Sarah Palin Heads to Fox News

What will Sarah Palin do now? That was the prevailing question among watchers of the former Vice Presidential candidate when she quit her job as Alaska governor in July. With her book, Going Rogue, finished, her prospects on the speaker's circuit dim. Yet the question remained open -- until Monday afternoon, when The New York Times uncovered one answer: She's becoming a contributor to Fox News.%%DynaPub-Enhancement class="enhancement contentType-HTML Content fragmentId-1 payloadId-61603 alignment-right size-small"%% "Palin will not have her own regular program, one person with knowledge of the deal said, though she will host a series that will run on the network from time to time," Jim Rutenberg wrote Monday on the Times's Media Decoder blog.

Other former politicians have similar gigs. Mike Huckabee, a 2008 presidential candidate and ex-governor of Arkansas, appears in the self-titled show Huckabee.

The relationship, scheduled to be a multiyear deal, makes perfect sense for News Corp.'s (NWS) Fox News. Controversial talking heads are Fox News's bread, butter and zingy hot sauce. Look at Glenn Beck, who makes more headlines than he comments on, whether for reporting news that his network has debunked or enthusiastically endorsing a company to the point of attracting the ire of media watchdogs.

Palin is equally renowned for making media waves: She's credited with popularizing the term "death panels" on a Facebook status update that a nonpartisan fact-checking website voted the biggest lie of 2009. Palin's hire would be a win-win for Fox News, whose audience craves the partisan red meat Palin will surely provide, and for the former governor, who clearly relishes the soapbox and the megaphone as her favorite part of being in the public eye.
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