Apparently, It Really Will Be A Fox News Primary

I made note a few months ago of the rather odd fact that almost all of the A-list Republicans who are likely to run for President in 2012 are currently parties to exclusive contracts with Fox News. Now, Dick Morris (another Fox News exclusive commentator) is saying that the 2012 GOP nomination will be decided on Fox News Channel:

Interested in the 2012 Republican presidential nomination? Then tune in to Fox News Channel for an “American Idol”-like competition, says political strategist and Fox News contributor Dick Morris.

“Day after day, we will see all the candidates on Fox News,” Morris wrote on his website Monday. “Not just in debates, but in frequent appearances on the opinion and news shows on the network. We will watch how they handle themselves, we’ll learn how they answer questions, and we’ll come to our decision.”

Morris continued the theme in an appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” Monday night. “All of the Republican nominees – the candidates who want the nomination – are going to be on your show and O’Reilly’s and ‘On the Record’ with Bret Baier,” he said. “And we’re going to get to know them pretty darn well.”

Here’s the video from Hannity, where Morris seems to be rather proud of the fact that the GOP candidates will be shielding themselves from serious inquiry by appearing on Fox News:

As I noted in my earlier post, it isn’t surprising that GOP candidates would limit themselves to Fox News appearances:

Fox News Channel exclusivity gives these candidates effectively unfiltered access to the conservative base of the Republican Party while at the same time giving them a convenient excuse for avoiding the scrutiny of questioning reporters on other networks. Palin especially has been adept at doing this, and at controlling the manner in which she communicates so that it effectively precludes her from having to actually answer any questions that aren’t from a friendly host like Glenn Beck, Bill O”Reilly, Sean Hannity, or Greta Van Susterin.

The question is whether voters and the rest of the media will call them on it.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Davebo says:

    “where else would they go???????:”
    No where near that pit bull Katie Couric that’s for sure!

  2. John Burgess says:

    As elections come closer, I don’t think they’ll be able to limit themselves to FOX exclusively. What they’re doing now is building up a head of steam that they hope will carry them some distance when the electoral season starts.

  3. Michael says:

    friendly host like Glenn Beck, Bill O”Reilly, Sean Hannity, or Greta Van Susterin.

    I wonder how friendly they’re going to be when they don’t agree on which of those candidates they want to win the primary.  The coming civil war within Fox News is going to be as much fun to watch as the one within the GOP.

  4. Herb says:

    I guess we’re stuck with Obama till the end…

    This is truly funny, though. I can understand why Roger Ailes would want to sign all the contenders to his network. What I don’t understand is why the candidates would all agree to it. Surely, shackling yourself to Fox News has to have a downside, especially when your main competitors are doing it too.

  5. anjin-san says:

    Fox has bought the GOP. Not exactly news folks…

  6. The presidential candidate (Republican or Libertarian) that can take advantage of ABC/CBS/NBC/CNN coverage is one that will do fine until the moment the jackals decide that person might just be able to win.  Rachel Maddow gave us a fine example with Rand Paul (though Rand Paul helped her out just a bit).

  7. wr says:

    Yes, that evil Maddow asked Rand Paul a question about his beliefs, and then didn’t stop him from saying something she must have known would be controversial. Oh, the anti-conservative prejudice there. Everyone knows the solemn duty of any journalist is to protect Republicans from admitting what they really believe.