It was January of 2010 that Sarah Palin was hired by Fox News as a contributor. It appeared a match made in heaven. Fox News didn’t seem to care what she said. They simply enjoyed the ratings. Just one example of the ridiculous nature of Palin’s contributions was her recommendation of building dikes to solve the Gulf Oil Spill.
Over a three year period, Palin hauled in 3 Million Dollars. During her tenure, Palin appeared on various Fox broadcasts a little more than 150 times and spoke 189,221 words. That averages out to a grand total of $15.85 per word. Roger Ailes didn’t even pretend to have hired Sarah Palin for anything other than her looks...which seems to have been the criteria Ailes used to hire all of his women.
In August of 2013, after Palin was faced with non-renewal of her contract she went groveling back to Fox News, because “she realized that without Fox she was nothing.” She had to take a 75″% cut in pay to return. Some thought she was being over-paid by 25%.
In June of 2015 it was announced that Fox wasn’t going to renew even that minimal salary.
While Palin was at Fox, it became apparent why Fox and Palin were a good fit. Palin and Fox had so much in common.
Since 2004 Fox, and Bill O’Reilly in particular, had been accused of sexual harassment in the work place. Yet that didn’t stop Fox from keeping O’Reilly on and it didn’t cause Palin to refuse the offer to become associated with Fox. O’Reilly continued to be the most popular anchor for Fox, bringing in $100 Million a year.
Last weekend, The New York Times revealed that Fox and its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, have paid out roughly $13 million to settle complaints that O’Reilly mistreated (in four cases sexually harassed) five women. This news unleashed a torrent of blue chip advertisers fleeing “The O’Reilly Factor” – to date, close to 50 companies have pulled their ads.
Fox has also been sued for racial discrimination by three different claimants.
Palin has disparaged women. She has frequently shown herself to be a bigot too.
Those comments marked Palin’s final appearance on the network as a paid political analyst.
Who could forget then-Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes being pressured into resigning from the company after former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct on the part of Ailes.
Fox News and Ailes denied the allegations at the time. However the $20Million Dollar settlement told the real story. President Trump, the pussy grabber in chief, described O’Reilly as a “good person.”
O’Reilly has been known to exhibit rude insolent behavior.
Sarah Palin has done the same.
As we reflect over the past 8 years it is clear that both Fox news and Sarah Palin have been hateful bigots. Sarah and Fox News are both bad for women. Sarah is an embarrassment to women because of her lack of intelligence, and her unprofessional behavior. Fox represents a company that exploits women and uses women for the pleasure of their male executives. Both Todd Palin and Fox news used and exploited women. Sarah participated in the exploitation and profited from it.