Palin To Hit The Airwaves?

By Kerry Golds

Inside Radio reported yesterday that Sarah Palin's camp is exploring the syndication potential of the ex-Governor of Alaska. While it is difficult to imagine Palin succeeding across airwaves given that her speaking style--some call it incoherence--draws much criticism, a national radio show could serve as a potent platform for spreading her views and realizing her resignation-speech mission of effecting "positive change outside government."

The article notes that it will be "an ironic twist" if Palin takes to the mic because of her negative opinion of media. But this "irony" is typical Palin operation. Indeed, the same woman who fought a public battle with Letterman and told the media to "quit makin' things up" in her farewell speech once said in a 2008 interview that Hillary Clinton should avoid anything that could be a "perceived whine" when discussing her media coverage.

Of course, Palin does have a history of enjoying social media. Her Twitter account as governor, which shut down on Sunday, boasts 514 tweets.

But that is media she controlled. Which is why if radio becomes a reality for Palin, it seems likely that any calls she takes from listeners will be screened heavily.

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