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Fox News capped off election season 2012 by ignoring President Obama's late-night campaign speech in Des Moines, Iowa -- his last as a candidate -- to rerun an earlier broadcast of Bill O'Reilly's show. The decision to not cover Obama's last speech was not surprising considering the network has treated its airtime as an extension of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's communications efforts.
On Monday, the day before Election Day, Fox covered every single Romney speech save the last for a total airtime of 59 minutes. Fox News even kicked off its morning election coverage with Romney's speech in Orlando, Florida -- airing it for the entire 26 minutes.
By contrast, Fox covered only the first Obama speech in Madison, Wisconsin on Monday -- and went back to regular coverage after just eight minutes. Anchor Jenna Lee then directed viewers to head to FoxNews.com to watch the rest.
In the five days leading up to Election Day, Fox has given Romney speeches unprecedented coverage -- a near four and a half total hours. Obama speeches, meanwhile, have been aired for just 35 minutes total.
For Every Minute Of Airtime Fox News Gave Obama Speech, Romney Got Seven.