Political Contributors A Cable Gray Area

Cable news networks compete aggressively to hire the freshest and most popular politicians and political strategists to serve as paid commentators. These so-called contributors are essentially paid guests who sign contracts to appear exclusively on one network (or family of networks), generally agreeing to go on-air as frequently as the news cycle demands. But, they exist in a sort of gray zone between fulltime employees and unpaid interviewees, which makes discerning what they are allowed to say and do off-camera challenging.

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