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O’Reilly And Ingraham Defend Fox News Against Santorum’s Charges Of Pro-Romney Bias

O'Reilly & Ingraham Defend Fox Against Santorum’s Charges Of Pro-Romney Bias

One of the more surprising accusations of media bias in quite a while was Rick Santorum‘s contention this week that Fox News is somehow in the tank for Mitt Romney. On The O’Reilly Factor tonight, Laura Ingraham defended the network, saying that while most people at Fox probably believe Romney will be the nominee, the coverage has been mostly fair to Santorum.

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Bill O’Reilly opened the segment by noting Santorum’s frequent appearances on Fox News over the last few months. In fact, Chris Wallace made a point to note last October that Romney had not appeared on any Sunday talk shows in over a year and a half. Romney’s been popping up more frequently during the primary season, but Santorum has been consistently willing to come on Fox News. But Santorum still contends that the network has been “shilling” for Romney.

Ingraham responded to the criticism by noting that going after the media for unfair coverage has never necessarily been a winning strategy because “you tend to look a little bit whiny.” She admittedly has suspicions that like the majority of Republicans, many people at Fox News believe Romney will eventually by the Republican nominee, but on the whole, she argued that Fox has been very fair to Santorum.

“I think Rick Santorum has been on more shows on Fox than I would imagine Romney has, and he’s gone on, and I think he’s gotten fair treatment. I don’t know what specifically he’s talking about, and I certainly… think I’ve been fair toward him, and I think you’ve been fair toward him.”

O’Reilly pointed out that Santorum has been on his show more times than Romney has, and explained that he only brings candidates onto the show when he thinks it makes sense to do so, not just give them a platform to recite their stump speech. Ingraham said there’s “no denying” that the math is on Romney’s side, but the reality is that Romney has merely gotten pluralities, not majorities, in states where he has more than one challenger.

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Ingraham did add that Santorum is getting the support from people who have the most concern about the federal government and who aren’t satisfied with Washington, because of his “homespun, very patriotic message.” And even though many of them don’t think he’ll end up being the nominee, they want to send a message to the establishment.

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