Correction: This post originally misidentified the anchor of “Special Report” as Shepard Smith. It is actually Bret Baier.
A new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs found that Fox New’s “Special Report” program had the “most balanced overall coverage” of the Republican presidential field. That’s in comparison to the nightly newscasts of CBS, ABC and NBC.
We can already hear Bill O’Reilly‘s “talking points memo” touting the news.
CNN and MSNBC were not included in the study. “Special Report,” anchored by Bret Baier, was considered because it is “most like the network news shows in content and presentation.”
CBS’s coverage of the candidates was most positive, followed by FNC, then NBC and finally ABC.
The study also found that Mitt Romney, who has remained the frontrunner for almost the entire race, has received the most negative news coverage on the whole.
“The media love a horse race and hate a frontrunner,” explained Robert Lichter, director of CMPA.