Palin, Fox at odds in contract negotiations?

posted at 10:01 am on August 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

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 Palin’s interviews on Fox News.  Palin, the Republican Party’s previous VP nominee, would have provided some intriguing commentary on the night when her successor spoke, and so some — myself included — thought Palin’s 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 Palin’s 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 Fox’s 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 Palin’s husband Todd. One thing is clear: It’s risky for her to push the envelope too far. Fox has been a central pillar of Palin’s national reach since quitting the governorship, and without the network’s platform, it’s unclear how she could maintain even her current, much-diminished level of visibility.

Palin’s Facebook outburst surely didn’t endear her to Roger Ailes, who prizes message discipline and loyalty among his troops.

Well, that cuts both ways, does it not?  Palin posted her Facebook “outburst” in response to a large amount of curiosity as to why she’d been removed from the air.  Did Ailes believe that no one would notice if Palin the political correspondent suddenly stopped being present during one of the two biggest political events of the year?   It’s a little presumptuous to think that Palin would maintain “message discipline” after being dumped from the programming.

The outburst had its predictable impact, and Palin apparently returned to the air on the final day of the convention:

For now, both sides are making peace. Fox offered an olive branch this afternoon and returned Palin to the conversation via a phone interview with Megyn Kelly. Later tonight, she’ll be on with Sean Hannity and Neil Cavuto.

Palin probably needs Fox more than Fox needs Palin, but that doesn’t mean that Ailes can just dump Palin and expect to suffer no damage, either, especially with bizarre decisions like this.  If you’re paying a million bucks a year for the previous VP nominee to provide political analysis, why take her off the air during the conventions to make a point?  Why not do it when such a move will send the message to Palin but not be as obvious to everyone else, and still allow Fox to get maximum value from Palin when it counts?  It’s strange, and it looks more like personal animus than business sense.

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Top Three Things Mitt Romney Missed in His Speech

Posted on August 31 2012 – 4:53 PM – Posted by: Steve Flesher | Follow Steve on Twitter!

Last night, I was pleasantly surprised when Mitt Romney delivered his speech to the RNC.

He was gracious at the beginning; walking through the crowd and shaking hands with delegates and supporters as if to say: hey guys, we’re all in this together. Then at the end, he wrapped up his speech in what I believe to be the most passionate tone he’s ever demonstrated when saying:

“If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.”

Romney’s conviction seemed to come alive. But did he risk its effectiveness for the long term by omitting a few things?

Number One: NO Mention of our Military in Afghanistan

What does Governor Palin usually do at the beginning of most speeches and what did she do when talking about her own son and others in her 2008 RNC speech? She first acknowledges our brave men and women in uniform who carry out our country’s humble mission of peace-through-strength across the world.

As Bill Kristol pointed out this morning:

The United States has some 68,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan. Over two thousand Americans have died in the more than ten years of that war, a war Mitt Romney has supported. Yet in his speech accepting his party’s nomination to be commander in chief, Mitt Romney said not a word about the war in Afghanistan. Nor did he utter a word of appreciation to the troops fighting there, or to those who have fought there. Nor for that matter were there thanks for those who fought in Iraq, another conflict that went unmentioned.

To Romney’s credit, he did mention the SEALS in their killing of Bin Laden.

Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden. But on another front, every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat.

In his first TV interview as president, he said we should talk to Iran. We’re still talking, and Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning.

But despite the Presidential intervals of George Bush, Barack Obama, and others, it remains a fact that our great men and women who serve in uniform do so longer than the terms served by Washington D.C. politicians. It’s a real commitment to make. That commitment affects families, friends, children, and communities. That’s why it’s an honorable commitment. It’s a lifetime gig and it is no luxury. Our men and women in uniform deserve mention every time a commander-in-chief or one applying for the job stands to address the country – it’s the epitome of unity.

Number Two: NO Mention of the Tea Party

In what seemed to be an unfortunate theme of the convention, Mitt Romney was not the only speaker to avoid thanking the Tea Party for all they’ve done over the last four years. While nobody sacrifices as much as our brave men and women in uniform do, millions and millions of average Americans who struggled, who suffered hard times and took hits, who got off their couches and took to rallies in 2009 – those folks had a massive impact on the Healthcare negotiating processes including their appearances at the town halls. These “real people” as celebrated in Sarah Palin’s infamous Tea Party video aren’t highly paid political “experts.” They are average Americans – a lot unemployed or under-employed – who are tired of the failed social experiments in this country. They also realize for their children to have a better shot at opportunities, we have to get our government under control.

