Sarah Palin is out as a Fox News Channel contributor, and
wholesale changes at CNN appear to be in the horizon. But according
to a media analyst, commentators slant how they speak about the
Fox recently announced it is parting ways with the 2008
Republican vice-presidential candidate and former Alaska governor.
A source close to Palin told CNN that the paid contributor turned
down a recent offer to renew her contract with the network.
Christian Robey, political director at the Media Research
Center (MRC), says Palin's departure is wrongly viewed as a
"We have all these different outlets who are saying, Oh,
she's leaving because she's lost her bloom, and Her star
is on its way out, and Fox decided basically to give her
the boot," Robey reports. "There is a media pile-on to that
But when changes occur at a network like CNN or MSNBC, he points
out that liberal commentators spin similar departures as
"You don't see the same type of analysis [in those cases]; what
you see is … CNN is trying to remake itself," the MRC
political director contends. "CNN is caught between MSNBC and Fox.
They've always been the objective journalists, and now they're kind
of caught in this world where that just doesn't work in the
Fox News also announced this week that it will not renew the
contract for conservative commentator Dick Morris, who predicted a
"landslide" victory for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential