Senate candidate Sharron Angle of Nevada, the Republican challenger to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said appearances on Fox News have been a boon to her campaign bank account.
In an unusually blunt interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Mrs. Angle said she prefers appearing on Fox instead of news programs like NBC’s “Meet the Press” or ABC’s “This Week” because Fox interviews allow her to raise more money.
“In that (mainstream media) audience, will they let me say I need $25 from a million people, go to Sharron Angle.com (to) send money? Will they let me say that? Will I get a bump on my website?” said Ms. Angle during an interview with CBN’s David Brody for “The Brody File” that was conducted Tuesday and posted on the Web site Wednesday.
She also said a primary purpose of doing TV interviews is to “earn” money for her campaign.
“The whole point of an interview is to use it — like they say, ‘earned media’ — to earn something with it,” she said. “I’m not going to earn anything from people who are there to badger me and use my words to batter me with. What I need is to reach out into that public who will go to Sharron Angle.com and send that $25.”
When Mr. Brody asked her whether she was avoiding the mainstream media, widely seen in conservative and “tea party” circles as biased toward liberals, to avoid “gotcha” moments that could be used against her in the campaign, Mrs. Angle said no, reiterating that it was a money-related decision.
“There’s no earnings for me there” on mainstream media, she said. “We’re looking at how can we best benefit from the media.
“We get so many requests. I do sometimes seven interviews a day so it’s not like we’re running from the media. It’s just that we’re earning with that media.”
During an interview on Fox on Monday Ms. Angle began her appearance with an appeal for money.
“It’s great to be on your show to talk about this campaign against Harry Reid who needs $25 million and I have been saying I only need a million people to send $25 to SharronAngle.com,” she said.