Even more than they did than in 2008, Fox News Channel and its left-leaning counterpart MSNBC are playing outsize roles in the midterm elections this year. Attacking the news media is time-honored in politics, but the recent fund-raising efforts show how some candidates and groups have been directing their attack ads this year not at other candidates, but at cable television.
The Times article used Ohio as an example. As an effort to promote donations to his own campaign, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has incorporated the ties of his opponent, John Kasich, to Fox owner Rupert Murdoch's $1 million donation to Republican campaigns. And Kasich, who appeared on Fox, used the opportunity to solicit funds for his campaign.
Fox's role as the largest cable news and commentary outlet "draws enormous scrutiny from liberals for what they perceive to be a right-wing bent in both the news and opinion programming," the Times said. And, the Times reported, liberal activist George Soros has responded with a $1 million donation to Media Matters, an organization that devotes much time to monitoring Fox's politics.
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