Fox Turns on Thompson
I was surprised at the negative tone in this FOX news story. At one point, they had been pumping up Thompson. Now that he is snubbing their debate this evening, and has fired the FOX employee that he hired just over a month ago, they have turned on him.
Why is this a disaster for Thompson? Grassroots people who say they "like Fred Thompson" don't really know Fred Thompson. They say that based on the perception they get of him through media like FOX. If you left off his name and asked most of them if they would vote for a CFR member whose voting record is nearly identical to, though slightly left of, John McCain's and who has spent the last 20 years as a Washington lobbyist they would not think much of him. If you said he lobbied for a pro-abortion group in an effort to get more of their tax dollars, and also lobbied for Haitian dictator John Betrand Aristide they would think even less of him. If Thompson is forced to stand only on his record instead of millions of dollars worth of favorable media coverage, then he is in trouble.
FOX will now go back to trying to force Rudy Guiliani down conservatives' throats.