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Sarah Palin signs with Fox after being attacked on '60 Minutes'

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(Read caption) FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2009 file photo, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin signs a copy of "Going Rogue" during a book signing event at a Sam's Club in Fayetteville, Ark. Palin is taking her message to Fox News. An attorney for the former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate says Palin will provide some type of commentary for the cable network.

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One day after being heavily criticized in a story on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has reportedly signed up to be a commentator on the Fox News Channel.

The signing, first reported by The New York Times, is not a complete surprise. When Ms. Palin resigned as governor last summer, the speculation was that she would seek a career in broadcasting. Palin is telegenic and has a devoted following among conservatives and "tea party" activists, among others.
According to the Times report, Palin will not have her own program but instead will appear on various Fox programs as part of a multiyear deal whose financial terms were not revealed.

The announcement comes in the wake of biting comments about Palin’s performance and integrity as the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008 that aired Sunday evening on “60 Minutes.” The comments came from top McCain campaign strategist Steve Schmidt as part of a report on a new book on the 2008 election called “Game Change,” by John Heilemann of New York magazine and Mark Halperin of Time magazine.

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