Fox News: No change in Palin status
May 26th, 2011
04:19 PM ET
4 years ago

Fox News: No change in Palin status

Washington (CNN) – Fox News Channel said Thursday that Sarah Palin will remain on air as a paid contributor, despite renewed speculation over whether she will run for president.

Palin's political action committee announced she was launching a week-long bus tour Memorial Day weekend, beginning in Washington and heading to sites of historical significance on the East Coast.

The return to public appearances comes as she prepares to debut a flattering movie about her career next month in Iowa, and reports said she was buying a house in Arizona.

Asked by CNN if there was any change in Palin's role or if there was discussion of a deadline for a decision by Palin, Fox News Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine said in a statement, "We are not changing Sarah Palin's status."

Fox News had forced other contributors to make decisions about their presidential aspirations. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum were suspended and had their contracts terminated in May. And after questions over whether he might make another run, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckaee announced on May 14 he would skip the presidential race and remain host of his Fox show, "Huckabee."

Unlike Gingrich and Santorum, Palin has not set up any kind of potential campaign infrastructure or taken steps towards a potential candidacy in early states at this point.


Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Think about this tidbit people. What does this mean?
    By popular demand, most Democrats want to see her run? Nahp!
    That's probably true, but not the answer. Try again.

    May 26, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  2. ART

    Retarded award goes to

    May 26, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. AFMomma

    Palin is just making her supporters think she's running to grift more money out of them so she can buy more mansions and have more plastic surgery.

    May 26, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Run Snookie run!

    May 26, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  5. NVa Native

    Why would fox need to change anything? They can funnel big bucks to their candidates, and give them free air time, while spreading lies and fear to support them as "news".
    Ad to that the activist Roberts Supreme Court made it legal for corporations to complete the “buying of a government” process.
    It’s all a part of their new "fair and balanced" government – kind of like diarrhea is the new anti-oxidant program.

    May 26, 2011 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. bearced

    She is making too much money, she won't jeapordize that for a lost cause.

    May 26, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. sbp

    I will give CNN $1 if they put an end to headlining every ticker article "Bad news for.....Raises Eyebrows.....Turns Heads....

    Is it so hard to stop being redundant. Cease repeating yourself. Put and end to saying the same thing over and over?
    (I know, this article didn't – yet – but posts were closed on the last 5).

    May 26, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  8. vet in texas

    "nothing at all to say" – thanks Grandma

    May 26, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  9. Jo Jo

    She's not running anything but her mouth and that's only to pad her pockets with more money. This woman is pulling a "Trump" on the media. She knows her stock has plummeted and she is starving for attention. The tour is nothing more than propaganda to excite her base into loosening their pocket books.

    May 26, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. jersvette

    Of course not, Palin gets air time where FOX does not have to provide equal time to the opposing party. Also, she collects those checks, got to love her ethics!

    May 26, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Palin's political action committee announced she was launching a week-long bus tour Memorial Day weekend, beginning in Washington and heading to sites of historical significance on the East Coast."

    Is it even legal for Palin to use her PAC funds on what, at first blush, amounts to a family vacation touring *sites of historical signifance* on the East Coast? I don't normally contribute to PAC funds, but were I to, I am absolutely certain my donations wouldn't be given for a candidate (in $arah's case - a pretender) to be using on frivolous vacations with a gawking media in attendance.

    May 26, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. BeverlyNC

    FOX needs to dump the lunatics if they ever want mainstream America to take them seriously. Palin, Hannity, their morning crew, Beck and others are just hate and lie mongers. No one trusts FOX and no one watches FOX except the racist tea baggers.
    FOX has become a jioke. I refuse to watch ANY shows on FOX because of their penchant for lying and slandering the President.

    May 26, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Duh. Even if she is planning on running, she's going to accept as much campaign money...I mean "wages"...from Faux Noise as possible...right up unti the point when it would become illegal and then they'll cut it off.

    May 26, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  14. Mad in CT

    Dear Sarah-

    Please spare us your bus tour of historical sites! You can do stupid at the homestead without spending all that gas money confirming your ignorance on the road. May I suggest an alternative: stay home and bone up on American history starting with the native indians, Columbus, Isabella and Ferdinand!

    May 26, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  15. B

    Palin and Fox News a on going -pablin for the masses- ..

    May 26, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  16. Thankfully Independent

    No change huh? So she's still a dimwit and Fox News is paying her big bucks to stay that way. When are they going to realize that all the lipstick in the world isn't going to make her anything but what she is?

    May 26, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    Just a money-grubbing vacation - nothing more. Just $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    May 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  18. Jake

    doesn't quite seem fair now, does it? and even after her boss called her stupid!? he keeps her on the payroll?

    May 26, 2011 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  19. AEJ

    This DUNCE is feeling left out of all the conversations and she cannot deal with it. Remember is the STADIUM BULB, and when the lights go out she cannot deal with it. This is her way of trying to keep in the spotlight. Why doesn't she go and read and learn things? She is such a DUNCE!!!

    May 26, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    I think if anything has been proven it's that Sarah Palin LOVES attention. She took the backseat to Donald Trump for a while and I bet that bugged the heck out of her. Now she's coming in like saying, HEY I'm BACK! The GOP field is already weak and this would make it even weaker. I don't know what's funnier though, the people that come here and slam Palin or the ones that come here and support her.

    May 26, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. vic , nashville ,tn

    FOX news knew who is running who is not

    So FOX news is a political organization

    May 26, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  22. Roscoe

    Is the new Palin movie a porno? An investigative report on Todd's dealing with hookers? Or, a chronical of the pre-marital sexual activities of the Palin childern?

    May 26, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  23. Indy

    She should annouce right now and put the nail in the Republican partys coffin for twenty years. You know your'e a Redneck when you nearly bankrupt Wasilla and then quit your elected position after ethics charges and destroy the Republicans chances as a VP pick, then make a movie about YOURSELF to show the world how many times you have been defeated.

    May 26, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Sarah Palin has such a strong and growing base of support she can do this whole campaign on her own schedule and she will do just fine. She is absolutely in control and I look forward to watching her campaign get out there and make it happen. Americans love a historic election ( Oh, did w learn that lesson! ) and she would be excellent as the first woman President.

    May 26, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. JEff - Sarasota, FL

    I look at it this way, she makes her little historical tour starting this weekend... She has her movie, and she endorses whoever she likes that is running this cycle and the next in 2014 and hope she gets the right people in and then she makes a run in 2016 when the democrats have to have someone new... She knows she can't beat Obama, so she will just sit back and stir the pot and try to get her people in where she wants them, that also gives her 4 more years to learn more...
    She has already been adding to her resume with some of the stuff she has done in the last few months... Her middle east trip got her foreign knowledge kicked up a notch, even if she did say the same stupid stuff... Whoever is handling her, is going to try to get her as many allies as they can, and try to groom her up as much as possible and run her in 2016 against a new democrat,,,

    May 26, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
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