Fox News is not renewing its contract with Sarah Palin to provide commentary on their various shows after two years of giving her a great deal of air time. And Real Clear Politics is reporting that she was the one who rejected their contract renewal offer:
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.”
I’m not really buying that. Losing the Fox News platform is a huge decrease in media visibility for her. I think we may be finally seeing the beginning of the end of Palin’s 15 minutes of fame. She can coast along on speaking fees on the religious right rubber chicken circuit for as long as she wants to, of course. But I suspect her status as a major voice on the right may be coming to a close.
And a study found that Fox News paid Palin $15.85 for every word she said. That means every “you betcha” was worth $31.70. Nice work if you can get it.