Factually Challenged Fox News Channel Hires Factually Challenged Palin
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The New York Times reported that Fox News has hired Sarah Palin as a contributor who "will appear on the network's programming on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal" and "will host an occasional series that will run on the network from time to time." Fox News hired Palin despite her months of pushing false claims and bogus information, including the "Lie of the Year" that the Democrats' health care bill includes "death panels."
From a January 11 New York Times report:
Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel.
The network confirmed that Ms. Palin will appear on the network's programming on a regular basis as part of a multi-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Ms. Palin will not have her own regular program, one person familiar with the deal said, though she will host an occasional series that will run on the network from time to time. This person would not elaborate, but the network does have a precedent for such a series. Oliver L. North is the host of an occasionally running documentary series on the military called "War Stories."
Many suspected that when Ms. Palin retired as the governor of Alaska last summer she was doing so to pursue some sort of career in television. The Fox News deal, however, would not seem to be all encompassing, and would appear to give her room for other pursuits, as well.
In past months, Palin has frequently misled public on variety of issues
"Death panel." In a Facebook post, Palin claimed that under Democratic health care reform, "Obama's 'death panel' " would "decide" whether her parents or her son Trig, who has Down syndrome, were "worthy of health care." Palin's assertion was based on the widely debunked claim that the House health care reform bill would require end-of-life counseling. Numerous Fox News personalities subsequently advanced Palin's false claim. PolitiFact.com named Palin's death panels claim its "Lie of the Year." During the health care debate, Palin also falsely linked the Independent Medicare Advisory Board created by the Senate health care reform bill and nonbinding mammogram guidelines to death panels.
Palin's memoir goes rogue on facts. Media Matters for America has documented numerous falsehoods in Palin's memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life . For instance:
- Palin falsely suggests poor will be "hit hardest" by cap and trade
- Palin still falsely claiming stimulus money for energy efficiency she vetoed required tougher building codes
- Palin continues distortion of NY Times article to defend "palling around with terrorists" claim
- Palin stands by falsehood that Obama opposed "protect[ing] babies born alive after botched abortions"
- Palin falsely suggests she did not support aerial hunting
- Palin falsely suggested media did not criticize Dems over fashion
- Palin attacks "Democrat lawmaker" who's actually a Republican
- Palin absurdly claims McCain campaign "did not elaborate" on Obama's purported "relationship with ACORN"
- Palin promotes discredited notion that gov't "force[d] financial institutions" into risky lending that "triggered" the "collapse of our financial markets"
- Palin offers straw men to criticize Democratic proposals' effects on small businesses
- Palin, without elaboration, calls Bridge to Nowhere a "lie"
Media Matters previously documented numerous falsehoods Palin made during the 2008 campaign as Sen. John McCain's vice presidential candidate, including the false claim that as Alaska governor she said "thanks, but no thanks" to the bridge to nowhere and the falsehood that a New York Times article supported the assertion that Obama was "palling around" with terrorists.