CASHING IN ON FOX
NEW YORK — Three of the top five choices in the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's recent straw poll on favorite 2012 presidential candidates had more than one thing in common: They're all on the Fox News Channel payroll.
Mike Huckabee hosts his own weekend show at Fox, Newt Gingrich gets frequent air time as an analyst and Sarah Palin is a celebrated recent hire. Mitt Romney, who won the informal sample, does not work for Fox.
A Fox job certainly isn't a requirement for a Republican would-be president. Yet its stature as a town square for opponents of the Obama administration places Fox in what may be a unique position of influence for a television network.
"Fox has almost replaced the Heritage Foundation and AEI (American Enterprise Institute) as the White House in waiting for the Republican Party," said Eric Burns, president of Media Matters for America, a liberal media watchdog.
Political experts say the Fox exposure carries some distinct advantages – and some dangers, too.
Fox has clearly sharpened its tone since the last election cycle, due in part to the arrival of Glenn Beck and making Sean Hannity a solo act. The foil of MSNBC as a liberal alternative and failures of CNN's impartial approach gave Fox an incentive to ramp things up, and its executives have been rewarded with soaring ratings and profits. (Fox spokeswoman Irena Briganti did not return calls for comment.)
For politicians with future ambitions, a regular TV gig can keep visibility high. Pat Buchanan said his perch on CNN's "Crossfire" was indispensable in helping him create a national following for White House runs in 1992 and 1996.
"Undeniably, a TV personality on Fox News would benefit immensely from his name recognition, ability to articulate issues and the following Fox has, far larger now even than what we had when CNN was the only game in town and `Crossfire' the only conservative-liberal show," he said.
Political hopefuls need to be seen as more than just TV stars to translate that following, said Buchanan, who worked in the Reagan and Nixon administrations. LinkHere
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Color of Change and Stop Beck have been waging an aggressive campaign to convince Fox News advertisers to boycott Glenn Beck’s show. So far, 123 companies have dropped him, and his broadcast in the UK has been running without ads for nearly three months. Yesterday on a conference call about its third quarter earnings, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch had to defend the fact that Fox News is keeping Beck on:
Murdoch was asked on the company’s third quarter analyst call about the departure of advertisers, many of whom have left the show in an organized protest that began last year when Beck said President Obama had a “deep-seated hatred of white people.” One wanted to know how long Fox News would “subsidize” the show, which is “filled with house ads.”
“It’s not subsidizing the show at all,” Murdoch fired back, adding that the theatrical Beck gives “a terrific kickoff” to the Fox News evening lineup.
Although Beck is still a strong lead-in for other Fox shows, he has “seen his audience fall almost 30% since the start of the year, from about 2.9 million viewers in January to 2.1 million in April.”