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Are Sarah Palin’s 15 Minutes About Up?

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.

Comments

  1. glodson says

    I read here that “Fox reportedly offered Palin far less than the million-dollar annual contract that had included a broadcast studio at her home in Wasilla, Alaska. She turned it down, and Fox had no inclination to up the ante.”

    It seems that she was losing value as a commenter, and that’s unsurprising. I would imagine that she was hemorrhaging fans for a while, and the flirtation with running was the beginning of the end.

  2. janiceintoronto says

    Gee, if Fox needs a replacement I’d work for 1/2 the salary they were giving Palin.

    Of course, I’d have to take up drugging myself to get to her intellectual level, but I’m game…

  3. Michael Heath says

    “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.

    Which tells us almost nothing. They could have offered a purposefully insulting offer worth peanuts; that would be similar to announcements where a CEO, “accepts the resignation” of some incompetent newsworthy underling.

    Andrew Sullivan deserves some sort of humanitarian award for his stellar and relentless work exposing Ms. Palin; especially when it comes to Republicans trying to excuse away her reprehensible behavior where he bull-doggedly would not allow such rationalizations to exist without his far more persuasive counters.

  4. lorn says

    It isn’t over until McCain holds up Sarah Palin’s severed head on Meet The Press.

    This would do a lot, in my eyes, to restore McCaine’s reputation and standing. He created the political monster known as Palin and it is both right and good that he should restore the balance by destroying her.

    Should it go down that way pencil me in for a $5 contribution to Mccaine’s legal defense and/or bronze statuary memorializing/mythologizing the event to be erected in a prominent spot on the national mall or similar location.

  5. Reginald Selkirk says

    She probably just doesn’t want to be encumbered so she can get an early start on her 2016 campaign. You betcha.

  6. says

    Palin’s 15 minutes were up three years ago. She just hasn’t realized it yet.
    My hope is that her next stop is Celebrity Apprentice. The boardroom meltdown when Trump fires her would be epic.

  7. D. C. Sessions says

    “15 minutes” is a handy phrase, but what we really need is an empirically-based metric for comparing totally baseless celebrity. I propose the “kardashian.”

    How many kardashians has Palin’s exposure amounted to so far? (Either mother or daughter.)

    How does this compare to the latest “Lindsey Lohan vomited all over my wedding cake” story?

    These are important sociological questions, and science has not yet properly addressed them.

  8. busterggi says

    As long as someone in this world has a camera or recording device for her to jump in front of Sarah will be with us.

  9. martinc says

    She should follow Bristol onto Dancing With The Stars. Then we could truly say her 15 minuets are up. [boom-tish!]

    (OT: I’ve always wondered if Sarah Palin knew what ‘bristols’ are in British slang, and whether she considered alternate names for her daughter of Tit, Nork, or Funbag.)

  10. gerryl says

    Years ago — before Bristol showed up on Dancing with the Stars — I was predicting that Sarah would be on the Spring 2013 season, after the election season was in the rearview mirror. There’s still a chance it could happen.

  11. Susan Krinard says

    democommie@12, that last was just a bit close to the wall. Well done.

    Ah, yes. Very clever. “Close to the Wall” Har har. Niggre. Wetbcka. “Close to the Wall.”

    And now we see why women are driven away from comments sections. As a years-long lurker, I had thought Ed’s blog was one of the few places we wouldn’t see this kind of “humor.”

    And yeah, this is hit and run. I have no desire to return and be told “your skin is too thin,” or “can’t you take a joke?” or “Oh, but this isn’t a gendered insult in England!) There’s been a little too much of that going on in the blogosphere of late. Most of the time, FTB is safe. Not here today.

  12. says

    “And yeah, this is hit and run. I have no desire to return and be told “your skin is too thin,” or “can’t you take a joke?” or “Oh, but this isn’t a gendered insult in England!) There’s been a little too much of that going on in the blogosphere of late. Most of the time, FTB is safe. Not here today.”

    Dear Susan Kinnard:

    Please get over yourself.

    If you’ve been coming here for over a year then you know fucking well that I and some other people that are regular commentors do not really adhere to any particular set of rules.

    If this is the first time that you’ve been moved to say something then you haven’t been reading enough. And if this was enough to make you quit coming then I’d have to say that you are, indeed, thinskinned. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion but nobody is entitled to making anyone else accept that their opinion is the only one that is valid.

  13. raven says

    Susan Krinard:

    democommie@12, that last was just a bit close to the wall. Well done.

    Ah, yes. Very clever. “Close to the Wall” Har har. Niggre. Wetbcka. “Close to the Wall.”

    WTF??? This is just plain fruitbat incoherent.

    My best guess is that Suan Krinard is a fundie xian death cultist who idolizes Sarah Palin for reasons she probably can’t explain to normal people. But maybe I’m wrong.

    Susan, it is an open forum. What is so good about Sarah Palin?

    I found her ignorant, genuinely dumb, hypocritical, and a member of a creepy Oogedy Boogedy religious cult.

    In terms of Rick Satanorum units, I’d give her a .9. She lost a few tenths of a unit for not being quite as hypocritical but gained a few for being equally as intellectually bankrupt but more incoherent about it. At least Satanorum can construct a grammatically coherent flat out lie.

  14. says

    It tells you all you kneed to know about the conservative movement that Sarah Palin, a woman whose appeal was entirely superficial and was proven an idiot every time she opened her mouth about policy, became a multimillionaire superstar and in the process declared herself the victim. Seriously, this is fail to the third power.

