Don’t cry for me, Wasilla.
Think Progress: According to a news analysis by the Smart Politics project of the the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, during former Gov. Sarah Palin’s tenure as a contributor to Fox News—which ended last week with the decision not to renew her contract—Palin was paid $15.85 per word she spoke on the network.
Here’s some of the “Palin by the numbers” breakdown:
-$1 million: Sarah Palin’s annual salary as a Fox News analyst.
-189,221: Words Palin spoke on Fox during her three-year contract.
-$1.25 million: Palin’s advance for her memoir Going Rogue.
-469,000: copies of Going Rogue sold in its first week on the market. The memoir would go on to sell 2,670,000 copies in 2009.
-797,955: Copies of America By Heart, Palin’s second book, sold in 2010.
-$100,000: Palin’s speakers’ fee, as negotiated by the Washington Speakers Bureau, as of 2010.
-$200,000: The reported low estimate for Palin’s per-episode fee for Sarah Palin’s Alaska, her TLC show, which ran for a single season. One of the reasons the show ultimately wasn’t renewed? Palin’s salary demands for a second year.
-$15,000-$30,000: Bristol Palin’s range of speaker’s fees, as of 2010.
What does it say about the state of the modern conservative movement that BRISTOL PALIN is paid $15,000 – $30,000 in speaking fees on issues like teen pregnancy and ABSTINENCE! Seriously, if Bristol hadn’t gotten pregnant at 17, where would she be now?
$15.85 per word, Rubes. What’d you learn?