Fox News suspends Newt Gingrich while he sorts out presidential ambitions

On Tuesday night, those following Newt Gingrich’s dance toward a presidential race were confronted with two contradictory messages.

The Des Moines Register quoted Gingrich confidante Joe Gaylord as saying that the former U.S. House speaker would announce the formation of an exploratory committee on Thursday in Atlanta. Yet an urgent message from Rick Tyler, the Gingrich spokesman, arrived at 9 p.m., playing down the importance of Thursday’s joint press conference with Gov. Nathan Deal.

One wonders if the Tuesday night decision by Fox News to send letters to both Gingrich and Rick Santorum, suspending their work as contributors for the network, may have played a role as well. From the Los Angeles Times:

Dianne Brandi, the network’s executive vice president of legal and business affairs, said in an interview that the channel made the move because Gingrich aides told Fox News executives that the former House speaker is stepping up his exploration of a presidential bid.

While Gingrich is not expected to announce that he is forming a federal exploratory committee this week, he is expected to say in Georgia on Thursday that he is meeting with advisors to explore seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, a Gingrich aide said….

Brandi said the network acted out of journalistic principle.

“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,” she said. “It’s a clear conflict.”

Fox News still has two other potential White House contenders on the payroll: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“As soon as each of them shows some serious intention to form an exploratory committee, we would take the same action,” Brandi said. “Huckabee is on a book tour, so I think his present intention is to sell books.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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282 comments Add your comment

b4life

March 2nd, 2011
1:23 pm

“Brandi said the network acted out of journalistic principle.” That made my day!

clipper

March 2nd, 2011
1:25 pm

Fair enough, I am sure Newt wouldn’t want to even create even the appearance of a ‘conflict of interest’ for Fox News or for himself. Go Newt!

The Real Chef

March 2nd, 2011
1:25 pm

It really doesn’t matter what Newt, Sarah, or Huckabee the other like them do. If the Republicans put up a candidate like them, Obama will coast into a re-election.

Herman Cain is probably one of 2 or so that have a legitimate shot at beating Obama. That’s it, folks. There really isn’t anything to discuss or wonder about. That is as simple as it can get.

All of the other talk and yap about the other 10+ Pub candidates is just meaningless drivel.

Voice of Reason

March 2nd, 2011
1:25 pm

Oh….so NOW Fake News, I mean fox “news”, is concerned about republican conflicts of interest? How anyone can even take this channel seriously is a joke.

Lie after lie after lie after lie comes from their programming. Their talking heads only talk to each other, and they consider no opinions that differ from their own.

ND

March 2nd, 2011
1:26 pm

Newt reserves his conflicts of interests for his marital affairs.

Jeanette Ray

March 2nd, 2011
1:28 pm

He is going to have to buy suits that fit him before he is a credible candidate for President. I never did understand how Georgians could overlook his shabby and tight suits…but then it is Georgia, after all.

Marc

March 2nd, 2011
1:29 pm

Hope Newt runs…..makes an Obama win a lock.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:31 pm

Voice of Reason: Fox took the appropriate action. Would CBS? NBC? CBS? MSNBC? CNN?

Name some lies the Fox has put forth. Don’t blindly accuse…. I think you are spouting Democratic talking points personally.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:33 pm

Marc: seems you are pleased with Obama. Trillions of additional spending, trillions increased in National Debt… Liar from day ONE. Newt would rip Obama a new one in any debate forum.

GaBlue

March 2nd, 2011
1:33 pm

**Yaaaaaaawwwwwwnnnn!**

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:34 pm

Voice of Reason: “they consider no opinions that differ from their own”. Name me ONE other news station that has both Dems and Republicans, as well as Independents, argue EVERY point.

joe

March 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

Voice of reason needs to come down with laryngitis…Just like the results of 2010, American’s have spoken that BO’s socialist entitlement wealth redistribution agenda won’t fly here anymore. We realize with each passing day, his time is limited and he will lose in 2012, no matter what blind homers like you say. He can go back to community organizing in Chicago…

deegee

March 2nd, 2011
1:35 pm

HAHAHAHAHA! That was hilarious. You have Sean Hannity running around the country doing gigs for the Tea Party and they are concerned about journalistic principles? With the exception of my 85 year old mother, who really considers Fox News a source of journalism?

justin Case

March 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Voice of reason? & Marc, kiss my Newt. I’m sure voice loves msnbcsobs that is so in the pocket of them dems.

