Former Republican vice-presidential candidate and governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin has just been taken on by Fox News. Anyone who saw her car-crash interview with Katie Couric during the election campaign would advise her to stay away from unscripted broadcast and stick to shooting wildlife.
Of course, Fox is a different ball game altogether. Having signed a “multi-year deal” with the channel she will now provide political commentary and analysis across a number of stations.
It must be said, what with reading the newspaper – ‘all of ’em’ – so avidly, Palin is well placed for such a role.
The additional news that she will host episodes of the channel’s Real American Stories, a series exploring inspirational real-life tales of American’s overcoming adversity, is truly wretch-worthy.
Of course, Fox is the perfect home for the would-be beauty pageant winner and gun-toting all-American gal.
Here’s what she had to say:
“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,” she said.
The less said of that comment the better but rest assured, as Ed Pilkington noted, it is voiced with apparent lack of irony.
Most of the discussion about her appointment across the pond has surrounded what this means for her hopes for a 2012 presidency.
I tend to agree with ABC News’ Rick Klein who sees this as a move away from running, and rather as a way ‘to build upon her political brand’.
There is something terrifyingly steely about Palin, and this new development, which will see her pearly whites grinning out to America’s largest TV audience almost certainly means she’s here to stay.
Whether this means anything for expanding the reach of her political agenda I am not sure but she is no doubt intent on building her profile – and she knows who will listen.