Fox Payroll Stocked With GOP 2012 Contenders

And that's making things kind of sticky
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2010 9:53 AM CDT
This photo provided by Fox News Channel shows Sean Hannity interviewing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Fox News Channel, Shealah Craighead)

(Newser) – If you're a Republican 2012 hopeful, odds are you're getting paid by Fox News. The network has Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Mike Huckabee on its payroll (the only noticeably absent bigwig is Mitt Romney), and that raises two tough questions, Politico muses: How do you cover would-be presidents who are also employees? And how, if you're another network, do you cover would-be presidents who are contractually barred from appearing on another network?

“It is all new territory,” said C-SPAN Political Editor Steve Scully. Palin “will not do any other interviews. We’ve never had to deal with this before.” Fox told Politico that hopefuls will have to cancel their deals as soon as they declare their candidacies. But in the meantime they’ve got an "unparalleled platform" to talk to their party, and they might delay their announcements to keep it. “The longer they can remain ‘undecided’ about running, the longer they can stay at the network and get paid,” said an aide to one potential GOP candidate.

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