Palin meets with Fox News officials
June 1st, 2011
04:18 PM ET
11 years ago

Palin meets with Fox News officials

New York (CNN) - Sarah Palin met with officials at Fox News in midtown Manhattan for over an hour on Wednesday.

After checking out of her Jersey City hotel earlier in the day for the fourth day of her "One Nation" bus tour, Palin told a gaggle of reporters that she was en route to Boston, but added: "I'm going to go talk to my bosses at Fox first, here, though. If we can make our way through the city in a big old bus."

Palin's bus was later parked outside Fox's New York headquarters for about 90 minutes around lunchtime.

It was not clear with whom Palin met, but the visit comes on the heels of a New York Magazine report that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes believes Palin is "an idiot." Fox denied that account.

The meeting also comes amid speculation about the limits of Palin's Fox contract, which reportedly guarantees her $1 million a year through 2012.

Palin continues to say that she is seriously considering a presidential bid while also appearing on air as a paid contributor. But that hasn't stopped her from speaking with reporters from different media outlets, including CNN, throughout her bus tour of historical sites along the East Coast.

Several of Palin's moves in recent days –the bus tour, a new home purchase in Arizona, and the re-hiring of key staffers– have fueled speculation that she is laying the groundwork for a campaign.

But former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, both onetime Fox contributors, were suspended and later released as it became clear they were preparing to seek the Republican presidential nomination.

CNN's Adam Reiss contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • Fox News • Sarah Palin
soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Dale

    Fox News chairman Roger Ailes believes Palin is "an idiot."
    Fox News chairman Roger Ailes has a keen grasp of the obvious.

    June 1, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Expat American

    $1M a year to spew Goebbels-esque propaganda to the Fox viewing public who are can’t be bothered to acknowledge that their former administration(elected on ‘values’) committed mass murder; while focusing on the President’s now proven birth certificate?

    If I were Sarah ‘Peggy Hill’ Palin, I’d stick with FALSE news. The pointy hat cross burners love a ‘purty gurl’ who can looks good on the back of a motorcycle and hates Muslims.

    June 1, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. mcore

    She's obviously dragging her feet on announcing her candidacy so she can continue to make money under her Fox contract, among others. She is – if nothing else – an expert in using her infamous reputation to make as much money as possible.

    June 1, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  4. Sooz

    What was the Trump pizza lunch for??? To exchange good hair tips? What else could it be?

    June 1, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  5. Ex-Republican

    Talk about selling your soul to the devil, Money, Money, Money. Where else but in our Country can you get rich off of your stupidity and other's stupidity. It's like a cult the way the media follows failing, wailing, Palin. I still want to know who is taking care of her handicapped son. Why is Palin not out speaking for handicapped children like she did during the 2008 campaign.

    June 1, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  6. cane pazzo

    When $arah has to decide between making money or running for president guess which one she will choose.

    June 1, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. Girl in the Middle

    So right, Sooz...when in fact, they both could do with a class in speaking proper English. As a linguist myself, I like a political official who can speak in diagrammable sentances; these two nonsense-spewers probably only understand each other!

    June 1, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  8. Mark in Seattle

    Maybe she'll step out in front of a big old bus.

    June 1, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    American Citizen

    What a joke!
    Are (typical) republican voters really this stupid?
    Or are they just on a mission to destroy America from within??
    Gosh,that's a toughie.
    Can we get back to you? lol

    June 1, 2011 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    American Citizen

    What a joke!
    Are (typical) republican voters really this stupid?
    Or are they just on a mission to destroy America from within??
    Okay....I'd like to use my last life line and call a friend......

    June 1, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. V in Chicago

    Anyone notice how her youngest daughter (who is always in tow) steps in front of her mother everytime the camera rolls on them? She is teaching her children well . . . Another media hound in the making – and Mommie Dearest will be to blame!

    June 1, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  12. Ryan

    I just can't imagine her running for president. That would involve actual... work.

