Fox News Suspends Rick Santorum And Newt Gingrich

As announced by anchor Bret Baier late Wednesday morning, Fox News has ‘suspended it’s contributors arrangements’ with 2012 presidential hopefuls Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. for the next 60 days while they are in the process of deciding on a 12012 run at the White House. Both, Baier said, “have signaled possible runs for the presidency” and it “is Fox policy” for them to be suspended addressing concerns that once an official announcement is made, that the network would come under fire for ethics violations as well as campaign finance laws that may have been violated as the candidates were positioning themselves for a campaign.

Santorum has agreed to take part in Presidential debates and Gingrich is ‘exploring’ an exploratory committee. Both which Fox feels are signals that the two are planning on making runs in 2012.

The suspensions will be lifted on May 1 if the candidates notify Fox News that they will not be throwing their hat in the ring. If Fox is not notified by that deadline the contracts will be terminated.

What is sparking debate however is that Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin, both Fox News employees and potential presidential candidates, were not suspended at this time because neither has made an official move towards a campaign. If that happens it is assumed that they will also be subject to the same Fox policies although Huckabee actually has his own show while the others are simply on the payroll as ‘contributors.’

If all 4 announce at some point there will be ample opportunity at Fox News for other conservative faces to get some air time. Taking applications?

2 Responses

  1. What I find really odd is that while Fox made this move now and left Huckabee and Palin on, it took them more than a month to “suspend” Santorum who has very publicly hired staff in states with early contests. I mean I know Fox would be in a very difficult spot if they had four contributors who were all running for President at the same time but methinks they know Huckabee and Palin are not running.

    • I thought the same thing but then in hearing why….because of Gingrich’s exploratory committee and Santorum’s staff hires and participation in a ‘presidential debate’……I think maybe Huckabee and Palin are simply smart enough to not participate or start anything that would jeopardize their free pulpit they enjoy to get their faces and views out there at least until others begin to officially announce.. Honestly though, I don’t think Huckabee will give up his high paying gig. Brand new 3 million dollar mortgage needs that gig. 😉

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