Skip to comments.Palin, Fox at odds in contract negotiations?
Posted on 08/31/2012 8:30:38 AM PDT by Hojczyk
One of the most curious developments at the Republican convention took place far away from the delegate floor. Two events appeared for a short time to be part of the same story: the announcement of the mystery speaker, and the sudden cancellation of Sarah Palins interviews on Fox News.
Palin, the Republican Partys previous VP nominee, would have provided some intriguing commentary on the night when her successor spoke, and so some myself included thought Palins spots must have been canceled because she had become a participant in this convention. When it became clear that Clint Eastwood had agreed to speak, it left many of us wondering exactly why Palins Fox appearances had been canceled at the time when she had the most value as a commentator.
New York Magazine reported yesterday that the cancellations were due to a power play in contract negotiations, and that Palin might find herself in search of a new platform:
Essentially, Palin and Fox are in the early stages of an elaborate contract negotiation. Palin earns roughly $1 million per year from Fox, making her the highest paid contributor at the network. Fox executives have been disappointed with her ratings; Palin has been disappointed by Foxs decision to not give her top billing on bookings. According to sources, the relationship at times has gotten so bad that much communication has been conducted via Palins husband Todd.
One thing is clear: Its risky for her to push the envelope too far. Fox has been a central pillar of Palins national reach since quitting the governorship, and without the networks platform, its unclear how she could maintain even her current, much-diminished level of visibility.
Palins Facebook outburst surely didnt endear her to Roger Ailes, who prizes message discipline and loyalty among his troops.
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No other cable net would even give her the time of day.
Perhaps she’ll pull a Glenn Beck and become a webcast.
What a load of crap! This is the person who can tweet or write a Facebook note and still get covered by every media outlet from Peoria to Pakistan, from Beijing to Bakersfield. She needs Fox News like a fish needs a unicycle. What a laff!!
I want a President who negotiates at least as hard with Vladimir Putin as she does with Fox News.
The ONLY time I watch Fox is when Sarah is on, how is that for ratings Roger Ailes.
Palin is a conservative and conservatism is being pushed aside once again for the moderates and RINOs. The Romney people don’t want her in the light because she will call out Mitt’s liberal leanings.
Boy you said it LibLieS. I stopped watching faux some time ago. Of course I watch none of the others. I just do my own research Online. Fox is just a tool of the GOP Elite. How you think we ended up with Romney and so many “conservatives” are rabid to elect him at any cost? Talk about lemmings over the cliff.
It would benefit Palin to distance herself from Fox News. Real conservatives do not watch Fox News anymore...it is mainly PhonyCons who watch.
What are you talking about? Piers Morgan immediately publicly invited her on his show that night!
The first night of the convention pulled about the same audience as in 2008, but Ryan’s night was down almost one half from Palin’s—20 million down from 37 million!
Ailes has been trying to figure out a painless way to dump Palin ever since Tucson. As Ed said, he can’t do it without incurring serious damage at Fox, as was demonstrated then other night when he had to put her back on after her FB post exposed what was going on.
She’s likely to have a rough go of it in the future because she complains about her treatment on Facebook whenever she has a disagreement with management. That’s not a smart thing to do if one wants to keep one’s job, and it doesn’t take an Einstein to see that.
Of course, she may be trying to get out of the Fox contract, but her FB behavior of the past few days will keep others from hiring a public complainer. Maybe she has no intention of staying in the commentary business?
FoxNews really lost me these past two years with its shift. The network used to practically be the default position on my tv-set, going back to when it first started around 1996. But wow, right after the 2010 mid-terms, they dropped all the Tea Party stories, and the border/illegals issue, started treating Palin like crap, then later went scorched-earth on Newt, and downplayed or ignored every ‘social conservative’ brushfire like homo-marriage. It was like a bloomin’ purge. And it coincided when Rove became a non-stop fixture.
Anyway, my viewership cratered, to put it mildly. I really have a very difficult time stomaching the channel nowadays, and probably only catch no more than 30-minutes a week. At most. A far, far cry from earlier days. Usually only take a look when I happen to run across an interview with someone I particularly like, such as Palin, Allen West, Michelle Malkin, and such. Otherwise, I steer clear.
Palin’s demeanor on FOX has been subdued for some time, seemingly
almost depressed. A million a year for that gets hard to justify. Flame away.
Sarah has been shut out and shut down, left unable to bring any breaking news to the table, no new insights particularly, no cutting edge analysis because she has been banished away from all the real action, left out of the political loop entirely, unable to chum with the pivotal players, the new and fresh faces. It follows that her energy would sag.
FOX has succeeded in making her a footnote and I think she realizes it.
