October 29, 2009
Will Fox News Drop Newt Gingrich?
AIM COLUMN | BY CLIFF KINCAID |
Since many people tune into Fox News to ascertain the conservative point of view, the regular use of Gingrich will become disconcerting and problematic to many members of its viewing audience.
On the occasion of its 13th anniversary and dramatic success in the television ratings, Fox News is coming under serious scrutiny. But there is no reason why this scrutiny should come exclusively from those on the left who are jealous of the cable channel’s success. Conservatives should not hesitate to offer their own critique of the popular news network.
Since Fox News has come to symbolize in the public mind the conservative viewpoint, conservatives should examine which personalities and issues are being presented regularly on the cable channel. Inevitably, such an analysis will focus on former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who seems to appear every few days on “The O’Reilly Factor,” “Hannity,” or “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”
However, Gingrich’s position as a Fox News regular may be in jeopardy because of his abandonment of the conservative candidate, Doug Hoffman, in a special election race in New York. One of the White House criticisms of Fox News is that it is an arm of the Republican Party. The regular use of Gingrich, a knee-jerk Republican who defers to party bosses, tends to support that thesis.