Fox News' 2012 roster
November 29th, 2010
01:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Fox News' 2012 roster

(CNN) - Five big name Republicans have two things in common- they are all considering runs for president and are each employed by Fox News.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich serve as contributors.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee hosts a weekend show on the network.

And after Sunday's announcement that former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton is "considering" a run, he can be added to the list of presidential hopefuls to grace the network.

None of the prospective candidates have made official announcements, but media buzz surrounds each of them, creating a monopoly of sorts for the news network.

Media critic Howard Kurtz, who also serves as Washington bureau chief for "The Daily Beast" and host of CNN's "Reliable Sources," said the exposure on Fox allows possible candidates the chance to answer questions where "the risks are low and the payoff could be quite high."

"For a Republican presidential candidate – even someone just thinking about running – a Fox platform is gold," Kurtz said in an e-mail. "Fox News is the go-to channel for most GOP primary voters, and being a host or frequent guest is a terrific platform in a friendly environment."

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Jay

    Fair and Balanced? LOL. Just because they say they're running for President doesn't mean they'll make it. Palin? Yeah right. Gingrich? Yeah right. Bolton? Yeah right.

    It would truly be sad if one of these fools won because they had face time on "Fair and Balanced".

    November 29, 2010 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Ken, AZ

    They also have something else in common; Their repetoire of ideas consist of only tax cuts for the wealthy, belief in the trickle-down economics model, and smaller government until they get into office.

    November 29, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  3. Chas in Iowa

    And now tell me again that Fox News isn't the propoganda arm of the GOP.

    November 29, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  4. Bill

    Fox News is simply a Republican propaganda channel that spreads misinformation and promotes rightwing candidates. It's no surprise that this is the 'go-to channel' for anyone on the right.

    November 29, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. janetlaw

    to quote Gomer Pyle: "Suhprize, Suhprize"

    November 29, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  6. noah maisel

    fox is neither fair nor balanced in fact it is nothing more then a bull horn for republicans

    November 29, 2010 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    Mitch Daniels is the one to watch.

    November 29, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  8. Thinker

    Five big name morons work for fox. That is the correct headline.

    November 29, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. John Boehner is the dumbest person to become speaker

    Quite a tribute to Murdoch, a foreigner to be able to control the puppet strings of the GOP.

    November 29, 2010 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  10. Indy

    Never trust a candidate that comes from a Foxhole !!

    November 29, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  11. T'sah from Virginia

    "None of the prospective candidates have made official announcements, but media buzz surrounds each of them..."

    And they WON'T make an announcement until they have DRAINED $$$$$$$$$$$$ from every RepubliCAN'T follower!! They WILL get away with it too because of ‘wimpy’ laws out there that doesn’t STOP IT!

    November 29, 2010 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  12. Lyle

    Please do not use the word "News' in the same sentence as Fox. It is more accurately described as the FOX Contrived Controversy Network or the GOP/Murdoch Propaganda machine.

    November 29, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  13. ?

    who knew that a list of idiots could be so long

    November 29, 2010 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. Marge

    How would election laws apply to them. If they still had the Fairness Doctrine which the oh so great Reagan abolished so the republicans could rant and rave and lie daily on radio shows like Rush and cable TV like fox, then then would have to give equal time to other opponents. Not only Democrats but other republicans who don't work for fox.

    November 29, 2010 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  15. Jaywing

    One more glaring example of FOX NEWS being FAUX NEWS, and nothing more than a propagada machine for the GOP and other right-wing political movements. Coupled with Ails recent irrational remarks concerning "left-wing Nazis" (is the man totally dememted or just insane), the fact that GOP presidential hopefuls are employed by the FAUX machine simply makes it obvious that FAUX news can not be trusted to relate factual, unbiased, journalism. It is a spin machine, geared to produce fear, irrationality and bigotry toward anyone who disagrees with their world view. And, by the way, we who disagree are also patriots who love our country - but from a calm, rational perspective who want the USA to be something more than just the most powerful country on earth, but the wisest and most ethical. Too much to ask, FAUX NEWS?

    November 29, 2010 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Palin, Santorum, and Huckabee are all bible-thumping neo-cons and part of the reason I'm no longer a member of the Republican Party. I hope the GOP can come up with people less self-righteous and bigoted than this batch. Gingrich, may be in that group too, but i's been a while, and Bolton has a reputation as a truly authoritarian, my-way-or-the-highway prick.

    November 29, 2010 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  17. Skokie Il

    None of the above please.

    November 29, 2010 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. LooneyBin

    Scorched Earth campaigns on the Neo-Con side are good for Amurrica.

    November 29, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  19. Shari from Madison

    Heaven help the USA. Fox News is far from impartial. It states lies as truth and treats anyone who wants to help people be more economically equal as idiots. I'm sick and tired of Fox News! It is an elitist run business. CNN is not unbiased, but Fox's claim that it is is an outright dangerous lie. Down with Fox News! It should just change it's name to the RREN network.( this stands for the Republican Rich Elitist network.)

    November 29, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  20. Phattee

    What's most depressing is the large number of American morons who actually believe they're getting real news from this shameless GOP propaganda machine.

    November 29, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. Ramon

    Paired and Unbalance?

    November 29, 2010 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Come On Now

    When is the FCC going to make Fox News admit that they are not a 'fair and balanced' news organization, but rather a propaganda spewing machine posing as a news organization – and there are many that don't realize it and believe everything they say. Surely this is against the law. The FCC needs to stop worrying about language and 'wardrobe malfunctions' and instead do something that is really beneficial to all of us. Call fox out!

    November 29, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. name with-held

    Typical republican nonsence

    November 29, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. noname

    how is this in any way important?

    November 29, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Jen Randle MO

    Of course they're happy at Fox in the company of like-minded types; they can't stand the heat from a truly unbiased news forums. They speak to their choir and aren't challenged intellectually or otherwise.

    November 29, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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