Fox News VP: We ‘hope’ Palin will be ‘polarizing’ as a Fox News contributor.

Sarah Palin on Fox NewsYesterday, Fox News announced that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin had signed a multi-year deal as a contributor to the conservative cable network. “Governor Palin has captivated everyone on both sides of the political spectrum and we are excited to add her dynamic voice to the FOX News lineup,” said Fox News Executive Vice President for Programming Bill Shine in a statement. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Shine also said that he hopes Palin will be a “polarizing” voice on the network:

With her hiring, Fox News gets a high-profile figure whose pronouncements on issues such as healthcare reform have helped drive contentious partisan debate — it was her Facebook post that first raised the term “death panels.”

“She is one of the most talked about and politically polarizing figures in the country,” said Bill Shine, the network’s executive vice president of programming. “First off, we hope she brings that.”

Shine, who said last year that Fox was “the voice of opposition” to the Obama administration, also said that “he was not concerned that Palin would make false assertions on the air.” If Palin says something controversial on the air, “in the end, that’s probably going to help us,” said Shine. “That’s what people will want to watch.”