Fox News host Chris Wallace appeared on The Daily Show on the Wednesday after the election, and Wallace half-joked about how the 2012 Republican presidential primary could be produced as a reality TV show on Fox News. Like “American Idol” or “Dancing with the Stars”, they could call it “The GOP Presidential Primary”. After all “so may of them work at Fox now as Fox News contributors”. Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, and Rick Santorum are all contributors for Fox News, or as Wallace put it, they “own” most of the candidates.
Maybe he wasn’t joking. On Thursday, Wallace told Fox Business Network’s Imus in the Morning “The Republican primaries will be a production of Fox News”. He was serious. Indeed, Fox is already starting the marketing of Republican presidential candidates with a new special where they will profile twelve GOP presidential candidates in twelve days. They already have interviews with eleven of the twelve (so far, Romney has declined).