Pols Use Dubious TV Gigs to Prep for Elections
Politician-analysts get paid, get exposure, but ethics are murky
By Harry Kimball, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2010 9:40 AM CST
Harold Ford Jr.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – In a trend that crosses party and network lines while raising a bevy of ethical questions, potential candidates for elected office are finding easy employment as cable news analysts. Fox News leads the pack, with three former office holders widely seen as possible future candidates: Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, and Sarah Palin. It even has a homegrown analyst, Angela McGlowan, who is vying for a House seat from Mississippi.

McGlowan has been preparing her run since September, the New York Times reports, and no longer works at Fox—since last Monday. Over at MSNBC, now-New York Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr., worked as an analyst up until the day he declared his candidacy, and Chris Matthews caught flak as he seriously mulled a run last year while working for the network. The benefit to the candidate is clear, an expert says: “It is a direct pipeline to voters.” The benefit to viewers—and voters—is murkier.

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Boulderdash
Feb 16, 2010 2:13 AM CST
For the past two decades goverment is turning into entertainment for the people. Issues have never been more grave and everybody is squabbling and acting childish while there is a very ruthless sector out there orchestrating all this madness for ....?
Derni
Feb 15, 2010 9:47 AM CST
we touched a raw nerve of the emotional GOP-and they actually have emotions?? damn-something new--the top 5-10% of wage earners usually find themselevs in the GOP-have to protect that corporate money! and yes, I fall into the top 5-10 but I'm independent and vote for the best cnadidate-and yes only in my eyes-not yours aor anyone elses-GOP has been renamed for a run in 2012 to THE DO NOTHING PEOPLE
Diapercaked
Feb 15, 2010 8:39 AM CST
I prefer my politicians in back rooms giving my money to everyone, their mother, their mothers other 5 kids, and their mothers 3 baby daddys.