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Wednesday night must have been tough for Sarah Palin. In 2008, she was the highlight of the Republican National Convention -- the fresh and unexpected vice presidential nominee/hockey mom who wowed the crowd with zingers about lipstick on pigs. Four years later, she wasn't even invited to speak at the RNC.
Then, on Wednesday (the night that the new VP nominee was speaking), Fox News scrapped the interviews they'd planned for her, and this final insult proved too much. Palin took to Facebook to express her disappointment. She'd been scheduled to be among the high-profile Republicans weighing in on this momentous night, when Paul Ryan was making his official debut. Instead, she had to watch from the sidelines.
Interestingly, her Facebook remarks didn't even mention Mitt Romney or Ryan, but focused on her running mate, 2008's Presidential nominee, John McCain (who was asked to speak to the delegates).
"I'm sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain's positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight," she wrote. "Granted, our honored and esteemed war hero has gone through much more than the liberal media can ever do to him in their efforts to harm this patriot. I look forward to hearing his words to his fellow Americans tonight more than any of the other convention speeches. God bless John McCain. Thank you for everything. And happy birthday, my friend."
Fox offered a swift (and conciliatory) response to Palin, who is, after all, on their payroll as a commentator: "Our plans changed based on the fact that the RNC condensed the schedule of speeches from four nights to three," Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming, wrote to Mediaite. "We look forward to having Governor Palin back as soon as we can."
Truth is, it's not the first time Palin has scuffled with Fox. According to New York Magazine, the network's chief Roger Ailes was "furious" with Palin when she announced her decision not to run for president on a conservative talk-radio program, and not on Fox News.
Her contract with Fox is up next year, and at this point it seems unlikely either party will want to renew it. Maybe she could hop on over to CNN? Piers Morgan would certainly love to have her on his show. In fact, he already asked…
"If Fox don't want you tonight @SarahPalinUSA - come on my show. Be happy to talk about @SenJohnMcCain with you," he tweeted after reading her Facebook rant.
Oh, Piers. Don't you know that Palin doesn't talk to the "lamestream" media?