Chuck Todd: 'The Tea Party Gets a Big Benefit' From Fox News' Promotion
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On NBC’s Meet The Press today, host David Gregory played a clip of FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey claiming that the Tea Party movement is “the broad center of American politics.” “I don’t know if they’re in the center,” replied NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd. “When we did our own polling on this it’s clear that the Tea Party gets a big benefit because there’s one news organization that gives them a huge bump all the time,” said Todd. “I mean their favorable rating among Fox viewers is through the roof and the rest of the country sort of doesn’t know a lot about these folks.” Watch it:
Indeed, as ThinkProgress has pointed out, Fox News has repeatedly rallied their viewers to support the Tea Parties. Before the April 15, 2009 Tea Parties, Fox dedicated 23 separate segments to the tea parties between April 6 and April 13 and ran at least 73 in-show and commercial promotions for the parties. After the 9/12 rally in Washington, Fox took out a full-page newspaper ad attacking its competitors for not covering the Tea Party like they did.
Matt Corley is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.