FoxNews Suspends Everyone But Palin and Huckabee

Hold Her Accountable! "SHE ABUSED POWER"UPDATE: Just hours after being suspended from his Fox News contract, Rick Santorum is going on rival CNN. The network announced that Santorum will appear on Wednesday night’s “John King USA” at 7 PM Eastern Time.

ORIGINAL STORY: Fox News has suspended the contributor contracts of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, two high-profile Republicans widely believed to be running for president in 2012, for 60 days, the channel announced Wednesday.

Anchor Bret Baier announced the news on the air:

Fox News has suspended its contributor arrangements with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, both of who have signaled possible runs for the [presidency]. The suspension is effective for 60 days. Then, on May 1st, their contracts will be terminated unless they notify Fox that they are not running for president. Now, this has been contemplated from the start, from the very beginning, but it is effective today…this is Fox policy. This is the announcement being made today. It does not preclude other announcements that may be made in the future.

The relationship between Fox News and leading GOP contenders for the 2012 presidency has been a frequent question. Along with Gingrich and Santorum, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee are also paid pundits (and, Huckabee’s case, hosts) for the network. Fox News has long maintained that, as soon as any of their contributors announced a run, they would cut their ties. The move on Wednesday, though, comes before Gingrich and Santorum have made any official announcement. (It is widely thought that Gingrich will announce that he is forming an exploratory committee to run on Thursday.)

As the Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold reported, Santorum and Gingrich both have lucrative contracts with Fox News. Santorum has been making around $100,000 a year, and Gingrich has been making nearly $1 million a year.

Palin and Huckabee are not included in the suspension. Gold spoke to Dianne Brandi, the network’s executive vice president of legal and business affairs, who said that Fox News will take similar steps if either signals a more serious intent to run for office, as Gingrich and Santorum have done.


15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Syrin
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 16:50:33

    I’m sorry I thought that I heard Palin say that she would run for president.. Oh yeah, if no one else decides to run that she feels is appropriate.. Why isn’t Huckabee furious that Palin has recieved so many protections and perks and she never completed one term or has accomplished anything of significance to others as a whole… How can Fox NOT take the opportunity to cut the lying and ignorant Palin? Hey, what is the cost to run and the taxes on a home tv studio in Wasilla, Ak? What difference does it make when you’re a fraud and have no conscience? NONE!


  2. psminidivapa
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 17:25:16

    Rick Santorum is a freaking crazy wacko Nazi! (and I do not use the “N” word for dramatic effect). I have had the “opportunity” to speak with him for an extended period of time in a small group. He is totally insane! He sounds just like Goebbels (and his eyes glaze over and he gets this strange crazy look on his face) when he talks about his “new order” ideas! It’s so freaking scary! Plus, he is one of those extreme right wingers who think that the rules apply to everyone BUT him. He lied about his residence in order to send his kids to “better schools. There are many reasons why he no longer is a PA Representative. Fortunately, people saw through his hypocrisy and crazy religious insaneness.


    • Syrin
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 17:49:37

      Thanks for your comment. I’ve also talked with Rick Santorum. It was of course not on his home turf but here in Alaska. He seemed very informed and he supports conservative values and policy, no surprise to me. It was before the Palin era.
      I don’t support anyone lying or cheating. He seemed what he seemed, a Conservative Republican..Santorum is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center…

      Maybe a little dramatic.. Can we agree that Santorum is probably NOT a Nazi, ok?


      • WakeUpAmerica
        Mar 02, 2011 @ 18:38:14

        Just a thought, it wouldn’t be shocking for a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center to be a nut case, would it? I mean, nothing would be shocking in the current political climate of “anything goes,” right?

        To me “Nazi” means extremely controlling in politics. However, I don’t like to see it used so freely. It is a word that has much pain and horror attached to it. Surely, we have enough words in the English language to describe people. Perhaps “pond-scum-eating bacteria” would suffice. If you prefer, “sinus slime” might also work. You can thank my students who were looking for alternatives to the f-bomb.

  3. FEDUP!!!
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 18:33:54

    So, what’s the difference between G. and S. and Palin??? I thought she actually had started to have a team in place and also, too, that she already has some headquarters in sight in Iowa???


  4. sallyngarland,tx
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 21:31:46


    I posted awhile back about Buddy Roemer running for Pres. They are saying he will announce an exploratory committee today, Mar 3.


    • sallyngarland,tx
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 21:37:32

      I meant to add that I can’t post a link from my IPod but Reuters is saying he’ll announce on Thurs at a bank. Interesting–someone emerging out of nowhere. Didn’t you say you’re related or know him?


      • Syrin
        Mar 02, 2011 @ 22:49:26

        Thank you for the update. I’ll look for his announcement. Yes, Buddy Roemer is my husband’s cousin on his mom’s side..

    • WakeUpAmerica
      Mar 03, 2011 @ 13:16:51

      Chris Matthews just announced that Buddy is running. I wonder if Buddy knows he is running.


  5. Kevin
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 22:09:09

    “How can Fox NOT take the opportunity to cut the lying and ignorant Palin?”

    I suppose for the same reason they took the opportunity to hire the lying and ignorant Palin — they expect it will be remunerative.


    • Syrin
      Mar 02, 2011 @ 22:58:10

      I’ve wondered, who watches FoxNews that wouldn’t before Palin came along? Who advertises on Fox that wouldn’t before Palin? What makes her profitable? People like me have totally seperated ourselves from FoxNews and it’s sponsors …


  6. akbatwoman
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 22:10:13

    It seems to me that there is something inherently wrong with a political system in which a majority of candidates are paid employees of a single media outlet.

    There oughta be a law.


  7. akbatwoman
    Mar 03, 2011 @ 10:05:25

    Lawrence O’Donnell seems to believe that the fact that Palin did not get suspended completely verifies his belief that Palin will not run.

    I am not so sure. I do not think that he takes into account that Palin believes that God has chosen her for something very great (probably POTUS) and that it is her destiny to run. That somehow, God will change people’s minds (or perhaps that the polls showing her so far behind have been rigged by the Lame Stream Media) and that she will walk through that door, that presidential door, that he “opens” for her.

    Of course, she may look at the odds of ANY Republican beating the incumbent in 2012, and decide to delay for another four years. I mean, there’s a lot of money to be made between now and then. And there’s a reason that the GOP has a weak field this time. Incumbents are hard to beat.


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