The quick Fox Brown-out
In business, and in general, when a contract expires, that means a person and a company are no longer tethered to each other. They can choose to continue the relationship by renewing the contract, sign another, or have an arrangement at-will.
Then there’s the reality that belongs to Fox News and Scott Brown.
Like just about every political junkie north of the Mason-Dixon Line, the Boston Globe is trying to read the tea leaves for a potential Brown run for Senate in New Hampshire, a ghost candidacy that Brown is parlaying into a game without end.
The latest hint that he is mounting a challenge to the incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen came Tuesday when the Globe inquired about Brown’s contract with Fox News, the place where defeated Republican candidates go to salve their wounds and collect a paycheck. An unnamed spokeswoman told the Globe that Brown was “out of contract,” which expired Feb. 11. Fox has said in the past should Brown launch a run for office, they’d be forced to cut ties with him. Brown is slated to speak at the state’s upcoming GOP conclave so it was realistic for the Globe to ask does this mean he’ll use the forum to launch his long-awaited run?
The Fox spokeswoman would say no more and repeated calls and emails to Brown from the Globe went unanswered, which, if you have followed Brown’s public life isn’t all that unusual. Brown responds to whom he wants to respond, when he wants to respond, so everyone looked at the ever-so-friendly Herald to see what he had to say. And he didn’t disappoint.
Brown told the Washington Post the Globe story was “incorrect” but never said what was wrong. He shot off a text to Herald political reporter Hillary Chabot, saying, “Globe should have checked with someone who had authority to speak for Fox and/or me. They did not.” But, according to the Globe, they did, multiple times.
As Dan Kennedy points out, it’s not the first time Fox has said one thing then created its own reality. And it’s becoming a habit for Brown as well to keep his silence then attack someone for not contacting him for comment. Especially the Globe.
This is the latest in a series of coy actions Brown has taken that could be read as a step back to Washington, but which he’s denied means anything more than what it is. He sold his Wrentham home and put down stakes in the Granite State hamlet of Rye but, he says, don’t read anything into it; he and his wife have had a vacation home here for years. His PAC has lavished tens of thousands of dollars on the New Hampshire GOP state committee as well as local committees and candidates but, says the Cheap Trick ax man, that’s just being a good Republican. He has singled out Shaheen for withering criticisms and commentary on Fox and in print but that’s his job, he says.
As long as he remains undeclared, Brown will continue to get his prime-time access on Fox and, now that he lives in New Hampshire, will likely court the conservative-leaning Manchester Union-Leader in much the same way he has the Herald. In the meantime, the constant parry and thrust between Brown and what he perceives as unfriendly media will just prompt observers to simply say, “Bqhatevwr.”
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