(HotAir) – But the real question is why Fox decided to make this move now, a couple days before Trump announces his pick. If this is about “media speculation,” Bill O’Reilly was speculating Gingrich would be the pick back in mid-May.
O’Reilly opened a segment featuring Gingrich by noting, “Trump says he has narrowed his VP choice down to five individuals….” Later in the interview O’Reilly says, “I think you’re going to get it. I think that he’s going to choose you.” O’Reilly added, “I want the audience to know I don’t know that, nobody has said that to me—but I do know who he’s considering just by deduction and I think he will select you.”
If Fox News watches its own programming, it has known for months that Gingrich was on the short list for VP and possibly even at the top of that short list. If they wanted to avoid conflicts of interest based on media speculation, they could have ended his contributor arrangement back then. The fact that they didn’t do so then but have done so now does makes it seem a little more likely that Gingrich is about to be announced as Trump’s pick. That’s still speculation of course, but it would make some sense of Fox News’ belated decision.