Sarah Palin Resigns, News Outlets Search for Reasons

By Andrew Gauthier 

In a move that caught everyone by surprise over the holiday weekend, Alaska governor Sarah Palin announced on Friday that she was resigning. In lieu of specific explanations from the Palin camp, news outlets have been frantically speculating on what could have led to the move–here’s a sample of the latest…

Palin not under FBI investigation, according to an agency spokesman interviewed by the Los Angeles Times… Despite rumors of a looming controversy after the Republican governor’s surprise announcement Friday that she would leave office this month, some of them published in the blogosphere, the FBI’s Alaska spokesman said the bureau had no investigation into Palin for her activities as governor, as mayor or in any other capacity.More…

Is cable news calling Alaska’s former governor? From Variety
Even before last year’s presidential election, TV producers and packagers speculated that, should she be freed from the constraints of elective office, she’d be a big “get” as the host of a Fox News show or even a daytime syndicated yakker. When she made her bombshell announcement on Friday, one theory was that she had been made an “offer she can’t refuse” from some TV network. More…

Is Palin pregnant again? Huffington Post has the latest theory from CNN’s Rick Sanchez’s…
There have been a couple other situations that might cause someone to feel a lot of stress. But aside from those, is there anything going on with her that perhaps may lead her to want to make this decision, and the one thing that’s still left out there is, hey, could she be pregnant again. More…

Palin’s Facebook message: ‘I am now looking ahead’
Ive never thought I needed a title before ones name to forge progress in America. I am now looking ahead and how we can advance this country together with our values of less government intervention, greater energy independence, stronger national security, and much-needed fiscal restraint. I hope you will join me. Now is the time to rebuild and help our nation achieve greatness! Palin’s full Facebook message

No holiday for TV channels chasing Sarah Palin news, observes Baltimore Sun critic David Zurawik
Well, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin dropped a political bombshell late Friday afternoon in announcing that she would resign only two and a half years into her term, and it was fascinating to watch the 24/7 channels already in holiday mode chase the story. More…

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