Palin canceled on Fox?
August 29th, 2012
06:27 PM ET
6 years ago

Palin canceled on Fox?

(CNN) - Sarah Palin posted a cryptic message on Facebook Wednesday night, saying the Fox News Channel had cut her appearances for the evening.

"I'm sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain's positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight," she wrote.

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Palin, who served as McCain's 2008 vice presidential nominee, did not explain why Fox had scratched her off their rundown.

The former governor has been a pundit on the channel since early 2010, less than a year after she stepped down from her post as governor of Alaska.

Reports of tension between the conservative firebrand and the network emerged in November, when New York Magazine reported the network's president, Roger Ailes, was furious that Palin had announced her decision against running for president on another media outlet.

Palin first made her decision public on a conservative radio show hosted by Mark Levin, then confirmed her announcement in a Fox appearance on Greta van Susteren's show that night. While Ailes reportedly considered pulling her million dollar contract, Palin continued to appear on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

As to what prompted Wednesday night's shuffle, Palin left it a mystery, writing only about her former running mate. Sen. John McCain is set to deliver remarks at the Republican National Convention in the 8 p.m. ET hour. The Arizona senator also turned 76 on Wednesday.

"Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this patriot. I look forward to hearing his words to his fellow Americans tonight more than any of the other convention speeches. God bless John McCain," she wrote. "Thank you for everything. And happy birthday, my friend."

Fox did not immediately return a request for comment.

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soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. runphas7

    Stick a fork in her, she is really done.

    August 29, 2012 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  2. rickinmo

    I said several years ago that Palin was just in it for the money. She would keep all of her followers on her hook until the last minute, do all the paid interviews she could and make all the money she could and then announce she wasn't a candidate. Then she would disappear. Guess I was right. Her following is dwindling and even Fox News? is losing interest. She sure took them all for a ride. Now she's rich and her followers are a lot poorer. Good job Sarah–you really are a Republican!!!

    August 29, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  3. Gotta Be Kiddin

    Did I just hear John McCain just say that America has always, always, always fought for people's freedoms? What about all those years of slavery in America. But I guess they don't count – American Exceptionlism!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  4. michael in houston

    McCains selection of Palin was clear and undeniable proof that the Senator was more then willing to jeopardize the well being and protection of this Nation in his desparation to win. Selecting Palin was the most hideous and dangerous move ever. I get tired and furious at attempts to paint McCain as some true patriot. He is not. He is not rational, he is not qualified to lead, and his judgement is dangerous. He should be voted out of the Senate and retired. As for Palin, she is repulsive and I don't when its going to sink into her and her familys head that their level of obnoxious behavior and money sucking circus act is about as wanted as the Ebola virus.

    August 29, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  5. Glenn of the North

    It seems Sarah has been overshadowed by her intellectual equal on TV these days. Yes, Honey Boo Boo.

    August 29, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  6. w5cdt

    Jut go away Sarah. Fox was channeling my message to you.

    August 29, 2012 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  7. w5cdt

    Take a hint from Fox. Go away Sarah.

    August 29, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  8. TerryG

    If FOX has finally figured her out I guess, just maybe, her 15 minutes is up. Thank God.

    August 29, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  9. JohnMcCain

    Did I do that?

    August 29, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  10. w5cdt

    I'm starting to feel sorry for Sarah.

    August 29, 2012 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  11. dmiller

    its over sarah time to look for a job the ride has come to a end

    August 29, 2012 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  12. Pablo695

    One could only hope!!!

    August 29, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have no sympathy for Palin. It is just another business decision.

    August 29, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  14. drkent3

    So, Fox news cares more about 'scoops' and market share than about people – imagine that. Hear that Fox News viewers? When they don't need you, they will simply cast you aside and replace you with someone else more 'faithful'. Nice values.

    August 29, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  15. enuff

    It's not about Palin. She needs to get over the fact her 15 minutes is up.

    August 29, 2012 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  16. Tim

    Sarah, the conservative cause is larger than you.

    August 29, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  17. LindaPP

    Sarah Palin deserves whatever she gets. She IS THE ONE who started all of this hate mongering 4 years ago. And now look at what is happening. The GOP is desecrating this President and for what? He is NOT a failure. The people who vote for the GOP, THEY are the failures! He could have succeeded if he had a Congress who cared for the people of this country. Whatever happened to by the people, of the people and for the people??

    August 29, 2012 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  18. Todd

    Wow, I have some respect for Fox, now. As to CNN calling her a pundit, however, that's the funniest thing I've ever read

    August 29, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  19. GonzoinHouston

    There's nothing accidental here. Sarah was PO'd that she didn't get a spot in the limelight at the convention and was looking to do something that would upstage the candidates. She also knows that with the new team nominated, her star has dimmed. She has made a bundle by attracting attention and profiting from it, and she desperately needs the attention right now. Roger Ailes could see this as well, and since FOX is dedicated to helping the GOP, she had to be bushwhacked. They waited until the last minute to pull her plug so she didn't have time for a plan B. Now, can Sarah put together some sort of major publicity stunt on such short notice? Stay tuned,,,

    August 29, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  20. sassysticks53

    Is Palin's 15 minutes of fame finally up? She had to take a hike from being a speaker at her own party's convention; now this.

    August 29, 2012 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  21. Alfuc

    It is very disappointing to know that Sara Palin will not be speaking at the Republican National Convention (RNC). She is very eloquent and a skillful speaker who can express her thoughts in a language that an ordinary American can understand. Hope she runs in 2016 for the Presidency of USA.

    August 29, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  22. Mike Yo.

    She's a nightmare of McCains creation. She just wants to haunt him once more.

    August 29, 2012 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  23. Dan

    she has had more than her 15 minuts of fame. my goodness go home

    August 29, 2012 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  24. BiziLady

    People such as Sarah Palin do us a service by issuing a wake-up call. Our job is to decide whether the call is valid or not. I personally research issues brought up by people such as Palin. It is not hate-mongering to bring up the truth and/or issues affecting our country, particularly when we have 23 million people unemployed and our current depression is heading toward a cliff of total chaos. It is not a time to argue, but a time to evaluate. Use the words of others as a place to define the issues you need to research, and then calmly make your decidion based on facts, not in a passion-driven environment of hate of demi-gogging. Smart remarks are worth less than nothing, no matter who makes them.

    August 29, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  25. Frank

    Hahaha! Has a "million dollar contract" with Fox and refers to "the biased media". Looked in a mirror lately there Sarah? 😀

    August 29, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
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