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Newt Gingrich on Wednesday offered his latest blistering attack on the media, but this time his target was a little bit more of a surprise that usual: Fox News.
"I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through," the GOP hopeful told a group of Delaware Tea Party leaders at a Wednesday meeting, according to Real Clear Politics, which was given access to the private meeting. "In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact."
Gingrich worked as a Fox News contributor as recently as last year, until his contract was terminated as he prepared to launch his presidential campaign. The former House speaker didn't mince words when linking News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch with what Gingrich says was a conscious decision to tilt coverage in favor of Mitt Romney.
"I assume it’s because Murdoch at some point [who] said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney,’" Gingrich said. "And there’s no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches Fox."
You can read the rest of Gingrich's comments over at RCP, including what he had to say about syndicated columnist and ABC television commentator George Will. (Spoiler Alert: Newt's not a fan.)