Fox News offered Sarah Palin a new contract before she decided to part ways with the network where she has held forth as a commentator for the last three years.However, it would be hard to describe it as a generous contract.Palin was a hot property when Roger Ailes landed her in 2009, fresh off her colorful run for vice president, and paid her an annual salary of $1 million. Fox even built Palin a studio at her Wasilla home.But relations cooled between the two sides, and Palin was appearing on Fox less often—complaining on Facebook one night
For many years I have been addicted to the FOX channel but that is changing. Since they started the leftist lean my viewing of FOX News is limited to "The Five"(unless Juan Williams is on the panel) and the 6 PM news with Brett Baier.
Rollcall reports, from Fox sources, that SP was offered $300,000 per year, a 70% salary cut, to continue with them. It´s a face-saving (for both parties) way of getting rid of unwanted personnel. She´s allowed to say they offered her a contract, and that she refused it. No hard feelings--at least in public--on either side.
IMO Sarah is at cross roads in more ways than one. She could jump in with both feet. The 2014 Alaska Senate seat is hers for the asking. Sure the Media hounds will re-attack her. But what are they going to do that they haven´t tried already. A stark background of every prediction she made coming true and a new nationwide swing towards Common Sense Conservative values (a phrase she coined) could see her reach her true potential Whatever that is. On the other hand she could quietly fade away into the sunset. She has done a lot and done her family well.
At first I thought that the Senate wouldn´t be a good fit for her, as she is a natural chief executive, and that wind tunnel would not work to her advantage. But since the election, I think the Senate is a natural for her. She would give the Republican party some much needed spinal resolve. She would have a media bull horn to use at her convenience, and could make life miserable for the administration.
I can never pass up a chance to post on one of my favorite conservatives as there are few left like Palin,DeMint,Cruz,Rand Paul,Rubio & Gomert. "Team Sarah" still rolls & even "Game Change" couldn´t hide some of her accomplishments like one of the last lines "don´t worry nobody will remember her name in 48 hours" - ha nobody will forget her name. Hopefully she will run for House or Senate - people will still come to hear her speak & even some of you Ldotter posters cannot ruin her principles!!!!
It´s all about her speaking style. Palin was brilliant and fresh in her nomination acceptance speech. But McCain´s idiot campaign "consultants" tried to make her into something she´s not, and failed. Her elocution was shrill, they said, so they tried to train her to speak with a deeper voice. Her sentence structure was awkward, so they tried to change that and what was formerly quirky but natural became unintelligible. They handed a gift package to the scorning LSM who had honed their skills criticizing "cowboy" Bush´s speaking style.
Her last few appearances on FOX the disaster was manifest. She would start speaking in a low monotone, and in complete, but boring sentences, then she would revert to her natural style. The contrast was stark, and unnerving. It became difficult to HEAR what she was saying, because it sounded like gibberish. The consultants and speech coaches ruined her.
Nope, she has no chance of being elected to the Senate . I just read that every person in Alaska hates her for answering the call of duty when asked by John McCain to try to help her country avoid Barack Hussein Obama. The team didn´t win because everybody hates Palin-not only those residing in Alaska but at least one troll who frequents this thread.
I think Sarah is wonderful, personally, but she needs to work on her persona. Her voice gets increasingly shrill when she´s being interviewed, for example. She needs to quit being "the housewife from Wasilla" and look professional everywhere she goes. If that means not wearing jeans and t-shirts to the grocery store, so be it.
Ronald Reagan did not become president because he just decided to run one day. He had criss-crossed the country, speaking to adults and children alike about the promise of our country, a lot of times in elementary and middle schools. He did that for about twenty years before he ran for governor of California. Also, he was smart enough to have the very best people around him. Mrs. Palin could study his story and learn a lot from it.
I think Palin is no longer interested and it shows. Good luck to her in the future, but it won´t be in politics. BTW, the last poll numbers in Alaska were 18 months ago (June,2011) and her favorability was 29%.
After her convention speech the word went out from the rulers to the MSM soldiers "she must be destroyed". And so she was. Even so called conservatives fell into the trap.
They slobber over homely Michelle´s clothes and criticized Sarah for wearing borrowed clothes. As already pointed out - how can one criticize Sarah´s voice yet praise Hillary´s? They trashed her for Trig, tried to claim infidelity in her marriage, almost sued her into bankruptcy and she had to quit her job to make it stop. These people are evil.
