Palin Makes Millions While Avoiding the “Shackles” of the Law


When Sarah Palin announced that if she jumped into the presidential race it might “shackle” her, most of us wondered how being the President might “shackle” anyone. However, we were focused on service as President and not the race for the presidency. With the article by Politico  this morning, it has become clear which “shackles” Palin was talking about.

As a Fox News Commentator, Palin has been paid millions of dollars to comment on Presidential candidates.. While being paid this outrageous salary to share her insight and wisdom, she has repeatedly attacked Mitt Romney and supported Newt Gingrich. For example she has criticized Romney, saying:

1. Conservatism is ‘subjective,’suggesting that Romney is not “conservative enough”: She explained that “You know, that’s subjective. … A lot of this has to do with somebody’s past … Were they pro-abortion before? And now perhaps they’re pro-life? And what allowed that switch? Kind of that flip flop?”(Feb. 15, “Fox & Friends”)

2. ‘Evolving’ conservatism

“I trust that his idea of conservatism is evolving … I base this on a pretty moderate past that he has had, even in some cases a liberal past. (Feb. 12, “Fox News Sunday”)

3. ‘Conservative quotient’

“It’s subjective when you try to measure someone’s conservative quotient.” (Feb. 15, “Fox & Friends”)

4. Bain claims

“Gov. Romney has claimed to have created a 100,000 jobs at Bain, and people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim and was it U.S. jobs created for United States citizens? … Nobody should be surprised that things about Bain Capital and maybe tax returns not being released yet and maybe some record not being as transparently provided to the public as voters deserve to see right now — don’t be surprised that that’s’ all coming out today.” (Jan. 11, Fox News)

5. ‘False narrative’

“I think that with again $17 million purchasing ads and in respects some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter just that bombardment of advertisements.” (Jan. 31, Fox News)

6. Why don’t they pick on Mitt?

Responding to Peggy Noonan labeling Gingrich a “little attack muffin”: “They maybe subscribe such characterization of Newt via words like that, but they don’t subscribe those to say Mitt Romney when he or his surrogates do the same thing.” (Jan. 26, Fox Business Network)

7. Christie’s got his ‘panties in a wad’

“Sometimes, if your candidate loses in just one step along this path, as was the case when Romney lost to Newt the other night — and, of course, Romney is Chris Christie’s guy — well, you kind of get your panties in a wad, and you may say things that you regret later.” (Jan. 24, Fox Business Network)

8. ‘Not convinced’

“I am not convinced and I don’t think the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced. He’s still in the 30th percentile… He hasn’t risen above that yet because we are not convinced.” (Feb. 12, “Fox News Sunday”).

Each one of these comments was made on Fox News.

In reality, Palin has been attacking Romney since at least June of 2011. . Sarah Palin has been careful not to “endorse” any candidate. Todd has. At the time it seemed funny that Todd Palin would endorse anyone. . However now it seems clear why Todd would endorse a candidate, but Sarah would not. It was a way to indicate who Sarah would support, without actually having to commit to endorsing any candidate. Once she officially “endorsed” a candidate, she might be perceived as campaigning for that candidate rather than simply being a Fox News Contributor. By having Todd endorse Gingrich, and then attacking Romney in Fox News broadcasts, Sarah Palin could continue to get paid millions of dollars to support the candidate of her choice. She must be glad she is not bound by the “shackles” of the law that require equal time for the candidates on national television.

The “equal time” rule requires any network to provide equal time to all candidates for political office. The exceptions to that rule include (1) regularly scheduled newscasts,  (2) news interviews shows, and (3) on-the-spot news events.There is also the “fairness doctrine” that requires television and radio stations to provide “balanced and fair” coverage of controversial issues.”

What  better place to voice her opinions than Fox News, which advertises themselves as the “fair and balanced” News show? Not only does Fox News provide Sarah Palin a platform to express her opinions of the Republican candidates, but they pay her millions to do so. Palin has discarded the “shackles” that would be imposed upon her by announcing her candidacy. She continues to share her support for Newt without having to pay for air time. What a great way to ensure her message gets out, without spending her precious money to do so, and in fact getting paid by Fox to subvert the “fairness doctrine” and the “equal time rule.”

16 thoughts on “Palin Makes Millions While Avoiding the “Shackles” of the Law

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  1. I am convinced that Fox News is a subsidiary of TheOnion.com, and that Sarah Palin is one of the greatest satirists in history.

    There really can be no other explanation.

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  2. Very well argued, Malia. I had not connected the dots between Todd’s endorsement (snicker) and Palin’s income from Faux Nooz. Wasn’t Ailes behind Santorum for a while? (so much for wanting FN to be more ‘centrist’) I do note in her language a lot of dancing around her criticism; there’s plenty of wiggle room so that if Romney wins the nomination, she’s not entirely ‘wrong.’ Unbeknownst to her, Romney has nothing but disdain for such a knucklehead. Check what Romney has said about her in the past; it’s as evasive as what she has said about him in the past few months. There’s no Cabinet post in her future.