  15. Michael Heath says

    Area Man,

    While I despise Sarah Palin, she was repeatedly vilified in the press. Of course she earned such vilification, but imagine you’re her dad. On the one hand you’d most likely be ashamed a progeny of yours possesses her qualities, on the other the ridicule heaped on her has to hurt. But again, she earned most of that ire where it’s naturally going to weigh heavily on most people, the Donald and Rush Limbaugh excepted.

  16. says

    My best guess is that Suan Krinard is a fundie xian death cultist who idolizes Sarah Palin for reasons she probably can’t explain to normal people. But maybe I’m wrong.

    She was objecting to the oblique reference to sexist language. I’m sure any of the Pharyngula regulars could explain where she’s coming from. Does that make them “fundie xian death cultists”?

  17. dingojack says

    Nathaniel Frein – Re-read the part of the post you quoted.

    a) What are the first four words? What does this phrase mean?
    b) What are the last four words? What does this phrase mean?

    Dingo

  18. says

    Nathaniel Frein:

    I wrote it, I did not view it as being “oblique”.

    I do not go to Pharyngula for a number of reasons but that blog or any other that is hosting comments can, of course, dictate what is allowed in the threads. If Ed Brayton thinks something is over the line he will remove it, he’s done so with a comment or two of mine in the past.

    Going to public, largely unmoderated forums–or to echo chambers–will usually result in seeing, hearing things that one might find objectionable. When I find a forum like that I don’t go back–absent a good reason. I don’t waste my time trying to change other people and I appreciate that most of them reciprocate.

    I can live with being called names. I can live with people thinking my language is beyond the pale.

    It is apparent from her one and only comment that Susan Krinard is VERY upset about the use of a term (or a near approximation thereof) that she deems so offensive that it requires her NEVER coming here again. She’s gonna miss out on a lot of spirited discourse and some genuinely funny shit–her loss.

  19. Michael Heath says

    democommie writes:

    Are you aware of the OTHER Palin sibling who’s out to get his 15 minutes?

    I didn’t know he existed until you refer and link to him. I read his blog post on gun control; it was incoherent and dishonest – I didn’t expect any better.

    As the son of a hunter safety instructor, I laughed heartedly at Chuck Jr.’s assertion that he and Sarah were taught gun safety. Attempts to teach such practices perhaps; but the video from Ms. Palin’s so-called reality TV show of her shooting IIRC, a caribou, revealed that her instructor, if one even exists, failed spectacularly at insuring those lessons resulted in her properly handling guns.

    What we instead observed was:
    a) someone (Sarah Palin) incapable of properly handling guns,
    b) no appreciation for the threat they pose and
    c) no regard for her responsibilities when it came to harvesting game.

    I consider myself at best a mediocre hunter, and I’ve yet to miss a deer or larger once. I’ve also never had to take a second shot to kill an animal I previously wounded. “One shot, one kill” demands we don’t fire unless we know we’re capable of the opportunity presented and have a very high confidence our shot will be the only needed shot to kill the animal in our sights (and if we did miss, we don’t threaten anyone else’s life).

    Ms. Palin on the other hand was waving her gun all over the place and cavalierly blasting away – and that was on frickin’ TV as if that revealed her competence. All that demonstrated was she doesn’t even know what she doesn’t know, which is par for the course with her. For those who haven’t seen the video, Ms. Palin required several shots to hit and kill her target, prior to that she repeatedly threatened the safety of the other two people with her, who also demonstrated a lack of gun safety skills in that same video.

    Now having trashed my own hunting skills, we thoroughly enjoyed venison fajitas this past weekend from a deer I harvested, i.e., killed. (I typically use the sirloin tips for fajitas and stir fry).

  20. says

    I do not go to Pharyngula for a number of reasons but that blog or any other that is hosting comments can, of course, dictate what is allowed in the threads. If Ed Brayton thinks something is over the line he will remove it, he’s done so with a comment or two of mine in the past.

    That was entirely not my point. I was not responding to you. I was responding to raven’s comment that Susan Krinard was a “fundie xian death cultist”. I was pointing out that Susan Krindard’s views, as expressed in her post (which had solely to do with the acronym KUTN” and how in her estimation raven found it amusing that by swapping the “T” and the “N” you get a very naughty word) are shared by a great many other people, a good cross-selection of whom can be found on a very easy to access blog just a click away from the one on which raven was commenting, none of whom can be objectively called “fundie xian death cultists”.

  21. says

    Nathaniel Frein:

    My apologies, my comment @ contained an inadvertent transposition in both the term and the acronym. I totally meant that to read, “Kardashian Units Nationally Televised”. I was not aiming for subtlety.

    You may have noticed, or not, that I did not choose to disparage Susan Krinard with any terms, “gendered” or otherwise. I note that she does not like the term with which she compared KUTN. I have no doubt that she would like KUNT even less.

    A LOT of people dislike a LOT of words that are INTENDED by the user to be INSULTING to a particular person/group. If persons who are not the target of the insult choose to be insulted, that is their option.

    Michael Heath:

    Yeah, I thought that you might get a kick out of the Chuckster.

    I have a HS classmate who used to hunt pheasant and put them in the freezer. The day after Thanksgiving (back when the Nebraska Bug Eaters and Oklahoma Sooners still had a rivalry) he would have pheasant burritos at his bar.

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