Four of the potential Republican nominees for the 2011 presidential elections are on the Fox Network payroll, according to Politico.com.
Fox is cutting checks to Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee, all serious White House hopefuls for the GOP.
Coined by some as “the Fox candidates,” which one of Fox’s blustering air bags is willing to forgo their national soapbox and lucrative checks?
Even greater a detriment to the electoral process: some of the potential GOP nominees are contractually forbidden to appear on any TV network other than Fox.
Steve Scully, C-SPAN political editor, reported that when C-SPAN tried to have Palin on for an interview, Sully was told he must first get Fox’s permission. When he tried, the network cited her contract and denied the request.
“Producers at NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC all reported similar experiences,” according to Politico.com. Out of the four on the Fox payroll, only Gingrich has appeared on any other television news outlet since January.
It is Fox’s prerogative to cater their news and be a right-wing, conservative news outlet, determined to bring such perspective to viewers, but to pay political candidates and own contractual rights to their interviews is a disgusting violation of the free flow of information necessary for a successful democracy.
Media interviews of potential candidates are a cornerstone of the political process. Interviews conducted by reporters of major network news organizations are a key informational tool voters use to educate themselves.
Such newscasts provide voters with political agendas, a ‘feeling’ for the politician as a person and facts about a politician’s knowledge base.
Can we not remember Palin’s Sept. 2008 interview with ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson?
Let’s just say – Bush Doctrine.
The notion of four potential presidential nominees facing media scrutiny by only a network that “both pays them and offers limited scrutiny,” according to Politico.com, is terrifying – especially in reference to Sarah Palin.
Palin’s interviews before the Fox contract, repeatedly offended the senses with her lack of knowledge on a variety of topics. Since the contract, those problematic quotations declined in frequency. Would we really want to find out a potential presidential nominee is unaware of current agenda because they were not questioned thoroughly?
News organizations in the past have declared support for politicians during elections, and Pat Buchanan did host CNN’s “Crossfire” in the 1990s between GOP primary campaigns, according to Politico.com.
However, while Buchanan certainly gained an advantageous national platform, he was not exclusive with his interviews or traveling around the nation making speeches. Unlike Palin and Santorum, who are traveling, making speeches and, minus the official declaration, running the campaign trail.
Palin said it best in early September in Louisville, Ky. “What would we do without Fox News, America?” she asked. “We love our Fox News, yes.”
Yes, Mrs. Palin, what would you do without Fox?
Published by The Bona Venture on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010