After confirmation from Fox News that Sarah Palin was no longer on their books, the former Alaska governor offered up some insights over the weekend as to why she decided to part company with the media outlet which has been her home away from home since 2008. Palin told conservative news outlet Breitbart that “the message of liberty and true hope must be understood by a larger audience,” and stated that she was done with having to “preach to the choir.” Palin also said that leaving Fox News would give her a chance to share her values “more broadly.”
Regarding the 2012 election, Palin reacted to recent suggestions from party leaders that the GOP needed to re-invent itself:
“Conservatism didn’t lose. A moderate Republican candidate lost after he was perceived to alienate working class Reagan Democrat and independent voters who didn’t turn out for him as much as they did for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008,” she said before adding that the election was “defined by a biased media plus millions of voters who sat it out in disgust.”
The former vice presidential candidate looked to the 2014 mid-term elections as the key to changing the country’s direction.
“It’s going to be like 2010, but this time around, we need to shake up the GOP machine that tries to orchestrate away too much of the will of constitutional conservatives who don’t give a hoot how they do it in D.C.,” she said.
Palin didn’t offer any specifics on her own long term political aspirations, stating only that the “door is wide open.”
The interview via Breitbart was published by Stephen K. Bannon, who directed a documentary about Palin called, “The Undefeated.”
It is understood that Fox News offered Palin a new contract to replace the one which expired at the end of 2012, but a source close to Palin told CNN that the former governor balked at the offer. There is speculation that the new monetary package from Fox paled in comparison to the earlier deal which was reportedly worth $1 million per year.
Fox News Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine said in a statement on Sunday, “We have thoroughly enjoyed our association with Governor Palin. We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
However, signals during the past two years have painted a more tenuous picture of the network and its star contributor. Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes was not pleased when Palin chose to announce her intention to sit out the 2012 election race on a radio show rather than on Fox. Additionally, Palin took to her Facebook page last August to complain about Fox cancelling her prime-time TV appearances during the GOP national convention.