Sarah Palin, 49, said she's "pleased and proud to be rejoining Roger Ailes and the great people at Fox." Fox and Palin parted ways in January 2013 after she had worked there for three years as a contributor but reportedly butted heads with Ailes. Palin was the rarest of Fox News pundits from the beginning, one who refused to march in lockstep with the network's orders… vintage Sarah!
By Marion Algier – AskMarion
Now, less than half a year after they decided to part ways, Sarah Palin has rejoined the Fox News Channel as an analyst.
The former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate has signed on as a contributor to Fox and the Fox Business Network. Her first appearance back will be (was) Monday, 06.17.13 on the morning show "Fox & Friends." (See below)
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who said he has had several conversations with Palin over the past few weeks about her returning said:
"I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind."
Palin said that "the power of Fox News is unparalleled and that the role of Fox News in the important debates in our world is indispensable."
Palin originally joined Fox with much fanfare in 2010, less than two years after her vice presidential run with McCain, when she was being talked about as a strong 2012 presidential contender, signing for a reported $1 million a year.
In September 2008, Sarah Palin secretly met with Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes during her campaign tour through New York, a stop which included a friendly chit-chat with Henry Kissinger and a not-so-friendly chit-chat with Katie Couric. The private sit-down was a chance for Ailes and Palin to get to know each other. Ailes, who has said, "I never did focus groups on any talent I put on the air. It was all done out of my gut," spotted something early in the former Alaska Governor. "Say what you will, she hit a home run," he told Fox News executives after her electrifying convention speech at the Xcel Energy Center.
Terms of Sarah’s new contract have not been disclosed, but it is unlikely to be quite as lucrative as the first time around. But then again, Fox and Ailes may be hedging their bets. Fox stayed publicly positive when Palin’s departure was announced in January, with network executive Bill Shine officially saying that "we have thoroughly enjoyed our association" with Sarah… even though he had previously called her dumb in an interview with NY Magazine. Those who know Sarah, have heard her speak (especially live) and who follow Palin would say she is, “charismatic and certainly ‘not’ dumb… or perhaps ‘Dumb like a Fox’”… no pun intended.
There were signs of tension in Fox's relationship with Palin all along, but when she announced she would not be a presidential candidate in 2012 on Mark Levin’s radio show instead of on Fox, which was paying her to be a contributor, they were not happy and it only worsened their relationship. Shine placed a call to Palin's rep Bob Barnett and warned him she was at risk of being "benched." After that, Palin was (purposely) overshadowed at Fox during the 2012 campaign by analyst Karl Rove, who was one of Sarah’s biggest critics on the right. Palin’s ‘tea party message’, meaning standing up for the people and the truth, attracted the ire of GOP establishment honchos like Karl Rove, who before the 2010 mid-terms reportedly complained to Ailes that Palin was damaging to the ‘GOP brand’ and was getting too much air time.
Money may have also been a factor leading up to the Palin-Fox split. Palin was signed for the reported $1 million a year when she originally joined Fox less than two years after being McCain's running mate and possible future GOP presidential candidate in 2012, which did not materialize. Having taken herself out of the presidential sweepstakes caused her value to the to network plummet.
However, as time passes and situations change, one never knows what is in Sarah Palin’s future, especially as the negative news of scandals and cover-ups allegedly involving Obama, his administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continue to surface. Plus many of the reports, accusations and fabricated mis-steps for which Sarah was doubted and criticized have been proven to be just that… false and ‘fabricated’. Sarah Palin has surfaced as the winner and has been proven to be right and victorious in virtually all of the created contention and mis-information. There could still be a senatorial or presidential run (or both) in her future. Palin’s nickname in political circles is ‘Kingmaker’ and her speeches always rock the house… as did her vice-presidential acceptance speech at the GOP Convention in 2008… See Flashback here of media reviews of Governor Palin’s 2008 RNC Speech. Let us remember that because of Sarah Palin, the McCain-Palin Ticket was leading until McCain foolishly decided to suspend his campaigning for a few days to go back to D.C. to get involved in the bailout talks. Palin is and was golden on the campaign trail and almost every Palin facebook post since instantly goes viral.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has praised Palin for her fearlessness and being instrumental in electing senators such as Rand Paul, Pat Toomey, Jeff Flake, Deb Fischer, Marco Rubio, and himself (Cruz), plus governors like Nikki Haley of South Carolina; the ‘Palin Effect’. Sarah left Fox warning she was Loaded for Bear for the upcoming elections (2014 and 2016) and has vowed to shake up the GOP machine as well as the Progressive left.
