In a poll released today, Fox News asked registered voters who they would vote for in the next presidential election: President Obama or Republicans Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney. Both Gingrich and Palin are under contract with the channel as "political analysts"/"contributors."
As Media Matters' Karl Frisch, Crooks and Liars' John Amato and others have noted, it's looking increasingly like the path to the 2012 GOP nomination is through Fox News. After all, the conservative channel provides a low-accountability forum for aspiring candidates to stay in the spotlight and blatantly promote their political interests - all while pulling a paycheck.
While not on Fox's payroll, Romney is still a frequent presence on the channel. Since the beginning of the year, Romney has appeared on Hannity, Fox & Friends (twice), On the Record and Fox Business Network's Cavuto.