Sarah Palin, the former Governor of Alaska and Republican Vice Presidential candidate has more than “gone rogue.” She’s gone to FOX News as their newest News Commentator, as per an announcement by the news giant on Monday. On her status as FOX News’ newest addition, Palin said, “”It’s wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news.”
A multi-year deal struck with FOX will see Palin deliver political commentary and analysis on not just the news network, but FOX’s website, radio stations, and their business channel. Additionally, she will serve as an intermittent host on the new FOX television show, Real American Stories, a show focusing on average Americans (like “Joe Six-Pack,” perhaps?) who have overcome adversity.
Palin seems to be a logical fit for FOX News. The network that graces viewers with “fair and balanced coverage,” leans towards the Conservative viewpoint and Palin will undoubtedly deliver commentary with a Conservative spin. In addition to her political experience, Sarah Palin does have a journalistic background to bring to the table, although not neccessarily in “hard news.” She graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelors degree in Communications with her main focus on Journalism. After graduating, she worked as a sportscaster for Anchorage television stations, KTUU and KTVA. She also worked in print journalism as a sports reporter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman publication.
Just last year, Palin resigned as Governor of Alaska, following Republican Presidential candidate John McCain’s defeat for office in 2008. She received heavy flack for bailing on her position as Governor and the new book, Game Change by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin further criticize Palin’s inabilility to “do her homework” prior to the Vice Presidential debates as detrimental to John McCain’s bid for the Presidency.
Speculation as to what “Sarah Baracuda” would be doing following abandoning her political career was thrown around. Palin hinted that although she wasn’t considering running for the Republican party nomination for the 2012 Presidential election, she said that she probably would play a role in the election in some form or other. Looks like she’ll be the one interviewing President Obama and the Republican nominee in the years ahead.
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