One day after the 2012 Election, in a poll taken by Greta Van Susteran, 41.9% of Republicans considered Governor Sarah Palin the leader of their party. No one else came anywhere near that percentage in the polling. And in December 2012, with sparks flying on both sides, Fox News spokesperson Brian Lewis said "we look forward to having a long and beneficial relationship with the Governor." Looks like he knew what he was talking about and everybody just needed a bit of a time out!?! Four months obviously proved long enough…
Palin’s return to Fox on Monday is (was) an attention-getting event that will come during the time slot that CNN is debuting its new morning show with a lot of fanfare. This will be the second time in a year that Palin will be used as ammunition in a television morning show competition.
Last year when NBC's "Today" show was locked in a fierce ratings struggle with ABC's "Good Morning America," Palin was a one-day guest host on the “Today” show which enabled NBC to win that day and week in the ratings. Palin not only won the ratings war for NBC, but WON over her nemesis Katie Couric, on that Day One of the Morning Network ratings war.
Like her or not… Sarah Palin has super star-power and she creates ratings and news, good and bad, whenever she appears. There is a sense of poetic justice to having Palin win the One Day media war over Couric and ultimately help NBC win the morning media war for the week, as well as be part of the media ranks in general after the mainstream media (MSM), beginning with CFR-darling Katie Couric, and other left-wing jour’NO’lists colluded and declared an all out war against her when they all caught Palin Derangement Syndrome that somehow has managed to continue on to this day. But that might be changing… people are waking up, to Obama’s lies and Palin’s honesty and wisdom, plus the media is less enamored with Obama since, after being his lap dogs, it has turned out that Team Obama spied on them just like on average Americans, anyway.
Political activist and Tea Party favorite and soloist Lloyd Marcus said, “The Gladiator Sarah Palin: We Need(ed) You Back in the Arena”
Update: She’s back… Sarah Palin made her return debut on Fox and Friends co-hosting with Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade and Megyn Kelly:
Sarah rocked the Fox and Friends house on her first morning back, even though some thought she was a little bit subdued… for Sarah, not to worry; knowing Sarah it won’t be for long before she is inspiring conservatives and scaring liberals every time she appears. Palin was in full swing at the the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. Palin’s best line came at the start of the Fox and Friends program, when they showed a clip of her speech from over the weekend at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference (See in full below) reminding us just how much we missed her… and need her!
Congress should “put themselves on Ted Cruz control for a week," said Palin.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), was a phone-in guest, which was how they played that bit, and note her comment that the US should “let Allah sort it out” in Syria, instead of ramping up military aid to Syrian rebels.
Palin talked a bit about her upcoming Christmas book, Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas, which she described as a legal how to primer to “pushing back on the politically correct who would try to take the Christ out of Christmas," but also a “festive and jolly” book with recipes. Seems she and Governor Perry of Texas are both getting an early jump on ‘the war on Christmas’.
Sarah then spent a lot of time conflating the IRS scandal, in which agency officials vetting applications for nonprofit 501(c)(4) status singled out politically and religiously conservative groups for special scrutiny, and recent revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) captures the communications data of Americans.
“This is one big ball of wax of a big, overgrown government that has gotten out of control and the people have had enough”, said the former Alaskan governor.
Palin appeared to agree with fellow tea party favorite Senator Rand Paul, (R-KY) in regard to NSA leaker and self-described whistleblower Edward Snowden, observing at one point that “nothing will ever be the same for this man,” and also saying, “I think that the issue here again is that government is so large and so intrusive in all aspects of life that we need more revelations; we need more truth about what our administration is doing."
She’ll certainly ramp things up in appearances to come with utterances liberals will find outrageous and that Tea Party members and Constitutionalists in general will love… as she did at the Faith and Freedom Coalition Annual Conference!