On Thursday, Jan. 24th I posted the notice that Fox had not renewed Sarah Palin’s contract. I explained how and from whom I confirmed the fact that she was no longer employed by Fox.
People commenting on the post confirmed that there were people talking about the post at Conservatives4Palin. When someone comes to my blog, and reads a particular article, I can tell from the information provided by WordPress, where the person came from. If it is a blog, like Conservatives4Palin , I can tell that they are coming from that blog. Not only did I get confirmation from readers like “Star” “Njfan” and “jinky”, but I could tell from the referral information that people from conservatives4palin were coming to my site. I had about 30 people reading from that blog. Thus it was a matter of time before Sarah Palin would try to do damage control. We predicted she would try to pretend that this was her decision. We were not disappointed.
Yesterday, Friday, the Daily Beast reported on the departure of Palin from Fox. I was glad the news got out and the Daily Beast was one of the sources I had previously sent a link to,… on Thursday. I was disappointed that they didn’t report the original source of the information, but I was glad they were getting the word out. The funny thing is that in their report they explained:
“A friendly announcement was planned for Friday, but a source close to Palin leaked the news in the afternoon to Real Clear Politics, saying the former Alaska governor “decided not to renew the arrangement” and “remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism”
Real Clear Politics made this report:
“…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.”
Bill Shine, Executive Vice President at FOX, subsequently issued a statement to the New York Times confirming the news, saying, “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
The reason timing, and method of the announcement is important is that it tells us that it was not really Palin’s decision. To suggest that a “source close to Palin leaked the news” is incorrect. The “news” was provided initially by the Fox switchboard operator, simply saying that Palin was no longer at Fox. It was AFTER that the a Palin aide “leaked” the information that Palin was not going to renew her contract. Nothing has been “leaked” about the terms of any contract she was supposedly offered at Fox. For example the alleged contract could have been that:
1. Sarah could appear on the News if she paid Fox $1,000,000 per year.
2. Sarah could continue to work for Fox, if Todd provided entertainment for Roger Ailies every Sat. night for the next year.
3. Sarah could continue to work for Fox if she wouldn’t speak, and if she promised never to wear wigs again.
4. Sarah could continue to work for Fox so long as the Alaska Film Office subsidized the show.
5. Sarah could continue to work at Fox so long as the Anchorage Police Department issued press releases before every show.
6. Sarah could continue to work for Fox so long as she let Trig do the talking.
7. Sarah could continue to work for Fox provided that she doesn’t talk about:
a. The American Revolution
b. Newt Gingrich
c. Building Dikes
d. Anybody’s balls
e. Any bastards, corrupt or otherwise
f. Waving at anybody
h. North Korea
i. South Korea
j. Anywhere is the Koreas
k. Anywhere is Africa
l. Anybody’s big stick
o. Teen Pregnancy
q. The Anchorage Police
r. David Chaney
s. The Secret Service
t. Homeland Security
v. “mainstream media’
w. Blood libel
y. Assault weapons
aa. Anybody who is limp or impotent
bb. Any family vacations
cc. Any motorcycle rides
hh. Special needs children
ii. Taco Bell
jj. Diet Dr. Pepper
kk. Tanning beds
ll. Dancing with the Stars
oo. Time magazine
pp. Rick Perry
qq. The Bridge to Nowhere
ss. Common sense or Ronald Reagan and where he went to school.