I tend to agree with the author that without Fox, Palin will have a difficult time finding a national venue. Beck's thing has topped at about 200,000 viewers (down from his Fox high of 3.3m.
But I guess we won't know until or unless someone gives her a show. I do think she would be very effective in an Oprah-type format, but it would have to be more than just politics.
I've taken the liberty of forwarding your 'sound advice' < /sarc> to Sarah & Todd for their consideration.
I'm sure it will be appreciated.< /sarc>
Well, she created a bit of a stir just two weeks ago, when she brought up the topic of Biden being replaced, dominating the news cycle for two days, fanning the heat under the Dems. Even Obama was fed her quote on his ET interview and had to address it. So, she can still manage to mix things up and get the media in a tizzy.
Sarah, do not screw the pooch.
I say this with the most utmost respect for Palin: FOX had many more conservative voices on hand to assign interviews for — same time they can have Palin talking. Palin is contracted, while conservatives on the floor are not. She should’ve gone to the convention and did stuff in person, as she would get much, much more exposure.
If this is true, that contract won’t get renewed. Ailes will still have her on often, but nowhere as frequently as when she was contracted.
At one point, this has to be about the conservative platform instead of price. This was a multi million dollar deal, she gets $100k per speaking engagement, her kids are on or have their own reality TV shows... Plenty of exposure there.
She needs to move on to the next step of the plan and head the RNC. If she isn’t ready for that, then she seriously needs to make up with Ailes.
The real action is at Fox Business News! They love Sarah there! I NEVER turn to Fox News.
You must like being in the majority!!
I TiVo Fox with Palin's on but that's ALL I can stomach. Thank you 'fast forward'!!
As far as fox goes, they are very much left now. Watch a few dual interviews, one Republican and one Democrat, and the time allotted for each to speak. And watch how there is little or no effort to stop a left rat from speaking out of turn, dabbling on and on, or over the Republican. Something smell real rat here.
Why thanks! I didn’t know you knew them personally!
You do understand that the article is about her "negotiating' herself out of a job, don't you?
You know, in spite of your diatribe...true conservatives need Sarah more than Sarah needs us! I don’t think Sarah & Todd really need a phoney forum (like FOX) for their egos.
I thought she had rented a large venue near the convention for some surprise something or other? What happened with that?
One should never waste good advice, regardless of its source!
Never let it go to waste, just like a good crisis. And my advice = crisis!
I agree with you. I too, seldom watch FOX. FOX was the initial venue for a conservative voice to re-emerge among the catterwalling liberal monopoly, in place since the Cronkite days.
FOX is reading the moderate-liberal tea leaves, this turn going on now, by conservatives, who for the first time are going to cheerlead and vote and campaign breathlessly for a socialist at the top of their ticket.
This means FOX will oblige the newly compromised conservative trend, and they will have some conservative as a token talking head, but no one who will create any waves, who is willing to stay in a straight jacket in exchange for a million dollar pay check.
Who will that be? It won’t be Newt. He is a rock ribbed man of war who can’t be jacked with.
After your silly reply to Buckeye, I went to your page and was surprised at your hypocrisy. You probably should consider just lurking rather than post hate against a conservative icon.
I think you missed the point of what I was trying to say, but that’s okay.
When Roger Ailes builds a studio in your house and bends over backwards to accommodate your schedule because he admires and respects you, and you turn around and makes the disputes public... if this story is true and the numbers aren’t there, he is going seriously weigh his options.
Just explaining how it works. Media is a business. So I really hope Sarah has a next move here.
Huh? What show? the Alaska show? That was a totally different thing. I watched about two episodes then quit.
I tend to agree with the author that without Fox, Palin will have a difficult time finding a national venue. Beck’s thing has topped at about 200,000 viewers (down from his Fox high of 3.3m
Actually, Governor Palin would be more successful in a on-line format similar to Beck.
Beck peaked on his web show because while at Fox he became more RINO...especially attacking Birthers. Also, many in conservative media rightfully accuse him of plagarism
Palin does not have those negatives.
She would be best served leaving Fox...and do her own media. And, her past media experience would be of much better use than on Fraud News
If Romney wins, FOX will go right as much as they went left when Obama was elected.
That is how they think over there.
Not that will affect Shep or anything like that... :p
No appearances by Sarah, no tuning in by me.
I can’t add a thing to your on point post!
Well, if Palin has shown one thing it is she takes care of herself.
Like you... I used to have fox on 24/7 365... even in my business... I no longer watch any TV news except for local... and it is just awful too. I get my news from FR and foreign news outlets and oped pieces.
True, Tweeting gives her an audience but Fox gives her a $M payday..................
“Palin seems to be restricted to mostly repetition of what seems to me is standard talking points”
Are guests on the political talk shows required to talk only about subjects of the show’s choosing?