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Monday, January 11, 2010

Another Job She Can Quit

But will she?

When you get an invitation to move in with your boyfriend/girlfriend and don't have to pay rent it's a pretty sure thing you won't want to leave right away.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel. The network confirmed that Ms. Palin will appear on the network’s programming on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ms. Palin will not have her own regular program, one person familiar with the deal said, though she will host an occasional series that will run on the network from time to time. This person would not elaborate, but the network does have a precedent for such a series. Oliver L. North is the host of an occasionally running documentary series on the military called “War Stories.”

Many suspected that when Ms. Palin retired as the governor of Alaska last summer she was doing so to pursue some sort of career in television. The Fox News deal, however, would not seem to be all encompassing, and would appear to give her room for other pursuits, as well.

As predictable as this is, the question should be asked - is this really what Fox"News" wants? Sure, right now this is great for them. They get another player on the team that isn't afraid to misinform, distort, and blatantly lie on national television, but they are also getting a lot of baggage with Palin.

She is an unblushing supporter of the tea-bagger movement and is known for her fringe rhetoric. It's going to be a lot more difficult for Fox"News" to claim they are fair and balanced with Palin now officially on the payroll. Moreover, the ability for the network to keep a tight leash on her should make some producers and co-workers rather nervous too. The alleged "zero tolerance" policy for on-air mistakes is most certainly going to be put to the test, considering Palin's penchant for "going rogue".

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