Ego met ineptitude as Sarah Palin hilariously thought that she could out fox Fox News, and manage the spin behind her firing.
Howard Kurtz has the details, “The new contract offered by Fox, say people familiar with the situation, would have provided only a fraction of the million-dollar-a-year salary. It was then, they say, that Palin turned it down and both sides agreed to call it quits. A friendly announcement was planned for Friday, but a source close to Palin leaked the news in the afternoon to Real Clear Politics, saying the former Alaska governor “decided not to renew the arrangement” and ‘remains focused on broadening her message of common-sense conservatism.'”
Nothing says thanks for paying me three million dollars like trying to stab your former employer in the back on the way out the door. What makes Palin’s attempt to spin her firing hilarious is the fact that she somehow thought that she could out fox Fox News. She actually believed that she could control the perception of her firing by telling Real Clear Politics about it first.
Sarah Palin actually believes that she is bigger than Fox News.
By offering Palin a contract that would pay her what she is actually worth instead of what she thinks she is worth, Fox News was able to push her into leaving the network. This isn’t the first time that her ego and greed have cost her a job. There was no second season of her reality show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, because Palin wanted to be paid millions of dollars per episode to continue the series.
While the Republican Party has moved on to dreaming about Paul Ryan, Chris Christie, and Marco Rubio, Sarah Palin is still stuck in 2008. She still thinks that she is a superstar worthy of top dollar. Fox News execs realized that they had made a bad investment with Palin, and knew that the one sure way to get rid of her was to slash her salary.
It has always been about the money for Sarah Palin. For years, Palin refused to speak at CPAC because they wouldn’t pay her. With her star on the decline, and in desperate need of an ego boost, she finally went slumming in front of conservative activists in 2012.
Sarah Palin left the national stage in the same arrogant, deluded, and greedy way that she came in. Palin knows that her departure from Fox News was a stealth firing. That’s why she tried to get out ahead of the story. It will be easier to con her few remaining fans into giving her money if they believe that she left the cable news ratings leader because she has bigger fish to fry.
The absolutely idiocy of thinking that she could out propagandize one of the biggest propaganda machines in the world pretty much sums of the worldview of Sarah Palin. Sister Sarah views herself as bigger than Fox News, and bigger than the conservative movement. She is a superstar in her own mind, but she can’t see that the world has passed her by.
Sarah Palin is the 21st Century Norma Desmond. She is stuck in the past and dreaming of comeback that will never happen.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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