Newt Gingrich spoke truth to Fox & Friends about their big, big role in making Donald Trump’s (so far) successful candidacy.
Media Matters caught the following exchange on today’s Fox & Friends:
BRIAN KILMEADE (CO-HOST): This time the billionaire is spending the least amount of money and running away with this thing. It's going to make people --
NEWT GINGRICH: Well, but that's because of you guys.
GINGRICH: Look -- that's because of you guys. Donald Trump gets up in the morning, tweets to the entire planet at no cost, picks up the phone, calls you, has a great conversation for about eight minutes, which would have cost him a ton in commercial money, and meanwhile his opponents are all out there trying to raise the money to run an ad. Nobody believes the ad.
Kilmeade and cohost Steve Doocy tried to duck the truth about their show’s Trump love:
KILMEADE: People make decisions. Newt, people make decisions. Mitt Romney made a decision for three months he wouldn't do us at all. I mean, people decide -- for a while Jeb Bush wouldn't hop on any television at all. Hillary Clinton didn't do anything in the beginning. Donald Trump from day one made himself available to big and small, and it paid off.
STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Plus, he's invented scenarios where suddenly he's got all this free media and people -- you know, that pope thing at the end of the week. Who wasn't talking about that?
But Gingrich wasn’t buying their excuses.
GINGRICH: Look, you could say that Trump is the candidate Fox & Friends invented. He was on your show I think more than any other show.
DOOCY: Every Monday.
GINGRICH: It's was always a happy, positive conversation.
While it’s true that Trump’s availability to the media is part of the reason he gets so much air time, it’s also true that Fox & Friends, along with almost every other Fox News host, has openly promoted him. As the second video below, also from Media Matters, shows, Fox has been “relentlessly promoting Trump’s political ambitions for years.”
Watch them below.
Hinted at by Newt but not really detailed was The Donald was a regular Thursday fixture on “Fox & Friends” for years before he announced his candidacy. Slamming curvy couch softballs over the fence is how he honed his sales pitch to the angry right-wing mob.
Nice to see straight shooting, clearly unbiased, fair and balanced Steve Doocy smirk like the cat that ate the canary as he pretends there’s nothing outlandish going on here.
Was the next segment a rant on the mainstream media being in the tank for Hillary? 👍
That’s too much actual truth for Faux.