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Yes, He’s the Wrong Talking Head to Complain About Fox News Contributors



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Friend of NR Will Cain guest-hosted Parker-Spitzer last night. There’s been quite a bit of discussion on CNN of the notion that by their count, five Republican presidential candidates are under contract to Fox News Channel: Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and John Bolton.

“Never before in our history, that I can think of, has one media outlet with one coherent ideology had . . . access to half the presidential nominees and controlled one political party this way,” lamented Spitzer.

Yeah, it’s terrible to watch those politicians jump into cable-news jobs, huh, Spitzer?

The show’s guest, Dan Abrams, formerly of MSNBC, raised the irony of the complaint coming from Spitzer and also wondered whether the gripe is overstated, asking whether Bolton or some of the others are serious contenders or simply names being mentioned.

It’s odd to see potential GOP nominees clustered around one news channel, but that probably says more about the hiring mentality at the other networks than at Fox News. CNN could have signed any of the above, or Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush, or tried to line up a deal with outgoing Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty. Instead, they signed Number Nine and a columnist best known for trashing Sarah Palin to anchor their prime-time lineup. And we know no serious potential Republican president will ever collect a paycheck from MSNBC.

UPDATE: Hmmm. Where was Parker that evening? “Eliot Spitzer’s TV sidekick is so fed up with playing second fiddle to the hooker-loving ex-gov that she’s threatening to walk, sources told The Post yesterday.”


Tags: Eliot Spitzer , Fox News , Newt Gingrich , Sarah Palin


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