The Fox News Party’s Lineup For The Primaries

FNC logoHow much longer will Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes pretend that their Fox News Channel is anything other than the Republican Party’s TV megaphone? This Politico story demonstrates that the conjugal relationship between GOP and FNC is clear for all to see, and yet they continue to deny sharing the same bed:

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.”

With the exception of Mitt Romney, Fox now has deals with every major potential Republican presidential candidate not currently in elected office. (See: Romney treads lightly in New York)

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.

C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully said that when C-SPAN tried to have Palin on for an interview, he was told he had to first get Fox’s permission — which the network, citing her contract, ultimately denied. Producers at NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC all report similar experiences.

At issue are basic matters of political and journalistic fairness and propriety. With Fox effectively becoming the flagship network of the right and, more specifically, the tea party movement, the four Republicans it employs enjoy an unparalleled platform from which to speak directly to primary voters who will determine the party’s next nominee…

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  • A Bad Joke

    Let me guess: They all support trickle down economics, tax cuts for the rich, cuts in education, public works, and a massive increase in military spending. They do this while espousing smaller government. They also support tax increases on the poor, and increase (if not elimination of lower class labor roles) while outsourcing remaining jobs to countries with less stringet labor laws. They propose to take away the Estate Tax, because its all part of a Socialist Agenda to rob them of money their forebears made. At the same time they rally for even more severe prison terms, which guarantees labor at little to no cost.

    They then label any movement that opposes this as “SOCIALIST ZOMG”

    It actually is a form of Socialism. Check out “Mao Ze-Dong” or “Joeseph Stalin”

    I hate to say it, but at this point our only chance is Obi Wan, and to destroy the Death Star

  • A Bad Joke

    Let me guess: They all support trickle down economics, tax cuts for the rich, cuts in education, public works, and a massive increase in military spending. They do this while espousing smaller government. They also support tax increases on the poor, and increase (if not elimination of lower class labor roles) while outsourcing remaining jobs to countries with less stringet labor laws. They propose to take away the Estate Tax, because its all part of a Socialist Agenda to rob them of money their forebears made. At the same time they rally for even more severe prison terms, which guarantees labor at little to no cost.

    They then label any movement that opposes this as “SOCIALIST ZOMG”

    It actually is a form of Socialism. Check out “Mao Ze-Dong” or “Joeseph Stalin”

    I hate to say it, but at this point our only chance is Obi Wan, and to destroy the Death Star

  • William Xavier McGarley

    Hmmm. . .
    Speaking of Fox News(tm), a casual perusal of photographs of a handful of their favorite commentators/heros suggests an unsettling hypothesis . . .

    http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/760/495760-sean-hannity-picture.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Reagan
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ryan_(politician)

    Could an epidemic of Brylcreem(tm) addiction throughout the Irish American community be responsible for premature male-pattern conservatism?

    That startling answer after the next dramatic swooshing Fox ™ graphic . . .

  • William Xavier McGarley

    Hmmm. . .
    Speaking of Fox News(tm), a casual perusal of photographs of a handful of their favorite commentators/heros suggests an unsettling hypothesis . . .

    http://www.fanpix.net/picture-gallery/760/495760-sean-hannity-picture.htm
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Reagan
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Ryan_(politician)

    Could an epidemic of Brylcreem(tm) addiction throughout the Irish American community be responsible for premature male-pattern conservatism?

    That startling answer after the next dramatic swooshing Fox ™ graphic . . .

  • TCPrimus

    Having devoted plenty of time and attention studying Fox News, I’ve come to the reasoned conclusion that ZOMG FOXNEWS IS EVIL!!!11

  • Anonymous

    Word, I don’t think dude has any idea of what he’s talking about.

  • Peter Terry

    This is pretty much the pattern downunder too. The Murdoch press is widely seen as the official cheer squad for the wacko right with The Australian newspaper leading the charge.
    PeterT

    http://www.myspace.com/nambassa

  • Peter Terry

    This is pretty much the pattern downunder too. The Murdoch press is widely seen as the official cheer squad for the wacko right with The Australian newspaper leading the charge.
    PeterT

    http://www.myspace.com/nambassa

  • TCPrimus

    Having devoted plenty of time and attention studying Fox News, I’ve come to the reasoned conclusion that ZOMG FOXNEWS IS EVIL!!!11

  • Laws456

    Word, I don’t think dude has any idea of what he’s talking about.

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