Rage. Probably political rage. Maybe just personal rage. Lots of sarcasm and cynicism. Also pretty pictures.
Fox News hosts and contributors have campaigned for Republican candidates and organizations from coast to coast this election cycle.
According to a Media Matters review, at least 32 Fox News figures have backed Republican efforts in more than 300 instances during the 2011-2012 election cycle. The Fox News personalities have campaigned for Republicans nationally and in more than 40 states.
These Fox News campaigners have officially endorsed candidates; advised campaigns; played key roles in fundraisers and events; recorded advertisements and robocalls; and helped direct expenditures to support Republicans and oppose Democrats through Republican-aligned groups.
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is the largest beneficiary of the Fox News campaigning. Five Fox News figures are advising Romney’s campaign, and nine have been featured in a Romney event.
The Fox campaigning involves hundreds of millions of dollars, with participants’ activities ranging from collectively being featured in more than 100 fundraisers to advising organizations like American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS.
Media Matters previously examined Fox News personalities who have rallied for Republican causes in prior years, Fox’s active role in the GOP presidential primary, the network’s support for the Tea Party movement, and Fox’s four-year campaign to make Barack Obama a one-term president.
Media Matters produced this report based on various Internet searches and an examination of Nexis, Facebook, Twitter, and campaign finance databases such as OpenSecrets.org and FEC.gov. This report is intended to be a snapshot of Fox’s campaign activity and not an absolute count. Since many Republican events are not publicly promoted, this report undoubtedly undercounted the extent of Fox’s campaigning.