Last week, Fox News announced that it had signed on one of politics' biggest names, Sarah Palin, to become a contributor. The author, former governor and Republican vice presidential nominee signed what is being called a "multi-year contract" that will give her the opportunity to offer political analysis and commentary on the Fox News Channel, as well as other Fox media outlets, including Fox Business Channel, Fox News Radio, and FoxNews.com, and she will be given the chance to participate in special political programming. She will also host episodes of "Real American Stories," which, according to the news channel, will feature "a series exploring inspirational real-life tales of overcoming adversity throughout the American landscape that will debut in 2010."
"Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup," said Bill Shine, Fox News' executive vice president of programming.
In a written statement, Palin said, "I am thrilled to be joining the great talent and management team at Fox News. It's wonderful to be part of a place that so values fair and balanced news."
Of course, the move has not been without criticism. The usual suspects on the left have made their "stupid" comments. In the words of NBC's Chris Matthews, "How can Palin be a pundit when she doesn't know anything."
Even some prominent Republicans say Palin is more interested in making money than ever running for office again. But one Palin confidant and former co-chair of John McCain's presidential campaign, Fred Malek, says this is not the case, "She wants to continue making her views known and her voice heard. It doesn't have anything to do with a political strategy in the future," he told the New York Daily News.
This isn't Palin's first time working in the media. Before entering politics, she worked as a sportscaster for KTUU-TV and KTVA-TV in Anchorage, as well as working as a reporter for the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. Palin joins a host of other prominent conservatives who have signed on with Fox News, including Karl Rove, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee.
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