Media Matters has compiled a new report that shows in more than 300 instances, Fox "news" personalities have helped Republican candidates or worked against Democratic ones in nearly every state in the country. I've included just a few examples, but seriously, this is a fascinating report that you should really click over to review in full:
In recent years, at least twenty Fox News personalities have endorsed, raised money, or campaigned for Republican candidates or causes, or against Democratic candidates or causes, in more than 300 instances and in at least 49 states. Republican parties and officials have routinely touted these personalities' affiliations with Fox News to sell and promote their events.
During the October 14, 2009, edition of his radio program, Fox News host Glenn Beck hosted Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN) and asked her, "How can I help you raise money?" Bachmann replied by mentioning her campaign website. Beck replied, "We should have a fundraiser for you, Michele." Bachmann replied that she "will take it."
Fox News host Sean Hannity regularly appears at fundraisers for Republicans and has donated to Republicans in the past:
- Scheduled April fundraiser for John Kasich for Governor (OH); the fundraising appearance was reportedly cancelled.
- March fundraiser for the NRCC, which reportedly raised $7 million.
- October 2009 fundraiser for Kasich.
- In 2007, Hannity fundraised for Rudy Giuliani (NY).
- In 2005, a donor named Sean Hannity listing a Suffolk County (New York) address donated a total of $2,100 to Jeanine Pirro for Senate (NY). Hannity promised to give Pirro the maximum contribution and asked his radio listeners to donate as well.
On his syndicated radio program in November 2009, Hannity told New Jersey listeners to "get to the polls" and "stop Obama-care in its tracks."
Fox News host Mike Huckabee frequently endorses candidates through his political action committee, Huck PAC. The PAC states: "Huck PAC proudly remains committed to helping Republicans regain control of the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and a majority of governorships." Huck PAC has raised at least $1 million for the 2009-2010 cycle.
In 2009, Huckabee repeatedly used Fox News to fundraise for his PAC on-air. On December 21, 2009, Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz reported that "Fox executives told Huckabee to stop plugging [his] Web site on the air after learning that it linked to his political action committee, which the network deemed a conflict of interest."read more...