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    1. BW,
      If Romney gets the nomination I think he is smart enough to have nothing to do with Sarah Palin. He won’t openly attack her as he wouldn’t want to alienate her supporters, but I’d be shocked if he gave her any position except chief trash collector.

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  3. Palin is still tossing out bait she may run implying she would sacrifice her self. She is a player keeping cards up her sleeve. It is hard to see through her smoke and mirrors. It will not surprise me she has angled for jumping in while continuing at Fox. Meanwhile she can bash Obama and run down the other candidates them walk in over them.

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    1. Rene,
      Imagine the possibility that she spends the year running down Mitt Romney, there is a brokered convention, and then she is nominated to run. Hence she uses Fox to promote herself, and guarantee she would get the nomination!

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      1. Malia,

        If Palin is using FOX to promote herself, wouldn’t that put FOX in a legal bind if she could sashay her way into the nomination at the convention?

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      2. Poached Medium,
        It SHOULD put Fox in a bind, but they will argue that she declared that she was NOT running, and if she should be the nominee as a result of a “brokered convention” they would say that she had not asked for this,but instead the people called out for her and she simply answered the call!

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  4. Palin’s mind is loose. I don’t know of another way to put it. She really has no precision and no specific sense in her expression of her thoughts, in her use of language and in how she forms her sentences. It is almost unbearable to try to understand what she means. I truly believe she is unable to think clearly.

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  5. Nothing would be more fitting and apt than seeing Palin in shackles and an orange pantsuit. Perhaps someone could sew up an orange, above the knee pencil skirt instead of the pants to make her feel more at home in her cell

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  6. Malia – O/T – The floodgates are finally bursting open on Santorum

    From 2007 through the first half of 2011, Santorum served on the board of directors of Universal Health Services, Inc. (UHS), one of the country’s largest hospital chains.

    “Securities and Exchange Commission filings, as of Feb. 28, 2011, UHS owned 25 acute care hospitals and 206 behavioral health centers located in 37 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Many of those facilities include or are classified as residential treatment centers (RTCs) — secure facilities charged with the difficult task of treating children with severe mental-health or behavioral issues, many of whom are living very much on the margins of society”

    “The Department of Justice is close to settling with UHS over allegations that it committed medicaid fraud in one of its RTCs. The DOJ settled a case with the company in 2009 for $27.5 million over allegations that it bribed doctors to get them to refer patients to hospitals in Texas. Various state authorities have penalized UHS facilities with serious sanctions, suspending their licenses and barring them from receiving Medicaid reimbursements. In several incidents, staff and patients have been implicated in criminal activity ranging from rape to homicide.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/rick-santorum-uhs-hospitals-patient-rights_n_1276403.html

    The link includes a series of stories on Santorum and the chain including two families of former UHS patients treated at the company’s RTCs voiced a common complaint — a feeling that their parental rights stopped at the facilities’ front doors.

    Also wonder how much $$ lined his pockets from being on this board — he who has brought the ‘death panels’ back to life once again in his stump speech spew.

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  7. I don’t know. Part of me thinks the Pitbull just likes a good messy fight, especially when she’s not in the pen getting chewed up but can sling mud and bark from the sidelines and get paid for it!

    Another part of me thinks she’s sicko enough she doesn’t want any of them to beat her Sambo because she wants to be the one, problem is, she’s afraid of failing.

    I don’t think she could compete with Obama without going off the deep end. There again, she knows she’d lose so she prefers to beat him up from the safety of Fox News and get paid for it!

    She didn’t like governing, talk about cramping her style…..what would she do with all that freakin security detail lookin over her shoulder, how could she control her small inner circle in the White House, loaded with staff. They’d be putting out fires constantly. She doesn’t want to be controlled in any way, or held responsible for anything she does.

    I think she really is all about the money, simple as that, easy work throwing mud and getting big bucks. Professional Pitbull flame thrower. I wonder just how many right wing behind the scene big wigs are paying her to bash Romney.

    Her buddy Franklin Graham was on tv defending Santorum’s attacks on President Obama’s faith. Newt doesn’t have a chance now with such low ratings, but I think the Pitbull and Santorum probably are not friends. I bet he’s too self righteous churchy to fall for Sarah’s flirty wiles, besides, she’s a career woman, who didn’t stay home to raise her kids and I bet he’s a bit judgmental about the whole Bristol teen pregnancy business. She’s not “squeaky clean enough for sanctimonious Santorum.

    BTW….. I read Babeu’s once Catholic father became a Evangelical preacher. No wonder he was afraid to come out of the closet. Bet that’s going over like a ton of bricks in the famdamily. Poor guy, he can’t have it both ways in the Republican party.

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