Sarah Palin Heads to Fox News
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.