Fox News Channel Suspends Possible Candidate Rick Santorum, But Salem Won't
March 3, 2011 at 4:41 AM (PT)
FOX NEWS CHANNEL has suspended former Speaker of the House NEWT GINGRICH and former Sen. RICK SANTORUM as commentators because they are both publicly considering a run for the Republican nomination for President, but SALEM RADIO NETWORK is not following suit with SANTORUM, who hosts the FRIDAY edition of "BILL BENNETT'S MORNING IN AMERICA," keeping SANTORUM on the air and noting that he has not formally declared his candidacy.
"I'm a regular FOX viewer, but this is truly bizarre and goofy development," said SRN VP/News and Talk Programming TOM TRADUP. "Only someone with a view of the world similar to that of an ant isn't aware that RICK SANTORUM and NEWT GINGRICH are considering WHITE HOUSE bids in 2012. So are SARAH PALIN and MIKE HUCKABEE ... but FOX NEWS CHANNEL isn't suspending them."
TRADUP said that SANTORUM will remain on SRN until he announces a formal bid for the Presidency, in a similar manner to how the network used MICHAEL STEELE as a guest host until he was named Chairman of the REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE in JANUARY 2009. "If Speaker GINGRICH needs an outlet for his commentaries and observations," TRADUP added, "our phone lines are open and we'd be happy to take his call."