As previously reported in this space, Sarah Palin’s contributor contract with Fox News gives cable news’s top network first rights to her work on the Internet and on television, a requirement that she “rogued” when she gave Breitbart.com her high-traffic essay on impeaching President Obama. Now comes the news that Palin is not just doing a little work on the Web — she’s starting her own, bona fide subscription online news portal, the Sarah Palin Channel.
According to a Fox News spokeswoman, Fox News Channel and Palin mutually agreed to a contractual carve-out for a Web venture during negotiations over her current contract, which was announced in June 2013. Those negotiations took place following the January 2013 expiration of Palin’s previous, three-year contributor contract. Palin is media-versatile, active on Facebook, radio shows, Fox News and, now, her own home base.