Sometimes the drama surrounding 24 hour cable news network’s is more interesting than how they report the news. On Friday Fox News announced that Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin would no longer be serving as a contributor to the cable news network. A network spokesperson did not reveal whose decision in her leaving the network was, however the New York Times reports that Palin’s contract had simply expired.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin,” Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming, said. “We wish her the best in her future endeavors.” Since the announcement Palin has remained silent on both her Facebook and Twitter profiles, two social networking sites the former governor uses frequently to relay messages and reflect on hot topics in the world of politics.
Despite the conservative nature of the 24 hour news program, along with Palin’s own conservative views the partnership between the two has been less than stellar over the last several years. In November of 2011, it was reported that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was very angry with Palin’s decision to announce her bid for the 2012 presidential election on a rival network–so angry that he wanted her promptly removed from the air.
Despite losing Palin, Fox News has been busy in the last few months re-upping contracts with Karl Rove and adding liberal presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich and former “Man Show” host Adam Carolla to their lineup of guests, analysts and correspondents. Fox News continues to dominate the cable news wars and many analysts feel the network won’t skip a beat without Palin on board.