Fox News has finally cut ties with Sarah Palin after three years of often contentious interactions during her contract.
For a long time after the McCain-Palin failed bid for president, Fox News was a friendly platform for Palin to go when she wanted to complain about how victimized and misunderstood she was by the media and liberals in general.
However, once Palin was signed to Fox as an “analyst,” it didn’t take long for her lack of “team player” mentality to come out, which was predominately revealed in two books and the award-winning movie based on those books called, “Game Change.”
As previously reported, there was a reason the McCain campaign would not allow Palin to respond unscripted to press questions -- because they quickly realized how woefully unqualified she was for the position of being a heartbeat away from the presidency. During the campaign, Palin often refused to study the most basic essentials in preparation for interviews and attempts at tutoring her were like trying to educate a bowling ball. Palin allegedly did better when she was tasked with memorizing information, like she was preparing to act in a play.
After the news was released on Friday that Fox and Palin would be parting ways, insiders said that contract negotiations failed, without specifics, but Palin’s one million dollar a year agreement was not renewed and the press got the standard “it’s all amicable” message.
According to the New York Times, Bill Shine, an executive vice president at Fox, confirmed in a statement that Sarah Palin will no longer be employed by Fox.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors,” he wrote.
No public word from Palin has emerged so far, not even on her Facebook page, which has been her own freewheeling cyber-podium to express her feelings on any issue. Most notable was last year, when she took to the social media network to complain about Fox’s decision to cancel her appearances at the 2012 Republican National Convention.
PolitucusUSA reported the writing has been on the wall since Palin ignored the advice of Roger Ailes and made the blood libel video after the Gabby Giffords shooting. The last straw seemed to be when she played coy so long about her plans for a 2012 presidential run and after she had milked the attention for as long she could, Palin withdrew her name for consideration. It seemed the reason Fox hired her was so they could cash in on her potential run in 2012, but what the execs at Fox never anticipated was how perfectly inept Sarah Palin was at being Sarah Palin.
Nonetheless, the Republican Party has been trying to rebrand itself after their bruising loss to President Obama and some members of the Party are getting brutally honest in their assessment of what went wrong.
“We’ve got to stop being the stupid party. It’s time for a new Republican Party that talks like adults,” Bobby Jindal, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, said Friday at a Republican National Committee conference. “We had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive and bizarre comments. I’m here to say we’ve had enough of that.”
Critics of Sarah Palin would say that her star has been on the decline for years and would agree that it is primarily because she has said some incredibly “offensive and bizarre” things, which hasn’t helped the increasingly stubborn, intolerant and abstruse image of the GOP.
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