(AZCENTRAL) — As a white, male, middle-aged conservative talk radio host from Virginia, John Fredericks is something close to the Platonic ideal of a Fox News fan.
And until last year, he was one. But then Fox's treatment of the Republican primary race -- the presentation of Karl Rove as a political analyst despite his having "thrown in for Romney" and Sean Hannity's clear ties to the Republican establishment -- began to grate on him. So he changed the channel.
"I've gone from all Fox to no Fox, and replaced it with CNN, which I think right now is giving me a much fairer analysis of what's going on," he said. "I feel they've lost that independent conservative mantra that had drove people like me to them. I used to feel that I got it straight, and I got an independent conservative view. Now, what I get is some wholly owned subsidiary of the RNC (Republican National Committee)."
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Across the Conservative Political Action Conference this year, there were similar grumbles among conservative activists that the cable channel was no longer speaking for them as it once did.