Politics

Fox Suspends Gingrich, Santorum; But Not Palin, Huckabee?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Does Fox News have a double standard when it comes to network stars Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee? It suspended the contracts of contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum until they decide whether to run for president in 2012.

But Palin and Huckabee did not get the same treatment.

"The suspension is effective for 60 days," Fox political anchor Bret Baier said on the air Wednesday, according to a report in the New York Daily News. "Then on May 1, their contracts will be terminated unless they notify Fox that they are not running for president."
 
He added, "This had been contemplated from the start, from the very beginning, but that is effective today." 

Appearing on rival CNN, Santorum said no one at Fox ever asked him about his 2012 plans. He said he didn't know why the network didn't also suspend Palin and Huckabee.
 
"I don't know why Fox differentiated, whether there have been conversations," Santorum said. "They didn't talk to me and ask me whether I'm running or not. It wasn't something that we had a conversation about."

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It could be because Santorum already has campaign headquarters in Iowa and New Hampshire, the first two primary battlegrounds. Gingrich has been making a lot of noise about running and is expected to make some sort of announcement very soon.

As far as Palin and Huckabee, Dianne Brandi, executive vice president of legal and business affairs at Fox, told the Los Angeles Times that if either one "shows some serious intention" about running, they too would be suspended.
 
"Huckabee is on a book tour, so I think his present intention is to sell books," said Brandi. And Palin "hasn't yet shown a serious intention to form an exploratory committee."