Now that Fox is on the outs with Donald Trump, the “fair and balanced” network seems to be looking at Senator Marco Rubio as their rebound love for president.
Last night, Fox hosts repeatedly gushed over Rubio’s “surprise” third-place finish. Even though, as Media Matters pointed out, polls consistently showed him in that position. You might have thought he won and not Ted Cruz.
I put together a mash up video showing the spin. Watch it below, from Fox News’ coverage of the February 1 Iowa caucuses. By the way, it’s not just Fox promoting this hype.
The real indicator for me of Fox News’ current perspective has been the frequency of desperate flails at the Hillary Clinton campaign. It’s fairly obvious that they were hoping to see Bernie Sanders win Iowa, so that they could post a triumphant headline about it. Instead, she won the state. So they initially buried the coverage, then refused to acknowledge that she had won, and then tried the tack of saying that even though she’d won, she’d somehow really lost. My favorite part of this was them quoting Rance Priebus saying that her win in Iowa was “a total disaster”. I’m still trying to figure out how winning the first state in the nomination race is somehow a “disaster”…
The reality TV show that is the Donald Trump campaign is winding down.
Early Fox fave (and former contributor) Ben Carson has faded to the background.
Rafael Cruz’s birth certificate makes him problematic, what with all the birthers Fox has hosted over the years.
Jeb! turned out to more like, “Jeb?”
iCarly can’t energize the base like Sarah Palin can, probably because she — unlike Palin — can speak in complete sentences.
Second/third stringers like Piyush Jindal and Gomer Huckabee were just sideshow warmups.
Fox had to be looking at the field and asking themselves, “where’s OUR young Senator, with the inspiring story and ‘ethnic’ look” . . . IOW, who’s the GOP’s version of Barack Obama? Enter Marco Rubio.