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The Price of Palin: $15 per Word Spoken During FOX Contract
Smart Politics ^ | January 28, 2013 | Eric Ostermeier

Posted on 01/28/2013 1:16:16 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Sarah Palin uttered more than 189,000 words over 150 appearances on various FOX broadcasts during her three years as an analyst at the network, or $15.85 per word

With the three-year contract now expired between FOX News and Sarah Palin, there is a wealth of commentary made by the former Alaska Governor and GOP Vice-Presidential nominee to dissect.

Palin, who was paid a reported $1 million per year as a contributor to FOX since mid-January 2010 when FOX announced her signing, may not have made quite the splash her employers had hoped during this three-year period, and would, on occasion go weeks between appearances.

So, did the network get their money's worth?

A Smart Politics review of the more than 150 FOX broadcasts in which Sarah Palin appeared as a paid commentator from 2010 through 2012 finds that she spoke 189,221 words on air during this span, for an average pay rate of $15.85 per word.

Palin appeared on the network in studio, by satellite, by telephone, or in a pre-taped interview an average of once every 7.2 days during this three-year period, with the vast majority of those coming on two particular programs.

Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren both interviewed Palin 55 times, combining for nearly three-quarters of her appearances on the network over the last 36 months. (Note: the latter total includes interviews by Griff Jenkins and guest host Martha McCallum on Van Susteren's On the Record program).

Though the number of appearances were equal, Palin spent a bit more time in the 9 pm EST slot, delivering 72,986 words on Hannity compared to 67,987 words while on On The Record with Van Susteren.

Overall, 74.4 percent of the words Palin delivered during her political analysis occurred on these two programs...

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.lib.umn.edu ...


TOPICS: Education; Politics; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: foxnews; minnesota; palin; sarahpalin
This is from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs, so your tax dollars funded this important study. Think about that when you "enjoy" your store-brand macaroni and cheese and dollar hot dogs.
1 posted on 01/28/2013 1:16:25 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I pray that you are kidding. Yet another useless endeavor by public education.


2 posted on 01/28/2013 1:22:21 PM PST by woweeitsme
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only time I tune in, since Beck left, is to listen to Palin from time to time.


3 posted on 01/28/2013 1:26:08 PM PST by marron
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I sure hope the people at “Smart” Politics aren't paid by the number of brain cells they possess.
4 posted on 01/28/2013 1:27:37 PM PST by Obadiah (We must commit to remove every Senate Blue-dog Democrat from office in 2014!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Did the network get its monies worth they ask, but then they prove to us only how trivial they can be counting the number of times she said “you betcha”, “heck”, “darn”, and the likes, and tallying up how much each word cost Fox.

After reading this article I wonder if Fox did get what they paid for. I’d say having her on board even a handful of times more than paid for her contract in viewer attendance they wouldn’t have had otherwise.


5 posted on 01/28/2013 1:27:37 PM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The commie Dems and commie RINOs would have paid Billions to keep Palin from running for President, or even fully stepping in to directly support or oppose some other candidates.

They got their money's worth.

6 posted on 01/28/2013 1:34:29 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What Palin made on fox is chicken feed compared to what the average dim senator/rep makes in political graft.

At least Palin’s contract was made between her and a private entity.

We have no choice in making Feinstein, Reid and Bohner rich.


7 posted on 01/28/2013 1:34:29 PM PST by GraceG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

LOL! Every time I think I couldn’t admire Sarah Palin more... ;)


8 posted on 01/28/2013 1:37:52 PM PST by Da Bilge Troll (Defeatism is not a winning strategy!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; GraceG; onyx; Abbeville Conservative; abigailsmybaby; afnamvet; alley cat; ...
So Now we are tallying up Sarah's Words Ping!?

I thought she was flameing out?

Oh Well its ONLY Tax Payers money, who cares about those Fools?

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!?!?


9 posted on 01/28/2013 1:42:31 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; GraceG; onyx; Abbeville Conservative; abigailsmybaby; afnamvet; alley cat; ...
So Now we are tallying up Sarah's Words Ping!?

I thought she was flameing out?

Oh Well its ONLY Tax Payers money, who cares about those Fools?

WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE!?!?


10 posted on 01/28/2013 1:43:37 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I can’t imagine anyone getting 67,000 words in on Hannity—give the woman aperformance bonus!


11 posted on 01/28/2013 1:44:01 PM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wish I could get a gig like that with FOX.


12 posted on 01/28/2013 1:45:52 PM PST by miserare
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Is this where our tax dollars are going to..did they seriously count every single word coming out of her mouth to see how much she gets paid her word..just when you think leftists have sunk to the lowest they always find a way to surprise me.


13 posted on 01/28/2013 1:45:52 PM PST by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 9YearLurker

You mean other than the RINO hacks and libs he introduces as his “good friends”.