    June 1, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. Warren

    Can you say dingbat?

    June 1, 2011 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  14. Ace

    Sarah sure brings out the worst in people. If she is so ridiculous than what does it matter if she runs against BO? Why are you all so afraid. Do you feel like many of us did in 2008 that the Dem candidate was not suited to lead? And look we were so right

    June 1, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Palin didn't called this meeting, her boss called this meeting to fire her. She's an idiot and Ailes will no longer tolerate her.

    June 1, 2011 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  16. The Other Michael in Houston

    From a true independent to Buttercreekvalley, do you actually believe that it is the "liberals" fault that Sarah quit because their was a conspiracy to make her lose all her money????? Wow I thought I heard the worst of you Republican Jihadist, that is about the most insane comment I have ever read, anywhere. You Sarah supporters do realize that if she happens to squeeze out the nomination (which she wont, there are still more smart Republicans out there), you just handed President Obama another four years. Wjy do you think McCain lost so badly???? Sarah is much better off being the new Glenn Beck of Fix News.

    June 1, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  17. joe blow

    If anyone tells me he/she watches FOX channel, that immediately identifies him/her as a light weight moron. And that's all there is to it. There is nothing that identifies FOX with a news channel. But morons will never know the difference.

    June 1, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  18. Shannon

    buttercreekvalley, what are you blathering about. She quit her job as governor, because she saw that there were morons out there like you, who could be exploited by her lies, and her fake down home values. You and people like you are a godsend to $illy $arah, she knew people without a brain would flock to buy her books.

    June 1, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  19. rick

    1 million a year, yeah fox " fair and balanced', Yeah right!. She'll stay in the spotlight just enough, like Trump did, and not run, and stay with fox, because she is all about money, remember she QUIT!! and went for the money. what she's gone for few months and returns as a genius, " I don't think so ". I kinda hope she runs, the sad thing is for the GOP, they have to reality stars as their front runners, that's what you get when you just blame, blame, blame and have no real answers.

    June 1, 2011 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |

    Half Gov. Palin meets with Fox News officials.....what a shock! They might be worried because she met with Mr. Comb-Over, probably about a spot on Celebrity Apprentice.

    June 1, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. John

    It petty bad when your own boss call you a IDIOT. Saran Palin Is till the most UNQUALIFIED person to run for any pubic office , Let along President. She know nothing about any thing , She a Quitter. And all she does Is Complain about everything but has no Idea what to do about It. She Spread Hate, She Lies all the time ,and she Is RACIST. The Reason she don't talk to any Media except for Fox News, Is because she may be ask something she know anything about and that everything and don't what to look like the fool she IS.

    June 1, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  22. hank

    She is acting like a candidate, but few people expect her to run. Meanwhile, no one pays attention to Romney or Pawlenty, which is a plus for Obama. Makes you feel that GOP will have to turn to someone not yet in the race that has the charisma to bet Obama.

    June 1, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  23. john

    We are bigger idiots than Palin following her every move. What is the freaking appeal? Maybe it is like watching a train wreck !!!! She is the most annoying person, and so stupid and empty headed I cannot believe she has a following.

    June 1, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  24. XWngLady

    @ACE: "Why are you all so afraid"....For the last time, NO ONE IS AFRAID OF SARAH PALIN!!!....We react in this way because we are DISGUSTED by her low ball, thinly veiled racism disguised at patriotism! We are IRRITATED because we can't get to the real and important news without having to swim through the non-news about her! We are FRUSTRATED because as we work our tails off trying to make ends meet during this quasi-depression that she and her running mate didn't see coming, she manages to quit her job and make money off of hard working Americans by appealing to the worst of the worst in people, with no accountability...No Sir/Ma'am, we are not afraid of Sarah Palin.....We just want her to go away.

    June 1, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  25. RB

    You liberals' heads are exploding over all this Sarah news. LOL!

    June 1, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
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