04/17/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Pundit Candidate: How Cable News Networks Are 'Being Taken Advantage Of' By Future Candidates

The New York Times' Brian Stelter Monday examines the rise of the pundit-candidate -- political analysts, hired by cable news networks, who are considering runs for office in the future.

The phenomenon can most recently be illustrated by MSNBC analyst Harold Ford, who recently took leave from the network while he considers a run for the Senate from New York.

But, as Stelter notes, "Fox News has a veritable bullpen of potential conservative candidates" on its payroll