Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fox to suspend Sarah Palin?

From The Atlantic's "Fox Suspends Gingrich, Santorum:"

Fox News has suspended contributor contracts for Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, "both of whom have signaled possible runs for the presidency," network anchor Bret Baier announced today.

The suspension, which Baier said has been "contemplated from the start," is effective immediately and will last for 60 days. "On May 1, their contracts will be terminated unless they notify Fox that they are not running for president," Baier said. ...

... Two other potential GOP presidential contenders, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, remain on Fox's roster of contributors. Baier said today's announcement "does not preclude other announcements that may be made in the future." Los Angeles Times reporter Matea Gold, who first reported the suspensions via her Twitter account, tweeted that a Fox executive told her that if Palin and Huckabee show "some serious intention to form an exploratory committee, we would take the same action." ...

Gingrich and Santorum have been suspended before they've declared their candidacies. A suspension of Sarah Palin might be a reliable indicator that she is going to run.

The Los Angeles Times has a story, too, which states:

... Fox News still has two other potential White House contenders on the payroll: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

"As soon as each of them shows some serious intention to form an exploratory committee, we would take the same action," Brandi [Dianne Brandi, the network's executive vice president of legal and business affairs] said. "Huckabee is on a book tour, so I think his present intention is to sell books."

As for Palin, "She hasn't yet shown a serious intention to form an exploratory committee." ...

Apparently, some are crying, "unfair." Politico has a story about that.


mommom said...

This will put Palin between a rock and a hard place.Tell her cult members she is not running,and lose their money,get paid by Faux news.Tell Faux news she is running,lose their money,get her supporters cash.


mel said...

Not running. Never intended to. I agree w/ Lawrence O'D: Palin knew from the day she announced her resignation as gov that she was never going to formally run for Prez. At that moment she began her con: making everyone think she might run. It's been obscenely lucrative for her, bitch.