown's Republican primary opponents, criticized Fox's pro-Brown coverage as "shoddy" and "not fair and balanced."

    Other former Fox News employees have benefited from favorable treatment during their runs for office. For instance, Rick Santorum said during his presidential campaign that his former job with Fox had "been big" and "helped folks remember who I am. ... It's a great platform, being able to talk about the current issues of the day."

  • Failure To Disclose: Fox News Hides Fact That Anti-ACA Doctor Is Running For Office In New Hampshire

    Blog ››› ››› CHANCE SEALES

    A Fox News report failed to disclose that an anti-Obamacare doctor featured objecting to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is running for state representative as a Republican in New Hampshire.

    Continuing Fox's campaign to boost anti-Obama candidates in New Hampshire, including former Fox contributor Scott Brown, an August 8 Special Report segment highlighted the story of Dr. Joe Hannon, who was purportedly driven out of practice due to the ACA. During an interview with Fox, Dr. Hannon claimed, "The health care act was the final nail in the coffin. It wasn't the main reason or the only reason, but it made the decision a lot easier for me." 

  • Fox's Special On Obamacare In New Hampshire Is Tailor-Made For Former Employee Scott Brown

    Special Will Feature The Obamacare Opponent And NH Senate Candidate

    Blog ››› ››› EMILY ARROWOOD

    An upcoming Fox News special report promises to expose Obamacare problems in New Hampshire, where the network's former contributor Scott Brown is running for U.S. Senate. The special will feature an interview with Brown, who has declared that "Obamacare isn't working" and called the law a "monstrosity." 

    Airing the night of August 8, "Live Free or Die: Obamacare in New Hampshire" promises to chronicle the effect of the Affordable Care Act on New Hampshire residents, such as a doctor who retired rather than deal with health care reform and a "lesbian [who] opts out of Obamacare, questioning why she should pay for reproductive care she doesn't want or need."

    Why the focus on New Hampshire? According to the network, in part because the state is "where this year's election will be key to determining which party controls the Senate." This appears to be the first time Fox has run a special focused on a single state since at least 2012.  

    Brown himself will participate in the special and promoted it earlier today, tweeting:

    Fox is intimately involved with the New Hampshire Senate race, as its former contributor is seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Brown began teasing his candidacy while still receiving a paycheck from Fox, and recently credited his role on the network with inspiring his campaign for Senate.  

    From the start, Brown has focused his campaign on his opposition to Obamacare. His website states that the "people of New Hampshire take pride in individual liberty and freedom. Obamacare demolishes both." He went on an "Obamacare isn't Working" tour and has repeatedly criticized his opponent for voting in favor of the law, which he deemed a "monstrosity" in need of repeal. 

  • Scott Brown's Farcical Tenure As A "Fox News Contributor In Five Segments

    Blog ››› ››› BEN DIMIERO

    Fox News finally terminated the contract of contributor Scott Brown after Brown told the network he is planning a New Hampshire Senate run. The move follows months of speculation about a possible run by Brown, a topic that was repeatedly raised during his appearances on the network.

    Brown tweeted today that he "enjoyed being a part of the Fox family. Their analysis & insight has helped hold politicians accountable for their actions ... especially on ObamaCare. I am extremely grateful to everyone at Fox for their friendship, & wish them all the best moving forward."

    It became clear shortly after Brown was hired by Fox in 2013 that he was planning to use the network as a springboard to the next stage of his political career. And Fox was more than happy to play along.

    The network gave Brown an online column, which he used to write columns with headlines like "Time to hold Democrats in Congress responsible for the mess they created." Fox also let him practice stump speeches, plug his New Hampshire bona fides, discuss the need for Republicans to win back the Senate, and attack his possible opponent on-air.

    Below are five segments that show the farcical nature of Brown's job as a "Fox News contributor."

  • Fox News Should Suspend Scott Brown's Contract

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    UPDATE 2 (3/14/14): Brown's Fox News contract was "officially terminated" on March 14 as a result of his run for office, according to executive vice president Bill Shine. 

    UPDATE: The Associated Press is now reporting that according to "several" New Hampshire Republicans, Brown "is expected to launch an exploratory committee to enter the race as soon as Friday." Fox News previously suspended the contracts of then-contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum when they took steps toward forming exploratory committees.

    Media Matters president Bradley Beychok issued the following statement in response to the AP report:

    "Fox News should immediately suspend Scott Brown's contract. The network set this standard. To use their own words: taking steps to form an exploratory committee is a 'clear conflict.' So, what is Roger Ailes waiting for?"


    The Associated Press is reporting that Fox News contributor Scott Brown's camp "has quietly begun offering paid positions to Republican operatives for a prospective New Hampshire campaign." Fox News, which previously said it would suspend a contributor's contract if they show a "serious intention" to run for office, should suspend Brown's contract until he finally decides.

    The AP report added that "Several people involved in the discussions believe that Brown has decided to run, but there remains a healthy dose of skepticism given the former Republican senator's recent track record." CNN similarly reported on March 9 that "a number of GOP sources in New Hampshire report receiving calls in recent days from Brown or his top allies, and there's word from GOP operatives that there are conversations about building a Senate campaign staff"; CNN also wrote that activists said they won't believe Brown is running until he "makes a public statement or files candidacy papers." Fox News host Greta Van Susteren tweeted last month she was told it is "certain" that Brown is going to run.

    Fox News hired Brown in 2013 after previously boosting his Massachusetts Senate campaign with fawning coverage (during one segment, Fox hosts played with a Scott Brown action figure). Fox re-signed him to a contract last month.

    Brown's status as both a potential candidate and Fox News political analyst has led to embarrassing segments for the news channel.

    One recent appearance was devoted to a discussion of how Brown looked shirtless. In another, Brown attacked potential opponent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Senate Democrats over health care. He also touted his New Hampshire bona fides by boasting about how he's been a resident there for "a couple of months." Brown's last Fox appearance was on the March 7 edition of Fox Business' Lou Dobbs Tonight, where he said "the first order of business is to take over the Senate in '14 and retain the House in '14." He has also published columns that sound like stump speeches -- headlines include, "GOP can once again lead as the party of fiscal responsibility" and "Time to hold Democrats in Congress responsible for the mess they created."

    Fox News host Howard Kurtz noted the benefits of Republicans delaying their intention to announce campaign runs, writing: "The longer candidates stay in the Fox camp, the longer they can utilize the platform of the country's top-rated cable news channel--and pad their bank accounts to boot."