Is something amiss between former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Fox News? On Wednesday, the 2008 vice-presidential nominee took to her Facebook page, where she told fans that the media outlet canceled all of her network appearances last night. While cancellations are anything but rare in the television industry — especially considering the fluid nature of news — this particular case is quite odd.
First and foremost, Wisconsin congressman and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan delivered one of the most anticipated speeches at the Republican National Convention last night. Knowing that this was unfolding, it’s curious that Fox would choose not to bring Palin in for analysis. After all, she was the 2008 GOP vice-presidential candidate last election cycle and she delivered a convention speech that was widely revered.
All things considered, having Palin weigh in would have made logistical sense. But, for some reason, the network decided against it. In her Facebook post announcing that she wouldn’t be making any Wednesday appearances on Fox, Palin said that she was “sorry” for the decision.
“I’m sorry Fox canceled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight,” she wrote.
As noted in her opening sentence, Palin’s main focus in making the announcement was placed upon Sen. McCain, seeing as he was the 2008 presidential candidate and an individual for whom she has claimed to have deep respect.
She continued, writing, “Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this patriot. I look forward to hearing his words to his fellow Americans tonight more than any of the other convention speeches.”
Here’s a screen shot of the Facebook status, below:
While Palin didn’t note any bad blood in Fox’s decision to cut her, the network’s choice was certainly odd, especially considering that the former governor has had a contract with the outlet since 2010 and is a frequent guest on its news and commentary programs. After being “liked” and shared by tens of thousands of people, Palin’s post spawned a response from Fox, which also adds to the intrique.
Executive vice president of programming, Bill Shine, sent Mediaite the following note, explaining why Palin was absent from Wednesday night’s coverage: “Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three. We look forward to having Governor Palin back as soon as we can.”
Not being one to waste an opportunity to nab an interview, CNN’s Piers Morgan tweeted Palin, writing, “If Fox don’t want you tonight @SarahPalinUSA - come on my show. Be happy to talk about @SenJohnMcCain with you.” That invitation, unfortunately for Morgan, didn’t pan out.
(H/T: Huffington Post)