Michael van der Galien

Palin Joins Fox News As a Contributor

Posted on January 11 2010 1:37 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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The always reliably leftist New York Times reports that former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin signed a multi-year contract with Fox News today. She will appear on the network’s programming on a regular basis.

Although many expected Palin to get her own show on Fox News when she resigned as governor of Alaska last year, the report says that she will not have her own regular program. Instead, she will host an “occasional series that will run on the network from time to time.”

The deal is of course good news for Palin and her fans, but also for Fox. Whether you disagree or agree with her views, and whether you do or don’t believe she could one day be (a good) president, you’ve got to admit that she has a lot of influence and especially a lot of supporters (also see the tremendous success of her memoirs Going Rogue: An American Life). As such, it’s quite logical that the leading conservative news channel signs one of the leading (and most popular) conservatives in the country.

Several Republicans now work for the news channel owned by Rupert Murdoch, among whom Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. While many will undoubtedly consider that a good development, I have to say that it worries me a bit: I believe that while Fox News should be outspokenly conservative, it should be careful not to become partisan.

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