Fox News Suspends Gingrich Until He Confirms He’s Not Running In 2012


Fox News has suspended contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum until they decide whether to run for president.

Anchor Bret Baier announced on air late Wednesday morning that the network “has suspended its contributor arrangements” with Gingrich and Santorum for the next 60 days.

Both, Baier said, “have signaled possible runs for the presidency” and it “is Fox policy” for them to be suspended.

With the suspensions, the network has taken its first big step to address mounting concerns that it could run afoul of campaign finance laws and journalistic ethics by continuing to keep on its payroll people who are maneuvering to run for president. But the suspensions of two contributors also leads to questions about three others on the Fox payroll — Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin and John Bolton — who are also weighing White House bids.

Personally, given that they’ve also flirted with running in 2012, Huckabee, Palin, and Bolton should also be suspended under the same terms, which amount to, confirm that you’re not going to run in 2012. Ethics would seem to demand that Fox cease their association with these potential candidates until they take themselves out of the running for 2012 once and for all.

Hat Tip: HotAir.

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4 responses to “Fox News Suspends Gingrich Until He Confirms He’s Not Running In 2012”

  1. 49erDweet says :

    I see the difference in their positions and agree with Fox. Until Bolton, Palin or Huckabee commit further – or change the nature of their comments – I think booting them off right now would be overkill. You can be sure the other media outlets – if the situation were reversed – would not take the position you support. Of course, they are seen by so few people nowadays no one would notice anything different for a couple of months, anyway.

  2. 49erDweet says :

    There are cut-off dates built into campaign laws. I think FOX news can rely on those dates – taken with other statements of those you mentioned – to form their own decision. What penalty would FOX be facing if they guessed wrong? And couldn’t Murdock easily afford the risk?

    I know these are uncharted waters, somewhat, but unless you are against any of those three candidates running in 2012 I think your way will stifle the commons too much.

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