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.

Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker, catch the latest updates from the GOP convention on CNN's 2012 Conventions Live Blog, and check out the CNN Electoral Map and Calculator to game out your own strategy for November.

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.

Filed under: 2012 • Sarah Palin
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Pav1

    I hope she runs too! Sarah – please start your campaign now, That would be the best thing ever for the democratic party,

    August 29, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  2. Al

    Faux News just did that best think by getting rid of that woman.

    August 29, 2012 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  3. robert lewis

    My guess is that Fox didn't want her saying something stupid that would upstage the republican convention. They will probably bring her back for the democratic convention.

    August 29, 2012 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  4. Chris

    What will Palin do if Romney wins the election? How will she profit and stay in the limelight if there is no big bad socialist in the White house to rage against? I'm betting that she secretly hopes Obama wins so that she can continue her hate mongering tour, exploiting each hot button issue of the day to keep the bucks rolling in. The problem is... nobody is listening any longer. Sarah – Its time to exit stage right.

    August 29, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  5. steven harnack

    I know why they're doing it but still, it is pretty strange that the Republican darling of just 4 years ago can't catch a camera lens during the convention. If past performance is any indication, in the next few days she is bound to come out with some snark extraordinaire. And just watch, that darned "librul media" will make it look and sound unintelligible.

    August 29, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  6. Jo

    So glad she is gone...YAH for Fox management to recognize a sinking stone

    August 29, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  7. Calcommuter

    Sarah Palin, you ARE the Weakest Link! Goodbye!

    August 29, 2012 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  8. Dave

    Who wants to hear about what happened in 2008?

    August 30, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  9. maljazur

    What was "cryptic" about that post?

    August 30, 2012 12:03 am at 12:03 am |
  10. Bill Clay

    So, Palin ran to Facebook to again whine about a perceived slight? No surprise there, coming from the thin skinned Mama Grizzly.

    August 30, 2012 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  11. AgrippaMT

    Hee, hee, hee. This is so funny. It's just what she deserves and perhaps a small indication that Fox News is worried about its ratings.

    August 30, 2012 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  12. dalewalk

    Well, it's finally official....Sarah is finished. If Fox doesn't want her around, that doesn't leave many who do. Go away Sarah, you're old worn out news with nothing new or logical to give. Not that you ever did.

    August 30, 2012 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  13. Rawmoney, 2012

    I guess it's the same reason that the republicans don't want George W Bush anywhere near the convention. They don't want to remind current voters of certain personalities and events from the past. It will be the same reason why Mitt Romney won't be allowed anywhere near the next republican presidential convention, perhaps even if he is elected pres this time around.

    They don't want to remind voters of the lo on that they passed off as vp material the last election cycle. They don't want to remind voters of W who had a 19% approval rating in office and whose policies and personnel were widely disliked yet were also fully absorbed by the Romney campaign. Romney is just W spit back up.

    August 30, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  14. duke

    am I missing something, I didn't think anyone disliked McCain. The reason he wasn't elected was because of Palin.

    August 30, 2012 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  15. Majav

    Maybe she can get a job at that GM plant that closed down in Ryan's hometown.

    August 30, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  16. kingkong

    Sarah is the defacto leader of the RNC. She is the beauty and brains behind the organization.
    Go Sarah! Run for president! Go Sarah!

    August 30, 2012 12:19 am at 12:19 am |
  17. michael

    Hopefully her 15 minutes are finally over!

    August 30, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  18. Ralph G.

    It's important to honor John McCain for his contribution to american politics He brought us Sara Palin. What a courageous and insightful move that was.

    August 30, 2012 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  19. nru

    I'm glad they did that – I wish for the GOP of my earlier years

    August 30, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  20. Morgan Hill

    Good-bye, Sarah. It's time you go check on your kids. Stop trying to be a politician, go be a mother to your kids.

    August 30, 2012 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  21. Capone


    Is her limelight fading?

    Could it be that the moment of monumental moronism is starting to finally lose its appeal?

    Are people finally tired of taking advice from someone who isn't smarter than a 5th grader?

    August 30, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  22. dave morris

    canceling Palin, Bush, and Cheney from appearing anywhere...that's a smart move for a Mafia which is trying to make a good impression...but they should be prosecuted under the RICO act for being a criminal enterprise

    August 30, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  23. kj

    Maybe we could get a twofer..... no more Palin and no more Bachmann

    August 30, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  24. dave morris

    canceling Palin, Bush, and Cheney ar the RNC makes good sense for a party who is trying to con the public...but these people should be prosecuted under the RICO statutes as a criminal enterprise

    August 30, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  25. NoKidding

    No matter what happens, Palin is the one who laughs all the way to the bank. She's made enough money from all the hype, to live comfortably for the rest of her life without ever having to open her mouth again (but we know she can't stand not opening her mouth).

    August 30, 2012 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6