Such out-of-control government issues include overspending, crony capitalism, and politics behind closed doors. The Tea Party is a “ground up call to action” and are primarily responsible for many of the speakers who took to the floor over the course of the convention who were more-than-happy to praise the Tea Party when it was their own elections which mattered. But in the course of selecting our next commander-in-chief or being a part of that process, they were basically told to sit back this time.

That’s insulting. That’s the truth. And once that “roar of the crowd” fades away, that truth will remain for those same speakers who someday will face election again. They will be dependent on the same Tea Party members they ignored.

Number Three: NO Mention of Gov. Sarah Palin

In the portion of his speech where he paid homage to his mother, Romney said the following:

My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”

I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Probably the most telling part of the GOP Establishment’s chill towards the Tea Party was their refusal to mention the proud achievement their party recognized when it named its first female Vice-Presidential nominee in 2008. Before many of the women he mentioned became Governors or Senators, the USA already had a female Governor. And while the Republican Party has its impressive list of women, only one got close to the White House. It was a moment of impact and one of history not just for our country and the Republican Party, but for the future of women in politics forever.

To prove the point, Gov. Nikki Haley owes Gov. Sarah Palin a great deal of thanks. It was Palin’s endorsement and strong backbone to defend Nikki Haley during periods of ugly rumors which surfaced during the South Carolina gubernatiorial campaign in 2010. As such Nikki Haley won her election. In addition, both Kelly Ayotte and Susana Martinez were thrilled to receive the endorsements of Gov. Sarah Palin and welcomed her whole-heartedly when she worked hard – along with the Tea Party – in their respective states to make their dreams of winning these elections become realities.

It goes without saying around here how many times Gov. Palin has stuck her neck out for what is right. It also goes without saying that her influence continues to make a massive impact on the House and Senate races this year. Just ask Ted Cruz who won his primary in Texas and talked about the authenticity and effectiveness of Palin’s support just recently.

Palin’s strong support and energy is found in the same principles that force her to stay cemented in her convictions – avoiding the game of D.C. politics and shenanigans. That kind of conviction is Reaganesque, it is Thatcheresque, and there is no Washington expert’s game that can out-live that kind of integrity.

To be fair, perhaps Gov. Palin challenged all the primary candidates a little harder than anyone else did. She advocated for a longer and tougher contested primary. Therefore, on a political scale one could imagine why the establishment would avoid the mention of her name.

Nevertheless, she’s the party’s first woman to sit on a national ticket at any level and it’s our party’s current presidential candidate’s task to demonstrate ability to put differences aside and recognize what is universal. It’s not a matter of current-day convenience. It’s a matter of the same given respect Governor Palin showed in 2008 when she mentioned Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro many times.

If it’s truly time to unite, it’s the responsibility of the current players to reach out to Tea Party Patriots and Palin supporters to close that hole for longer-lasting party enthusiasm.

ChuckTX on September 1, 2012 at 6:17 AM

ChuckTX on September 1, 2012 at 6:17 AM

Would you and other Sarah Palin fanatics please quit spamming these comment sections with your copied and pasted articles? That’s not what the comment sections are for!

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 7:08 AM

ChuckTX on September 1, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Quit spamming, tongue bather.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 8:03 AM

It’s funny how discredited memes, anonymously sourced insinuations, et al are given credence, but trying to correct the record is considered spamming.

narciso on September 1, 2012 at 10:21 AM

I love Sarah about a million times more than Fox News.

Just sayin’…
Catholic Bandita

gocatholic on September 1, 2012 at 1:03 PM

ChuckTX on September 1, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Quit spamming, tongue bather.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 1, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Twerp, you just got my goat. I expected it from bluegill; I guess I’m mistaken to expect better from you. You should know that if a Palin supporter supplies merely a link to conservatives4palin, cries of “bias, bias, bias!” go up from the haters and trashers of Palin. ChuckTX should have reproduced portions of the articles, but if he had just provided only the links, chances are the lazy and uninformed (who seem to want to stay that way) would have trashed the source and ignored them.

Cut ChuckTX a little slack in his zealotry to try to expose the ignorant on this thread to some hard truths.

And next time, ChuckTX, just post some excerpts, not the whole article. It does come across as spamming if you post the whole thing.

theotherone on September 1, 2012 at 1:14 PM

I wonder if Todd is handling the negotiations at present because there is some deliberate stalling going on … maybe the Palins don’t anticipate needing FOX in the future, and she will terminate. It was a multiyear contract and 2.5 years fulfilled so far ..

Let’s watch what WJC pulls outta the hat at the DNC this week … reckon he is rocking the ole DEM boat right now … Bring it! WJC **__**

Btw, wrt that statement in the article: “Palin probably needs Fox more than Fox needs Palin” … LOL, SAVED by the ‘probably’ qualifier **__**

exodus2011 on September 2, 2012 at 7:03 PM

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