FOX News Pundits Still Promoting Republicans At Public Events

As if media mogul Rupert Murdoch had never been ridiculed by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann in March over an interview he gave to students at George Washington University where Murdoch denied that FOX News hosts promote Republicans — FOX News continues to do business as usual: advocating for Republicans and their agenda, on and off the air.

At least that’s according to the media watchdog group Media Matters For America which on Monday criticized conservative pundit Glenn Beck for an upcoming event he will host for Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican.

Perry, who is running for re-election in Texas, will hold his fundraiser event, on Saturday in Tyler, Texas. “Taking Back America” will be emceed by Beck, making it the 300th event that FOX News pundits host in support of Republicans.

FOX News caught a bad rap after another pundit, Sean Hannity, hosted a pay-to-enter Tea Party event in Ohio on April 15. Hannity has also attended other conservative events were he openly has supported a Republican agenda.

According to Media Matters For America, FOX News promised to “keep a tighter reign on Hannity and others.” But, after learning that Glenn Beck would host an event for Perry, the watchdog group issued a press release.

“After the Sean Hannity controversy, Fox had an opportunity to regain some shred of journalistic integrity. That opportunity is gone,” said Ari Rabin-Havt, vice president of Communications and Research for Media Matters for America. “Beck stumping for Gov. Perry shows that Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes care much more about promoting the Republican Party than ‘reining in’ their employees.”

Watch a video of Hannity speaking at a Friends of America rally last year.

Sean Hannity at the conservative "Friends of America" event in West Virginia

FOX News pundits including Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, Ann Coulter and many others have hosted all kinds of events for Republicans in almost all 50 states over recent years. Many of them have also donated  money to Republican candidates. To see the list, click here.

Rupert Murdoch, Totally Clueless

On March 30, Rupert Murdoch did a interview at George Washington University. The videotaped interview caught Murdoch denying that FOX News was Republican or Democrat. Keith Olbermann got a hold of the tape and played it on his program. To watch the video, click here.

Murdoch also denied that FOX News catered to a particular party and that the channel also had Democratic hosts for some of its shows. When asked by an audience member to name at least one show on FOX News that is hosted by a Democrat, Murdoch didn’t know what to say.


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