Non Transpartisan Media: Two looks at Sara Palin’s Fox News gig.
Susan Davis at The Wall Street Journal gives a straight up report followed by Karl Frisch’s progressive take on Palin’s Fox debut. Interesting. Walt
By Susan Davis
January 12, 2010, 9:17 PM ET
Sarah Palin’s debut as a Fox News contributor this evening on “The O’Reilly Factor” suggests the former Alaska governor will pull no partisan punches as she carves out a role for herself in the Republican Party outside of elected office. The ongoing tit-for-tat between Palin, the press, and former McCain campaign aides continued tonight as she defended herself against recent allegations made in “Game Change,” a new book about the 2008 campaign by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin and by former McCain adviser Steve Schmidt. The three men appeared on a segment of CBS’s “60 Minutes” on Sunday. ……………………. (Click to read the whole article)
Karl Frisch is a Senior Fellow at Media Matters for America, the nation’s premier progressive media watchdog and center for research and information. A fixture on the progressive talk radio circuit, Frisch has also appeared on major news outlets, including ABC News, MSNBC, and CNN. His weekly column runs regularly in newspapers around the country.
………In her debut as contributor, Palin sat down with Bill O’Reilly for an interview on The O’Reilly Factor. If Bill-O’s softball sit-down is a sign of things to come for Palin, we’re in for an … interesting ride. As Media Matters‘ Simon Maloy noted after the broadcast, “the financial terms of Palin’s agreement with Fox News have not been disclosed, but it’s safe to assume that she isn’t working for peanuts. With that in mind, it’s worth pointing out that Palin spent much of her Fox News debut defending her own record and reputation, hawking the biography she pretended to write, and promoting the Tea Party convention at which she is being paid to speak (though she claimed that the money she makes from the event will go towards campaign donations). She was essentially paid by Fox News to put on an infomercial for herself.”………..