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Sarah Palin Was Paid More than $15 for Each Word by Fox News

Fox News paid former half-term Alaska Governor Sarah Palin more than $15 for each word she said on the air during her three-year contract, reports the University of Minnesota’s Smart Politics website at

The former Republican vice presidential nominee was reportedly paid $1 million a year by Fox News, which did not renew her contract.

Smart Politics reports:

A Smart Politics review of the more than 150 FOX broadcasts in which Sarah Palin appeared as a paid commentator from 2010 through 2012 finds that she spoke 189,221 words on air during this span, for an average pay rate of $15.85 per word.

Palin appeared on the network in studio, by satellite, by telephone, or in a pre-taped interview an average of once every 7.2 days during this three-year period, with the vast majority of those coming on two particular programs.

Nearly three-quarters of those interviews included the 140,000 words she spoke on shows hosted by Sean Hannity and Gretchen Carlson, but Palin avoided tougher interviewers like Chris Wallace and Bill O’Reilly, speaking only about 24,000 words for their shows combined.

Palin mentioned President Obama 786 times, President Ronald Reagan 41 times and President Abraham Lincoln three times.

God got 41 mentions, Christianity got 16, Moses got three and Jesus Christ was mentioned once by the self-proclaimed Christian politician.

The religious declaration “amen” was said 111 times by Palin.

Palin said "heck" 28 times, "darn" nine times, "hell" seven times, and "damn" twice.


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