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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We report, you decide? More than 30 Fox News personalities endorsed GOP candidates in 2010

By David Edwards The Obama administration has called Fox News "a wing of the Republican Party" but even the White House might be surprised to find out that more than 30 network personalities have supported GOP candidates this year.

A new report by the liberal group Media Matters claims that in more than 600 instances Fox News personalities have "endorsed, raised money, or campaigned for Republican candidates or organizations."

Some of the personalities are Fox News contributors that have been Republican candidates or worked for Republican administrations in the past. It's probably no surprise that Monica Crowley, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Dana Perino, Karl Rove and Rick Santorum have endorsed or otherwise supported Republican candidates.

Huckabee alone has endorsed 113 candidates. Palin has endorsed 93 and Gingrich has endorsed 41.

Media Matters notes that Sean Hannity has lent his support for eight candidates as well as a March fundraiser for the National Republican Congressional Committee and a book signing at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

Eric Bolling, Laura Ingraham, Brian Kilmeade, Andrew Napolitano and Stuart Varney were other personalities mentioned that regularly host or guest host shows on Fox News or Fox Business Network.

The report will most likely add fuel to the argument that Fox News is a biased organization. In October 2009, the White House briefly stopped doing interviews with the channel.

Among the 30?

Fred Barnes, Fox News contributor Glenn Beck, host of Fox News' Glenn Beck Eric Bolling, host of Fox Business' Follow the Money John Bolton, Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce, Fox News contributor Elaine Chao, Fox News contributor Monica Crowley, Fox News contributor Mike Gallagher, Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich, Fox News contributor Sean Hannity, host of Fox News' Hannity Mike Huckabee, host of Fox News' Huckabee and Twentieth Television's The Huckabee Show David Hunt, Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham, Fox News contributor John Kasich, former host and contributor Brian Kilmeade, co-host of Fox News' Fox & Friends and host of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends William Kristol, Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin, Fox News contributor KT McFarland, Fox News national security analyst and host of FoxNews.com's DEFCON 3 Angela McGlowan, Fox News contributor Dennis Miller, Fox News contributor Dick Morris, Fox News contributor Rupert Murdoch, CEO and chairman of News Corp., parent company of Fox News Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst and host of Fox Business' Freedom Watch Sarah Palin, Fox News contributor and host of Fox News' Real American Stories Dana Perino, Fox News contributor Dave Ramsey, listed Fox Business personality and former host of Fox Business' The Dave Ramsey Show (through June) Sandy Rios, Fox News contributor Karl Rove, Fox News contributor Rick Santorum, Fox News contributor Doug Schoen, Fox News contributor Andrea Tantaros, Fox News contributor Stuart Varney, Fox News contributor and host of Fox Business' Varney & Co.

"Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party," said White House communications director Anita Dunn.

Later that month, a Pew poll found that Americans believed the network to be the most ideological channel with 47 percent saying it was "mostly conservative."

In January, Public Policy Polling survey found that Fox News was the most trusted of all news networks. 49 percent said they trust Fox News while 37 percent said they did not.

Here are some flyers Media Matters drudged up of Fox personalities using their affiliations in fundraisers:

Other personalities highlighted are Fox News hosts that have well known conservative views. Glenn Beck has spoken in favor of Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul, Connecticut Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, and Minnesota Republican congressional candidate Michele Bachmann.
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