Fox News Commits Act of Journalistic Integrity
After a solid year of programming hosted by and featuring potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates including Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, Fox News is starting to realize there may be a conflict in interest.
Both Gingrich and Santorum will be suspended -- or at least their contracts will be, said Fox News' VP of Legal Dianne Brandi in an interview today with the LA Times / Tribune Washington Bureau.
"We can't have Speaker Gingrich on our payroll while he is in the midst of an exploratory committee to see if he's going to run for office," Brandi said in the interview. "It's a clear conflict."
Fox News reporter Bret Baier confirmed the suspension on air. "On May 1 their contracts will be terminated unless they notify Fox that they are not running for president," he said.
Other rumored GOP presidential hopefuls still employed by Fox News include Sarah Palin and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, who earlier this week erroneously alluded to Obama growing up in Kenya on air.