14 posted on 01/28/2013 1:47:50 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m sure those grad students who had to wade thru all of that tape and count up the words have since gotten their diplomas and moved to Washington, DC, where they will soon have cushy, plumb jobs telling you and me how to run our lives.


15 posted on 01/28/2013 1:53:19 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: KC_Lion

Libs and nut jobs are getting a little antsy about Sarah again, love the smell of fear on them.


16 posted on 01/28/2013 1:54:18 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin......Nuff said.)
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To: KC_Lion

17 posted on 01/28/2013 1:56:06 PM PST by MestaMachine (Sometimes the smartest man in the room is standing in the midst of imbeciles.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Sarah Palin uttered more than 189,000 words over 150 appearances on various FOX broadcasts during her three years as an analyst at the network, or $15.85 per word

Her contracts were renegotiated and amended in early 2012, when her agents negotiated an extra $2. per word if she wore low cut tops or short skirts during on-air or prerecorded interviews.

18 posted on 01/28/2013 1:59:35 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: miserare
Run for statewide office, win, govern effectively, get picked as the VP nominee and you just might.
19 posted on 01/28/2013 2:02:04 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: KC_Lion

You gotta be effing kidding me. How many times did she smile? Blink? Laugh? Wear red, blue, green, purple? Hair up or down?

Talk about living under a microscope ... she deserves every damn penny she makes.


20 posted on 01/28/2013 2:03:19 PM PST by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

WTF? Seriously...WTF? I have looked several times, and I do not see ‘John Semmens’ or ‘satire’ attached to this anywhere...


21 posted on 01/28/2013 2:04:14 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: MestaMachine; The Cajun; onyx; 3D-JOY
The Repubs and Rats are so afraid of her its beautiful.

We are blessed to have such Great FReepers be her supporters :)

She also drives the PDS Freepers nuts too, like the ones above me and thats funny too.


22 posted on 01/28/2013 2:05:00 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: who knows what evil?

She’s been living in their heads, rent free, since 2008. Don’t look at what they say, look at what they do. The two major newspapers in this country not only flew crews of reporters to Alaska to dive into her private e-mails, they “crowd-sourced” their readers to help them. Remember that?


23 posted on 01/28/2013 2:10:36 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Sure do.


24 posted on 01/28/2013 2:18:08 PM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: who knows what evil?

I just did a quick calculation and it seems the debt increases by over $60B every time Obama plays golf.


25 posted on 01/28/2013 2:21:32 PM PST by sand88
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To: KC_Lion

Boy for someone so irrelevant she certainly lives rent free in their heads.


26 posted on 01/28/2013 2:56:56 PM PST by Marathoner (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Marathoner

If she is irrelevant, why are you here?
(say to a commenter who says she’s irrelevant)

My favorite:
A worthless target attract no fire.


27 posted on 01/28/2013 3:06:25 PM PST by bicyclerepair (toodamtall1@yahoo.com)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Jealousy is a terrible thing.
I'm sorry the people from the HSPA are so agitated to realize that Sarah Palin makes around 1800% more per word than they have ever earned, and she always will.
And Sarah worked and earned her salary in a voluntary agreement, not using the tax power of the government to take from all and give to some cronies.
TWB
28 posted on 01/28/2013 3:11:54 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Jealousy is a terrible thing.
I'm sorry the people from the HSPA are so agitated to realize that Sarah Palin makes around 1800% more per word than they have ever earned, and she always will.
And Sarah worked and earned her salary in a voluntary agreement, not using the tax power of the government to take from all and give to some cronies.
TWB
29 posted on 01/28/2013 3:12:29 PM PST by TWhiteBear (Sarah Palin...The Flame of the North)
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To: TWhiteBear; bicyclerepair
Boy for someone so irrelevant she certainly lives rent free in their heads.


30 posted on 01/28/2013 3:49:31 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: TWhiteBear; bicyclerepair; Marathoner
Boy for someone so irrelevant she certainly lives rent free in their heads.


31 posted on 01/28/2013 3:49:54 PM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: woweeitsme
Well there you go, public edu thinks it's the quantity of words spoken that determine how important the thoughts are and how worthy they are. So now we know why those MSM talking heads blather on and on, it's to justify their salaries. I can think of a few quotes that weren't wordy but will always be remembered:

“Nuts”
“Come And Take It”
“Come quickly Mr. Watson”

It doesn't take a lot of words to make sense.

32 posted on 01/28/2013 5:37:29 PM PST by pepperdog ( I still get a thrill up my leg when spell check doesn't recognize the name/word Obama!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Why all the ranting over Palin again, do they fear her in 2016?


33 posted on 01/28/2013 10:09:53 PM PST by MaxMax
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