Palin and Fox, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g!
It’s been a snowy week where I am and so the nights have been a little colder and days a little more drawn out but there is still that constant brightness, and one of them is the beloved Sarah Palin.
I’ve always said she is the gift that keeps on giving, she gives so much, so selflessly even to those who do not support her. She shares her wisdom even on those who may not want to hear, because that’s Sarah. She also likes to make sure that no matter who you are, she will make you smile…..
Okay I can’t keep it up.
Sarah is not any of those things, except for she is the gift that keeps on giving. Her fans may say she is articulate, the main street mom, the ordinary gal, but I see her as the woman that gets just a little more dangerous everyday. Not to say I fear her, I have good faith that her supposed fans are not enough to get her foot in the door to anywhere important, but I do think her words, as those of other right wing leaning mouthpieces are causing division in America that are not healthy for anyone.
And of course after wowing her 1.1 million Facebook users, now Sarah has a (slightly) bigger mouthpiece – Sarah is now at Fox.
2008 Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is joining Fox News as a contributor, the news channel announced Monday….The former Alaska governor….has signed a multi-year deal to offer her political commentary and analysis across all Fox News platforms, including Fox Business Channel, FoxNews.com and Fox News Radio.
She will also participate in special event political programming for Fox Broadcasting.
“I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News. It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news,” Palin said in a written release.
Palin will also host periodic episodes of Fox News Channel’s “Real American Stories,” a series exploring inspirational real-life tales of overcoming adversity throughout the American landscape that will debut in 2010.
“Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup,” said Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming.
Of course I can not say I am surprised by that. No one is if they are being honest. Fox have long been – well some of them – a supporter of Palin and of course with her unmoving discourse towards Barack Obama, it is little wonder that they pick her up. For whatever reason Sarah is the darling of certain factions of the right wing. She has been courting the Tea Party and the Birthers of late, grabbing onto a very vocal (though not very big in the grand scheme of things) group, because the main GOP has long moved away from her.
But what makes this farcical – if it weren’t before, is that Palin joining as an analyst? This is the woman who when asked by Katie Couric what papers she read said “I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —” and then when pressed for specifics said “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.”
Suffice to say Sarah no longer has the same respect for the media now, unless it is working for her. She now views Couric’s interview as “very unprofessional”, which is no surprise – anyone that trumps her is seen as an enemy of Palin. But it isn’t just us Liberals that have seen Sarah’s faults when it comes to her worldly knowledge. According to the AFP:
Pro-Republican columnist Kathleen Parker, writing in the National Review, said the Alaska governor was now such an embarrassment to the party that she should step down as John McCain’s vice presidential nominee.
“Palin’s recent interviews with Charles Gibson (ABC News), Sean Hannity (Fox News) and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League,” Parker said.
Many still cite Palin’s Couric interview as the final straw to the downward spiral. Even Steve Schmidt who was campaign manager during the McCain/Palin bid for the White House says that Palin was often not truthful. In speaking to 60 Minutes with the authors of a book called Game Change, Schmidt, who some say has been in a war of words with Palin (and Palin hardly innocent in the tit-for-tat), said:
“She went out and said, you know, ‘This report completely exonerates me,’” Schmidt said. “And in fact, it — it didn’t. You know it’s the equivalent of saying down is up and up is down. It was provably, demonstrably untrue.”
And of course in true Palin form, it’s not her, it’s everyone else:
“It’s a bunch of B.S. from [former McCain campaign advisor Steve] Schmidt and from some of those,” Palin said, adding that her not knowing why there were two Koreas was “a lie.”
Palin needs Fox. Despite Fox lauding her 1.1 million Facebook readers and one of the reasons she was chosen, it is evident Palin is at an either/or crossroads. Her supporters would like to see her running for the 2012 Presidential ticket and even though she has some support, Facebook and a few pick up’s by the media do not mean a thing. She needs a larger megaphone and Fox are giving it to her. But this will only expose her to the audience she is targeting and whatever Fox may be winning in ratings (although with Fox being the only dedicated right wing channel in the main stream media it is hard to jot their tallies against the others combined), their viewers still only amount to a small proportion of the electorate which leads many to believe that Palin’s move is a clear signal that she does not believe she has a chance in the elections.
I would like to think that myself but then I never say never.
The one thing this move has done is cemented the view again, that Fox is a Republican talking piece and not a news show of any contention. Palin will be joining various Republican pundits including, George W Bush’s former aide Karl Rove, former House speaker Newt Gingrich, and John McCain’s rival for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, Mike Huckabee. And her move to Fox came on the day when it emerged Fox boss Roger Ailes has had a falling out with Fox owner Rupert Murdoch. According to the NY Times:
In the fall of 2008, Roger Ailes, the head of Fox News, went to his boss, Rupert Murdoch, with two complaints: he had heard that Mr. Murdoch was considering endorsing Barack Obama for president in The New York Post, and he had read a book excerpt in Vanity Fair suggesting that Mr. Murdoch was sometimes embarrassed by the right-leaning Fox News.
Mr. Ailes threatened to quit, a person familiar with the conversation said. Instead, Mr. Murdoch soon rewarded him with a new, more lucrative contract — he made $23 million last year in salary, bonuses and other compensation, more than Mr. Murdoch — and The New York Post endorsed John McCain.
Or as someone else put it, he has a hissy fit when he thought there was a chance his boss may be going “liburul”. And that really shows you how skewed Fox’s “Fair and Balanced” line is!
But Ailes is not the only one you should worry about. Fox News Executive Vice President for Programming Bill Shine in a statement announcing the Quitter’s signing up to Fox said he was not concerned that Palin may make false statements:
“Along the way, we’ll talk to her and have conversations and I’m sure everything will be fine,” he said, adding that the expectations that Palin will utter something controversial will likely drive viewership. “In the end, that’s probably going to help us in that that’s what people will want to watch.”
As I said about Ailes, “shows you how skewed Fox’s “Fair and Balanced” line is!”
I am glad this is an off switch to the television but sadly trying to avoid Fox does not mean I can avoid Palin – I tried doing that, it’s just her fifteen minutes is going on for a whole damn lot longer than it was supposed to be.
One Irish booker is already taking bets on Palin quitting. According to Chattahbox:
Sarah Palin, the former half-term Governor of Alaska has trouble holding down a job. She quit as mayor of her home Town of Wasilla and she quit as governor in the middle of her term. Since then, she has been cashing in on her popularity and star quality with a new ghost-written book, while she posts nonsensical and fact challenged missives on her Facebook page. Well, the unemployed Facebook blogger now has a new gig with the right-wing media outlet Fox News as a frequent contributor. And an Irish bookmaker is taking bets on how long Palin will last at her new job.
PaddyPower.com, referring to Palin as “gaffe-prone,” says that so far, about half of the bettors believe the half-term governor won’t make it through her first year at Fox. The latest odds on when Palin will exit are:
“8/1: Before Sept. 1, 2010.
10/11: Between Sept. 1, 2010, and Dec. 31, 2010.
11/10: After Jan. 1, 2010.”
PaddyPower is also taking bets on what minority group she is most likely to offend first. Gays/lesbians/bisexuals are on top at 4-1 odds, followed by African Americans and Muslims, both at 6-1 odds.
I’ll take some odds on that. After all, there was a time when odds on for a white christmas in the UK was nothing more than a novelty – until December 2009 proved how cynical we could be.
As ever I leave it to the brilliant Rachel Maddow: