|"What? I'm fired! You can't fire me I'm going to tell everybody I quit!"|
After a three-year run as a paid contributor to the nation’s highest-rated cable news channel, Sarah Palin and FOX News have cut ties, according to a source close to the former Alaska governor.
“It’s my understanding that Gov. Palin was offered a contract by FOX, and she decided not to renew the arrangement,” the source close to Palin told RCP. “She remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism across the country and will be expanding her voice in the national discussion.”
The source declined to say whether Palin would pursue a television contract with another news network, such as CNN.
Suuure she was offered a contract at Fox, that she turned down! After being the biggest embarrassment on a cable news network that is literally wall to wall embarrassments, that would make perfect sense.
My gut tell me that Ailes could hardly wait until her contract ran out, and if she was offered ANYTHING at all it was undoubtedly nothing more than the chance to occasionally chime in as one of the peanut gallery that Hannity has on his shows that kiss his ass and tell him how awesome he is.
Of course for most of us on this side of the internet this revelation comes as no surprise, as our intrepid blogger buddy Malia Litman reported this yesterday over on her blog. Not to mention that we all were pretty convinced she was toast way back in the beginning of this month.
So I guess it is nice that the rest of the media finally caught up with us, don'tcha think?
You know I REALLY do think that Palin was seriously attempting to market herself to CNN, which might explain why she was sucking up to them late last year, but even though CNN has shifted noticeably to the Right I don't think that the real journalists like Soledad O'Brien would stand for having to share airtime with the Lunatic from Lake Lucille.
Wow! You know I always knew that this was the eventual outcome of Palin's career with Fox News, but now that it has actually happened I find myself a little disappointed that it was not a little more dramatic. I would have enjoyed watching some on air sniping back and forth during her final appearances, but she was probably afraid they would pull the plug on her even faster if she did that.
However I have to say that I would be very surprised if this was the last we heard of Sarah Palin. Her ego is much too big to allow her to simply disappear completely from the public arena, despite our wishes to the contrary.
Besides don't forget that she has that really prestigious appearance at Terry Schiavo Day in Philadelphia. And who knows, that might lead to other appearances at celebrations nobody has ever heard of commemorating people who were once in a catatonic state. Personally I think events like THAT would be the perfect fit for Palin, don't you agree?
P.S. I will contact my spies in Wasilla and have them keep an eye out for when the Fox News truck pull up to take back their equipment. THAT should be worth a post or two.
Update: Salon has a post up called The Best Reactions to Sarah Palin's Split with Fox News. Good stuff!
Update 2: The New York Times has a statement from Fox news:
Yes, Ms. Palin’s contract with Fox News has ended, and no, it is not being renewed. A Fox spokeswoman confirmed Friday that Fox had parted ways with the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee, effectively reducing her exposure to the channel’s millions of loyal viewers.
It was unclear whether the parting was Ms. Palin’s choice, but it was described as amicable. Bill Shine, an executive vice president at Fox, said in a statement, “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
And if you buy THAT I have a bridge to nowhere I would be happy to sell you. Trust me, NOBODY ends their relationship with Sarah Palin amicably.
Update 3: Okay Politico has compiled a number of "must see" Sarah Palin moments on Fox News. Even watching the various wig changes with the sound off is HIGHLY entertaining!
Okay, THAT was awesome, and also kind of answers any question as to why Palin is no longer employed with Fox News. Crazy is one thing, but that level of batshit crazy is even too much for the folks at Fox.