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On Fox's payroll & running for office, complications?

With Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee all making moves indicating they may run for president, their common employer is facing a question that hasn’t been asked before: How does a news organization cover White House hopefuls when so many are on the payroll?

The answer is a complicated one for Fox News.

As Fox’s popularity grows among conservatives, the presence of four potentially serious Republican candidates as paid contributors is beginning to frustrate competitors of the network, figures within its own news division and rivals of what some GOP insiders have begun calling “the Fox candidates.”

The matter is of no small consequence, since it’s uncertain how other news organizations can cover the early stages of the presidential race when some of the main GOP contenders are contractually forbidden to appear on any TV network besides Fox.

 
sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 4:13 PM on Sep. 27, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • A total conflict of interest. How do the continue to be fair & balanced. When republicans were poled who would you like to see run for President in 2012 they were all in the top 5 of that list, and lets not forget about Sarah Palin. It is not a big leap that there is a chance one of them might run,   who their constituents want.Stop trying to say its hypothetical, when in your own poleit states what you all want.

    mommom2000

    Answer by mommom2000 at 4:52 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Ohhhh ok ~so one is ok. But more than one? Not acceptable? Interesting that you have defined the acceptable parameters.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:49 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Yes more than one makes a difference. Is there not a difference between having one child or fourThis is your logic?

    ~One can quit fox news. Just like the journalists that are now working in the Obama admin. Do you see a conflict of interest with their actual appointments into the administration?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:30 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • There shouldn't be an issue at all. If one of them actually decides to run, they can turn in their resignation before declaring their candidacy. Considering most people are allowed to keep their day job when running, I'd think that would cover it.
    Farmlady09

    Answer by Farmlady09 at 5:37 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Why put the "cart before the horse" ? Wouldn't this be a better discussion in "actual" not in the hypothetical. Did you see complications when Sanjay Gupta was nominated by Obama administration? On CNN payroll, nominated for Obama admin position? A similar question could have been presented "How does a news organization cover White House (admin) hopefuls when one of them is on the payroll? Until one is presented as an actual candidate~ it's all speculation.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:39 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • When republicans were poled who would you like to see run for President in 2012 they were all in the top 5 of that list, and lets not forget about Sarah Palin

    What poll? In Gallup Rick Santorum wasn't even mentioned. Are you sure you mean ALL? In 2006 McCain wasn't even in top 3 by many poll stats. My point? To early to bitch. ;)
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:08 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Prominent journalists join Obama team
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/03/world/americas/03iht-journalists.1.19890938.html
    ..." since Election Day, at least a half-dozen prominent journalists have taken jobs working for the Obama admin..."
    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/18971.html

    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:33 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • On Fox's payroll & running for office, complications?

    ~Who said they were for "sure" running?
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:22 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • Not all contenders are community organizers. What is the issue?
    Carpy

    Answer by Carpy at 4:36 PM on Sep. 27, 2010

  • I have no doubt that they would be able to multi-task...something apparently then Senator Obama could NOT do, when faced with campaigning or doing his JOB!! I'd rather someone on a PRIVATE payroll deal with the repercussions of not doing their job, than one on the PUBLIC payroll not dealing with the repercussions of doing their job!!

    I see it only as a challenge, and not a conflict of interest!
    LoriKeet

    Answer by LoriKeet at 4:47 PM on Sep. 27, 2010