Alatsea

March 2nd, 2011
1:36 pm

Hey voice your confused your talking about MSNBC

Dasingle1

March 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

@ The Real Chef. Hermain Cain would never win a statewide post such as governor or lt. governor in GA. What makes you think he could win on a national platform?

Idiot watcher

March 2nd, 2011
1:37 pm

Apparently, Jim Pierce does.

5150 UOAD

March 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

Jim
Not if Obama had his teleprompter. AHHAHA Cain and Gingrich have forgotten more public policy than Obama has actually read.

Idiot watcher

March 2nd, 2011
1:38 pm

So Fox acted out of journalistic principle. There’s a first time for everything, I guess.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:39 pm

Yes I do. I get BOTH sides of a view on Fox News. I seriously doubt that “Voice of Reason” ever watches lol

Commonsenseagitator

March 2nd, 2011
1:40 pm

What “journalistic principals?” Fox has none and has never had any at all, this is a joke.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:40 pm

Obama can read? Wish he’d try reading the constitution lol

Voice of Reason

March 2nd, 2011
1:41 pm

Please excuse my postings as I am a moron.

Terd Fergesun

March 2nd, 2011
1:41 pm

Real Chef, a bunch of dems will be sreaming for Hildabeast or someone else to run against bonehead in 2012. They will lose and the split in the party will be like the one that Kennedy caused for peanuthead Carter in 1980. Not good for your party.
Oh, and if Christie runs, you have your first one term President since Bush SR. Say goodbye Mr. Obama.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:42 pm

Obama: “I will be the most transparent President ever”.

Truth:
• During the presidential campaign, Obama released just one brief document detailing his personal health, while GOP opponent John McCain released what he said was his complete medical file totaling more than 1,500 pages. The Obama campaign eventually released some routine lab-test results and electrocardiograms for Obama.
• Obama refused to offer his official papers as a state legislator in Illinois and did not produce correspondence, such as letters from lobbyists and other information, from his days in the Illinois State Senate.
• Obama did not release his client list as an attorney or his billing records.
• Obama declined to release his college records from Occidental College, where he studied for two years before transferring to Columbia University.
• Obama’s campaign refused to give Columbia University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in political science, permission to release his transcripts. Such transcripts would list the courses Obama took, and his grades.
• Obama’s college dissertation, reportedly titled “Soviet Nuclear Disarmament,” has disappeared from Columbia’s archives.
• Obama did not agree to the release of his application to the Illinois state bar, which would clear up intermittent allegations that his application to the bar may have been inaccurate.
• Obama has not released records from his time at Harvard Law School.
• During his campaign for president, Obama promised he would make his White House “the most open and transparent administration in history.”

Concerned

March 2nd, 2011
1:42 pm

Can you say One Term President….

Terd Fergesun

March 2nd, 2011
1:43 pm

Voice of Reason

March 2nd, 2011
1:25 pm
Oh….so NOW Fake News, I mean fox “news”, is concerned about republican conflicts of interest? How anyone can even take this channel seriously is a joke.

Lie after lie after lie after lie comes from their programming. Their talking heads only talk to each other, and they consider no opinions that differ from their own.

List the lies dumba** or shut up! You won’t, you can’t. Typical libtard, blame everyone else for the problems your party has caused. List the lies.

fergie

March 2nd, 2011
1:43 pm

Newt really sees himself an important figure, dosen’t he? Talk about delusions of grandeur. This fat pig couldn’t get elected city dog catcher.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:44 pm

Terd: He can’t .

Commonsenseagitator

March 2nd, 2011
1:44 pm

You want an example of faux news lies? The heavily inflated numbers for the tea bagger rally which were about a 10th of what they reported and they used pictures of another rally and misrepresented them as the tea bagger rally. Just because you choose to believe the lies from the far right and faux doesnt mean we are all so stupid

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:45 pm

Hmm.. He was elected to Congress… what have YOU been elected to fergie? lol You are a joke.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:45 pm

Common sense: You are simply….incorrect in that statement.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:46 pm

…which shows you have no……………..common sense.

robbie

March 2nd, 2011
1:47 pm

All you Obama supporters, get a life. This man is a liar, Muslim, and is out to destroy this country. And right now, he’s doing a very good job of it.

