I posted yesterday about Sarah Palin’s complaining on Facebook that Fox News cancelled her appearances last night to weigh in on the GOP convention. From “Behind the Latest Palin-Fox Fight,” Gabriel Sherman, New York Magazine:
“Palin’s contract is up in January, and according to sources, Fox News executives are now weighing what kind of deal they would sign, if they sign one at all.
“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….
“Palin’s Facebook outburst surely didn’t endear her to Roger Ailes, who prizes message discipline and loyalty among his troops.
“For now, both sides are making peace. Fox offered a fig leaf 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.” Emphasis added.
Can anybody think of a sadder and more egregious waste of $1 million?