It’s not a surprise that former Gov. Sarah Palin got a gig at Fox News as a “contributor.” The surprise is that it took so long for them to hire here. She’s a good fit for them; she has no problem coming up with interesting statements, and no matter what she says, Fox News will not contradict her or fact-check her.
It’s a symbiotic relationship; she’ll draw in viewers, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she uses her appearances to buff up her own image as she prepares to run in 2012. As long as she generates ratings, Fox won’t stop her from running while she’s working for them. They go together like salt and peter.
The only thing I’d suggest to Fox News is that their legal department review the contract very carefully and make sure they’ve got the out-clauses laid out in simple English so that when Ms. Palin suddenly decides to quit, they’re not caught with a lot of dead air.