Jim Tavegia

March 2nd, 2011
1:47 pm

It will not matter who the R’s put up, Your Obama is finished. And, yet, you still don’t get it. Your union friends can picket and protest all you want. You are done. The independents who put him in office last time will not make the same mistake twice.

melvinowens

March 2nd, 2011
1:48 pm

who cares? gingrich is another in along line of hypocritical holier than thou sinners who do wrong and then say “god forgave them”. he is just an adulterous liar who seeks to be preisdent. he won’t get my vote

GAtor

March 2nd, 2011
1:48 pm

This is a non issue. Newt is too polarizing to win the upcoming election.

Roadrunner

March 2nd, 2011
1:48 pm

“Bush Lied Troops Died”, “If It Doesn’t Fit You Must Acquit”, “Fox Lies”, blah, blah, blah. Simple slogans for simple minds. Seriously, what lies has Fox told? And with all the liberal lawyers out there, don’t you think they would be standing in line to take Fox to court for slander, etc. Problem is the truth hurts sometimes. With CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, AJC, etc. the liberals have had the ‘news’ their own way for many years and they hate it that that’s no longer the case. Unless you believe viewership ratings “Lie Too” check Fox out before you dismiss them as liers. Hey, listen well and you could be the first to actually catch them in a lie, what a deal!

Ryder

March 2nd, 2011
1:49 pm

Like before, Newt has no chance of winning the RNC bid, because he has no chance of winning against Obama. Newt can’t take the typical “family values” root. He’s had as many wives as Obama has family members. ..Obama had one, and his family is a role model for Newt.

Newts only running because he see’s the pool of repub candidates is very week. If “trademark” Palin and Bachman runs, it’s a Dem landslide

BillS

March 2nd, 2011
1:52 pm

Funny stuff here. Lots of fantasizers abound. There’s no GOP candidate at this moment who can win. Maybe by November 2012, but not now. Palin is overloaded with negatives among everyone but Tea Partyers. Huckabee is a fringe candidate at best. Romney is a loser. Newt is a joke; with his personal life out there, he is doomed. No one else stands out. Right now. Obama wins by default, at least.

Terd Fergesun

March 2nd, 2011
1:52 pm

Commonsenseagitator

March 2nd, 2011
1:44 pm
You want an example of faux news lies? The heavily inflated numbers for the tea bagger rally which were about a 10th of what they reported and they used pictures of another rally and misrepresented them as the tea bagger rally. Just because you choose to believe the lies from the far right and faux doesnt mean we are all so stupid

Those numbers were based on the police and if you happened to see the crowd, which I doubt you did, then the only lying going on here is you. What a shock. Is that the best you got? Numbers in a crowd? NEXT!

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:52 pm

Ryder: get back to smokin that joint… you have nothing to contribute.

Alabama Communist

March 2nd, 2011
1:52 pm

lol……Fox News trying to appear as a example of honestly……..That is like Bernie Maddoff blaming Wall Street as his mentors……….

5150 UOAD

March 2nd, 2011
1:52 pm

Great to hear from the NPR listeners. How is that Liberal radio Station with Frankin doing? Every President says things that he can’t deliver on because he can never make everybody happy. Obama LIED to EVERYBODY. Obama is the Creflo Dollar or Eddie Long of the WH. WH the Waffle House not White House. Mrs. Obama seems to be very nce, but BO needs to go.

Jim Pierce

March 2nd, 2011
1:54 pm

BillS: Obama can be beaten by ANYONE right now. lol Newt would clean his clock, and expose him for the phony he is.

Terd Fergesun

March 2nd, 2011
1:54 pm

5150, you just said a mouthfull!

5150 UOAD

March 2nd, 2011
1:55 pm

melvinowens
So were all the Kennedys and I bet you supported them.

Good Grief

March 2nd, 2011
1:55 pm

commonsenseagitator -
Just to play along with your assertion that the Tea Party rally numbers were inflated, you realize these liberal events like the Restoring Sanity rally and the Union rallies in Wisconsin are having people bussed in from all over the country by liberal groups, right? It’s harder to get people to a place when they have to rely on their own responsibility to get them there.

Also, can you please call them the Tea Party? Using a sexually explicit epithet just shows how juvenile you are.

I Know You Are But What Am I

March 2nd, 2011
1:55 pm

Newt ought to start an exploratory committee on how to get his gig back at FOX news.

His presidential aspirations are DOA.

Southerngurl

March 2nd, 2011
1:55 pm

The Real Chef

I keep hearing all this chatter about Herman Cain giving Obama a run for his money for the presidential bid. HOW. Where would the competition come in? Herman Cain sold pizzas for a living. Obama would run circles around this guy. Ask anyone right now if they no who Herman Cain is. My point exactly!!!