When Sarah Palin announced that if she jumped into the presidential race it might “shackle” her, most of us wondered how being the President might “shackle” anyone. However, we were focused on service as President and not the race for the presidency. With the article by Politico  this morning, it has become clear which “shackles” Palin was talking about.

As a Fox News Commentator, Palin has been paid millions of dollars to comment on Presidential candidates.. While being paid this outrageous salary to share her insight and wisdom, she has repeatedly attacked Mitt Romney and supported Newt Gingrich. For example she has criticized Romney, saying:

1. Conservatism is ‘subjective,’suggesting that Romney is not “conservative enough”: She explained that “You know, that’s subjective. … A lot of this has to do with somebody’s past … Were they pro-abortion before? And now perhaps they’re pro-life? And what allowed that switch? Kind of that flip flop?”(Feb. 15, “Fox & Friends”)

2. ‘Evolving’ conservatism

“I trust that his idea of conservatism is evolving … I base this on a pretty moderate past that he has had, even in some cases a liberal past. (Feb. 12, “Fox News Sunday”)

3. ‘Conservative quotient’

“It’s subjective when you try to measure someone’s conservative quotient.” (Feb. 15, “Fox & Friends”)

4. Bain claims

“Gov. Romney has claimed to have created a 100,000 jobs at Bain, and people are wanting to know, is there proof of that claim and was it U.S. jobs created for United States citizens? … Nobody should be surprised that things about Bain Capital and maybe tax returns not being released yet and maybe some record not being as transparently provided to the public as voters deserve to see right now — don’t be surprised that that’s’ all coming out today.” (Jan. 11, Fox News)

5. ‘False narrative’

“I think that with again $17 million purchasing ads and in respects some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter just that bombardment of advertisements.” (Jan. 31, Fox News)

6. Why don’t they pick on Mitt?

Responding to Peggy Noonan labeling Gingrich a “little attack muffin”: “They maybe subscribe such characterization of Newt via words like that, but they don’t subscribe those to say Mitt Romney when he or his surrogates do the same thing.” (Jan. 26, Fox Business Network)

7. Christie’s got his ‘panties in a wad’

“Sometimes, if your candidate loses in just one step along this path, as was the case when Romney lost to Newt the other night — and, of course, Romney is Chris Christie’s guy — well, you kind of get your panties in a wad, and you may say things that you regret later.” (Jan. 24, Fox Business Network)

8. ‘Not convinced’

“I am not convinced and I don’t think the majority of GOP and independent voters are convinced. He’s still in the 30th percentile… He hasn’t risen above that yet because we are not convinced.” (Feb. 12, “Fox News Sunday”).

Each one of these comments was made on Fox News.

In reality, Palin has been attacking Romney since at least June of 2011. . Sarah Palin has been careful not to “endorse” any candidate. Todd has. At the time it seemed funny that Todd Palin would endorse anyone. . However now it seems clear why Todd would endorse a candidate, but Sarah would not. It was a way to indicate who Sarah would support, without actually having to commit to endorsing any candidate. Once she officially “endorsed” a candidate, she might be perceived as campaigning for that candidate rather than simply being a Fox News Contributor. By having Todd endorse Gingrich, and then attacking Romney in Fox News broadcasts, Sarah Palin could continue to get paid millions of dollars to support the candidate of her choice. She must be glad she is not bound by the “shackles” of the law that require equal time for the candidates on national television.

The “equal time” rule requires any network to provide equal time to all candidates for political office. The exceptions to that rule include (1) regularly scheduled newscasts,  (2) news interviews shows, and (3) on-the-spot news events.There is also the “fairness doctrine” that requires television and radio stations to provide “balanced and fair” coverage of controversial issues.”

What  better place to voice her opinions than Fox News, which advertises themselves as the “fair and balanced” News show? Not only does Fox News provide Sarah Palin a platform to express her opinions of the Republican candidates, but they pay her millions to do so. Palin has discarded the “shackles” that would be imposed upon her by announcing her candidacy. She continues to share her support for Newt without having to pay for air time. What a great way to ensure her message gets out, without spending her precious money to do so, and in fact getting paid by Fox to subvert the “fairness doctrine” and the “equal time rule.”

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