On Friday, Fox News announced it had dropped Dr. Ben Carson from its pool of paid contributors now that he has produced a self-promoting documentary in support of a presidential run. Over the weekend, Fox's media critic Howard Kurtz praised the move and suggested, albeit ever so timidly, that host Mike Huckabee should maybe be removed from the payroll, too.
From the November 7th Washington Post:
Following an ABC News report that Fox News contributor Ben Carson is set to air an hourlong ad/documentary* “introducing himself to the American people” as part of a 2016 Republican presidential bid, Fox News has cut ties with him, according to aFox spokeswoman. The video is titled “A Breath of Fresh Air: A New Prescription for America” and, according to ABC News, will be heavily biographical, addressing Carson’s “rise from being born to a single mother with a poor childhood in Detroit to director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins for almost 40 years, known for his work separating conjoined twins.”
The Fox News spokeswoman says that Carson understood the network’s reasons for terminating his contributor status and that the two parted amicably.
Not surprisingly, Howard Kurtz called this a "smart move." He continued:
A guy who's more or less running for president shouldn't be on a network payroll. Which means Fox also faces a decision about former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee who is openly weighing a White House run.
If you ask me, Fox is not "facing a decision" about Huckabee but ducking one. Huckabee has been openly promoting his possible candidacy, even on Fox News, at the same time that he insists he's undecided. He may well be truly undecided. But what's not in any doubt is that he is able to collect an undoubtedly cushy salary and take advantage of an extremely valuable platform while he floats his potential run. So long as Fox allows him to continue in this vein, they are complicit in the game.
Watch Kurtz below, via Media Matters.
Seriously, even with the FNC audience’s desperation for a reputable token, and their inability to hear any view Ailes doesn’t want them to… I never got Carson’s appeal in the first place. The guy’s basically a black version of Ablow.