Sarah Palin’s call for President Obama’s impeachment yesterday pushed Breitbart.com to the forefront of the Internet on what could well have been a sleepy summer news day. Nothing like an “exclusive” from conservatism’s proven driver of traffic.
Hold on, though: Palin is a Fox News contributor. What’s she doing lighting up Breitbart.com?
A Palin confidant tells the Erik Wemple Blog that Palin’s contract with Fox News guarantees the cable-news leader exclusive rights to her work on television and on the Internet, an arrangement confirmed by a Fox News source. The Breitbart.com posting violates the terms of Palin’s relationship with Fox News.
“It was a mistake,” says the Palin confidant. “She had in her mind that she was propagating something under the auspices of the PAC.” That would be SarahPAC, “a federally registered political action committee (PAC) dedicated to building America’s future by supporting fresh ideas and candidates who share our vision for reform and innovation.”
So Palin is falling back on the PAC-byline-contributor-contract loophole. That’s a savvy, insider-ish move for someone who so routinely claims to abhor the ways of Washington.
What rogue behavior! All the more rogue, considering that Palin went to Breitbart.com with the goods. Here’s a statement from Alex Marlow, editor in chief of Breitbart News Network:
Governor Palin approached us with the idea of writing an opinion piece in which she calls for the impeachment of President Obama. Over the past year, we’ve run several exclusive articles from the Governor as well as other right-of-center politicians and opinion leaders like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Jeff Sessions, Mike Lee, Marco Rubio, and Donald Trump, to name a few, who value reaching the conservative audience and recognize that Bretibart News is able to gives these pieces the maximum exposure they deserve.
The Fox News source confirms that the network would have preferred to have had the impeachment post, yet there was no insurrection in the network’s Manhattan offices. The stakes now are considerably lower than in October 2011, when Palin jilted Fox News and made the announcement about her presidential non-candidacy on Mark Levin’s radio show.