So now her approval in Alaska has gone from in the 80s to the 20s??? What weak minded lemmings. Frankly, I support whatever she decides to do including spending a lot of time enjoying the Arizona sun and never bothering with this mess again.
# 4 The Senate seat up in 2014 is not " hers for the asking ". The present Senator , Democrat Mark Begich , supports issues that are popular with Alaskans like drilling in ANWR and gun rights. He´s not a typical Democrat. The present Lt Gov of Alaska , popular Republican Mead Treadwell announced two months ago that he is forming an exploratory committee to seek the Republican nomination to challenge Begich. And Tea Party Joe Miller is also talking about challenging Begich.
Fox has been attempting to mainstream themselves for some time. The shows have become formulaic and boring with the use of more left wingers with their canned talking points. The best show I´ve seen on Fox lately is ´Boomtown´ with Sean Hannity. It brought his show to life for the first time in a long time. For the most part I record to iPod my favorite radio people and listen to them throughout the day and night. Most of the time they are opining on events of the day that I have already read about during my morning online reading. It is their zest for truth that is attractive rather than having to hear the ´half liars´ required to prove you are fair and balanced.
Sarah will always be under estimated by the right thinking media, because they suffer from the fear of not being loved by the leftists. Alas!
None of the jokers mentioned has that special Star Quality Sarah exudes. In fact there is no one else in the entire country. She has negatives because she has simply ignored the whole image creation issue. This woman is charisma personified. Don´t underrate her. If she doesn´t want to do it, that is another matter.
The cliche´ that ´Palin abandoned Alaska´ is a canard. Like the Roman General Cincinnatus, she chose her family over politics w/all its dishonorable and low character types; a reality that is beyond obvious. Apparently, some consider politics a kind of higher calling akin to the Priesthood. Utter nonsense. As for FOX, it´s little more than a bimbo network filled w/noisy mediocrities like Hannity and O´Reilly. Small loss.
The, ´´platform,´´ FOX gave to Gov. Palin was skimpy at best and much too confining for her. By so limiting Palin´s appearences, FOX did a dis-service to both Gov. Palin and to the FOX viewers who had expected to see more of her commentaries. The FOX ratings went up whenever she was permitted to speak, yet viewers could never know for sure when she would be scheduled.
In contrast, FOX viewers will click the remote when Kusinich appears, as he did this morning. Incredibly bad decisions are apparently being made at FNC these days. Now THAT´S a sad commentary.
Fox has shot itself in one foot and will probably do same to it´s other foot in short order. I wonder by how much their viewership has declined? IMHO The Five and Lou Dobbs on FBN are their only shows worth watching regularly. Greta has flashes of brilliance when she brings various congressmen/women to our notice, but her court case work-ups are big losers. I will support whatever Sarah Palin sees as her future on or off the public stage. She is a force for good, and I will not count her out under any circumstances.
Kurtz,the Daily Beast and the gaggle of liberals just can´t give it up - would a semi-long detailed article be written on the nonsigning of one of the many liberals on retainer by one of the alphabet networks or liberal rags? I think not!
PARIS -- Interpol has issued a global security alert in connection with suspected al-Qaida involvement in several recent prison escapes including those in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan. The Lyon, France-based international police agency says that the alert follows "the escape of hundreds of terrorists and other criminals" in the past month. The alert calls on Interpol´s 190 member countries to help determine whether these events are coordinated or linked, the organization said in a statement Saturday.
Unleashing a barrage of expletives that would be unusual even in an off-the-record conversation, the chief spokeswoman for Anthony D. Weiner’s embattled campaign for mayor attacked a former campaign intern in an interview published on Tuesday night. Barbara Morgan, in an interview with Talking Points Memo, a political news site, was responding to a first-person account by Olivia Nuzzi, the former intern, who wrote harshly in The Daily News about her experiences with the campaign. Ms. Nuzzi claimed that Mr. Weiner repeatedly called interns by the wrong name, underpaid a staff
THERE is something missing from the endless moralizing and sophomoric jokes aimed at Anthony D. Weiner. That something is the role of women in a coarse and creepy Internet culture dedicated to the fulfillment of both male and female desires for virtual carnal knowledge. People ask how Mr. Weiner’s wife, the soulfully beautiful and professionally accomplished Huma Abedin, can stay with him. My question is why hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of women apparently derive gratification from exchanging sexual talk and pictures with strangers.
