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Going Fox, rogue Republican Sarah Palin joins Fox News Channel


One-time TV journalist Sarah Palin, who dabbled successfully in politics for a while, has decided to return to her media roots. (See video below.)

Fox News confirms this afternoon that the 45-year-old former mayor, city council member, state oil and gas regulator, unsuccessful lieutenant governor candidate, Alaska reform governor, unsuccessful Republican vice presidential nominee and most recently successful book author, has signed a contract with the top-rated cable news channel, Fox News, as a commentator across a number of programs.

Look for her on FNC as early as Tuesday evening.

The mother of five, including a special needs infant, will also host a show on inspiring American stories. While other networks struggle over the unfunny scheduling of late-night comics, it's another commercial coup for Roger Ailes, who's turned the youngish network the Democratic White House loves to hate into a real moneymaker.

Both sides issued the usual pre-printed PR yada-yada today. Palin is "thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News" which is "a place that so values fair and balanced news."

"Gov. Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum," said Bill Shine, programming exec vp. "And we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup."

Despite Palin's often-barbed comments about biased media inaccuracies and her own....

...initially clumsy reaction to repetitive, if perky, questions, the move makes great sense for both sides.

As shown during her 2008 GOP presidential campaign with what's-his-name from Arizona and her recent best-selling book tour, Palin has a personality that attracts large numbers of people on both sides of affection which is, after all, the commercial goal of a TV channel.

Fox News has a special appeal to conservatives, but ratings show it gets about a third of its audience from Democrats, which Palin would need some of in any future run for elected office.

The multi-year job will pay her well not to live in Wasilla, Alaska. It will keep her in the public eye, force her to become familiar and at least telegenically conversant with a wide range of national and international issues and allow her to continue making speeches, paid and otherwise, around the country while honing her sometimes less than razor-sharp media skills among helpful colleagues. None of which would be possible had she not controversially resigned the governor's job last summer.

Also on Fox as a paid contributor is former top Bush presidential adviser Karl Rove, who has his own book -- "Courage and Consequence" -- due out in early March and recently praised Palin's "Going Rogue" as a good read. And ex-Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also appears on the channel with nutrition and weight-watching tips. Just kidding. It's politics, of course, of the GOP species.

At the moment, Palin's preferred method of public comment has been her Facebook page. (Latest entry from Jan. 5: "President Obama’s meeting with his top national security advisers does nothing to change the fact that his fundamental approach to terrorism is fatally flawed. We are at war with radical Islamic extremists and treating this threat as a law enforcement issue is dangerous for our nation’s security....")

These comments sometimes get picked up by regular media and passed through its filter but hardly conveys the kind of heavyweight heft she needs to counter the perception of intellectual shallowness among many. No doubt see the comments below soon from detractors who dislike Palin so much they can't read enough about her and share their negative thoughts.

A perch on Fox News will give the former governor direct access to millions of viewers in the run-up to 2011, the decision year for serious presidential candidates aiming for the White House in 2012. She might even have some more things to say about what's-his-name in that building.

But even Palin would seem unlikely to comment on the color of his skin or amazingly educated manner of his speech, as Obama's fellow Democrat Harry Reid has had to apologize for, though he apologized for a poor choice in words not any insulting thoughts. Still trying to imagine a better choice of words for any senior Democratic leader in public life to comment on an African American's skin color and surprisingly educated manner of speaking.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Finally, a conservative viewpoint for Fox.

Gee whiz, who didn't see this one coming from a mile away ? She'll fit right in on the Wing-Nut network with the rest of the misfits, paranoids, and born-again kooks.

Yes, she'll fit in well, not being a left-wing nut who's main agenda is to advance socialism in this country. Paranoia? No, just plain fear of losing all our rights to a government that has, in effect, completely betrayed its people and continues to do so. Pathetic.

As long as she doesn't talk about domestic or foreign policy, I'll tune-in.

Fox News is my favorite news channel. I can't wait to see and hear Sarah Palin, she is a Great American. However, watch for hypocrite democrats posting here to start frosting at the mouth with slurs about Palin.

Let us hope that her exposure will in no way deter Republicans from nominating Sarah as their 2012 presidential candidate. BTW for better accuracy I would have rescripted Bill Shine's quote to reflect sarcasim in print form thusly...
Palin is thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News which is a place that so values "fair and balanced news."
"Gov. Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum," said Bill Shine, programming exec vp. "And we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup."

I have a slogan for the GOP as well. Sarah Palin in 2012, she is the best that the GOP has to offer.

The Fox cash cow always needs another circus clown with idiot views to show the rest of the world just how forward looking the country is with its manic and twisted right wing gun ho drinking "Joe the Plummers"

The anti-American left just hates. Bravo to Fox. Real Americans will be very happy for so many reasons.

Sarah Palin will fit right at Fox in with her tight relationship to the oil industry. As Sarah joins Fox, I am surprised that media observers have not been writing about Prince Al-Walid bin Talal, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who is clearly using his board position and growing ownership stake in News Corp. to get Fox News to aggressively oppose efforts in Congress to create a new, clean energy future that is not dependent upon (his) Saudi oil.

Al-Walid bin Talal has been quietly increasing his share and influence in News Corp. He now he serves on the board where he gives critical support to media mogul Rupert Murdoch. (Murdock would lose control of News Corp without bin Talal's voting shares.)

In December, while they were recruiting Sarah Palin as a new face at Fox, Murdock and bin Talal quietly expanded their strategic partnership when they acquired a stake in the Saudi royal's Rotana media conglomerate. bin Talal pushed News Corp to buy a 10 percent stake in Arab media company Rotana with an option to acquire another 10 percent. As Fox News craws deeper in bed with dangerous Arab oil interests, Glenn Beck presents Fox News Channel as a hyper-American news organization when in truth it is controlled by a native Australian and a Saudi (oil) Prince. Sarah Palin will only add her voice to keep the illusion going.

We know the Saudi prince claimed in 2005 that he persuaded Murdoch to immediately stop identifying Muslim unrest in France as "Muslim riots." They did...

With his growing control, there should be little wonder why Fox News is creating a backlash to climate/energy legislation pending in the U.S. Senate. If this energy bill passed, the U.S. would begin to wean its dependence on Saudi oil by creating domestic clean energy needed end this dangerous addiction.

What Fox News paints as socialism is actually a way to rebuild our economy, create millions of jobs and end our addiction to dangerous oil and keep over $1 billion dollars a day at home. It is time to look behind the curtain at Fox and see who will be calling the shots for Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. (If you don’t believe that she is already running go to: to see her campaign PAC.)

Don't be confused by All-American Sarah. She's gone rogue with the Saudi rogue of Fox News. When will conservatives in America wake up and look behind the curtain at Fox News to see who is calling the shots at the News Corporation's holdings?


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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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