After nearly three years on the year, Fox News decided on late Friday (presumably so that there would be little time for the media to talk about it before the weekend) that they were no longer in need of a former Alaska Governor as a commentator on their network.
In a statement, executive Bill Shine confirmed the news of Sarah Palin’s exit after nearly three years on the network. She joined the company back in January of 2010, over a year after her failed attempt to become Vice-President alongside John McCain as her running mate. It was during this time that Palin was still at the height of her popularity, as there were many people fascinated as to how a self-proclaimed “hockey mom” ended up becoming one of the most-talked-about political figures in all of America.
However, since that time Palin’s popularity has slowly waned thanks to her lack of time in the political spotlight along with some reality TV shows that ended up giving the American public more information about the family than they really needed to know. “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” ended on TLC after just one season, and Bristol Palin’s own reality show was shelved to a later timeslot this past summer after drawing terrible ratings on Lifetime. (She also failed to draw the same sort of buzz on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” as she did the first time around.)
In getting back to Fox News, here is what Shine had to say about her exit:
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
This move is one of many recent announcements by the network in an attempt to diversify their brand, and to create more of a news environment after coming under increasingly heavy fire for presenting skewed point of view that goes against their “fair and balanced” slogan. Heck, even “The Simpsons,” owned by the network’s own parent company, has chosen to poke fun at their style of discourse.
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