The American journalism trade is breathing a collective – but premature and, in many cases, grossly hypocritical – sigh of relief today. A military judge has found Bradley Manning guilty of many crimes, but "aiding the enemy" isn´t one of them. Had the judge found Manning guilty of aiding the enemy, she would have set a terrible precedent. For the first time, an American court – albeit a military court – would have said it was a potentially capital crime simply to give information to a news organization, because in the internet era
Green paint was found Monday defacing a statue outside the Smithsonian Castle on the National Mall and poured atop an organ in a chapel at the Washington National Cathedral, just three days after the Lincoln Memorial was vandalized in a similar manner. D.C. police have now joined the U.S. Park Police in the investigation, but authorities said they do not know if any of the incidents are related.
"I think every president in the intense media environment we have now, certainly every two-term president, gets to a point where the American people stop listening, stop leaning forward hungrily for information. I think this president got there earlier than most presidents. And I think he´s in that time now."So said the Wall Street Journal´s Peggy Noonan on ABC´s This Week Sunday.
David Axelrod, a former senior adviser to President Obama, said Sunday that Former Rep. Anthony Weiner was “delusional” and should drop out of the race for New York City mayor."I think it´s time for him to go away and let New York have its mayor’s race," Axelrod said on NBC´s "Meet thePress." Axelrod said he had not commented on Weiner because he is personal friends with Weiner´s wife,
Weiner’s political career will never end, if only because of how much value he has to offer to the media, standup comedians and bored browsers looking for some news item to wake them up long enough to finish another hour of data entry at their job. Shame has become a mostly discredited concept. The return of Weiner and Spitzer to public life proves as much. But the Era of Shame ended conclusively with Clinton’s impeachment proceedings. The only outcome of those proceedings was to degrade the country while leaving the man at the center of the mess intact.
Sometimes James Risen feels like Jean Valjean, the beleaguered protagonist of “Les Miserables,” hounded for years by the authorities. “They just keep coming at me,” Mr. Risen, a Times reporter in Washington, told me by phone last week. It has been 10 years since he learned of a secret C.I.A. program to interfere with Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons, and six since he got an ominous FedEx package containing a government subpoena. Since then, it has been one legal hurdle after another, trying to stay out of court. Just over a week ago, another blow came: A federal appeals court panel ruled,
In a new sign of tumult within Anthony D. Weiner’s embattled political operation, his campaign manager has quit, leaving his already skeletal team without a day-to-day leader. According to two people told of the decision, the campaign manager, Danny Kedem, no longer wished to oversee Mr. Weiner’s bid for New York mayor after a week of bruising revelations about the candidate’s latest online conduct. The two people, who have close ties to the campaign, did not want to be identified because they were disclosing confidential conversations.
Hamilton Jordan, Jimmy Carter’s young, brash chief of staff, was famous during the administration for negotiating tough deals, carousing at night and shunning the stuffy customs of official Washington. He spent the final years of his life on a quieter pursuit: writing a memoir of nearly 300 pages that was not quite finished at the time of his death in 2008. Now his daughter, Kathleen, a 24-year-old television producer, is rushing to polish the manuscript in the hope of getting it published
President Obama suggested that states reconsider "stand your ground" laws, and contended that they invite people to use deadly force when it is not justified. The following statement proves Mr. Obama´s well-known dishonesty, as demonstrated below. I refer specifically to his implication that "stand your ground" means you can shoot somebody who makes you "feel threatened." And for those who resist that idea that we should think about something like these "stand your ground" laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed,
The United States will temporarily shut down its embassies and consulates around the world Sunday, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan and Egypt, as a precautionary measure, the State Department said Thursday. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf did not say how long the international installations would stay closed -- only that the decision was taken “out of an abundance of caution and care for our employees and others who may be visiting.” Sunday is a normal workday in many Arab and Middle Eastern countries. Embassies in Europe and Latin America would be shuttered that day anyway.
Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns Mark Glaze gave some ambiguous and potentially dangerous self defense advice Friday on “Hardball.” Glaze, speaking in opposition to “Stand Your Ground” laws, said in a circumstance where someone “comes at you” with an axe handle one should attempt to either “talk,” “fight with your fists,” “run away,” or “deescalate the situation,” but not shoot the attacker: MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an ax handle. CHRIS MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the ax handle armed or not?
American scientists claim the planet is undergoing one of the largest changes in climate in the past 65 million years. Climatologists at Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment have warned the likely rate of change over the next century will be at least 10 times quicker than any climate shift since the dinosaurs became extinct. If the trend continues at its current rapid pace, it will place significant stress on terrestrial ecosystems around the world, and many species will need to make behavioral, evolutionary or geographic adaptations to survive, they said.
Citing a potential al Qaeda attack, the State Department on Friday issued a worldwide travel alert and warned American citizens that the terrorist group may be plotting a strike in the Middle East, North Africa or elsewhere. “Current information suggests that al Qaeda and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August,” reads a portion of the alert, which lasts until the end of the month.
About 400 area retail and fast-food workers, together with colleagues nationally, participated in a strike Thursday to demand raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour. “If not $15, then something. I mean give us something. I work 36 hours a week and barely make enough to pay my rent, gas bill, light bill. It gets to the point where I barely have enough for lunch sometimes,” said Angel Richardson, 21, who works at McDonald’s. “I’m five months pregnant, what am I going to do in four months? I hope something changes.” The minimum wage is $7.25 nationally and $8.25
The administration has popped the bubble of hope some small business had that switching to part-time staff would let them escape the high costs of Obamacare. The Small Business Administration on Thursday created a website to explain to businesses that the government will simply tally up the number of part-time employees firms have to determine if enough hours have been worked to essentially create a "full-time equivalent." Some smaller businesses had thought that if they could get under the 50 full-time employee cap that activates Obamacare by cutting full-time workers and hiring more part-time workers they would escape
Government workers in the city of Seattle have been advised that the terms "citizen" and "brown bag" are potentially offensive and may no longer be used in official documents and discussions. KOMO-TV reports that the city´s Office of Civil Rights instructed city workers in a recent internal memo to avoid using the words because some may find them offensive. "Luckily, we´ve got options," Elliott Bronstein of the Office for Civil Rights wrote in the memo obtained by the station. "For ´citizens,´ how about ´residents?´"
Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) suggested on Friday morning that the tea party movement is comprised of the same types of people who fought against the civil rights movement during the 1960s. Speaking with the Daily Beast, Rangel said of the movement: “It is the same group we faced in the South with those white crackers and the dogs and the police. They didn’t care about how they looked. He added that the tea party movement can be defeated similar to how the civil rights movement eradicated Jim Crow mentality: “It was just fierce indifference to human life that caused
The nation´s most active death penalty state is running out of its execution drug. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice said Thursday that its remaining supply of phenobarbital expires in September and that no alternatives have been found. It wasn´t immediately clear whether two executions scheduled for next month would be delayed. The state has already executed 11 death-row inmates this year, and at least seven more have execution dates in coming months. "We will be unable to use our current supply of phenobarbital after it expires," agency spokesman Jason Clark said. "We are exploring all options at this time."
Congressional investigators this week released emails suggesting that staff at the Federal Election Commission have been engaged in their own conservative targeting, with help from the IRS´s infamous Lois Lerner. This means more than just an expansion of the probe to the FEC. It´s a new link to the Obama team. In May this column noted that the targeting of conservatives started in 2008, when liberals began a coordinated campaign of siccing the federal government on political opponents. The Obama campaign helped pioneer this tactic. In late summer of 2008, Obama lawyer Bob Bauer took
After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That´s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse -- as does the fact the Times retains the Globe´s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million. (snip) What might have sweetened the lower offer for the Times is that Henry offered a straight cash deal, which is expected to close sometime in September or October.
An archaeologist overseeing a dig at Balatlar Church in Turkey´s Sinop Province claims her team has discovered a 1,350-year-old stone chest containing "a piece of a cross" and which she believes possibly came from the one on which Jesus was crucified as recorded in the Gospels. "We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is a piece of a cross, and we think it was [part of the cross on which Jesus was crucified]," Gulgun Koroglu, head of the years-long excavation at the site, told reporters. "