Fox terminates Gingrich and Santorum
May 5th, 2011
05:31 PM ET
3 years ago

Fox terminates Gingrich and Santorum

(CNN) - Fox News Channel has terminated the contracts of paid contributors and potential 2012 candidates Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, a spokesman for the network confirmed to CNN.

Contracts for the former House Speaker and former Pennsylvania senator were suspended until May 1st while they considered runs for the White House in 2012.

Santorum, who will appear in Thursday's GOP presidential debate in South Carolina, has since formed a presidential exploratory committee.

A Gingrich spokesman has said Gingrich would be a candidate before next Friday's Georgia's state Republican convention.

Other possible GOP contenders, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, are still employees of Fox News.


Filed under: 2012 • Fox News • Newt Gingrich • Rick Santorum
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  1. Richard Reynolds

    Fox lost all it's credibility as a news outlet simply because they are so quick to misreport news. Of course, what should we expect when the owner's newspapers (actually rags) in England have actually broken into email accounts of those they don't like. Fox and its entire newscast should be charged with hate crimes–they continually fan the flames of hate by their distortions (which they seem to feel is the only way their candidates can win). Fox is not news, it's a political wing of the crazies. Other then that, let's all of us who believe in this country and civil rights for all, give a big hug to the next right-winger you see–JC said, I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you. So I guess, I love you Fox and bless you. Well that feels better.

    May 5, 2011 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  2. Seattle Sue

    I wouldn't mind watching the debate tonight but I made a promise to myself years ago to never watch Fox again, and I have been true to myself.

    May 5, 2011 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  3. regertz

    Nice to know they all feed at the same trough. Murdoch likes to hedge his bets, eh? Ay, just so long as the stooges all know Rupert's to be the real President. Until that amendment to make him Emperor and God passes... And it damned weill better or there'll be some pink slips going round and a few ultraconservative pols looking for honest work. But hey, Boehner always talks about working that bar as a kid...

    May 5, 2011 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  4. DennisWager

    What's Fox's excuse for hiring them!

    May 5, 2011 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  5. Just Me

    I guess we now know the answer to the question: who let the dogs out? Fox.

    May 5, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. charles bowen

    Nice to see that Fox has bought and paid for such high Quality Policital clout and what potential tallent we have here . Sarah The whiner Palin who lost the White House for John McCain. Newt the mouth Gingrich who swore up and down there were wepons of mass Distraction . Huggable Mike the Morman Basher Huckabee a side show unto himself. And lets not forget Smooth Ricky Rick Santorum. All those nice suits are costing America a pretty penny. And that skirt Palin well all she has to do is open her mouth and she looses millions of votes for the Party . Nice Line-up im glad its not baseball their playing. Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    May 5, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  7. S1XGUNS

    You liberals are laughable. You can't stand Fox news because they simply hire journalist that actually for the most part tell the story and let you decide. Fox does have some conservative shows, but they are point of view programming such as Hannity, Beck and a few others. However, when Fox reports the news it generally tells the story and lets you decide. Unlike the other networks where the so called Journalists have,"thrills running up their legs". when Obama speaks. So wake up quit drinking the koolaide and remove your head from under the wool.

    May 5, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  8. GCV

    Why not jjust terminate Fox News altogether? It seems altogether innappropriate in this day and age that there can be such a skewed channel that pushes so much partisan propaganda to the masses of gullible voters. While this might be quite extreme, in recent years I have begun to appreciate how Nazi Germany, the Taliban, and all the other extremist viewpoints were able to get a foothold with the public. I totally believe that the rubbish coming out of that network is evil – and scary to find it in America in 2011. The greedy should not be able to use bigotry and paranoia to influence the gullible and ignorant.

    May 5, 2011 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  9. ambros Smith

    Hmmmm. FOX employs (or employed) Gingrich, Santorum, Huck Palin and they consider themselves balanced? Yeah, right.

    May 5, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. icedawg

    The Republicans have no serious contenders, and none on the horizon. A party in disarray.

    May 5, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. concerned

    I like Greatidea's post,, I think they could run it along the lines of "REPO GAMES",, they have some intersting prospects on their for the republican party...

    May 5, 2011 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  12. Squigman

    Word has it,they'll be heading for the Cartoon network. Direct competition for the Warner Brothers, Looney toons programs, and going after the Spongebob-Squarepants audience.

    May 5, 2011 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  13. Bbo

    Wow 'lol' you certaintly represent tolerance

    May 5, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  14. Ed FL

    Ginghrich ans Santorum now have the time to go to a Greenwich village type steam bath house and steam away until they melt ,as if anyone would care.

    May 5, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  15. steveC

    Obama simply needs to breathe
    and he'll win in a landslide.

    May 5, 2011 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  16. S1XGUNS

    You people are laughable. Why does the Fox Network scare you so. You would be better served to open your minds and listen to fair journalism. It wouldn't hurt you to watch Hannity or Beck to see another point of view, yes these 2 shows are conservative, you don't have to agree. Most other networks all have a liberal bias. A smart American will watch both then do their own research, then form an educated opinion.

    May 5, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  17. kd

    'Fox Nutwork' – good one.

    Amazing that either of these two fools think they stand a chance.

    May 5, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  18. David

    Itaks time this nation realizes we are under attack by terrorist partiesn Repulsicans and (T)errorist parties.

    May 5, 2011 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  19. LoachDriver

    Although I doubt if either of these fellows has a realistic shot at the nomination I wouldn't be displeased if one of them were to surprise me, they're both Catholic, as am I. As is one Americam in four.

    May 5, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  20. Nothing new here

    I wonder why a news channel that claims to be "fair and balanced" NEVER hires any Democrats or Independents?
    Doesn't sound very "balanced" to me.

    May 5, 2011 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  21. Bert in UT

    Dear Faux News,
    Don't bother with the fig leaf of terminating the contracts of Republican candidates for office. It's clear to everyone that your entire network is dedicated to electing Republicans and trashing Democrats no matter what either one actually does.

    May 5, 2011 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  22. Indy

    I have never met anyone that admits to watching Fox so it is pretty hard to tell if this matters. It does appear that the only two left are the ones everyone has known for years were never going to run for POTUS and are simply there to enhance book sales for their ghostwriters.

    May 5, 2011 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  23. Robert

    So lets see.......because their employment is terminated due to the regulations in place when it comes to potentially running for office --the best you all got to offer is what??????????? Ah.....another case of the liberals amusing themselves.

    May 5, 2011 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  24. Katie

    Maybe they should get rid of ALL their possible presidential candidates who are on their payroll.

    May 5, 2011 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  25. they call me "tater salad"

    Fox " News " Channel?...........Ha, kinda reaching a bit ain't we CNN? What's next? A story about climate change causing beach erosion all over the coast of North Dakota?

    May 5, 2011 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
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