Karl Rove and Fox News: A 'civil war' over election results?
Karl Rove challenged the premature declaration of an Obama win in Ohio. Now Fox News says Karl Rove added to the network's coverage. Meanwhile, what's the feud between Donald Trump and NBC's Brian Williams?
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Trump retaliated with tweets on Wednesday, bragging about his television ratings. "The only thing more boring than (at)bwilliams' newscast is his show Rock Center, which is totally dying in the ratings. A disaster," he wrote. Trump is filming a new season of "The Apprentice" due to air in the spring.Skip to next paragraph
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The sting of defeat was apparent on Wednesday within media that appealed to conservatives and Romney supporters.
Kilmeade also didn't understand an exit poll result that found 42 percent of the electorate considered the president's response to superstorm Sandy an important factor in their vote. Polls generally gave Obama praise for his actions.
"We're the shallowest country in the history of man," Kilmeade said. "One photo-op, walking over a two-by-four, and all of a sudden he's handling a storm, which, by the way, hasn't been handled well."
The website Breitbart.com poked fun at Obama's "Forward" theme with a headline: "Downward: Stocks crash after Obama win." A columnist, Ben Shapiro, urged Republicans not to bend to Obama's will. "The war begins now," he wrote.
The day after Obama was elected, Fox News radio reporter Todd Starnes tweeted that the first order of business should be a full investigation into the Obama administration's handling of the Sept. 11 killing of Americans in Libya, "followed by impeachment proceedings."
Tim Graham, director of media analysis at the watchdog Media Research Center, said there is likely to be a lot of anger among conservatives, particularly given the closeness of the election. The same would have been true of Democrats had Obama lost, he said.
"If you watch a football game and your team is down by three touchdowns, you're more angry at your team," he said. "If it's a two-point game, you're mad at the referees. There's going to be a lot of anger at the media."
Wednesday's immediate target for criticism was MSNBC's Chris Matthews for comments saying he was "glad" for Sandy because it turned out to be good politically for the president. Matthews clarified himself later to make clear he wasn't talking about the storm's horrific damage to life and property, and was glad it led to bipartisan cooperation between Obama and Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
One conservative columnist, Matt K. Lewis of The Daily Caller, suggested that conservative media figures should also look inward.
"It's time for conservative talking heads — many of whom misled their readers and audiences the last few weeks — to think more about the future of conservatism than about their own personal popularity," he wrote.
AP Television Writer Frazier Moore contributed to this report.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.