Right-wing propaganda channel Fox “News” channel, which appeared to exhibit a brief moment of sanity five months ago by ridding itself of failed Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, announced Thursday it was bringing her back as a contributor, starting Monday.
Fox News boss Roger Ailes, who was part of disgraced President Richard Nixon’s team, claimed he had talked with Palin “several times” in recent weeks about rejoining the network, which ousted her after a three-year run at the beginning of the year.
Palin, who said her audience at Fox was “limited” after they sent her packing, is now all praise and glee about them, saying in a prepared statement:
The power of Fox News is unparalleled. The role of Fox News in the important debates in our world is indispensable. I am pleased and proud to be rejoining Roger Ailes and the great people at Fox.
Sources close to Fox tell Capitol Hill Blue that Palin contacted Ailes several times and “all but begged” to return to the network. They said her attempts to find a voice through other media outlets were “rejected soundly” and left Palin “pouting.”
“The audience at Fox is a major part of the constituency that Palin considers important to her,” says media analyst Sarah Whelon. “She felt lost without a microphone to speak to them.”
But five months ago, Palin said she was tired of “preaching to the choir” from the podium of Fox News and wanted to reach a “larger audience.”
In an interview with Breibart media, her first public statements after leaving Fox, Palin said:
We can’t just preach to the choir. The message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience. I know the country needs more truth-telling in the media, and I’m willing to do that. So, we shall see.
Apparently, Palin didn’t like what she saw.
“She found the larger audience had no desire to listen to her,” Whelon said Thursday. “She had to return to the only place where someone thought she had something to say.”
And what does Ailes say?” He said this is a press release from Fox:
I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind.
Palin has never had a problem speaking what she calls her mind. The question, however, is whether or not it is a mind that anyone takes seriously.