The former Alaska governor and beaten Republican vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin, is to be a contributor to Fox News. The details of her multiyear contract have not been made public, but one can assume that Ms. Palin will be well remunerated, and good for her. Since leaving public life she has authored a bestselling memoir, Going Rogue, and now will expose her views to a broad range of the American public.
Ms. Palin is expected to provide political commentary and analysis for a number of Fox properties, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FoxNews.com and special event political programming for Fox Broadcasting.
In a statement provided by Fox, she is “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.”
For a conservative who may run for the presidency in 2012, fewer jobs would be more suitable as a showcase for her vision and fundamental principles and beliefs. National exposure on an everyday basis is just what any presidential candidate would dream of, and now she can live her dream.
Ms. Palin has been broadcasting her political views on her Facebook page, but Fox News provides a far more potent media through which she can reach her conservative audience. Let’s hope she will be free to engage in regular on-air debates rather than just be a reader of scripted monologues.
New details from Ms. Palin’s bid for the vice presidency emerged Monday with the release of Game Change, a look at the 2008 presidential campaign authored by journalists John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. Here are some examples:
“Had she really said ‘thanks, but no thanks’ to the Bridge to Nowhere. Well, no. Had she really sold the state jet on eBay? Not exactly ... At McCain HQ, a white board was set up with a list of controversies the press was exploring ... The campaign quickly discovered that consulting her about any issue on the board inevitably yielded a sanitized version of reality.”
Many of McCain’s closest advisers believed that if he were to win the presidency, it was essential that Ms. Palin “be relegated to the largely ceremonial role that premodern vice presidents inhabited ... some in McCainworld were ridden with guilt over elevating Palin to within striking distance of the White House,” Heilemann and Halperin reported.
Viewing her regularly on Fox News will, one hopes, put to rest the unease many feel when reading such unflattering reports about someone many believe is destined to be a future president of the United States and leader of the free world.
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