Fox News called out Gov. Ed Rendell for his recent criticism of the network, claiming that he was once such a fan that he tried to get a job as a Fox News analyst.
Rendell was speaking to Ed Schultz on Monday about the recent New York magazine article that discussed Roger Ailes' relationship with Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. Rendell said that the article proved that Fox News has lost crediblity.
"It strips away any thin veneer of impartiality that Fox may have, simply because it admits that this was a proving ground, sort of a training ground for presidential candidates," he said. "... It really damaged their credibility."
Fox News' executive vice president Bill Shine quickly fired off a scathing reply, telling Politico, "Governor Rendell didn't seem to have an issue with our 'credibility' or 'impartiality' when he was trying to shake us down for more money before signing with MSNBC."
Indeed, Rendell was not always so negative about Fox News. In 2008, during a heated primary campaign in which he was a prominent and fervent backer of Hillary Clinton's, Rendell appeared on "Fox and Friends" and lauded the network for its coverage:
"I think during this entire primary coverage, starting in Iowa and up to the present, Fox has done the fairest job, and remained the most objective of all the cable networks. You hate both of our candidates. No, I'm only kidding. But you actually have done a very balanced job of reporting the news, and some of the other stations are just caught up with Senator Obama, who is a great guy, but Senator Obama can do no wrong, and Senator Clinton can do no right."
Host Steve Doocy joked, "I just had a tingling in my leg when you were talking about that."
Fox News also recently issued a heated response to an allegation that CEO Roger Ailes thinks Palin is "stupid" and an "idiot."
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